Airs weekdays at 10 am on Q2 Music

Say hello to Hammered!, Q2 Music's hour-long, weekday program devoted the extraordinary breadth and ever-evolving repertoire of music for keyboard. From concert grand to disklavier, synthesizer to clavichord, prepared piano to toy piano, Hammered! shares musical colors from ebony to ivory and every shade in between.

Throw a dart in New York City and you'll hit an adventurous, talented, experimental, and virtuosic pianist. Q2 Music will provide a happy home for makers and admirers of kaleidoscopic keyboard music of today, including both fresh, newly minted interpretations and revolutionary departures from tradition.

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Earth, Sea and Sky

As summer days linger long and languid, join our Hammered! guest-host Lisa Moore this week for music that celebrates the physical and philosophical fundamentals of our world. Weekdays at 10 am on Q2 Music. 

Sounds of Summer with Lisa Moore

Monday, August 11, 2014

The inevitable has begun: Central Park cicadas have started to buzz as the twilight fireflies flash their escape, and all in time for more glistening super moon summer evenings. Enjoy the sounds of the season and join Hammered!’s summer-guest-host Lisa Moore this week for sultry summer tracks.

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Keys to a Midsummer Swing

Monday, August 04, 2014

This week on Hammered!, join host Lisa Moore for keyboard selections from around the globe with a special focus on new music that swings in its own special kind of way. Listen mornings at 10 am.


Hot-Pourri Piano

Monday, July 28, 2014

This week on Hammered!, pianist and guest host Lisa Moore takes on the summer head-on, with some of the hottest keyboard performances around. Join her each morning for music from a diverse grab bag of 20th and 21st Century compositional voices as performed by today's leading performers.


Summer Swinging with Lisa Moore

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Hammered! Summer Swing continues this week with music that beats the heat and joins a new vortex of spiraling musical ripples. Grab your iced tea, a blueberry scone, your preferred listening device and join guest host Lisa Moore weekdays at 10 am.


Summer Swing on Hammered!

Monday, July 14, 2014

This week on Hammered!, guest host Lisa Moore moves into new music for a swinging, sizzling summer in New York. She begins her exploration of music inspired by dance – music that unabashedly celebrates the pulsing beat and the power of driving energy. Listen weekdays at 10 am.


Celebrating the Legacy of Composer-Pianist David Burge

Monday, July 07, 2014

This week on Hammered! Lisa Moore continues her survey of modern piano concertos alongside a new focus on the phenomenal American new music pianist and composer David Burge (1930-2013). An indefatigable champion of 20th-century music, Burge performed from the 1950s onward on some of the world’s most renowned concert stages.


Summertime Explorations of the Modern Piano Concerto

Monday, June 30, 2014

Piano concertos reached their peak in the 19th Century but today they remain “alive and well” as modern composers continue their exploration of this beloved combination of instruments – searching and exploring new ways to express a fundamental drama. Join host Lisa Moore weekday mornings at 10 am.


Exploring the New Piano Concerto

Monday, June 23, 2014

Piano concertos reached their peak in the 19th Century but today they remain “alive and well” as modern composers continue their exploration of this beloved combination of instruments – searching and exploring new ways to express a fundamental drama. Join host Lisa Moore weekdays at 10 am.


Lisa Moore Presents Pan-Pacific Piano

Monday, June 02, 2014

Summer means light, leaves and the ocean. June on Hammered! begins with an exploration of composers with Pacific Ocean roots and sensibilities, with music inspired by the Pacific rim – the “ring of fire.” Join host Lisa Moore weekdays at 10 am.


Serious Sets, Series and Sonatas with Lisa Moore

Monday, May 05, 2014

Australian pianist Lisa Moore has performed with a slew of contemporary ensembles around the world, including the London Sinfonietta, Bang on a Can All-Stars and Steve Reich Ensemble. She guest-hosts Hammered! for the month of May. Listen weekdays at 10 am.


Piano Luminaries, from Art Tatum to Jeremy Denk

Monday, April 28, 2014

So much of what brings a piece of music to life has to do with its performer. Although nearly all of the composers featured regularly on Hammered! benefit from excellent performer-advocates, the programmatic arch of each week is normally determined by the composer and music itself.


To Sleep, Perchance To Dream

Monday, April 21, 2014

This week we take our aesthetic and thematic cue from Toru Takemitsu's ravishing and otherworldly Quotation of Dream for two pianos and orchestra, and spin a week's worth of piano music that skirts the line between the direct and the subliminal, the real and the dreamlike.    


Hot Off The Press

Monday, April 14, 2014

While there is never a lack of The New at Q2 Music, rarely has there been so much new in one week's worth of programing. This week we take our selections exclusively from recently piano releases – some featured on Q2 Music's Album Of The Week – and spin tracks from the front lines of new music.


Under the Influence

Monday, April 07, 2014

Folk music has inspired composers throughout history. Tune in all week for music by Bela Bartok, Vivian Fung, John Zorn and more whose music is colored with styles, rhythms and forms of non-Western music.


Twenty-First Century Piano Problems

Monday, March 31, 2014

The early modernists had Claude Debussy, the post-war György Ligeti, and the twenty-first century may very well point to the French master Pascal Dusapin as the torchbearer for reinventing the technical capabilities and sonic potential of the piano.


Mechanical Music with David Friend

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

For the month of August, pianist David Friend of ensemble TRANSIT and the Bang on a Can Festival Ensemble guest hosts Hammered! Week One: Mechanical Music from John Adams, Donnacha Dennehy, Conlon Nancarrow and more.


Runs in the Family

Monday, March 17, 2014

Family ties resemble teacher-student relations in weird ways. A student's music might "resemble" a teacher's style, or sometimes try very hard to disassociate itself. This week on Hammered! we sort through the branches of four different musical family trees.


Evoking Images with Music

Monday, March 10, 2014

There is a deep descriptive tradition in music, a tradition that embraces art's ability to comment, observe, and depict. Join composer-pianist Conrad Tao this week to hear piano works by Claude Debussy, Michael Harrison and others that evoke colorful, multifaceted images.


When The Piano Isn't Enough...

Monday, March 03, 2014

Late in his life, the famed Italian pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni felt so straightjacketed by the tonal system that he said one of the only viable method of escape was the invention of new sounds through electronic instruments.


Notes from Down Under: Australian Keyboard Music

Monday, February 24, 2014

Pianist and new-music specialist Lisa Moore closes her Hammered! residency with a week of music exploring the thriving contemporary-music scene and pianists of her native Australia. Listen weekdays at 10 am.