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.
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.
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.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Pianist and Hammered! guest host Lisa Moore presents a slew of recent live keyboard recordings selected by the players themselves, including Ursula Oppens, Sarah Cahill, Nico Muhly, Timo Andres and more. Listen weekdays at 10 am.
Monday, February 10, 2014
This week on Hammered! pianist and guest host Lisa Moore explore a range of musical groups in which the piano finds itself. Tune in weekdays at 10 am for piano quintets, piano sextets and piano septets composed over the past century.
Monday, February 03, 2014
Australian pianist Lisa Moore has performed with a slew of contemporary ensembles around the world, including the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Steve Reich Ensemble. She guest-hosts Hammered! for the month of February. Week One: the bleeding edge of experimental piano. Listen weekdays at 10 am.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Musical Yins meet their complementary Yangs this week on Hammered! Listen mornings at 10 am for music of Brian Ferneyhough, Giya Kancheli, György Ligeti and much, much more.
Monday, January 20, 2014
"Impromptu": something spontaneous, tossed-off, improvisatory. For composer Brian Schober, the term has a weightier significance and serves as the creative launching pad for his vast, cinematic set of impressions for piano called the Manhattan Impromptus, a work explored in its entirety this week on Hammered!.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Despite the bizarrely high likelihood this week of NYC's "Polar Vortex" turning unseasonably spring-like, we're nevertheless hunkering down with wintery landscape pieces for piano and percussion, anchored by the The Adams From The North, Alaskan composer John Luther Adams.
Monday, January 06, 2014
This week on Hammered! we dive deep into the music of the spectral school, exploring the sounds of Tristan Murail, Gerard Grisey, Claude Vivier and more alongside bits of "proto-spectralists" Olivier Messiaen, Claude Debussy and Bela Bartok. Listen each morning at 10 am.
Monday, December 30, 2013
One cycle ends, another begins, ushering in new priorities, new methods of organization, and probably a renewed gym membership. This week on Hammered! we honor this most momentous of metronome clicks with piano music that uniquely addresses the question of time and the temporal.
Monday, December 23, 2013
It's the time of year when candles are lit, presents are exchanged, thanks are given, and – here at Q2 Music – we indulge in two hours of hyper-modern, ravishingly beautiful keyboard music via Olivier Messiaen.
Monday, December 16, 2013
New Yorkers needn't travel far to hear music from a great composer, and this week on Hammered! we follow suit with a week's worth of borough-hopping playlists that survey New York City's young composers.
Monday, December 09, 2013
No ambiguity here. No broader historical context required. No chicken / egg complex. This week we listen to five piano concertos preluded by the smaller piano pieces from which they came.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Few pianists have impacted contemporary music more profoundly than the Frenchman Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Hear his insights and performances of Ives, Ligeti and Messiaen all week on Hammered!
Monday, November 25, 2013
Composers today inherit some pretty profound baggage. How is one able to write a single note! with all of music's most monolithic presences staring at your staff paper? One option is to ignore them, another is to talk with them.
Monday, November 18, 2013
To be a composer is to be aware of your musical family tree, and to some degree, exploit the strengths of your forefathers in order to create something novel. Stravinsky, after all, said that "good composers borrow, great composers steal!"
Monday, November 11, 2013
There are many reasons to tip the musical hat this week: Charles Wuorinen's 75th birthday; Ned Rorem's 90th!; the one year anniversary of Elliott Carter's passing; and the centennial celebration of Witold Lutoslawski. Listen weekdays at 10 am for music by this handful of extraordinary composers.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Five days of accretive piano mayhem this week on Hammered!, beginning with music for zero pianists (all "automatic" pieces for pianola and other pianistic mechanisms), and, after adding one player and one piano per day, ending the week with repertoire for piano quartet.
Monday, October 21, 2013
We do our fair share of obscure music here at Q2 Music, but sometimes you want to flip on the radio and simply hear the hits. This week on Hammered! we offer exactly that in conjunction with our Fall Fund Drive. Please consider making a contribution today.
Monday, October 14, 2013
This week, musical genetics 101. We survey keyboard-centric pieces whose forms are born from the brief but compact strands of musical DNA that begin them.
Monday, October 07, 2013
This week on Hammered!, we offer the finest golden nuggets from recent piano performances in and around New York City.