Hammered!

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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Hot Off The Press

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Players Playback

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.

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At Fives, Sixes and Sevens

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.

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Lisa Moore Takes it Outside the Box

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.

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Musical Pairings of Equal and Opposite Extremes

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.

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Manhattan Impromptus

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!.

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Music For A Polar Vortex Evening

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.

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Composing With The Nature Of Sound

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.

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Timing Is Everything

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.

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A Hammered! Holiday Special

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.

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Homegrown Hits

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.

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Concertos and Etudes, Chickens and Eggs

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.

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard's Contrapuntal World

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!

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Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

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.

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