New York composer, vocalist and electronic-music artist Laurel Halo draws from traditions of drone music, Musique concrète and pop. Her Mixtape spans music by Robert Ashley, Vladimir Ussachevsky and Toru Takemitsu.
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What is the sound of 21st century classical music? What does it mean to be a composer in an age that’s seemingly post-everything? Every week on Mixtapes, Q2 Music asks one of today’s active and “big A” Artists to weigh in and choose an hour of music that they find particularly compelling in today’s exciting new-music climate.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Sound, visual and installation artist Tristan Perich is fascinated with the sound of 1-bit electronics – low fidelity tones generated with the least possible amount of digital information. His Mixtape features music where "each piece is in dialogue with multiple others."
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Pianist for the adventurous jazz trio The Bad Plus, Ethan Iverson has performed with such legends as Fred Hersch, Lee Konitz and Charlie Haden. His Mixtape features piano music from Rzewski to Birtwistle.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche has composed music for such classical ensembles as Kronos Quartet and Eighth Blackbird. His Mixtape shares some of his formative influences, from minimalism to electronics.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
The music of Iceland composer and producer Jóhann Jóhannsson draws from a palette of ambient music, post-rock and orchestral music. His Mixtape includes visceral music from Mahler, Messiaen and Stockhausen.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Brooklyn-based trio Hospitality released their latest album "Trouble" on Tuesday. On Friday, they join youth ensemble Face the Music for this week's Ecstatic Music performance in the Greene Space. Drummer Nathan Michel offers a Mixtape that fittingly alternates music for man and machine. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Montreal-based electroacoustic composer Tim Hecker constructs alternately ambient and abrasive soundscapes. Listen to his Mixtape featuring music of Terry Riley, Charlemagne Palestine and Harold Budd.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Over the course of a 12-album career, Deerhoof has proven itself one of independent rock's most consistently inventive and eclectic ensembles. For their Mixtape, each member contributes 15 minutes of their favorite classical music.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon has had her music performed by many top orchestras and soloists. Her Mixtape alternates American spirituals with the music of Maria Schneider, Kenji Bunch and more.
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Since the reissue of her seminal 1980 debut album "The Expanding Universe," computer music pioneer Laurie Spiegel has enjoyed a resurgence of attention. She offers music for the season on this week's Mixtape.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
The music of John Luther Adams seethes with the serenity and savage violence of his Alaskan home, particularly in works like In the White Silence and Earth and the Great Weather. Listen to his Mixtape.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Composer Gregory Spears has collaborated with So Percussion, Eighth Blackbird and JACK quartet among others. His Mixtape illustrates his fascination with the parallels between early and contemporary music--a juxtaposition that appears frequently in his own music.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The music of Daniel Lopatin – aka Oneohtrix Point Never – is at once futuristic and in constant conversation with the past. His Mixtape collides Renaissance master Orlando Gibbons with contemporary experimentalist Paul Lansky. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
The music of composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir paints textured sonic pictures as hazy and mystical as the as the landscape of her native Iceland. Listen to her Mixtape.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Marvin Lin is the editor-in-chief of the webzine Tiny Mix Tapes. His Mixtape tours the history of electronic music, from Duchamp to Matmos. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Composer Judd Greenstein is a ubiquitous presence in New York's contemporary music scene. He's a co-founder of New Amsterdam Records and curator of the annual Ecstatic Music Festival and is featured on Saturday's 21cLiederabend festival at BAM. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The music of Irish composer Peter Fahey has been performed by iO Quartet, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and Talea Ensemble. On October 25th, the American Composers Orchestra premiered his A Mirror to Kathleen's Face. Hear Fahey's Mixtape today at 3 pm.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason has collaborated with everyone from Britten Sinfonia to the Los Angeles Philharmonic to Sigur Rós. Hear his Mixtape, which includes selections by Ligeti, Kurtag, Lutoslawski and George Crumb, today at 3 pm.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Composer-performer Ryan Lott, AKA Son Lux, has collaborated with yMusic, members of Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens and the Young People's Chorus of New York City. Listen to his Mixtape on Wednesday at 3 pm.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has worked with diverse cross-section of the new-music community, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and eighth blackbird. Listen here to his Mixtape.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Alongside concert works like Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc, Richard Einhorn's credits include scores for Emmy and Academy Award winning films. Hear his Mixtape.