Mixtapes

Streams Wednesdays at 3 pm and Saturdays at 8 pm on Q2 Music

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. 

Latest Episode / Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Edit This

John Cage Was: Images, Poetry and Nocturnes

Last year, photographer James Klosty released a collection of photographs documenting John Cage from 1967-1972. Sample some while listening to Cage perform music of Erik Satie.

Bora Yoon's Constellation Mixtape

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

For this week's Mixtape, composer-vocalist Bora Yoon spins music of Steve Reich, Matmos, Tan Dun and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

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Simone Dinnerstein's Teenage Turning Points from Stravinsky to Hendrix

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Today at 3 pm, Q2 Music presents a Mixtape of pieces that marked important turning points in the teenage life of pianist Simone Dinnerstein.

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The Living Earth Show on Progressive Heroes

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The Living Earth Show is a San Francisco-based extreme new-music duo and rhythm section for hire. Their Mixtape highlights oppression-fighting heroes.

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Paola Prestini's 'Visionary' Playlist Spans Anna Clyne to John Zorn

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Composer Paola Prestini is the artistic director of this week's Ferus Festival. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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The Bad Plus's Ethan Iverson on Living Piano Music

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ethan Iverson is the pianist for the adventurous jazz trio The Bad Plus. His Mixtape features piano music from Rzewski to Birtwistle.

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Sarah Neufeld on Music for Pain, Love and Longing

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Violinist-composer Sarah Neufeld is a member of Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre. Last month she released an album with saxophonist Colin Stetson. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Rachel Grimes on the Particularity of a Sound

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Best known for her work in the ambient chamber rock group Rachel's, pianist-composer Rachel Grimes releases a new solo album this month. Listen to her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Prepared Pianist Hauschka on Friends and Influences

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Berlin-based pianist and composer Hauschka uses prepared piano as a vehicle for layered, mesmerizing improvisation-colored pieces. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Vocal Music of the Northern Baltic with the Latvian National Choir

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

This week, the Latvian National Choir returns to New York for the first time since 2010. Hear a Mixtape from conductor Maris Sirmais Wednesday at 3 pm.

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A Taste of San Francisco's Switchboard Music Festival

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

San Francisco's Switchboard Music Festival brings together an eclectic mix of mostly local new-music makers for one day each April. The curators offer a sneak listen of what to expect.

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Art Tatum to Luciano Berio with Carman Moore

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Carman Moore's "MADIBA," an orchestral piece inspired by Nelson Mandela, will receive its world premiere this Friday at Carnegie Hall. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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How to Dance on a Thin Line with Theresa Wong

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cellist, vocalist and composer Theresa Wong explores the intersection of composition and improvisation, the inquisitive and the absurd. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Ben Frost on Mirrors, Metals & Vacant Spaces

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Iceland-based composer Ben Frost's fourth solo album "AURORA" – a blend of modern classical and electronica – topped many "Best of 2014" lists. Hear his Mixtape.

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Split Sides with The Cellar and the Point's Joseph Branciforte

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

This week's Mixtape comes from drummer/composer Joseph Branciforte – cofounder of the NYC-based garage chamber septet The Cellar and Point. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Judd Greenstein on the Space Between Sounds

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Composer, New Amsterdam co-founder and Ecstatic Music curator Judd Greenstein is a ubiquitous presence in New York's contemporary music scene. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Florent Ghys on Canons, Guitars and Old School Synths

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Composer-bassist Florent Ghys uses snippets of television broadcasts and poetry as source material for heady, but playful compositions. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Max Richter on Old Loves and Lullabies

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Composer Max Richter's 2012 recomposition of "Vivaldi, The Four Seasons" was a surprise classical hit. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Paula Matthusen on Sounds, Artists & Americans in Rome

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Composer Paula Matthusen is a 2014 Rome Prize Fellow; the New York resident is currently working at the American Academy in Rome. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Jacob Cooper on Songs, Cycles & Lieder

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Electroacoustic composer Jacob Cooper is a featured artist at our Best of 2014 in New Music party this Tuesday in The Greene Space. Hear his Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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Spektral Quartet's Point of Entry Playlist

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 has been a busy one for Chicago's Spektral Quartet. Hear their Mixtape – an entry point for recently-converted new-music listeners – Wednesday at 3 pm.

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