Streams Wednesdays at 2 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. 

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Drummer Billy Martin on the Limits and Ranges of Instrumentalists

Best known as the drummer for the celebrated avant-jazz/funk trio Medeski Martin & Wood, Billy Martin has long been an integral part of New York's downtown scene. His Mixtape features music of Messiaen, Feldman, Dubuffet and Ligeti. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.

Brad Lubman: Cutting a Playlist Four Ways

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

This week's mixtape comes from composer and conductor Brad Lubman. The music director of the ensemble Signal, Lubman's worked with everyone from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to the Chicago Symphony to Steve Reich and Musicians.

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Man Forever on the Perfection of Vision, from James Tenney to Funkadelic

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Man Forever is the musical project of drummer-composer John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions). Best known as the drummer for Brooklyn-based psych-rock outfit Oneida, he performed last Saturday with ambient artist William Basinsky at the Ecstatic Music Festival.

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Buke & Gase on Finding Perfect Musical Moments

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Brooklyn-based duo that performs on instruments of their own design, Buke & Gase create an impressive amount of sound. The band performs tonight at the Ecstatic Music Festival. Hear their Mixtape today at 3 pm.


Grooves, Pulses/Florals and Lines with Vicky Chow

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A fixture in New York's new-music scene, often as a member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, pianist Vicky Chow has worked with a formidable and varied roster of composers and performers, from John Adams and Terry Riley to Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo. Her Mixtape includes piano-driven music by Terry Riley, Nik Bartsch, Donnacha Dennehy, Thomas Adès, Chris Cerrone, Alva Noto and more.



Experiments in Opera on the Excitement of New Sounds

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The composer collective known as Experiments in Opera presents a Mixtape that ranges from the obscure to the icons of the American experimental tradition. Listen on Wednesday at 3 pm.


Laurel Halo's Tribute to Space, Pause and the Dynamics of Recording

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

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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Tristan Perich on Connections Across Structure, Genre & Style

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."

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The Bad Plus's Ethan Iverson on Living Piano Music

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.


Wilco's Glenn Kotche Spins His Offbeat Influences

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.


Visceral Connections with Jóhann Jóhannsson

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.

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Hospitality's Nathan Michel Shares Music for Man and Machine

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.


Electronic Composer Tim Hecker on Space and Sonority

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.


Deerhoof's Bite-Sized, Mullet-Grabbing Mixtape

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.

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Jennifer Higdon on Finding her Opera Voice

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.


New York, Mid-Winter with Laurie Spiegel

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.

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Music to Leave this World with John Luther Adams

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.

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A Baroque Minimalism with Gregory Spears

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.

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Electronic Musician Oneohtrix Point Never in Dialogue with the Past

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.


An Hour with Icelandic Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir

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.


Marvin Lin on the Proliferation of Electrical Currents

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.