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New York Now brings you live shows from New York's most dynamic venues and presenters. From live audio webcasts to a rich, evolving archive of on-demand shows, New York Now puts the best of the contemporary classical music scene at your fingertips.

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Listen: Julia Holter, Alex Temple and Spektral Quartet

Julia Holter and Chicago's Spektral Quartet recently appeared at the Ecstatic Music Festival to play music inspired by James Blake, Guillaume de Machaut and transformation.

Listen Live: Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Bang on a Can All-Stars present world premieres of new music by Wilco's Glenn Kotche, Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) & Ben Frost. Listen to a live webcast.

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Listen: Jennifer Higdon's Civil Words World Premiere

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February 9, American baritone Thomas Hampson delivered the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Civil Words, a song cycle set to texts from the American Civil War.

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Listen: Helado Negro & thingNY

Friday, February 20, 2015

Songwriter and electronic musician Heldago Negro joined the New York City-based experimental music collective thingNY onstage on Feb. 18 at the Ecstatic Music Festival.

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Listen: Tan Dun and Friends 'From China to New York' in Music and Conversation

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On Jan. 10, composer Tan Dun hosted an evening of music and conversation with fellow composers Chou Wen-chung, Chen Yi and Zhou Long from the New York Historical Society. Listen now.

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Listen: Mantra Percussion and Ian Williams Kick Off Indie-Classical Festival

Friday, January 23, 2015

Jan 15, the Ecstatic Music Festival kicked off its fifth season with a pairing of Battles guitarist Ian Williams and Mantra Percussion live at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place.

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Listen: Pianist Jenny Lin Plays Ukrainian Nostalgist

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

On Wednesday, Feb. 4 pianist Jenny Lin celebrated the music of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov with the program "Nostalghia" at Le Poisson Rouge.

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Listen: Pianist Sarah Cahill Plays Terry Riley

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jan 29, pianist Sarah Cahill celebrated the 80th birthday year of iconic minimalist Terry Riley with a program of pieces written in his honor. Listen to the entire show.

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Listen: Roomful of Teeth Performs Paul Lansky

Sunday, January 18, 2015

October 19, members of the vocal octet Roomful of Teeth performed new arrangements of Paul Lansky's "Idle Chatter" series at the "Sound/Source" festival of electronic music.

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Listen: AXIOM Performs Adams, Birtwistle and Messiaen

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Juilliard School's AXIOM Ensemble's 2014-2015 season began with an instant classic of American modernism and closed with a masterwork of the European avant-garde.

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Music of Philip Glass with Pianist Lisa Moore

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Watch a live videocast on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 pm of pianist and former Bang on a Can All-star Lisa Moore performing solo piano works by Philip Glass from Le Poisson Rouge. 

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On-Demand Audio: Holly Herndon's "Idle Chatter Response"

Monday, January 12, 2015

October 19, electronic-music composer Holly Herndon offered a response to Paul Lansky's seminal "Idle Chatter" series at the "Sound/Source" festival of electronic music.

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On-Demand Audio: Vicky Chow and 40 1-Bit Speakers

Saturday, January 10, 2015

October 19, pianist Vicky Chow performed Tristan Perich's music for piano and 1-bit electronics live at MoMA PS1 as part of the "Sound/Source" festival of electronic music.

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On-Demand Audio: Olga Bell is Sitting in a Room

Friday, January 09, 2015

Hear vocalist Olga Bell perform Alvin Lucier's seminal "I Am Sitting in a Room" live at MoMA PS1 as part of the day-long "Sound/Source" festival of electronic music.

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On Demand Video: Q2 Music's Best of 2014 in New Music

Friday, December 05, 2014

Tuesday, Dec. 2, Q2 Music presented a star-studded celebration of the year’s most compelling new-music recordings, hosted by Meet the Composer's Nadia Sirota. 

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Listen: Wordless Music Orchesta Reworks 'Tubular Bells'

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

October 16, members of the Wordless Music Orchestra presented a new arrangement of Tubular Bells, the 1973 rock opus best known for its inclusion in "The Exorcist."

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Listen: David Lang's Opera 'The Difficulty of Crossing a Field'

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hear David Lang's 2002 opera The Difficulty of Crossing a Field with libretto by Mac Wellman, as recorded live in concert with the Harlem Quartet on Sept. 28 at Roulette.

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On Demand Audio: Meredith Monk's 'Piano Songs,' Transcriptions at Le Poisson Rouge

Thursday, November 20, 2014

On Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 pm, join Q2 Music for a live videocast of a 72nd birthday concert honoring the pioneering performer-composer Meredith Monk at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

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On-Demand Audio: The Knights Spotlight the Music of Bryce Dessner

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

October 15, New York ensemble The Knights presented the music of Bryce Dessner, best known as a guitarist and songwriter in The National. Stream entire show on demand.

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On-Demand Audio: Centennial Tribute to Polish Composer Andrzej Panufnik

Monday, November 17, 2014

Nov 12, the ACME string quartet performed a centennial tribute to Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik at (Le) Poisson Rouge. 

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On-Demand Audio: Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer with Bang on a Can All-Stars

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

October 14, Bang on a Can All-Stars took the stage at Brookfield Place for a performance of Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer. Stream the entire show, hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer.

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