Q2 Music Advent Calendar

24 Miniature Holiday Gifts for You Listeners!

This has been such an exciting year for Q2 Music. We celebrated our 5th birthday and launched our first podcast, in addition to hosting huge piles of specials, continuing our Cribs-style Q2 Spaces video series, and hosting countless hours of new-music joy. So! To thank you all for making 2014 so very memorable, we are launching:

The Q2 Music Advent Calendar! Click on any number below, but only up through today's date. 

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This means you get 24 holiday-themed nuggets of goodness composed and arranged by your friends at Q2 Music and the wider new-music community (Q2nity?), one each day of December through Christmas Eve. I know that plenty of you don't celebrate Christmas, but this is a very convenient organizing principle for gift delivery, so we beg your pardon.

Check this space every day in December for a new download (or stream, if you wish) by likes of Phil Kline, Meet the Composer's Nadia Sirota and Alex Overington, and Brad Balliett of The Brothers Balliett, in addition to non-hosting new-music movers and shakers that we cannot yet divulge (because we are still compelling them to comply. They will comply.)

We hope you enjoy this experimental treat! Thanks for everything in 2014 and here's to serving your new-music needs in 2015!

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'Jesus Christ the Apple Tree'

For the final day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a delicious bell-filled rendition of "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree" from composer Nico Muhly.

'Angels, Etc.'

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

For the 23rd day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, composer and guitarist Aaron Roche offers an original Yuletide-inspired tune, "Angels, Etc."

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'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen'

Monday, December 22, 2014

For the 22nd day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a reversed violones rendition of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" from The Brothers Balliett's Doug Balliett.

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'O come, O come, Emmanuel'

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For the 21st day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download "O come, O come, Emmanuel," gorgeous tape loop track by the composer / performer, Caleb Burhans.

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'I Wonder as I Wander'

Saturday, December 20, 2014

For the 20th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download "I Wonder as I Wander," a pensive lost-in-snow track from composer and radio host David Garland.

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'Music for 18 Reindeer'

Friday, December 19, 2014

For the 19th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download "Music for 18 Reindeer," a Reich-influenced track by composer and Q2 host, Phil Kline.

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'Behold'

Thursday, December 18, 2014

For the 18th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download "Behold," a track influenced by Handel's "Messiah" by Meet the Composer producer, Alexander Overington.

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'Rise of the Wind-Up Toys'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

For the 17th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download "Rise of the Wind-Up Toys" by composer and Q2 Producer Hannis Brown.

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'¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?'

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

For the 16th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a synth-pop cover of "¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?" by Alarm Will Sound hornist, Matt Marks.

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Coventry Carol

Monday, December 15, 2014

For the 15th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download an electro-acoustic arrangement of Coventry Carol, by Nadia Sirota and Alexander Overington.

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I'll Be Bach For Christmas

Sunday, December 14, 2014

For the 14th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download I'll Be Bach For Christmas, an all-viola arrangement of Bach by Nadia Sirota.

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Peace on Earth

Saturday, December 13, 2014

For the 13th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download Peace on Earth, a festive track from Q2 host, Phil Kline.

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'Knee Xmas'

Friday, December 12, 2014

For the 12th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download Phillip Glass-inspired "Knee Xmas," from Meet the Composer producers Nadia Sirota and Alexander Overington.

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'Medieval Times'

Thursday, December 11, 2014

For the eleventh day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download Medieval Times, a Christmas chant arrangement for strings by radio host and violist, Nadia Sirota.

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'Coventry Caro'

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

For the tenth day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download Coventry Caro, a cover of the Coventry Carol by composer Caroline Shaw.

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'Ghostbusters Carol of the Bells'

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

For the ninth day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a Ghostbusters-themed Carol of the Bells by violist and Meet the Composer host, Nadia Sirota.

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'Hallelujah!'

Monday, December 08, 2014

For the eighth day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download Hallelujah!, a Christmas treat by composer and Q2 Music host Phil Kline.

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'Oh Little Town of Bethlehem'

Sunday, December 07, 2014

For the seventh day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a free-jazz Christmas cover of "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem," by producer Curtis Macdonald.

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'Cantique de Noel'

Saturday, December 06, 2014

For the sixth day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a Christmas treat called Cantique de Noel for solo bassoon, by Brad of the Brothers Balliett.

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'Christmas Phase'

Friday, December 05, 2014

For the fifth day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a Christmas treat called Christmas Phase, inspired by one of the grandfathers of minimalism, Steve Reich.

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'Antfarm Grandfather Clock'

Thursday, December 04, 2014

For the fourth day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a Christmas treat by Q2 producer Hannis Brown, Antfarm Grandfather Clock.

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