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March 8-30, 2012: A Multi-Dimensional Celebration of America's Visionary, Maverick Composers

This March, Q2 Music partners with San Francisco Symphony to celebrate America’s great iconoclastic composers, when San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas brings his American Mavericks tour to New York's Carnegie Hall.

From March 8–30, 2012, enjoy a new roster of hosts, pianists-in-residence on Hammered!, live and on-demand concerts, curated playlists from leading pop and classical icons, historic interviews from the WQXR and WNYC archives, and a crowning live videocast “American Mavericks: Music and Conversation with Michael Tilson Thomas” on March 26 at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

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Michael Tilson Thomas and John Adams in The Greene Space

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On Monday, March 26 at 7 pm, Q2 Music welcomes San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas, composer John Adams and the St. Lawrence String Quartet to The Greene Space.

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Listen: Lisa Moore goes American Berserk

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

On March 23, Lisa Moore performed a solo piano recital as part of Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert series. Titled American Berserk, the show included works by Philip Glass, Don Byron, Martin Bresnick, Frederic Rzewski and more. Tune in for Cued Up today at 3 pm to hear the entire concert.

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Listen: JACK Quartet and Guitarist Steven Mackey

Monday, April 02, 2012

Recently the JACK Quartet celebrated the music of American modernists Charles Ives and Ruth Crawford Seeger while teaming up with composer-guitarist Steven Mackey to present his Physical Property.

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Otto Luening Plugs America into Electronic Music

Friday, March 30, 2012

Otto Luening was one of the first American composers to work with electronic tape music. His collaborations with Vladimir Ussachevsky led to the formation of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, the first of its kind in America and a crucial breeding ground for many American electronic composers.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Angélica Negrón

Friday, March 30, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we've asked musicians from different musical backgrounds to curate an hour of music that they deemed best fit the ideal of an "American Maverick." Today's featured musician is composer and performer Angélica Negrón.

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Listen: Alarm Will Sound Perform John Cage and Edgard Varèse

Thursday, March 29, 2012

On Sunday, March 18 at 3 pm, Alarm Will Sound performed music by John Cage, Edgard Varèse, Conlon Nancarrow, Elliott Sharp and Charlie Wilmoth. Hear the entire concert now on-demand.

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Maverick Mixtapes: John Schaefer

Thursday, March 29, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we've asked musicians from different musical backgrounds to curate an hour of music that they deemed best fit the ideal of an "American Maverick." Today's featured individual is radio personality John Schaefer, host of WNYC's New Sounds and Soundcheck.

Jacob Druckman on the State of Contemporary Music

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Druckman discusses his role as the composer-in-residence at the New York Phiharmonic and the impetus behind the New Horizons contemporary music festival. He recounts the changing fortunes of interest in new music and opera, and how audiences and fellow composers have responded.

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Terry Riley Remembers In C

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

In this 2009 episode of WNYC's New Sounds, Terry Riley speaks with host John Schaefer about his landmark 1964 work In C which helped usher in the style known as minimalism.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Owen Pallett

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Composer, violinist and songwriter Owen Pallett tells us about his interest in the music of Van Dyke Parks, "the spiritual godson of number-one American Maverick Charles Ives."

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Lukas Foss on Street Sign Inspiration and Struggles With Bach

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

In this 1973 Composers' Forum with host Martin Bookspan, Lukas Foss chats about the many musical hats he wears and musical life in both Israel and America.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Joan La Barbara

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we asked musicians from different musical backgrounds to curate an hour of music that they deemed best fit the ideal of an "American Maverick." Today's featured musician is vocalist and composer Joan La Barbara.

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Lou Harrison Tunes the Gamelan for Western Ears

Monday, March 26, 2012

In this 1997 New Sounds with host John Schaefer, Lou Harrison talks about composing for the Indonesian gamelan, the associated complexities of intonation and his recollections of instrument building and experimentation with fellow West Coast maverick, Harry Partch. 

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Maverick Mixtapes: Jherek Bischoff

Monday, March 26, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we asked musicians from different musical backgrounds to curate an hour of music that they deemed best fit the ideal of an "American Maverick." Today's featured musician is composer, songwriter and producer Jherek Bischoff.

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Jeremy Denk Hosts Hammered!

Monday, March 26, 2012

This month on Hammered! we invite three pianists to curate episodes focused on the 20th and 21st century's revolutionary composers. Listen in 11 am and 11 pm this week for episodes hosted by Jeremy Denk.

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Listen: Mountain Goats and Anonymous 4

Saturday, March 24, 2012

On Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 pm, ET, Q2 Music presented a live audio Webcast of the sold-out Ecstatic Music Festival concert of influential, indie pioneers Mountain Goats and the acclaimed early vocal music ensemble Anonymous 4. Stream the whole show now.

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Steve Reich Remembers 'Riot' at Four Organs Premiere

Friday, March 23, 2012

In this 1986 interview, the composer Steve Reich recounts his early success with Michael Tilson Thomas, describing the progression of initial discovery to the controversial performance of Four Organs.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Shara Worden

Friday, March 23, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we asked musicians from different musical backgrounds to curate an hour of music that they deemed best fit the ideal of an "American Maverick." Today's featured musician is composer and songwriter Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond.

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Café Concert: So Percussion

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The percussion quartet So Percussion performs Inlets, John Cage's Zenlike score for water-filled conch shells and burning pine cones, in the WQXR Café. Watch the video here.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Claire Chase

Thursday, March 22, 2012

We asked musicians from different musical backgrounds to curate an hour of music that they deemed best fit the ideal of an "American Maverick." Today's featured musician is flutist and concert curator Claire Chase.

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Harry Partch: Redefining the Possible at Every Turn

Thursday, March 22, 2012

This 2001 episode of WNYC's Spinning on Air marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Harry Partch. Host David Garland plays a mix of Partch's music and recorded speech, including introductions to and performances on Partch's exotic array of home-made instruments.

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