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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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Maverick Mixtapes: Richard Reed Parry

Wednesday, March 21, 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 multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry, of Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre.

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Frederic Rzewski and DIY Music-Making

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In this 2002 episode of WNYC's Soundcheck, host John Schaefer talks to maverick American icon Frederic Rzewski as well as fellow pianist-composers Michael Hersch and Russian-born Lera Auerbach about performing their own pieces, and working outside the musical mainstream.

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John Cage Provoked but Undisturbed

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

In this 1963 interview from the WNYC archives, composer John Cage clarifies the fundamental tenets of his music-making and demonstrates his legendary contemplative and unperturbed demeanor in the face of challenging and critical question by acclaimed music critic and host Jonathan Cott.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Dan Deacon

Tuesday, March 20, 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 electronic musician Dan Deacon.

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Lisa Moore Hosts Hammered!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Pianist Lisa Moore hosts this week's installments of Hammered!, presenting music by composers like Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, Charles Ives, Conlon Nancarrow, Philip Glass, John Adams and many others.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Son Lux

Monday, March 19, 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 electronic musician Ryan Lott, a.k.a. Son Lux.

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Leonard Bernstein Talks Aging and Emerging Dreams

Monday, March 19, 2012

In this 1985 interview, Leonard Bernstein describes the influences his early education had upon the formation of the Young People's Concerts and feeling "cursed with this need to teach."

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Bernstein and Copland Discuss American Music

Friday, March 16, 2012

In this 1950 appearance at Tanglewood, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Irving Fine and Lukas Foss gathered together around a piano discuss what gives American music its special identity.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Dave Douglas

Friday, March 16, 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 trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas.

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Meredith Monk Searches for the Sacred

Thursday, March 15, 2012

In this 2008 interview, composer, vocalist and filmmaker Meredith Monk joins host David Garland to explore the musical traditions of disparate world religions and discuss the personal, non-denominational expressions of the search for the sacred through sound.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Sam Hillmer

Thursday, March 15, 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 saxophonist and composer Sam Hillmer, of the Brooklyn-based avant jazz groups Zs, Hubble and Diamond Terrifier.

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Listen Now: Dan Deacon, NOW Ensemble and Calder Quartet

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Listen now to indie heavyweight Dan Deacon's compositions performed in Merkin Concert Hall's Ecstatic Music Festival.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Padma Newsome

Wednesday, March 14, 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 Australian songwriter and composer Padma Newsome, a founding member of Clogs and a frequent collaborator with Brooklyn-based rock group The National.

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The Tone Colors of Henry Cowell

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

In this 1952 Music for the Connoisseur, host David Randolph intersperses archival audio of Henry Cowell's speeches on musical techniques, plays pieces based on the composer's theories, and ties the program together with his own insights into the composer's pioneering ideas.

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John Adams and Writing an American Opera

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

In this 1995 interview from the WNYC archives, John Adams talks with host John Schaefer about his new opera I Was looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky, finished just a week before the interview took place. Adams explores what sets this opera apart from his earlier efforts and how it resembles the form of the American musical. Cast members from the production perform live in-studio. 

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Maverick Mixtapes: Alan Pierson

Tuesday, March 13, 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 Alan Pierson, conductor and musical director of both the new-music ensemble Alarm Will Sound and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

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Listener Poll: Your Suggestions for a Maverick Playlist

Monday, March 12, 2012

We want your help in programming the final day, March 30, 2012, of our American Maverick festival. Help our hosts know what trail-blazing, renegade composers have most impacted you and shattered your preconceptions about what music is.

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Conlon Nancarrow and Trimpin Discuss Music and Technology

Monday, March 12, 2012

Brought together for a 1989 interview, composers Conlon Nancarrow and Trimpin discuss the ideas behind their music.

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Kathleen Supové Hosts Hammered!

Monday, March 12, 2012

This month on Hammered! Q2 Music invites three pianists to curate episodes focused on the past century's most revolutionary musicians. Listen in 11 am and pm all this week for episodes hosted by the fearless Kathleen Supové.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Tyondai Braxton

Monday, March 12, 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 group is composer, guitarist, and former Battles member Tyondai Braxton.

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