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'Considering Matthew Shepard' an Ode to Inclusivity and Compassion

Monday, August 29, 2016

Since his death in 1998, Matthew Shepard has been an enduring symbol of the L.G.B.T. rights movement. Composer Craig Hella Johnson pays tribute with his 'Considering Matthew Shepard.'

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Listen: Aruna Sairam Performs South Indian Vocal Music

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Padma Shri Aruna Sairam and her ensemble performed a wide variety of South Indian classical music on June 11 at the Ojai Music Festival. 

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'Considering Matthew Shepard' an Ode to Inclusivity and Compassion

Monday, August 29, 2016

Since his death in 1998, Matthew Shepard has been an enduring symbol of the L.G.B.T. rights movement. Composer Craig Hella Johnson pays tribute with his 'Considering Matthew Shepard.'

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App Download: Carla Kihlstedt's 'Against Dreaming'

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Each Thursday, we offer an exclusive Q2 Music recording to save to your phone. This week: a song from Carla Kihlstedt's 'At Night We Walk In Circles and Are Consumed By Fire'.

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Listen: Kaija Saariaho's Chamber Music with ICE and Roomful of Teeth

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The second day of the 2016 Ojai Music Festival centered on Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, with performances from vocal octet Roomful of Teeth and International Contemporary Ensemble.

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A Day in the Life: Roomful of Teeth

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

How do artists refresh their creative lives? This week, Roomful of Teeth take over our Instagram to reveal their favorite forms of downtime.

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Tenor Sax Quartet Battle Trance Returns with Scorching 'Blade of Love'

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tenor sax quartet Battle Trance's latest album, 'Blade of Love,' ferries the listener forward, allowing not a moment of hesitation in which to consider skipping ahead. Listen now.

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A Day in the Life: Composer and Multi-Instrumentalist Jherek Bischoff

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How do artists refresh their creative lives? This week, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jherek Bischoff takes over our Instagram to reveal his favorite forms of downtime.

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Listen: ICE, Roomful of Teeth and Julia Bullock Perform Kaija Saariaho’s “La Passion de Simone"

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The 70th Ojai Music Festival opened with a performance of Kaija Saariaho's opera 'La Passion de Simone' performed by soprano Julia Bullock with members of ICE and Roomful of Teeth.

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Tyshawn Sorey Composes Chaos in 'The Inner Spectrum of Variables'

Monday, August 15, 2016

Tyshawn Sorey's vision extends far beyond the horizon, toward a distant point where varying styles invisibly converge. Stream his latest album, 'Inner Spectrum of Variables,'  all week.

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App Download: Hannah Lash's 'Concerto for Harp and Chamber Orchestra'

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Each Thursday, we offer an exclusive Q2 Music recording to save to your phone. This week: Hannah Lash's 'Concerto for Harp and Chamber Orchestra.'

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Bite-Sized Bytes: Composing in 15 Seconds

Monday, August 08, 2016

What would you do with 15 seconds? For composer Ray Lustig, it's the perfect amount of time to set up a low-stakes creative lab and ongoing audio-visual experiment. 

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Seattle Symphony Concludes Indispensable Cycle of Late French Master Henri Dutilleux

Monday, August 08, 2016

Ludovic Morlot's Seattle Symphony has once again proved itself one of the most essential symphony orchestras in the country with its third and final disc of Dutilleux orchestral music.

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A Day in the Life: Paola Prestini

Friday, August 05, 2016

How do artists refresh their creative lives? This week Paola Prestini, the creative and executive director behind new Brooklyn venue National Sawdust, takes over our Instagram.

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App Download: Molly Herron's 'Stellar Atmospheres'

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Each Thursday, we offer an exclusive Q2 Music recording to save to your phone. This week: Molly Herron's 'Stellar Atmospheres' recorded live as part of the 2015 SONiC Festival.

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A Day in the Life: Nick Zammuto

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

How do artists refresh their creative lives? This week, composer Nick Zammuto takes over our Instagram from the mountains of Vermont.

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Listen: Talea Ensemble Goes 'Wild' at the Library of Congress

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Listen to the U.S. Premiere of George Aperghis' Wild Romance and Julian Anderson's Van Gogh Blue, performed by the Talea Ensemble at the Library of Congress on March 11, 2016.

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Cellist Maya Beiser Spans Imogen Heap to Michael Gordon in 'TranceClassical'

Monday, August 01, 2016

Amid the haze of glamour and processed signals enveloping the music of cellist Maya Beiser's latest album, 'TranceClassical,' her unadorned voice stands out in potent relief. Listen now.

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Encore Stream: Einojuhani Rautavaara Commemorative Marathon

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Q2 Music commemorates the passing of Einojuhani Rautavaara, with a 12-hour marathon stream of music by the great Finnish composer. Today at 4 pm and Saturday at 10 am.

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App Download: Rachel Grimes's 'The Herald'

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Each Thursday, we offer an exclusive Q2 Music recording to save to your phone. This week: Rachel Grimes's 'The Herald' recorded live by the piano trio Longleash at Merkin Concert Hall.

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Listen: David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg Present 'Breath and Hammer'

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Clarinetist David Krakauer and pianist Kathleen Tagg presented arrangements of "simple songs" from cultures around the globe.

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