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Meet the Composer is a new podcast from Q2 Music that takes listeners into the minds and creative processes of the composers making some of the most innovative, compelling and breathtakingly beautiful music today. Listen to the first episode and download the second – featuring composer Andrew Norman – tomorrow, July 29.

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Hot-Pourri Piano

Monday, July 28, 2014

This week on Hammered!, pianist and guest host Lisa Moore takes on the summer head-on, with some of the hottest keyboard performances around. Join her each morning for music from a diverse grab bag of 20th and 21st Century compositional voices as performed by today's leading performers.


The Quiet Violence of Peter V. Swendson’s Seasons and Weather

Friday, July 25, 2014

"Allusions to Seasons and Winter," from composer Peter V. Swendsen and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, opens with a processed tenor recorder emulating a bird call. Live electronics buzz like distant cicadas and a buried sine wave rises and falls. Stream the entire album all this week.


Electronic Musician No Lands Presents Music from Other Worlds

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

No Lands is the electronic project of Brooklyn-based composer Michael Hammond. Negative Space," his debut album of electro-noir compositions is set for release July 29. Hear his Mixtape – featuring music of Paul Lansky, Brian Eno and Oneohtrix Point Never – today at 3 pm.

Preview: Andrew Norman: Better Living Through Architecture

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Preview the second episode of Meet the Composer, featuring guest Andrew Norman. The podcast will be available on July 29 and stream on Q2 Music at 7 pm. 


Richard Reed Parry Taps Performers' Inner Metronomes in 'Music for Heart and Breath'

Monday, July 21, 2014

Richard Reed Parry, a composer and member of the rock band Arcade Fire, writes classical compositions based the actual pulse of the performers themselves. Stream his "Music for Heart and Breath" all this week. 

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Summer Swinging with Lisa Moore

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Hammered! Summer Swing continues this week with music that beats the heat and joins a new vortex of spiraling musical ripples. Grab your iced tea, a blueberry scone, your preferred listening device and join guest host Lisa Moore weekdays at 10 am.


Phil Kline Spotlights Scandinavian Symphonist Per Nørgård

Monday, July 21, 2014

While the music of  Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg and Esa-Pekka Salonen has become quite familiar to American audiences in recent years, that of their important predecessor Per Nørgård has remained offshore. Join Phil Kline this week from 11 am to 1 pm on Q2 Music for a look at the Scandinavian symphonist. 


The Mid-Century American Piano Show

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Today's show puts the spotlight on one of America's most interesting and artistically innovative periods: the post-war years, stretching from the 1950's to the 1970's. But that's not all: today's focus is ALSO about the instrument that every composer must write for, probably again and again: the PIANO.


wild Up's 'Feather & Stone' Spotlights Los Angeles Composers

Monday, July 14, 2014

Los Angeles-based ensemble wild Up's new album "Feather & Stone" presents an unexpected mashup of pieces, ranging from jazz to a collage of found sounds. Stream the album all this week. 

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Summer Swing on Hammered!

Monday, July 14, 2014

This week on Hammered!, guest host Lisa Moore moves into new music for a swinging, sizzling summer in New York. She begins her exploration of music inspired by dance – music that unabashedly celebrates the pulsing beat and the power of driving energy. Listen weekdays at 10 am.


Gavin Bryars's Coolly Passionate, Accessible Avant-gardism

Monday, July 14, 2014

Gavin Bryars is one of the great polystylists of our time. His works could be by turns described as minimal, experimental, neoclassical, neoromantic, historicist or even jazz. Listen weekdays between 11 am and 1 pm as host Phil Kline explores the music of the likeable experimentalist and English composer-double bassist. 

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Toys! Toys! Toys!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Did you ever consider taking your favorite toy as inspiration for a new composition? We hope you did, but if not, don't worry: this Thursday at 3 pm, dive into pieces by composers, such as Nathan Davis and Sofia Gubaidulina, who took inspiration from childhood trinkets like toy pianos. 


Summer 24-Hour Marathon: What's Your Roadtrip Playlist?

Monday, July 07, 2014

The windows are down, the cruise control is on, and the back seat is packed with snacks. Join us all day Friday and Sunday for 24 hours of your new-music roadtrippin' favorites, hosted by Suzanne Farrin.

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Robert Kyr's Mystic Exploration of Love and Transcendence

Monday, July 07, 2014

The latest recording by the prolific composer and educator Robert Kyr features a pair of cantata-like works, The Cloud of Unknowing and Song of the Soul. Stream the entire album on demand all this week.

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On-Demand Audio: 'Andriessen 75' Festival Showcases String Quartets

Monday, July 07, 2014

The week-long festival celebrating Louis Andriessen's life and work concluded with a concert presentation of his complete string quartets. The Aeolus Quartet, Juilliard's graduate resident string quartet for this year, performed. Stream excerpts from the concerts on demand. 

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Bonus Track: 'The Wind in High Places' by John Luther Adams

Monday, July 07, 2014

John Luther Adams wrote his first string quartet at age 59 as vignettes representing moments he and Gordon Wright shared while camping, and likens his approach to the traditional music form as "primitive man discovers fire." Download The Wind in High Places as Meet the Composer's first Bonus Track with John Luther Adams.

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Celebrating the Legacy of Composer-Pianist David Burge

Monday, July 07, 2014

This week on Hammered! Lisa Moore continues her survey of modern piano concertos alongside a new focus on the phenomenal American new music pianist and composer David Burge (1930-2013). An indefatigable champion of 20th-century music, Burge performed from the 1950s onward on some of the world’s most renowned concert stages.


On-Demand Audio: 'Andriessen 75' on the Edge

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Composers Derek Bermel and Ruby Fulton shared a program with Louis Andriessen and the late French composer Florent Schmitt at the "Andriessen 75" festival. Stream the entire concert, performed by the EDGE Ensemble, the Shenandoah Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and violinist Monica Germino.


On-Demand Audio: Bang on a Can All-Stars at 'Andriessen 75'

Saturday, July 05, 2014

The Bang on a Can All-Stars brought their powerhouse energy and skill to the "Andriessen 75" festival in Washington, D.C., playing some of the composer's most iconic works.


On-Demand Audio: Louis's Jazz at 'Andriessen 75' Festival

Friday, July 04, 2014

Wednesday, July 9 at 11 am ET, Phil Kline continues his presentation of the "Andriessen 75" festival in Washington, D.C. with "Andriessen's Piano/Andriessen's Jazz" featuring pianists Molly Orlando and Francesca Hurst as well as the Brad Linde Jazz Ensemble.