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Watch: Iceland's Nordic Affect Performs Valgeir Sigurðsson and Úlfur Hansson

Thursday, April 20, 2017

On the heels of their performance at the LA Phil's Reykjavík Festival, we invited Icelandic quartet Nordic Affect in for an intimate in-studio performance.

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Watch: Iceland's Nordic Affect Performs Valgeir Sigurðsson and Úlfur Hansson

Thursday, April 20, 2017

On the heels of their performance at the LA Phil's Reykjavík Festival, we invited Icelandic quartet Nordic Affect in for an intimate in-studio performance.

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A Day in the Life: Sandbox Percussion

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How do artists refresh and maintain their creative lives? This week, Sandbox Percussion takes over our Instagram to reveal their favorite forms of downtime.

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Ted Hearne and The Crossing's 'Sound From the Bench'

Monday, April 17, 2017

Composer Ted Hearne’s arms must be exhausted, carrying around that giant mirror that he so effectively holds up to modern life. Listen to his ‘Sound From the Bench’ all this week.

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Watch: Béla Fleck and Brooklyn Rider Perform Excerpt From Juno Concerto

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Béla Fleck, joined by Brooklyn Rider, dropped by the WQXR studios to discuss his new album and share a few selections.
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Watch: Vijay Iyer and Friends From The Greene Space

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Watch a performance by Vijay Iyer and friends from The Greene Space at WQXR as the genre-bending pianist-composer shared the stage with a diverse array of musical collaborators.

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Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal Perform 'Musique de Nuit'

Thursday, April 06, 2017

On March 3, Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Ségal performed selections from their improvisational 2015 release "Musique de Nuit." Listen to the full show.

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Watch: Percussionist's Mesmerizing Tribute to Philip Glass and Steve Reich

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Peter A. Bauer's “80 Years in 80 Bars” attempts to capture the minimalist essence of the two composers' work.
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Brooklyn Youth Chorus' Wildly Energetic 'Black Mountain Songs'

Monday, April 03, 2017

Brooklyn Youth Chorus' first solo album, "Black Mountain Songs," gives off waves of energy. The National's Bryce Dessner and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry curated the music.

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Watch: Composer John Zorn's Game Piece 'Cobra' and a Glimpse of Experimental New York

Friday, March 31, 2017

Watch Zorn lead a Cobra rehearsal in a clip from Derek Bailey's 1992 documentary On the Edge: Improvisation in Music.

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Watch: Brooklyn Youth Chorus' 'Black Mountain Songs' Release Party

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Watch the release party for Brooklyn Youth Chorus' 'Black Mountain Songs,' featuring Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry.

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Listen: First Look at 'Silent Voices' With Brooklyn Youth Chorus and ICE

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In January, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus offered an early listen to their Silent Voices project, which gives voice to those who have been silenced by social and political circumstances.

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Watch: 'Saturn' from Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly's 'Planetarium'

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sufjan Stevens, The National's Bryce Dessner and composer Nico Muhly will soon release an album version of their solar-system inspired song cycle. Watch the video for 'Saturn' today.

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Iceland Symphony Orchestra's Ethereal Landscape Painting

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra's "Recurrence" brings together five fast-rising, particularly imaginative composers taken with misty explorations of texture and glacial movement.

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Listen: John Adams' Electronic 'Coast' Arranged for Alarm Will Sound

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Listen to an exclusive arrangement of a nutso, sci-fi-y electronic piece John Adams wrote in 1993, arranged by Caleb Burhans for Alarm Will Sound.

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The Crossing and the International Contemporary Ensemble's 'Seven Responses'

Monday, March 20, 2017

Any record that pairs The Crossing with the International Contemporary Ensemble is virtually guaranteed to be a new-music lover's dream. Listen to their "Seven Responses" all this week.

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Listen: Inside the Chamber Symphonies of John Adams With Alarm Will Sound

Monday, March 20, 2017

Meet the Composer and Alarm Will Sound unravel John Adams' two insanely difficult chamber symphonies.

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Exclusive Music Video: The Knights' 'Ascending Bird,' Featuring Yo-Yo Ma

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Knights are releasing their new album on March 31. Ahead of the release, they have shared an exclusive first listen of their new work, "Ascending Bird."
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Listen in 3D Sound: Pauline Oliveros' 'Tuning Meditation' From Met Cloisters

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Today's Meet the Composer Bonus Track is an extended cut of Pauline Oliveros' "Tuning Meditation," recorded live at the Met Cloisters' Fuentidueña Chapel in 3D-sounding binaural audio. 

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Listen: American Composer Pauline Oliveros and 'Deep Listening'

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Meet the Composer continues its investigation of the odd, wrong-side-of-the-tv-set role of The Performer with a deep dive into the "Sonic Meditations" of composer Pauline Oliveros.

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Thomas Adès Blazes With Wit and Brilliance in Orchestral Album

Monday, March 13, 2017

The London Symphony Orchestra has just released a new recording of Thomas Adès' enormously ambitious "Asyla," conducted by the composer, along with a pair of meaty new orchestral works.

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