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Sample Rate: A 24-Hour Marathon

Monday, April 14, 2014

Today, join Q2 Music for 24-hours of electronic and electro-acoustic music, curated and hosted by Morton Subotnick, Tyondai Braxton, Tristan Perich, Angélica Negrón, Matmos, Olga Bell and Daniel Wohl.

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Listen Live: FLUX Quartet Performs Morton Feldman's String Quartet No. 2

Saturday, April 26, 2014

On Saturday, April 26 at 3 pm ET, join Q2 Music for a live audio webcast of Morton Feldman's six-hour String Quartet No. 2 as performed live by the FLUX Quartet in the newly renovated Board of Officers Room at the Park Avenue Armory.

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Watch Live: Composer-Pianist Vijay Iyer and Brentano Quartet in The Greene Space

Thursday, April 24, 2014

On Thursday, April 24 at 7 pm ET, join Q2 Music, host Terrance McKnight and guests composer-pianist Vijay Iyer and the Brentano String Quartet for an evening of conversation and music for piano, string and electronics from The Greene Space at WQXR.

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Donnacha Dennehy's Journey through Music

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Composer Donnacha Dennehy is featured this Sunday at Carnegie Hall as part of David Lang's collected stories series. His Mixtape spans from David Bowie and Steve Reich to Morton Feldman and Osvaldo Goljiov. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Inside Composer-Pianist Vijay Iyer's Harlem Home

Monday, April 21, 2014

For the second episode of Q2 Spaces's second season, we tour the Harlem apartment of pianist, composer and 2013 MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer. Watch the full episode now.

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Julia Wolfe Bores a Hole Through the Mountain with 'Steel Hammer'

Monday, April 21, 2014

"Steel Hammer," the new album by Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe, features a musical retelling of that great American tall tale of John Henry. Stream the album in full all this week.

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To Sleep, Perchance To Dream

Monday, April 21, 2014

This week we take our aesthetic and thematic cue from Toru Takemitsu's ravishing and otherworldly Quotation of Dream for two pianos and orchestra, and spin a week's worth of piano music that skirts the line between the direct and the subliminal, the real and the dreamlike.    

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A Scoop of Schubert

Thursday, April 17, 2014

It's no secret the the Brothers Balliett love the music of Franz Schubert, whether it's tearing through the Trout Quintet or sobbing through Die Schoene Muellerin. Today at 3 pm, they take a look at Schubert's impact on today's music through works by Nick Didkovsky, Bruno Mantovani and Hans Zender.

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Drummer Billy Martin on the Limits and Ranges of Instrumentalists

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Best known as the drummer for the celebrated avant-jazz/funk trio Medeski Martin & Wood, Billy Martin has long been an integral part of New York's downtown scene. His Mixtape features music of Messiaen, Feldman, Dubuffet and Ligeti. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Listen Live: Arvo Pärt and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

On Monday, June 2 at 7 pm ET, Q2 Music presents a live audio webcast of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in Arvo Pärt's epic masterpiece Kanon Pokajanen. Live from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

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Sample Rate: A 24-Hour Marathon

Monday, April 14, 2014

Today, join Q2 Music for 24-hours of electronic and electro-acoustic music, curated and hosted by Morton Subotnick, Tyondai Braxton, Tristan Perich, Angélica Negrón, Matmos, Olga Bell and Daniel Wohl.

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Gabriela Lena Frank Draws on Dances, Dreams and Sacrifice

Monday, April 14, 2014

For her most recent album, "Compadrazgo," California-born composer-pianist Gabriela Lena Frank focuses on her Latin side, with references to her travels in South America. Stream the album all this week. 

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Hot Off The Press

Monday, April 14, 2014

While there is never a lack of The New at Q2 Music, rarely has there been so much new in one week's worth of programing. This week we take our selections exclusively from recently piano releases – some featured on Q2 Music's Album Of The Week – and spin tracks from the front lines of new music.

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Off the Grid with Suzanne Farrin Returns

Thursday, April 10, 2014

On Monday, June 2 at 3 pm, join host Suzanne Farrin for the second season of Off the Grid – a special series on Q2 Music that showcases new music by aspiring composers, young and old. Send in your music through May 31 for second season consideration. 

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Could This Be the Grooviest Large Ensemble Piece of the Past Twenty Years?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What happens when a master composer spends over ten years on a piece of music, constantly reworking the motives, finding new and ever-more-fascinating transformations and contexts in which to work his ever-changing material? Join The Brothers Balliett Thursday at 3 for a listen to Wolfgang Rihm's mammoth Jagden und Formen.

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Brad Lubman: Cutting a Playlist Four Ways

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

This week's mixtape comes from composer and conductor Brad Lubman. The music director of the ensemble Signal, Lubman's worked with everyone from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to the Chicago Symphony to Steve Reich and Musicians.

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Four World Premieres by Juilliard Student Composers

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

On Tuesday, April 15 at 8 pm, Q2 Music presents an exclusive webcast of the Juilliard School's four 2014 composers' competition winners as recorded live Feb. 14 at Alice Tully Hall.

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Alfred Schnittke's Piano Music and Crushingly Unhappy End

Monday, April 07, 2014

Simon Smith's new collection of Alfred Schnittke's complete piano music offers a harrowing biographical portrait of the composer. Stream the entire album all this week.

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A is for Awesome, All-encompassing, Andriessen

Monday, April 07, 2014

Louis Andriessen has exerted a vital influence on American music over in the last few decades. Of course he’s Dutch and has stayed close to home most of his career, but the strength of his convictions and principles have traveled well.

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Under the Influence

Monday, April 07, 2014

Folk music has inspired composers throughout history. Tune in all week for music by Bela Bartok, Vivian Fung, John Zorn and more whose music is colored with styles, rhythms and forms of non-Western music.

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The Hyperion Show

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Myths have inspired works in all media for millenia; some might even say that the expression mythology was the BIRTH of the arts. Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett take a listen to two stunningly different musical adaptations of the myth of the Greek deity Hyperion.

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