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The Industry's 'Hopscotch'

Monday, January 16, 2017

How can a site-specific opera – one in which audiences were shuttled around Los Angeles in limos, side-by side with performers – translate to the static medium of a recording?

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Norway's Jaga Jazzist Embraces Vintage Funk and Krautrock

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Jaga Jazzist is a Norwegian ensemble that draws inspiration from jazz, vintage funk and Krautrock. We join the members backstage at Le Poisson Rouge for an interview and performance.

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Opera Company Trades Limo Seats for Earbuds with 'Hopscotch' Disc

Monday, January 16, 2017

How can a site-specific opera – one in which audiences were shuttled around Los Angeles in limos, side-by side with performers – translate to the static medium of a recording?

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Make Radio with Meet the Composer at the Met Cloisters

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Join host Nadia Sirota on Friday, Jan. 20 at 3 pm at the Met Cloisters' Fuentidueña Chapel for an afternoon of radio- and music-making as we sing Pauline Oliveros's "Tuning Meditation." 

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Listen: 2017 Ecstatic Music Festival Launches with Bang on a Can All-Stars

Monday, January 09, 2017

Monday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 pm, join us in kicking off the 2017 Ecstatic Music Festival with a live stream of the Bang on a Can All-Stars annual People's Commissioning Fund Concert.

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Stage Actress Sarah Jones Talks Dignity and Finding Home in Everyone

Monday, January 09, 2017

In Sarah Jones's one-woman shows, she seamlessly slips into characters of different classes, races and genders. Jones and Davis talk self-love in a culture that teaches self-alienation.

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Kjartan Sveinsson's 'Der Klang der Offenbarung des Göttlichen'

Monday, January 09, 2017

Throughout his debut solo album, Kjartan Sveinsson - former Sigur Rós keyboardist - envelops the listener in the quiet majesty of ravishing string and vocal textures. Listen all week.

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Video Premiere: Robert Honstein's 'Grand Tour'

Monday, January 09, 2017

Robert Honstein's "Grand Tour" offers a musical tour of the canals, alleyways and lagoons of Venice, Italy. Watch pianist Karl Larson perform the piece in this video premiere.

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A Day in the Life of Missy Mazzoli

Friday, January 06, 2017

How do artists refresh their creative lives? This week, Missy Mazzoli gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a rehearsal for the New York premiere of her opera “Breaking the Waves.”

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Listen: Bruce Brubaker and Francesco Tristano Remix Philip Glass

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Bruce Brubaker and Francesco Tristano, two virtuoso pianists from very different musical backgrounds, take the music of Philip Glass in an entirely new direction. 

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Janus Trio's 'Book of Memory'

Monday, January 02, 2017

The flute/viola/harp trio known as Janus has emerged with a second full-length, Book of Memory, and it is a charmer. Listen all week. 

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Soprano Julia Bullock Talks Finding Your Voice and Place in the World

Monday, January 02, 2017

The young Juilliard-trained soprano Julia Bullock is making waves for her stunning performances and bold choice of roles. She talks with Davis about finding her place in today's culture.

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Q2 Music's 2016 New-Music Countdown

Saturday, December 31, 2016

We asked Q2 Music listeners to vote on their favorite new-music of the last 20 years. Beginning December 28, we'll countdown the top 50 votes. The top-voted choice will bring in 2017.

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A Day in the Life: Alarm Will Sound

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

How do artists refresh their creative lives? This week, Mike Clayville from Alarm Will Sound takes over our Instagram to document Alarm Will Sound’s preparation for “Splitting Adams."

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Alex Ross's Current Obsessions

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Join Q2 Music this winter for a series of new and compelling musical main dishes, catered by New Yorker music critic Alex Ross. This week: Ashley Fure's "Bound to the Bow."

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Yarn/Wire's 'Currents Vol. 4'

Monday, December 26, 2016

Comprised of two percussionists and two keyboardists, Yarn/Wire is releasing a "Currents" album each year to give voice to the theatrical and the exploratory. Listen to volume 4 today.

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A Day in the Life: The Westerlies

Friday, December 23, 2016

How do artists refresh their creative lives? This week, Riley Mulherkar from The Westerlies brings us along for their annual holiday bash.

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Top New-Music Moments of 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, Q2 Music staff and writers look back on some of the most uplifting, imagination-gripping, and breathtaking musical achievements of the past year. 

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Listen: GABI Talks Fear, Vulnerability and the Human Voice

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

GABI is a composer and vocalist who brings together elements of classical music, electronica and the expressive vulnerability of the human voice.

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Julius Eastman's 'Femenine'

Monday, December 19, 2016

Reviving the works of composer Julius Eastman – among those whom history have all but forgotten – feels especially important at this point in time. Listen to his epic "Femenine." 

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Conductor Hernandez-Valdez Channels the Power of Choral Singing

Monday, December 19, 2016

For conductor Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, an attentive and hungry audience is one of the essential parts of creating a transcendent musical experience. He talks with host Helga Davis.

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