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New York–based Brazilian composer Marcos Balter and the San Francisco–based rock band Deerhoof each represent the aesthetic triumph of the 21st-century vogue for crossing genres.
For our Symphomania celebration of 21st century orchestral music, composer Steven Mackey offers insight into the processes and misconceptions of orchestration.
As part of Symphomania – our celebration of 21st century orchestral music – composer Kristin Kuster breaks down the anxious months from commission to premiere.
Each Thursday, we're offering a new, exclusive recording to save to your phone. This week, download Andrew Norman's 'Music in Circles' recorded live by yMusic.
Contemporary composers address the issues of our time and so should the modern orchestra, writes conductor Michael Lewanski on updating the symphonic repertoire.
Brooklyn-based septet Exceptet joined old-timey band, Goldfeather for an evening of premieres at Merkin Concert Hall as part of the 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival.
Brooklyn-based composer Ted Hearne and pianist Timo Andres highlight their longstanding relationship with old and new music alike, and the challenges of "messing" with it.
Thoughout history, composers have struggled to finance music written for large orchestras. As part of our Symphomania celebration, musicologist Douglas Shadle weighs in.
On 'Hand Eye,' the Grammy-winning eighth blackbird asked the composers of Sleeping Giant to compose music inspired by visual art, from robotic installations to figurative painting.
Join Q2 Music on Sunday, April 24 for our second annual Symphomania, a 24-hour marathon stream of music that offers a vision of orchestral repertoire composed in or after the year 2000.
Each Thursday, we're offering a new, exclusive recording to save to your phone. This week, download Marcos Balter's ethereal 'Bladed Stance' for yMusic.
Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire and Bryce Dessner of The National joined violist Nadia Sirota for the third installment in her week-long Fuse Project residency at Symphony Space.
Q2 Music's Meet the Composer podcast with Nadia Sirota was named a finalist for a 2016 Peabody Award, which celebrates media arts of the highest ambitions and standards.
In celebration of Record Store Day 2016, Nonesuch has released Clint Mansell's indelible soundtrack to Darren Aronofsky's 'Requiem for a Dream' on deliciously chunky 180g vinyl.
Each Thursday, we're offering a new, exclusive live recording to save to your phone. This week, download a live rendition of Judd Greenstein's "Clearing, Dawn, Dance" for yMusic.
Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo collaborates with the electric guitar quartet Dither and drummer Brian Chase for the world premiere of Ranaldo's "Hurricane Songs."
David Lang breaks down two of his "Memory Pieces" – recollections of friends distilled into brief musical moments – and we join pianist Andrew Zolinsky for this episode of LPR Live.
The violin duo and sisters Angela and Jennifer Chun have taken a leap into the contemporary era with their latest charming disc, exploring the music of Nico Muhly and Philip Glass.
This week the Brothers Balliett present two works, somewhat bizarrely paired, that both have great viola parts: Wolfgang Rihm's '"Fetzen", and Paul Chihara's "Viola Concerto".
Each Thursday, we're offering a new, exclusive recording to save to your phone. This week, hear a premiere by Gabriela Lena Frank recorded live at the Library of Congress.