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The Brothers Balliett Talk to Charles Wuorinen

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Charles Wuorinen befriended Edgard Varèse and Igor Stravinky in his youth and has collaborated with the likes of Salman Rushdie and Annie Proulx. Today at 3 pm he joins the Brothers Balliett for an interview and listening session.

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A Baroque Minimalism with Gregory Spears

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Composer Gregory Spears has collaborated with So Percussion, Eighth Blackbird and JACK quartet among others. His Mixtape illustrates his fascination with the parallels between early and contemporary music--a juxtaposition that appears frequently in his own music.

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The Mind-Bending, Ear-Opening Music of Mathew Rosenblum

Monday, December 16, 2013

Works on composer Mathew Rosenblum's newest album "Möbius Loop" offer both a mind-bending illusion and an elegant feat of mathematics. Stream the entire album all this week.

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Homegrown Hits

Monday, December 16, 2013

New Yorkers needn't travel far to hear music from a great composer, and this week on Hammered! we follow suit with a week's worth of borough-hopping playlists that survey New York City's young composers.

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The Monochromatic Show

Thursday, December 12, 2013

If there's one thing that the Brothers Balliett have learned from Rothko, it's that monochromaticism, in art OR music, is not necessarily a bad or boring thing. This week we explore ensembles built entirely of one sound color. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.

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Electronic Musician Oneohtrix Point Never in Dialogue with the Past

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The music of Daniel Lopatin – aka Oneohtrix Point Never – is at once futuristic and in constant conversation with the past. His Mixtape collides Renaissance master Orlando Gibbons with contemporary experimentalist Paul Lansky. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Highlights of Violinist Hilary Hahn's Grand Commissioning Project

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

This past November, violinist Hilary Hahn performed her most recent encore-commissioning project, "In 27 Pieces," live from Greenwich House. Stream excerpts this week. 

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Multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick Breathes New Life Into 'Float'

Monday, December 09, 2013

At the age of 26, composer-musician Peter Broderick has more than 20 albums to his credit. His latest is Float 2013. Stream the album in full all this week.

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Concertos and Etudes, Chickens and Eggs

Monday, December 09, 2013

No ambiguity here. No broader historical context required. No chicken / egg complex. This week we listen to five piano concertos preluded by the smaller piano pieces from which they came.

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Q2 Music's 2013 New-Music Countdown

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Q2 Music is calling on listeners to answer the question "What is your favorite classical music from the last 100 years?" We'll bring the year to a close with your top choices during one marathon countdown.

Mostly Imaginary Landscapes

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Does an aural representation of geography exist, or does "landscape" take on a new meaning when applied to music? Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett explore landscape music by John Cage, Harrison Birtwistle and Brian Fernyhough.

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Interview with Krzysztof Penderecki

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

On the heels of last month's Symphony Space performance celebrating the 80th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki, the legendary Polish composer joins Phil Kline in the studio. Listen Friday at 12 pm.

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An Hour with Icelandic Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The music of composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir paints textured sonic pictures as hazy and mystical as the as the landscape of her native Iceland. Listen to her Mixtape.

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John Adams Provides Thunder, Desperation and Pure Adrenaline

Monday, December 02, 2013

A new album by Peter Oundjian and the Scottish National Symphony offers three selections from Adams for large orchestra in one convenient dose. Stream the recording in full all this week.

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard's Contrapuntal World

Monday, December 02, 2013

Few pianists have impacted contemporary music more profoundly than the Frenchman Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Hear his insights and performances of Ives, Ligeti and Messiaen all week on Hammered!

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A Thanksgiving Cross-Culture Show

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving isn't just about tryptophan-induced comas – it's also about cultures meeting and deep grooves. This week, in a special Thanksgiving edition, the Brothers Balliett honor that early American meeting of cultures with three pieces that exemplify cross-cultural connections.

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Marvin Lin on the Proliferation of Electrical Currents

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Marvin Lin is the editor-in-chief of the webzine Tiny Mix Tapes. His Mixtape tours the history of electronic music, from Duchamp to Matmos. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Ken Thomson Spins Invention and Prankster-ish Glee in 'Thaw'

Monday, November 25, 2013

Reedist and composer Ken Thomson's first album – titled "Thaw" and performed by the JACK Quartet – stands as his new career highlight. Stream the album in full all this week.

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Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

Monday, November 25, 2013

Composers today inherit some pretty profound baggage. How is one able to write a single note! with all of music's most monolithic presences staring at your staff paper? One option is to ignore them, another is to talk with them.

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The Brothers Balliett Talk to Alex Mincek

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett talk to composer and Guggenheim recipient Alex Mincek, who's collaborated with Yarn/Wire, JACK Quartet and Wet Ink among others.

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