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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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Man Forever on the Perfection of Vision, from James Tenney to Funkadelic

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Man Forever is the musical project of drummer-composer John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions). Best known as the drummer for Brooklyn-based psych-rock outfit Oneida, he performed last Saturday with ambient artist William Basinsky at the Ecstatic Music Festival.

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On-Demand Audio: Man Forever & William Basinski

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

March 29, the Kid Millions-helmed percussion ensemble Man Forever joined electronic artist William Basinski onstage for the final evening of the Ecstatic Music Festival 2014.

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Kronos Quartet Distills 40 Years of Exploration into a 'Thousand Thoughts'

Monday, March 31, 2014

Kronos Quartet's new 40th anniversary compilation, "A Thousand Thoughts," takes a well-earned victory lap by bringing together a generous helping of their globe-trotting musical excursions.

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On-Demand Audio: Mirah and Susie Ibarra

Monday, March 31, 2014

Saturday, March 1, inventive singer-songwriter Mirah and composer-percussionist Susie Ibarra shared the stage at the 2014 Ecstatic Music festival for reworkings of each other's music as well as the world premiere of We Float – a new collaborative work considering the effect of space travel on the human experience.

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Twenty-First Century Piano Problems

Monday, March 31, 2014

The early modernists had Claude Debussy, the post-war György Ligeti, and the twenty-first century may very well point to the French master Pascal Dusapin as the torchbearer for reinventing the technical capabilities and sonic potential of the piano.

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The Double Concerto Show

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett take a look at that oh-so-unselfish form, the double concerto – music for two soloists and orchestra. Featuring music of Peter Maxwell Davies and Philip Glass.

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On-Demand Audio: Buke and Gase with So Percussion

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March 26, avant rock duo Buke and Gase joined So Percussion at Merkin Concert Hall, as part of the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival. The evening features new music performed on a mix of traditional and homemade instruments. Listen to the entire show on demand.

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Buke & Gase on Finding Perfect Musical Moments

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Brooklyn-based duo that performs on instruments of their own design, Buke & Gase create an impressive amount of sound. The band performs tonight at the Ecstatic Music Festival. Hear their Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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Mechanical Music with David Friend

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

For the month of August, pianist David Friend of ensemble TRANSIT and the Bang on a Can Festival Ensemble guest hosts Hammered! Week One: Mechanical Music from John Adams, Donnacha Dennehy, Conlon Nancarrow and more.

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Michael Gordon Goes for Broke with 'Rushes' for Bassoon Septet

Monday, March 24, 2014

Why is it that so many composers are reticent to write for the bassoon? Stream Michael Gordon's fiendishly difficult 'Rushes' for bassoon septet all this week and find out.

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19 Composers on What Makes Kronos Kronos

Monday, March 24, 2014

Over the course of 50+ recordings and 800 commissions and arrangements, the Kronos Quartet has worked with a list of composers more diverse than perhaps that of any other ensemble. Listen to some of them talk about what makes the quartet so special. 

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Kronos at 40: 24-Hour Marathon Anniversary Stream

Monday, March 24, 2014

On March 29, Q2 Music streamed an encore of KRONOS AT 40 – a marathon of 24 distinct hours surveying the Kronos Quartet's colossal contributions to 20th and 21st century music.

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On-Demand Video: Kronos Quartet 40th Birthday Celebration

Monday, March 24, 2014

Watch the archived video webcast of the Kronos Quartet performing key works from their contemporary canon in The Greene Space, recorded live on Monday night.

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Top 10 Essential Kronos Quartet Recordings

Monday, March 24, 2014

Kronos Quartet has been celebrating its 40th anniversary this season – 40 years of upending and then rebuilding our idea of what a string quartet can be. Here's a rundown of 10 of the quartet's most essential recordings.

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Slideshow: 40 Years of Kronos Quartet Posters

Monday, March 24, 2014

Like the music itself, Kronos Quartet's artwork has always balanced an edgy, rock band-like aesthetic with touches of pop art and psychedelia alongside their more traditional classical roots. View our slideshow of favorite show posters over the last 40 years.

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The Improv Show

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Does contemporary music need to be exquisitely written out with Ferneyhough levels of expressive detail? Do scores need to reflect every nuance, every slight bending of time, every possible elaboration of the melody? Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett consider a group of composers for whom improvisation is essential to the execution of their artistic vision

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On-Demand Audio: Timo Andres, Gabriel Kahane, Ted Hearne, Becca Stevens & Nathan Koci

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, we presented a live audio webcast of composer-performers Timo Andres, Gabriel Kahane, Ted Hearne, Becca Stevens and Nathan Koci at the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall.

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