Part of Classical 105.9 WQXR, Q2 Music is a listener-supported, New York-based online station devoted to the music of living composers; a home for immersive festivals, live webcasts and on-demand concerts from today’s leading new-music performers and venues.

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The Graffiti Show

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Writing music over top of other music is nothing new. Today at 3 pm the Brothers Balliett explore some of the most exciting and contemporary examples of musical graffiti writers, from Max Richter to Uri Caine and Wolfgang Rihm.

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MATA Festival Explores Old Synthesizers, Harmonic Series and a 'Collage on Falling'

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The second night of the 16th annual MATA Festival featured adventurous chamber music fresh from the desks of young Brazilian, Spanish and American composers, performed by a team of New York City's finest new-music interpreters.

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Paola Prestini's 'Visionary' Playlist Spans Anna Clyne to John Zorn

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Composer Paola Prestini is the founder of VisionIntoArt, an interdisciplinary arts company. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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MATA Festival 2014 Opens Somewhere Between Noise and Silence

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Finland's chamber ensemble Uusinta performed an eclectic program of new music for the opening night of the 16th annual MATA Festival at the Kitchen on April 16. Hear the entire concert and individual piece on demand. 

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Seattle Symphony Launches Record Label with Focus on Contemporary Music

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lots of things have been going right for the Seattle Symphony lately, not least being a commission that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. Listen to the freshman release on their new record label all this week. 

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Watch Live: 'Meet the Composer' Launch Party

Friday, May 09, 2014

Celebrate the launch of Q2 Music’s groundbreaking new podcast, Meet the Composer, with a music party and live video webcast in The Greene Space at WQXR! Nadia Sirota hosts and featured guests include John Luther Adams, Caroline Shaw and many more.

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What Kind of Bedtime Story Would Helmut Lachenmann Tell?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

We don't often think of hyper-modernist composers Helmut Lachenmann and Luciano Berio as storytellers, but when they create a piece that sets a scene, they both go all the way (in completely different ways). Join the Brothers Balliett Today at 3 pm.

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On-Demand Audio: John Luther Adams's Become Ocean Live at Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Listen to the New York premiere of composer John Luther Adams's Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean as performed by the Seattle Symphony at Carnegie Hall May 6. We'll also stream the whole thing today at 3 pm.

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Accounting in Reverse with Jayson Greene

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Jayson Greene has an omnivorous musical appetite. Managing Editor for eMusic and a writer for Pitchfork and the Village Voice, he's also a classically trained musician. His mixtape stretches from Debussy to Suzanne Ciani and Elliott Carter. Listen today at 3 pm.

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From Fingerboard to Fretboard: Philip Glass's String Quartets on Guitars

Monday, May 05, 2014

The cool, restrained interpretations of the Dublin Guitar Quartet performing arrangements of Glass's string quartets speak more like a virginal harpsichord with an unusually sweet voice. Listen to the entire album. 

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Serious Sets, Series and Sonatas with Lisa Moore

Monday, May 05, 2014

Australian pianist Lisa Moore has performed with a slew of contemporary ensembles around the world, including the London Sinfonietta, Bang on a Can All-Stars and Steve Reich Ensemble. She guest-hosts Hammered! for the month of May. Listen weekdays at 10 am.

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Orchestration: Composition's Good-Looking Cousin

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Orchestration is the successful good-looking cousin of composition. Beneath its slick veneer lies a vital component to the expression of a musical idea. Today at 3 pm, join the Brothers Balliett for sparkling orchestrations by Takemitsu, Abrahamsen and Parkins.

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Jacob Cooper on Songs, Cycles & Lieder

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The music of composer Jacob Cooper draws omnivorously from the worlds of multimedia art installations, electroacoustic music, pop and contemporary classical. His new song-cycle for electronics and soprano Mellissa Hughes was released this week on Nonesuch Records. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Venerable Label Makes Bold Move with Emerging Composer Jacob Cooper

Monday, April 28, 2014

Jacob Cooper's "Silver Threads" helps Nonesuch Records close a certain hipness gap between their venerable roster and the composers of his generation. Listen to the album in full all this week.

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Piano Luminaries, from Art Tatum to Jeremy Denk

Monday, April 28, 2014

So much of what brings a piece of music to life has to do with its performer. Although nearly all of the composers featured regularly on Hammered! benefit from excellent performer-advocates, the programmatic arch of each week is normally determined by the composer and music itself.

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

Saturday, April 26, 2014

On April 26, Q2 Music presented a live audio webcast of Morton Feldman's six-hour String Quartet No. 2 as performed by the FLUX Quartet at the Park Avenue Armory. Listen to the entire piece on demand.

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Watch Live: Pianist Vijay Iyer and Brentano Quartet

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tonight at 7 pm ET, watch composer-pianist Vijay Iyer and the Brentano Quartet for an evening of conversation and music for piano, string and electronics from The Greene Space.

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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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Video: 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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