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Recently in Q2 Music

Woodwind Players With Feet In Two Worlds

Thursday, February 12, 2015

You can do a lot with a woodwind instrument. This week, The Brothers Balliett explore wind players fluent in multiple styles, from Indigenous Australian music to Latin jazz.


Ben Frost on Mirrors, Metals & Vacant Spaces

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Iceland-based composer Ben Frost's fourth solo album "AURORA" – a blend of modern classical and electronica – topped many "Best of 2014" lists. Hear his Mixtape.

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'Who the Hell is Allan Pettersson?' Told Through Score and Film

Monday, February 09, 2015

Allan Pettersson (1911-1980), born to a working-class family, was a Swedish composer whose violin playing pulled him up from a childhood straight out of a Roald Dahl novel.

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So Old It's New Volume 4: Passion Plays

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Continuing their mini-series of music that is so OLD, that it actually begins to sound NEW, the Brothers Balliett listen to pre-1200 AD "passion plays." Thursday at 3 pm.

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Split Sides with The Cellar and the Point's Joseph Branciforte

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

This week's Mixtape comes from drummer/composer Joseph Branciforte – cofounder of the NYC-based garage chamber septet The Cellar and Point. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.


Dedicated Proponent of Music for Cello Goes All New in 'Crossings'

Monday, February 02, 2015

"Crossings: New Music for Cello," Kate Dillingham’s fourth album, features a line-up of new music for both solo cello and cello/piano duo. Stream the entire album all this week.

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So Old It's New (Part 3): Ancient and Modern Troubadours

Thursday, January 29, 2015

For this installment of ancient music that might very well be mistaken for new music, The Brothers Balliett listen to music of the troubadours. Thursday at 3 pm.

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Listen: Tan Dun and Friends 'From China to New York' in Music and Conversation

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On Jan. 10, composer Tan Dun hosted an evening of music and conversation with fellow composers Chou Wen-chung, Chen Yi and Zhou Long from the New York Historical Society. Listen now.


Kaija Saariaho's Masterful Chamber Music Shines on a Larger Scale

Monday, January 26, 2015

Utterly original and new, the music of Kaija Saariaho is nevertheless recognizable as a successor to an old French tradition of rich lyricism and colorful orchestration.


Listen: Mantra Percussion and Ian Williams Kick Off Indie-Classical Festival

Friday, January 23, 2015

Jan. 15, the Ecstatic Music Festival kicked off its fifth season with a pairing of Battles guitarist Ian Williams and Mantra Percussion live at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place.


So Old It's New Part 2: Dance Edition

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Continuing their mini-series investigating music that is so old that it actually sounds new, the Brothers Balliett listen to instrumental dance music from c. 1000-1500.


Judd Greenstein on the Space Between Sounds

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Composer, New Amsterdam co-founder and Ecstatic Music curator Judd Greenstein is a ubiquitous presence in New York's contemporary music scene. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.


Listen: Pianist Jenny Lin Plays Ukrainian Nostalgist

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

On Wednesday, Feb. 4 pianist Jenny Lin celebrated the music of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov with the program "Nostalghia" at Le Poisson Rouge.


Listen: Pianist Sarah Cahill Plays Terry Riley

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jan 29, pianist Sarah Cahill celebrated the 80th birthday year of iconic minimalist Terry Riley with a program of pieces written in his honor. Listen to the entire show.

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Andrew Norman, Video Games and the 21st-Century Orchestra at 'Play'

Monday, January 19, 2015

Andrew Norman’s "Play" reads as though written by a composer unrestrained by any hint of self-consciousness. Stream the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's latest album all week. 


Listen: Roomful of Teeth Performs Paul Lansky

Sunday, January 18, 2015

October 19, members of the vocal octet Roomful of Teeth performed new arrangements of Paul Lansky's "Idle Chatter" series at the "Sound/Source" festival of electronic music.


So Old It's New

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Have you ever heard a piece of VERY early music and thought, "that could easily have been written today"? Today the Brothers Balliett explore music that's so old it sounds new.


Florent Ghys on Canons, Guitars and Old School Synths

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Composer-bassist Florent Ghys uses snippets of television broadcasts and poetry as source material for heady, but playful compositions. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.


Listen: AXIOM Performs Adams, Birtwistle and Messiaen

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Juilliard School's AXIOM Ensemble's 2014-2015 season began with an instant classic of American modernism and closed with a masterwork of the European avant-garde.


Raised Voices: 24 Hours to Satisfy Your Choral Fixation

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Join us all day today (Jan 30) for an encore presentation of Raised Voices:  24 hours of today's wild and ravishingly beautiful music for vocal and choral ensemble.

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