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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.

Recently in Q2 Music

Jacob Cooper on Songs, Cycles & Lieder

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Electroacoustic composer Jacob Cooper is a featured artist at our Best of 2014 in New Music party this Tuesday in The Greene Space. Hear his Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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Listen: Wordless Music Orchesta Reworks 'Tubular Bells'

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

October 16, members of the Wordless Music Orchestra presented a new arrangement of Tubular Bells, the 1973 rock opus best known for its inclusion in "The Exorcist."

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Philip Glass's Piano Etudes Exemplify a Muscular Late Period

Monday, November 24, 2014

Philip Glass's complete set of 20 Etudes are released on this disc for the first time, recorded by Maki Namekawa for the composer's Orange Mountain Music label. Stream the album now. 

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Listen: David Lang's Opera 'The Difficulty of Crossing a Field'

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hear David Lang's 2002 opera The Difficulty of Crossing a Field with libretto by Mac Wellman, as recorded live in concert with the Harlem Quartet on Sept. 28 at Roulette.

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On Demand Audio: Meredith Monk's 'Piano Songs,' Transcriptions at Le Poisson Rouge

Thursday, November 20, 2014

On Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 pm, join Q2 Music for a live videocast of a 72nd birthday concert honoring the pioneering performer-composer Meredith Monk at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

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What the Devil is a Metagong?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

You heard it here first, folks. That's the theme of today's show, as the Brothers dive into the rich ocean of new releases from spring, summer, and fall of 2014.

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Spektral Quartet's Point of Entry Playlist

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 has been a busy one for Chicago's Spektral Quartet. Hear their Mixtape – an entry point for recently-converted new-music listeners – Wednesday at 3 pm.

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On-Demand Audio: The Knights Spotlight the Music of Bryce Dessner

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

October 15, New York ensemble The Knights presented the music of Bryce Dessner, best known as a guitarist and songwriter in The National. Stream entire show on demand.

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A Far Cry from Your Ordinary String Orchestra in 'The Law of Mosaics'

Monday, November 17, 2014

"The Law of Mosaics," couples composers Andrew Norman and Ted Hearne with performances by the enterprising, Boston-based string orchestra, A Far Cry. Stream the entire album. 

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Video: In Meredith Monk's Loft, Turtle Dreams and Folk Music from Another Planet

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tour the sprawling, fifth-floor Tribeca loft that has played home for over 40 years to the joyfully pioneering performer Meredith Monk.

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On-Demand Audio: Centennial Tribute to Polish Composer Andrzej Panufnik

Monday, November 17, 2014

Nov 12, the ACME string quartet performed a centennial tribute to Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik at (Le) Poisson Rouge. 

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The Brothers Balliett Talk To Jonathan Dawe

Thursday, November 13, 2014

This week, the Brothers Balliett are joined in the studio by Jonathan Dawe, a composer driven by a profound love of Baroque music and an obsession with fractals. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.

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Free Download: 'Intercepting a Shivery Light' by Composer Marcos Balter

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Building on a long-standing collaborative relationship, Marcos Balter wrote Intercepting a Shivery Light for the Anubis Quartet, a saxophone ensemble, in 2012. Download the full track.

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Mira Calix on British New Music and Beloved Friends

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The music of Mira Calix marries contemporary classical music with modern electronics and field recordings. Hear her Mixtape of British contemporary music (and one Fin) Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Listen: Julia Wolfe's 'Steel Hammer' with Bang on a Can All-Stars

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

October 14, Bang on a Can All-Stars took the stage at Brookfield Place for a performance of Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer. Stream the entire show, hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer.

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Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler's Debut Solo Album Embraces the Fierce and Everyday

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Something of Life" is cellist Jeffrey Zeigler’s debut solo album, recorded after his departure from the Kronos Quartet last year. Stream the entire album all this week.

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Forests of Instruments

Thursday, November 06, 2014

This week, the Brothers Balliett examine music created with "forests" of one instrumental color, resulting in some startling textures and sounds.

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A Winged Victory for the Sullen on Bryars, Feldman and Debussy

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Ambient music duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen released their second album last month. Hear their Mixtape, ranging from Ligeti to an Ethiopian nun-pianist, Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Erkki-Sven Tüür Brandishes His Rock Chops in Fifth Symphony

Monday, November 03, 2014

Erkki-Sven Tüür has gained a reputation as one of Estonia's most exciting and fascinating composers. His new album illustrates that he also knows how to cut loose... and rock.

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Marcos Balter: III. Failure Is An Option

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Marcos settles into his Chicago new-music community and figures out that some of his best work comes from allowing himself to fail.

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