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Listen: Professors Martin Bresnick, Hannah Lash Step Into the Spotlight

Thursday, August 06, 2015

This New Music New Haven concert from March 28, 2013 focuses on the composition faculty with pieces by Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Hannah Lash and more.

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Listen: Looking Up, Looking Down at New Music New Haven

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Preceded by four chamber works by graduate composers, Michael Daugherty and two of his pieces were featured by New Music New Haven during this 2012-2013 season concert. 

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Listen: Spotlight On Composer Ezra Laderman

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

New Music New Haven's fourth 2012-2013 concert featured composer Ezra Laderman, a professor at the Yale School of Music, alongside chamber works by graduate students.

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Listen: Vocal Experimentation from Mikael Karlsson, Cornelius Dufallo and Molly Joyce

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The 2015 Ferus Festival featured a workshop of vocal music by composers Mikael Karlsson, Cornelius Dufallo and Molly Joyce.

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Listen: Agata Zubel, Hafez Modirzadeh and Friends Open 2015 Ferus Festival

Monday, August 03, 2015

The 2015 Ferus Festival opened at with an evening of improvisation by Polish vocalist Agata Zubel, free-jazz luminary Hafez Modirzadeh with some very special guests. Listen on demand.

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Giacinto Scelsi Puts into Motion That Which Is Motionless

Monday, August 03, 2015

If Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi were alive today, he’d probably be another voice in the demand for music streaming services to get their acts together with classical music.

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Listen: Yale Philharmonia Spans "Four Seasons" and Narrating Bagpipes

Monday, August 03, 2015

On December 6, 2012, the Yale Philharmonia performed five works for orchestra as a part of New Music New Haven music series.

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Listen: George Crumb and Large Ensembles at New Music New Haven

Sunday, August 02, 2015

George Crumb – a distinctive bender of timbre and time – was the featured composer of New Music New Haven's second 2012-2013 season concert on November 15, 2012.

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Listen: Caves, Machines and Survival at New Music New Haven

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Graduate students from the Yale School of Music join faculty Christopher Theofanidis on October 4, 2012 for the opening concert of the 2012-2013 New Music New Haven series.

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Kaija Saariaho: III. Love from Afar

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To date, Kaija has written four operas, each with a strong, female protagonist. She has a clear voice for feminism and femininity, and her work doesn’t pull punches.

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Kaija Saariaho: II. Never a Machine-Freak

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kaija and her colleagues knew that to find their compositional voices, they would need to look outside of Finland. Kaija moved to Germany and eventually to Paris.

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Kaija Saariaho: I. Finding Her Music

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kaija wasn’t born into a musical family. She was always pulled by composition though, and spent hours in her room with a guitar trying to “find her music.”

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Boundary-Smashing String Quartets from NYC and Beyond

Thursday, July 30, 2015

What could be a better mid-summer treat than a survey of some of the most exciting string quartets working the field today? Join the Brothers Balliett Thursday at 3 pm.

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Kaija Saariaho: Ears Open

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kaija Saariaho's music evokes all sorts of natural sounds, the kinds of complex, white noise-y sounds that we often tune out - wind rustling through trees, or waves hitting the shore.

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Kaija Saariaho: Playlist

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hear a piece of music you loved in the show? Click for a complete breakdown of all the music in Season Two, Episode Two – Kaija Saariaho: Ears Open.

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John Cage Was: Images, Poetry and Nocturnes

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Last year, photographer James Klosty released a collection of photographs documenting John Cage from 1967-1972. Sample some while listening to Cage perform music of Erik Satie.

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Philip Glass Blasts Past Beethoven with Fireworks of 10th Symphony

Monday, July 27, 2015

Philip Glass's working relationship with conductor Dennis Russell Davies brings him back to symphonic form again and again, and he's now written more than Beethoven. Hear #10 all week.

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Talea Ensemble Closes the 2015 MATA Festival with Percussion Wizardry

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The 2015 MATA Festival concluded with a percussion-heavy electroacoustic night courtesy of Talea Ensemble.

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Listen: Bearthoven Plays 2015 MATA Festival

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The eccentrically-named New York classical-jazz trio Bearthoven performs the work of emerging composers at the Kitchen. 

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Summer Roadtripping, New-Music Style

Friday, July 24, 2015

Today, July 24, join us for 24 hours of new music for the open road, selected by our staff, friends and listeners.

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