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This week the Brothers Balliett delve back into the world of Arthurian legend with the third and final installment of Harrison Birtwistle's brilliant opera Gawain.
The second evening of the 2015 MATA Festival included eclectic new pieces for unusual instruments by composers from Serbia, Norway, and Croatia as well as the US.
April 14th, the 2015 MATA Festival commenced with performances by the Curious Chamber Players, a Stockholm-based new music ensemble, live at The Kitchen.
The final night of the 2015 Look & Listen Festival featured performances by violinist Miranda Cuckson, former Kronos cellist Jeffrey Ziegler and drummer-composer Tyshawn Sorey.
The all-female Icelandic ensemble Nordic Affect delivers world premieres of music by five Icelandic composers who share an affinity for the mystical and surreal.
This week the Brothers Balliett continue to explore one of opera's most exciting works from the last 25 years: Harrison Birtwistle's "Gawain." Listen today at 3 pm.
The former LCD Soundsystem frontman wants to outfit the MTA’s subway turnstiles with consonant musical sounds, instead of dreary utilitarian beeps. We spoke with him about the idea.
Written in 2005, "Stringsongs" is Meredith Monk’s first string quartet. Meet the Composer is offering the first available in-studio performance of the piece.
The 2015 Look & Listen Festival featured performances of new music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Daniel Fawcett live in New York City's Lower East Side.
Thomas Rosenkranz gathers seven composers' pieces for solo piano with electronics, interspersed with improvised piano “Interludes” of his own.
This week the Brothers Balliett launch a three-part series focused on Harrison Birtwistle's masterpiece-of-an-Arthurian opera 'Gawain.'
For this week's Mixtape, composer-vocalist Bora Yoon spins music of Steve Reich, Matmos, Tan Dun and Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Q2 Music presents music from the opening night of the 2015 Look & Listen Festival recorded live at the BRIC House performing arts venue in Brooklyn.
How appropriate that the release date of Laura Karpman's new record should arrive right around the birthday of the U.S.: a setting of Langston Hughes's cycle of poems "Ask Your Mama."
Gather the whole family around the speakers and put on Q2 Music – this week's show features three works geared for the younger crowd of up-and-coming new music fans.
Hear a piece of music you loved in the show? Click for a complete breakdown of all the music in Season Two, Episode One – Meredith Monk: Creation as Spiritual Practice.
Meredith rarely writes traditional scores. Many of her pieces live primarily in the heads of their performers, often members of Meredith's own ensemble. Listen to part two of the show.
For our final Ojai Festival spotlight, guest host Mark Morris presents performances of Karlheinz Stockhausen (arranged by Caroline Shaw), Gyorgy Ligeti and Morton Feldman.
From an extremely young age, music and movement were braided together for Meredith. Listen to part one of the show.
Living legend Meredith Monk is a composer, vocalist, dancer and filmmaker. While all of these descriptors are on point, none quite gets to the bones of who she is as an artist.