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October 18, JACK Quartet presented "JACK Out of the Box": a six-hour marathon of premieres by 17 composers. Set one featured guests So Percussion and Rachel Calloway.
On Oct 17, the SONiC Festival presented an afternoon program of music that incorporated new robotic instruments with acoustic instruments and voices.
To celebrate this mild beginning of winter, the Brothers Balliett share two stunning chamber works to set a contemplative tone for the Holiday season.
Bing & Ruth's music falls somewhere between contemporary classical and ambient electronica. Last month they celebrated the re-release of their celebrated "City Lake" live at LPR.
Relying heavily, and successfully, on low brass, strings and heavy-boned percussion, "Sicario" establishes its bleak worldview early on and never lets go of the listener’s collar.
One of the best ways I have to positively impact the music community is to ask myself what I need, as an artist, and then to develop a way to address that need that also serves others.
Nico has worked with film directors, librettists, clarinet players and choreographers, and has written arrangements for an impressive roster of bands and songwriters.
Hear a piece of music you loved in the show? Click for a complete breakdown of all the music in Episode Ten – Nico Muhly: Community Theater.
Composer Nico Muhly is a rabid communicator whose personality factors massively in his work. Nico lives his life out loud, and his music is stunning, hilarious, touching, and brilliant.
Nico's community is a massive factor in his life. He is very much "in touch," sending emails from the profane to the profound to literally hundreds of people a day.
Nico grew up in Providence, but spent odd corridors of his youth abroad, acquiring languages quickly and setting the tone for his current, punishing travel schedule.
There are many fantastic musicians for whom playing an instrument is not enough – these musicians must create, and some of them turn out to be amazing composers.
Some composers take you into another world, far removed but instantly recognizable. Today at 11, Phil Kline celebrates the birthday of one such composer: Olivier Messiaen.
Friday, Oct. 16, conductor George Manahan led the American Composers Orchestra in an evening of four world premieres, including works by Judd Greenstein and Angélica Negrón.
Percussion trio Tigue exemplifies the increasingly rare DIY aesthetic that was once Brooklyn's signature sound. Their "Peaks" is a product of community, and a really fun listen.
Moved by the orchestra's recording of John Luther Adam's "Become Ocean," pop superstar Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony.
On October 21, 2015 ensemble Off the Cliff and the Eco-Music Big Band roared in an evening of Latin and avant-garde jazz at DROM for SONiC Afterhours.
Each weekday this week at 11 am, we're counting down of the greatest 50 pieces of the last 20 years as chosen by our listeners. We'll bring in 2016 with the #1 choice.
September 12, 2015, in a program geared toward children age nine and up, the Lucerne Festival Academy alumni premiered Tod Machover's multimedia "Fensadense."
"Transient Glory III" offers a glimpse of what makes the Young People's Chorus of New York City such outstanding interpreters with music by Meredith Monk, John Corigliano and more.