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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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Momenta Quartet Plays Music from Iran, Greece and Brazil at MATA

Friday, July 24, 2015

For the third night of the 2015 MATA Festival, the Momenta Quartet performed music by young composers from all around the world. 

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Harrison Birtwistle's 'Gawain,' Part 3

Thursday, July 23, 2015

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.

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Listen: Music for Magnets and Lamps at the 2015 MATA Festival

Thursday, July 23, 2015

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.

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Listen: Sweden's Curious Chamber Players Open 2015 MATA Festival

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

April 14th, the 2015 MATA Festival commenced with performances by the Curious Chamber Players, a Stockholm-based new music ensemble, live at The Kitchen.

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Listen: Xenakis, Saariaho and Sorey Live at Look & Listen 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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.

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Nordic Affect Bridges Iceland's Natural and Supernatural

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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.

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Harrison Birtwistle's 'Gawain,' Part 2

Thursday, July 16, 2015

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.

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Interview: James Murphy Dreams of a Subway Symphony

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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.

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