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Dawn of Midi on Tightropes and Intelligible Shapes

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Blending elements of free jazz, IDM and contemporary classical with the occasional house beat, Dawn of Midi have developed a sound uniquely their own. The trio performs at this month's Bang on a Can Marathon. Hear their Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Peter Eötvös's 'Kosmic' Take on Bartók and Zappa

Monday, June 02, 2014

On "Kosmos," a new compilation of Peter Eötvös's music for piano and percussion, the Hungarian composer draws inspiration from his heroes Béla Bartók and Frank Zappa. Stream the full album all this week.

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Lisa Moore Presents Pan-Pacific Piano

Monday, June 02, 2014

Summer means light, leaves and the ocean. June on Hammered! begins with an exploration of composers with Pacific Ocean roots and sensibilities, with music inspired by the Pacific rim – the “ring of fire.” Join host Lisa Moore weekdays at 10 am.

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Off the Grid with Suzanne Farrin Returns

Sunday, June 01, 2014

On Thursday, June 5 at 8 am/pm, join host Suzanne Farrin for the second season of Off the Grid – a special series on Q2 Music throughout the month of June that showcases new music by aspiring composers, young and old.

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On-Demand Audio: AXIOM Kicks Off 2013-2014 Series With Druckman and Subotnick

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Starting their 2013-2014 series in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Juilliard's contemporary ensemble AXIOM with conductor Jeffrey Milarsky performed a program of new yet retrospective music, with works by Jacob Druckman and Morton Subotnick, on October 11, 2013.

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On-Demand Audio: Pianist David Greilsammer's Cage & Scarlatti Mashup

Saturday, May 31, 2014

On May 27, pianist and conductor David Grielsammer performed a set of alternating sonata miniatures from Scarlatti and Cage at Le Poisson Rouge. Listen to the entire concert on demand.

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On-Demand Audio: The Knells, Duo Gazzana and Pianist Jenny Lin

Friday, May 30, 2014

The final night of the 2014 Look & Listen Festival featured a mix of chamber works performed by Duo Gazzana, pianist Jenny Lin and songs by members of the neo-psychedelic prog-rock band, the Knells.

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The Paul Celan Variety Hour

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thursday at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett explore music built on the poetry of Romanian-born composer Paul Celan – leader of a harsh and often tragic life – courtesy of Michael Nyman and Harrison Birtwistle.

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On-Demand Audio: Top Brass Ensemble Meets Accordion Virtuoso and String Quartet

Thursday, May 29, 2014

On the third night of the 2014 Look & Listen Festival, the Invisible Dog Center featured the sounds of accordion virtuoso William Schimmel, the Daedalus Quartet and TILT Brass.

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Top Five Incubators of New Music

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

As the New York Philharmonic launches its first biennial, in what promises to be an important showcase for new music every two years, here are five established festivals it joins as new music incubators.

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Composer Sam Pluta on Electronic Music Innovations

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Composer and electronic music performer Sam Pluta has written music for Mivos Quartet,  So Percussion and International Contemporary Ensemble among others. His Mixtape surveys pioneers of electronic music, from Bernard Parmegiani to Herbie Hancock. Listen today at 3 pm.

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On-Demand Audio: Ensemble LPR Performs Britten, Andres, Mozart and Hearne

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

May 28, Q2 Music and (Le) Poisson Rouge presented a live video webcast of composer-pianist Timothy Andres in performance with Ensemble LPR and guest conductor Christopher Rountree.

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On-Demand Audio: Uncovering Gems with ICE and So Percussion

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The International Contemporary Ensemble and So Percussion played works ranging from Webern to an ongoing work by the members of So Percussion for the second concert of the 2014 Look & Listen Festival. Listen to the entire show on demand. 

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Video: Mark Stewart's Island of Misfit Toys

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

For the latest episode of Q2 Spaces, we visited Bang on a Can co-founder Mark Stewart's home and studio in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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Western Wind Vocal Ensemble Delivers Buoyant Meredith Monk and Eric Salzman

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble’s latest album, featuring music by Meredith Monk and Eric Salzman, employs theatrics that reveal the sextet's unique sound. Listen to the entire album all this week.

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Hotel Elefant and Meehans/Perkins Duo Open the 2014 Look & Listen Festival

Monday, May 26, 2014

The 13th annual Look & Listen Festival kicked off on April 26 at the BRIC House with a diverse program of American music by Richard Carrick, Paul Lansky, Animal Collective and John Glover. Listen to the entire show now. 

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Mivos Quartet and Mantra Percussion Close the 2014 MATA Festival

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Mivos Quartet and Mantra Percussion performed a program of new works by Daniel Wohl, Yotam Haber and Ke Xu among others on the closing night of the 2014 MATA Festival. Stream the entire concert on demand. 

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Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart Shines at 2014 MATA Festival

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The esteemed vocal sextet Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart gave their New York solo debut at the Kitchen performing a program of American premieres as part of the 2014 MATA Festival. Stream the entire concert on demand. 

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Oscar Bianchi's MATRA Cantata at 2014 MATA Festival

Friday, May 23, 2014

Oscar Bianchi's evening-length cantata interweaving Tantric Shivaism, Gnostic writings and Lucretius's De Rerum Natura was performed by a world-class ensemble at the Kitchen as part of the 16th annual MATA Festival. Stream the epic work on demand. 

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The Brothers Balliett Talk to Richard Carrick

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Not only is NYC-based Richard Carrick a stellar composer, he's also a conductor, pianist, guitarist and new music ensemble leader that is quickly defining a new kind of kapellmeister role in the new-music scene. He joins the Brothers Balliett Thursday at 3 pm.

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