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Download: 'Stringsongs' by Meredith Monk

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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. 

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Capturing the Energy of Improvisation in Thomas Rosenkranz's 'Toward the Curve'

Monday, July 13, 2015

Thomas Rosenkranz gathers seven composers' pieces for solo piano with electronics, interspersed with improvised piano “Interludes” of his own.

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Gawain: Part 1

Thursday, July 09, 2015

This week the Brothers Balliett launch a three-part series focused on Harrison Birtwistle's masterpiece-of-an-Arthurian opera 'Gawain.'

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Bora Yoon's Constellation Mixtape

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

For this week's Mixtape, composer-vocalist Bora Yoon spins music of Steve Reich, Matmos, Tan Dun and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

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Listen: So Percussion, Miya Masaoka and the Brothers Balliett Open the 2015 Look & Listen Festival

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

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. 

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Following Langston Hughes's Musical Treasure Map, 'Ask Your Mama'

Monday, July 06, 2015

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."

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For Ages Q2 Through Q12

Thursday, July 02, 2015

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.

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Meredith Monk: Playlist

Tuesday, June 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 One – Meredith Monk: Creation as Spiritual Practice.

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Meredith Monk: II. Choreographing Sound

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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.

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Mark Morris Hosts: Feldman, Stockhausen and Ligeti at Ojai

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

For our final Ojai Festival spotlight, guest host Mark Morris presents performances of Karlheinz Stockhausen (arranged by Caroline Shaw), Gyorgy Ligeti and Morton Feldman.

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Meredith Monk: III. Becoming Whole

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

When Meredith first encountered Buddhism in the 1970s, a whole lot of things clicked into place. Listen to part three of the show.

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Meredith Monk: Creation as Spiritual Practice

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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.

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Meredith Monk: I. Learning Her Body Through Music

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

From an extremely young age, music and movement were braided together for Meredith. Listen to part one of the show. 

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Lisa Bielawa's Knack for Lyricism Revealed in 'Lay of the Love'

Monday, June 29, 2015

Lisa Bielawa is a force to be reckoned with in the new music world - her broadmindedness has served her well as a performer, presenter and composer. Stream her art song album all week.

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How Do We Write a Song Today?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The art song tradition is as alive and well as ever, from Rihm to Roche. Thursday at 3, the Brothers Balliett take a look at the kinds of songs composers are producing today.

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Top Six Recordings of Terry Riley's Rollicking, Iconic 'In C'

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

As part of our 24-hour marathon celebrating Terry Riley's 80th birthday, we pulled together some of our favorite renditions of the composer's open-form 1964 groundbreaking work "In C."

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Mark Morris Hosts: Uri Caine, Andrew Norman and Timo Andres at Ojai

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

On this week's Ojai Festival spotlight, guest-host Mark Morris listens to new takes on Mahler and Mozart by jazz luminary Uri Caine and pianist-composer Timothy Andres.

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In Celebration of Terry Riley: Haikus and a 24-Hour Marathon

Monday, June 22, 2015

Saturday, June 27 celebrate the 80th birthday of American maverick and patriarch of minimalism Terry Riley with 24 hours of his music and haiku tributes from close colleagues.

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Terry Riley's Eclecticism in Four-Hand Piano Arrangements

Monday, June 22, 2015

Terry Riley celebrates his 80th birthday this week, offering the ZOFO piano duo the perfect opportunity to explore new arrangements from his rich and eclectic oeuvre.

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Watch Live: Bang on a Can's 10-Hour Marathon of New Music

Sunday, June 21, 2015

On Sunday, June 21 from 12 pm to 10 pm, watch a live videostream of the rollicking Bang on a Can Marathon of new music from the Winter Garden at Arts Brookfield. 

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