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Recently in Q2 Music

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: I. Small Town Living

Monday, November 09, 2015

Anna grew up in a tiny town surrounded by incredible beauty — mountains, ocean — studying music under the guidance of her music-teacher mother and aunt. 


Listen: Nieuw Amsterdams Piel at Le Poisson Rouge

Monday, November 09, 2015

On October 19, Dutch ensemble Nieuw Amsterdams Peil presented five premieres at Le Poisson Rouge as part of the 2015 SONiC Festival.


Anna Thorvaldsdottir: III. Heima er Best (Home Sweet Home)

Monday, November 09, 2015

For all that Icelanders yearn to see the world, there is some deep tug that brings them home, time after time. No matter where Anna is on the planet, she feels tied to Iceland.

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Interview: Richard Reed Parry on the US Premiere of 'Wave Movements'

Thursday, November 05, 2015

A new work by Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and Bryce Dessner (The National) gets its US premiere this Friday and Saturday. Parry joins us in the studio to discuss the concept.


Listen: Roomful of Teeth Premieres Ted Hearne and Anna Clyne at National Sawdust

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

October 17, Grammy Award-winning vocal octet Roomful of Teeth took center stage at the 2015 SONiC Festival at National Sawdust for an evening of diverse selections.


Listen: Tan Dun's 'Water Passion' from the Temple of Dendur

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

On Nov. 14, Q2 Music presented a live webcast of the sold-out "Water Passion" by Tan Dun, staged within the Met Museum's iconic Temple of Dendur. Listen on demand now.


John Luther Adams and Wilco's Glenn Kotche in Epic, Percussive 'Ilimaq'

Monday, November 02, 2015

John Luther Adams's "Ilimaq" is an immersive musical journey for the listener, as well as a spectacular vehicle for a pivotal talent from the world of rock, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche.

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QBoo! Q2 Music's 3rd Annual Halloween Scarathon

Saturday, October 31, 2015

This Friday and Saturday, Q2 Music celebrates Halloween with the scariest music out there, from iconic, hair-raising works by Ligeti and Penderecki to slasher-film suites.

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Listen: World Premiere of Michael Hersch's 'Carrion - Miles to Purgatory'

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

On October 16, 2015, Annette von Hehn and Stefan Heinemeyer gave the world premiere of Michael Hersch's "Carrion-Miles to Purgatory" at the Library of Congress.


Violist Melia Watras Spans Earthy and Luxurious Sounds in 'Ispirare'

Monday, October 26, 2015

If ass-kicking in classical music could be likened to that of late-80’s-to-early-90’s action heroes, Melia Watras is a Jean-Claude Van Damme of the viola. Stream "Ispirare" now.

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Listen: Steven Mackey and Four World Premieres at the Edward T. Cone Institute

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Steven Mackey mentored four young composers toward world premieres with the New Jersey Symphony for this year's Edward T. Cone Composition Institute. Listen to the final show.


Avalon String Quartet Satisfies on Album of Golijov, Garrop, Debussy and Britten

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Avalon Quartet brings an elegant touch to works by Osvaldo Golijov, Stacy Garrop, Britten and Debussy on their new release. Listen to the full album all this week.


Watch: SONiC Boom! Kicking Off the Sounds of a New Century Festival

Friday, October 16, 2015

On Oct. 15, Q2 Music kicked off the American Composers Orchestra's Sounds of a New Century Festival (SONiC) in The Greene Space at WQXR with Music from Copland House.


Generation XYZ: 24-Hour Marathon of Composers Age 40 and Under

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

All day today, join us for an encore presentation of Generation XYZ, a 24-hour marathon of music by your favorite composers from around the world, ages 40 and under. 

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Download: The Lost Movement of Ingram Marshall's String Quartet

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Today's MTC bonus track is a world premiere! Or, apropos of its October release, we might call it a movement brought back from the dead, thanks to the fantastic Parker Quartet.

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David Lang and Betty Olivero Look to 'Song of Songs' for Inspiration

Monday, October 12, 2015

Trio Mediaeval delivers premiere recordings of works by David Lang and Betty Olivero based on the "Song of Songs," alongside "Naturale" by Luciano Berio. Stream the album this week only.


Ingram Marshall: I. Sine Waves and Tape Loops

Monday, October 05, 2015

Ingram Marshall found composition late, only beginning to write in grad school, and almost immediately found electronic music. Listen to the first act of our Ingram Marshall episode.


Ingram Marshall: II. Gamelan, Sacred Harp and Other Lovely Things

Monday, October 05, 2015

After grad school and a few years of nomadic existence, Ingram found a new tribe in the students of the newly-formed California Institute of the Arts. Listen to our second act.


Ingram Marshall: III. Finding a Path, Finding Morels

Monday, October 05, 2015

Nowadays, Ingram is a teacher, among other things, and is the type of pedagogue that inspires almost spiritual reverence from his students. Listen to the final act.


Jodie Landau and wild Up's Luxurious Maiden Voyage in 'You of All Things'

Monday, October 05, 2015

Jodie Landau and wild Up's "You of All Things," is radiantly lovely in every detail, but perhaps the loveliest of all is Landau's astonishing vocals. Stream the album all week.