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So Old It's New Part 2: Dance Edition

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Continuing their mini-series investigating music that is so old that it actually sounds new, the Brothers Balliett listen to instrumental dance music from c. 1000-1500.

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Listen: Pianist Jenny Lin Plays Ukrainian Nostalgist

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

On Wednesday, Feb. 4 pianist Jenny Lin celebrated the music of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov with the program "Nostalghia" at Le Poisson Rouge.

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Judd Greenstein on the Space Between Sounds

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Composer, New Amsterdam co-founder and Ecstatic Music curator Judd Greenstein is a ubiquitous presence in New York's contemporary music scene. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Listen: Pianist Sarah Cahill Plays Terry Riley

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jan 29, pianist Sarah Cahill celebrated the 80th birthday year of iconic minimalist Terry Riley with a program of pieces written in his honor. Listen to the entire show.

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Andrew Norman, Video Games and the 21st-Century Orchestra at 'Play'

Monday, January 19, 2015

Andrew Norman’s "Play" reads as though written by a composer unrestrained by any hint of self-consciousness. Stream the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's latest album all week. 

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Listen: Roomful of Teeth Performs Paul Lansky

Sunday, January 18, 2015

October 19, members of the vocal octet Roomful of Teeth performed new arrangements of Paul Lansky's "Idle Chatter" series at the "Sound/Source" festival of electronic music.

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So Old It's New

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Have you ever heard a piece of VERY early music and thought, "that could easily have been written today"? Today the Brothers Balliett explore music that's so old it sounds new.

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Florent Ghys on Canons, Guitars and Old School Synths

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Composer-bassist Florent Ghys uses snippets of television broadcasts and poetry as source material for heady, but playful compositions. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Listen: AXIOM Performs Adams, Birtwistle and Messiaen

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Juilliard School's AXIOM Ensemble's 2014-2015 season began with an instant classic of American modernism and closed with a masterwork of the European avant-garde.

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Raised Voices: 24 Hours to Satisfy Your Choral Fixation

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Join us all day today (Jan 30) for an encore presentation of Raised Voices:  24 hours of today's wild and ravishingly beautiful music for vocal and choral ensemble.

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Music of Philip Glass with Pianist Lisa Moore

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Watch a live videocast on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 pm of pianist and former Bang on a Can All-star Lisa Moore performing solo piano works by Philip Glass from Le Poisson Rouge. 

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John Luther Adams Harnesses Sound and Silence in 'The Wind in High Places'

Monday, January 12, 2015

John Luther Adams has mastered the sonic world of the outdoors and open space. His newest album centers around his first string quartet, "The Wind in High Places." 

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On-Demand Audio: Holly Herndon's "Idle Chatter Response"

Monday, January 12, 2015

October 19, electronic-music composer Holly Herndon offered a response to Paul Lansky's seminal "Idle Chatter" series at the "Sound/Source" festival of electronic music.

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On-Demand Audio: Vicky Chow and 40 1-Bit Speakers

Saturday, January 10, 2015

October 19, pianist Vicky Chow performed Tristan Perich's music for piano and 1-bit electronics live at MoMA PS1 as part of the "Sound/Source" festival of electronic music.

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On-Demand Audio: Olga Bell is Sitting in a Room

Friday, January 09, 2015

Hear vocalist Olga Bell perform Alvin Lucier's seminal "I Am Sitting in a Room" live at MoMA PS1 as part of the day-long "Sound/Source" festival of electronic music.

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Guerilla Composer Portrait: Gloria Coates

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The American-born, Germany-based composer Gloria Coates is the most prolific female symphonist of all time. Today at 3, the Brothers Balliett take a listen.

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Martin Bresnick Finds Light in Darkness with 'Prayers Remain Forever'

Monday, January 05, 2015

"Prayers Remain Forever," a new album of music by composer Martin Bresnick, finds inspiration from masters of the grotesque. Stream the entire album all this week. 

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Edgard Varèse: The Most Epic Interview You’ll Ever Hear about the Ultimate Maverick

Friday, January 02, 2015

Edgard Varèse is one of the greatest mavericks of all time. In this three-hour interview, flutist Claire Chase speaks with the late composer's assistant and confidant, Chou Wen-chung.  

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Florent Ghys Mixes Whimsy and Laser-like Precision in 'Télévision'

Monday, December 29, 2014

Composer and double bassist Florent Ghys keeps headphones firmly cupped to listeners' ears with the whimsy and exacting assembling of materials in his latest album "Télévision."

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I'll Be in an Airplane Ten Miles Above Albania for Xmas

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy holidaze! This week, the Brothers Balliett pay homage to that great holiday tradition of seemingly-endless travel; two airplane-centric works take centerstage today.

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