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Steven Schick Hosts: Messiaen, Varèse and Boulez at Ojai Music Festival

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Tuesdays at 9 pm in May, conductor and percussionist Steven Schick, the 2015 music director of California's Ojai Music Festival, highlights selections from last year's events.

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App Download: Son Lux Unreleased #1, 5 & 11 for yMusic

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Each Thursday, we're offering a new, exclusive recording to save to your phone. This week, download three brand-new, untitled tracks by the composer Son Lux, performed by yMusic.

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Listen: M. Lamar, Charlie Looker & Mivos Quartet

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Zs founding member Charlie Looker joined the Mivos Quartet and M. Lamar at Merkin Concert Hall aspart of the 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival.

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Ensemble Dal Niente with Marcos Balter and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier Are Unstoppable

Monday, April 25, 2016

New York–based Brazilian composer Marcos Balter and the San Francisco–based rock band Deerhoof each represent the aesthetic triumph of the 21st-century vogue for crossing genres.

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Five and a Half Things I Say on the First Day of Orchestration Class

Saturday, April 23, 2016

For our Symphomania celebration of 21st century orchestral music, composer Steven Mackey offers insight into the processes and misconceptions of orchestration.

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The Months Between Signing a Contract and the First Rehearsal with an Orchestra

Friday, April 22, 2016

As part of Symphomania – our celebration of 21st century orchestral music – composer Kristin Kuster breaks down the anxious months from commission to premiere.

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App Download: Andrew Norman's 'Music in Circles'

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Each Thursday, we're offering a new, exclusive recording to save to your phone. This week, download Andrew Norman's 'Music in Circles' recorded live by yMusic.

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Listen: Goldfeather and Exceptet Color New Music with Old Timey Folk

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Brooklyn-based septet Exceptet joined old-timey band, Goldfeather for an evening of premieres at Merkin Concert Hall as part of the 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival.

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The 21st Century Orchestra Should Address 21st Century Issues

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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Contemporary composers address the issues of our time and so should the modern orchestra, writes conductor Michael Lewanski on updating the symphonic repertoire.

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Symphomania: Honoring the 'Thankless and Unending Toil' of Composing Music

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Thoughout history, composers have struggled to finance music written for large orchestras. As part of our Symphomania celebration, musicologist Douglas Shadle weighs in.

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Download: Ted Hearne's 'Parlor Diplomacy' Featuring Timo Andres

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Brooklyn-based composer Ted Hearne and pianist Timo Andres highlight their longstanding relationship with old and new music alike, and the challenges of "messing" with it.

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Visual Art Inspires Sleeping Giant's Music for Grammy-Winning Ensemble Eighth Blackbird

Monday, April 18, 2016

On 'Hand Eye,' the Grammy-winning eighth blackbird asked the composers of Sleeping Giant to compose music inspired by visual art, from robotic installations to figurative painting.

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Symphomania Redux: 24 Hours with the 21st-Century Orchestra

Monday, April 18, 2016

Join Q2 Music on Sunday, April 24 for our second annual Symphomania, a 24-hour marathon stream of music that offers a vision of orchestral repertoire composed in or after the year 2000.

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App Download: Marcos Balter's Ethereal 'Bladed Stance' for yMusic

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Each Thursday, we're offering a new, exclusive recording to save to your phone. This week, download Marcos Balter's ethereal 'Bladed Stance' for yMusic.

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Listen: Music for Heart and Breath with Nadia Sirota and Richard Reed Parry

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire and Bryce Dessner of The National joined violist Nadia Sirota for the third installment in her week-long Fuse Project residency at Symphony Space.

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Meet the Composer Named Finalist for 2016 Peabody Award

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Q2 Music's Meet the Composer podcast with Nadia Sirota was named a finalist for a 2016 Peabody Award, which celebrates media arts of the highest ambitions and standards.

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Listen: Clint Mansell's Gritty Score to 'Requiem for a Dream' Issued on Vinyl

Monday, April 11, 2016

In celebration of Record Store Day 2016, Nonesuch has released Clint Mansell's indelible soundtrack to Darren Aronofsky's 'Requiem for a Dream' on deliciously chunky 180g vinyl.

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App Download: Judd Greenstein's 'Clearing, Dawn, Dance'

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Each Thursday, we're offering a new, exclusive live recording to save to your phone. This week, download a live rendition of Judd Greenstein's "Clearing, Dawn, Dance" for yMusic.

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Listen: Lee Ranaldo & Dither Premiere 'Hurricane Songs'

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo collaborates with the electric guitar quartet Dither and drummer Brian Chase for the world premiere of Ranaldo's "Hurricane Songs."

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Download: David Lang Distills Late Friends in 'Memory Pieces'

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

David Lang breaks down two of his "Memory Pieces" – recollections of friends distilled into brief musical moments – and we join pianist Andrew Zolinsky for this episode of LPR Live.

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