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Twenty-First Century Piano Problems

Monday, March 31, 2014

The early modernists had Claude Debussy, the post-war György Ligeti, and the twenty-first century may very well point to the French master Pascal Dusapin as the torchbearer for reinventing the technical capabilities and sonic potential of the piano.

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Kronos Quartet Distills 40 Years of Exploration into a 'Thousand Thoughts'

Monday, March 31, 2014

Kronos Quartet's new 40th anniversary compilation, "A Thousand Thoughts," takes a well-earned victory lap by bringing together a generous helping of their globe-trotting musical excursions.

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On-Demand Audio: Mirah and Susie Ibarra

Monday, March 31, 2014

Saturday, March 1, inventive singer-songwriter Mirah and composer-percussionist Susie Ibarra shared the stage at the 2014 Ecstatic Music festival for reworkings of each other's music as well as the world premiere of We Float – a new collaborative work considering the effect of space travel on the human experience.

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The Double Concerto Show

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett take a look at that oh-so-unselfish form, the double concerto – music for two soloists and orchestra. Featuring music of Peter Maxwell Davies and Philip Glass.

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Buke & Gase on Finding Perfect Musical Moments

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Brooklyn-based duo that performs on instruments of their own design, Buke & Gase create an impressive amount of sound. The band performs tonight at the Ecstatic Music Festival. Hear their Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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On-Demand Audio: Buke and Gase with So Percussion

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March 26, avant rock duo Buke and Gase joined So Percussion at Merkin Concert Hall, as part of the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival. The evening features new music performed on a mix of traditional and homemade instruments. Listen to the entire show on demand.

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Mechanical Music with David Friend

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

For the month of August, pianist David Friend of ensemble TRANSIT and the Bang on a Can Festival Ensemble guest hosts Hammered! Week One: Mechanical Music from John Adams, Donnacha Dennehy, Conlon Nancarrow and more.

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Michael Gordon Goes for Broke with 'Rushes' for Bassoon Septet

Monday, March 24, 2014

Why is it that so many composers are reticent to write for the bassoon? Stream Michael Gordon's fiendishly difficult 'Rushes' for bassoon septet all this week and find out.

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19 Composers on What Makes Kronos Kronos

Monday, March 24, 2014

Over the course of 50+ recordings and 800 commissions and arrangements, the Kronos Quartet has worked with a list of composers more diverse than perhaps that of any other ensemble. Listen to some of them talk about what makes the quartet so special. 

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Kronos at 40: A 24-Hour Marathon Anniversary Stream

Monday, March 24, 2014

On Saturday, March 29, Q2 Music streams an encore presentation of KRONOS AT 40 – a marathon stream of 24 distinct hours surveying the Kronos Quartet's colossal contributions to 20th and 21st century music, along with insights from composers and the quartet.

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Top 10 Essential Kronos Quartet Recordings

Monday, March 24, 2014

Kronos Quartet has been celebrating its 40th anniversary this season – 40 years of upending and then rebuilding our idea of what a string quartet can be. Here's a rundown of 10 of the quartet's most essential recordings.

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Slideshow: 40 Years of Kronos Quartet Posters

Monday, March 24, 2014

Like the music itself, Kronos Quartet's artwork has always balanced an edgy, rock band-like aesthetic with touches of pop art and psychedelia alongside their more traditional classical roots. View our slideshow of favorite show posters over the last 40 years.

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On-Demand Video: Kronos Quartet 40th Birthday Celebration

Monday, March 24, 2014

Watch the archived video webcast of the Kronos Quartet performing key works from their contemporary canon in The Greene Space, recorded live on Monday night.

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The Improv Show

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Does contemporary music need to be exquisitely written out with Ferneyhough levels of expressive detail? Do scores need to reflect every nuance, every slight bending of time, every possible elaboration of the melody? Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett consider a group of composers for whom improvisation is essential to the execution of their artistic vision

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On-Demand Audio: Timo Andres, Gabriel Kahane, Ted Hearne, Becca Stevens & Nathan Koci

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, we presented a live audio webcast of composer-performers Timo Andres, Gabriel Kahane, Ted Hearne, Becca Stevens and Nathan Koci at the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall.

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Grooves, Pulses/Florals and Lines with Vicky Chow

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A fixture in New York's new-music scene, often as a member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, pianist Vicky Chow has worked with a formidable and varied roster of composers and performers, from John Adams and Terry Riley to Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo. Her Mixtape includes piano-driven music by Terry Riley, Nik Bartsch, Donnacha Dennehy, Thomas Adès, Chris Cerrone, Alva Noto and more.

 

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Glenn Kotche's Colorful, Infectiously Rhythmic 'Adventureland'

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Adventureland" is the latest release from Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and features music for the Kronos Quartet, Gamelan Galak Tika, and "two pianos vs. percussion." Stream the entire album all this week.

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Inside Timo Andres's Shy and Mighty Bed-Stuy Apartment

Monday, March 17, 2014

For this opening episode of Season Two of Q2 Spaces, composer-pianist Timo Andres takes us on a tour of his sharply decorated apartment in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Watch the full episode now.

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Listen: Experiments in Radio Operas Premieres

Monday, March 17, 2014

Each evening from March 17-22 at 8 pm, hear the radio premieres of Experiments in Opera's Radio Operas.

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Runs in the Family

Monday, March 17, 2014

Family ties resemble teacher-student relations in weird ways. A student's music might "resemble" a teacher's style, or sometimes try very hard to disassociate itself. This week on Hammered! we sort through the branches of four different musical family trees.

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