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A Day in the Life of Missy Mazzoli

Friday, January 06, 2017

How do artists refresh their creative lives? This week, Missy Mazzoli gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a rehearsal for the New York premiere of her opera “Breaking the Waves.”

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Listen: Bruce Brubaker and Francesco Tristano Remix Philip Glass

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Bruce Brubaker and Francesco Tristano, two virtuoso pianists from very different musical backgrounds, take the music of Philip Glass in an entirely new direction. 

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Janus Trio's 'Book of Memory'

Monday, January 02, 2017

The flute/viola/harp trio known as Janus has emerged with a second full-length, Book of Memory, and it is a charmer. Listen all week. 

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Soprano Julia Bullock Talks Finding Your Voice and Place in the World

Monday, January 02, 2017

The young Juilliard-trained soprano Julia Bullock is making waves for her stunning performances and bold choice of roles. She talks with Davis about finding her place in today's culture.

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Q2 Music's 2016 New-Music Countdown

Saturday, December 31, 2016

We asked Q2 Music listeners to vote on their favorite new-music of the last 20 years. Beginning December 28, we'll countdown the top 50 votes. The top-voted choice will bring in 2017.

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Alex Ross's Current Obsessions

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Join Q2 Music this winter for a series of new and compelling musical main dishes, catered by New Yorker music critic Alex Ross. This week: Ashley Fure's "Bound to the Bow."

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A Day in the Life: Alarm Will Sound

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

How do artists refresh their creative lives? This week, Mike Clayville from Alarm Will Sound takes over our Instagram to document Alarm Will Sound’s preparation for “Splitting Adams."

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Yarn/Wire's 'Currents Vol. 4'

Monday, December 26, 2016

Comprised of two percussionists and two keyboardists, Yarn/Wire is releasing a "Currents" album each year to give voice to the theatrical and the exploratory. Listen to volume 4 today.

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A Day in the Life: The Westerlies

Friday, December 23, 2016

How do artists refresh their creative lives? This week, Riley Mulherkar from The Westerlies brings us along for their annual holiday bash.

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Top New-Music Moments of 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, Q2 Music staff and writers look back on some of the most uplifting, imagination-gripping, and breathtaking musical achievements of the past year. 

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Listen: GABI Talks Fear, Vulnerability and the Human Voice

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

GABI is a composer and vocalist who brings together elements of classical music, electronica and the expressive vulnerability of the human voice.

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Julius Eastman's 'Femenine'

Monday, December 19, 2016

Reviving the works of composer Julius Eastman – among those whom history have all but forgotten – feels especially important at this point in time. Listen to his epic "Femenine." 

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Conductor Hernandez-Valdez Channels the Power of Choral Singing

Monday, December 19, 2016

For conductor Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, an attentive and hungry audience is one of the essential parts of creating a transcendent musical experience. He talks with host Helga Davis.

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Listen: Steve Reich's 'Drumming' with Ghanaian Master Gideon Alorwoyie

Friday, December 16, 2016

Ghanaian drummer Gideon Alorwoyie joined Mantra Percussion to celebrate Steve Reich's 80th birthday year in this sold-out show from National Sawdust.

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Conductor Alan Gilbert on Building Bridges and Letting Go Together

Monday, December 12, 2016

Alan Gilbert is in his final season as music director of the New York Philharmonic. He talks with Helga Davis about serving a community and the moments in performance he lives for.

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A Day in the Life: Gabriel Kahane

Friday, December 09, 2016

How do artists refresh their creative lives? This week, Gabriel Kahane takes over our Instagram to document concert prepping, quality cat-time and a new Q2 Music theme song.

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Listen: Daniel Wohl on Physical Performance and Electronic Sound

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

For composer Daniel Wohl, the distinction between a physical performer and an electronic sound is inconsequential. For this episode of LPR Live, we take in excerpts from "Holographic."

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The Delicious Wit of Composer David Rakowski

Monday, December 05, 2016

David Rakowski's latest music for piano and orchestra with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project displays an earnest loveliness, an eerie, novel beauty, and a serious wit. Listen all week.

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Singer-Songwriter Solange on Her Journey, Owning Her Body and Art

Monday, December 05, 2016

The pop star singer-songwriter Solange talks with Helga Davis about finding autonomy in the music business and about being black and beautiful in contemporary America.

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App Download: Richard Reed Parry's 'Their Passing in Time'

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Each Thursday, we offer an exclusive Q2 Music recording to save to your phone. This week: Richard Reed Parry's "Their Passing in Time," performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

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