Part of Classical 105.9 WQXR, Q2 Music is a listener-supported, New York-based online station devoted to the music of living composers; a home for immersive festivals, live webcasts and on-demand concerts from today’s leading new-music performers and venues.

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On-Demand Audio: 'Andriessen 75' Pushes the Violin Envelope

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

At the "Andriessen 75" festival, pieces by Andriessen, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon and Donnacha Dennehy tested the versatility of the violin. The concert took place April 7 in Washington, D.C. with a performance by violinist Monica Germino and sound design by Frank van der Weij.

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Launch Party and Concert: Andrew Norman

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Andrew Norman's Peculiar Strokes for string quartet, a series of miniatures with titles like "Up," "Down" and "Spread," contrast his somewhat-signature, grand tangles of sound for large ensembles. They exhibit the same focused energy, though—hear excerpts performed by the Attacca Quartet as well as Norman's explanation of their experimental inception. 

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Launch Party and Concert: John Luther Adams

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Red Arc / Blue Veil by John Luther Adams, the subject of the first episode of Meet the Composer, is a piece that defies its small instrumentation. For piano, mallet percussion and processed sounds, the piece occupies space with gradually-evolving sonic sheets. Before listening to the piece, hear about Adams's move to New York after 40 years in Alaska in his on-stage interview with Nadia Sirota. 

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On-Demand Video: Meet the Composer Launch Party and Concert

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Q2 Music celebrated the launch of its inaugural podcast, Meet the Composer, on Tuesday, June 24 at 7 pm with a music party in The Greene Space at WQXR. Watch on-demand video of the show. 

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Launch Party and Concert: Donnacha Dennehy

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Donnacha Dennehy's piano trio Bulb opened the Meet the Composer Launch Party and Concert on Tuesday, June 24. Pianist Vicky Chow, cellist Ashley Bathgate and violinist Todd Reynolds performed the overtone-directed piece before host Nadia Sirota spoke with Dennehy via Skype. 

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Launch Party and Concert: Caroline Shaw

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Caroline Shaw, the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, ACME violinist and Roomful of Teeth vocalist, is featured in Meet the Composer Episode Four. Listen to Nadia Sirota interview Shaw about her multi-faceted musician life and her piece in manus tuas for solo cello and hear cellist Hannah Collins perform the work. 

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On-Demand Audio: 'Andriessen 75' Festival Brings Composer's Opera to D.C.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The first concert of "Andriessen 75," the week-long celebration of Louis Andriessen's 75th birthday held in Washington D.C. this April, featured the Dutch composer's ambitious opera La Commedia. 

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Launch Party and Concert: Marcos Balter

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Composer Marcos Balter knew it was love at first sight when he heard flutist Claire Chase perform for the first time. After becoming friends, Balter wrote Pessoa for Chase, a piece for bass flute and electronics that opens a cavern of dark sound. Check out his on-stage interview with Nadia Sirota and Chase's expert performance of the work from the Meet the Composer launch party. 

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Violinist Roman Mints Wrestles with Time in 'Dance of Shadows'

Monday, June 30, 2014

Roman Mints's new album blurs present and past with pieces by Ysaÿe, Piazzolla, Schnittke, Silvestrov and Dobrinka Tabakova. Stream the full album all this week. 

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Internet Wall of Gratitude

Monday, June 30, 2014

We just wanted to thank you again for your amazing support of Meet the Composer. Because of you, we have really been able to sink our teeth into the project and produce something we are very proud of. We are now pleased to unveil the Meet the Composer Internet Wall of Gratitude! Go bask in your own generosity, you deserve it! 

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Summertime Explorations of the Modern Piano Concerto

Monday, June 30, 2014

Piano concertos reached their peak in the 19th Century but today they remain “alive and well” as modern composers continue their exploration of this beloved combination of instruments – searching and exploring new ways to express a fundamental drama. Join host Lisa Moore weekday mornings at 10 am.

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On-Demand Audio: Rouse, Eötvös, Adolphe Premiered at NY Phil Biennial

Sunday, June 29, 2014

In a night of premieres during the NY Phil Biennial, composers Christopher Rouse, Peter Eötvös and Julia Adolphe heard their works performed in Avery Fischer Hall.

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On-Demand Audio: AXIOM Delivers Stockhausen and Boulez

Saturday, June 28, 2014

With landmark works from and inspired by the avant-garde period, Juilliard's AXIOM ensemble and conductor Jeffrey Milarsky closed their 2013-2014 series with a surreal touch on April 17 in Alice Tully Hall. Hear the entire concert on demand. 

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If I Haven't Heard It, It's New To Me

Thursday, June 26, 2014

We may think we know a lot about 20th century composers, but there are certain music makers who go unprogrammed and rarely discussed. Join the Brothers Balliett Thursday at 3 pm to dig into this sometimes-forgotten past.

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Vote: What 24-Hour Marathon Would You Like to Hear?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In the first half of 2014, Q2 Music featured marathons celebrating new-music in film, Arvo Pärt, Kronos Quartet and much more. Now we want to hear what 24-hour marathon you would most like to hear programmed. Vote now.

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Electronic Musician Oneohtrix Point Never in Dialogue with the Past

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The music of Daniel Lopatin – aka Oneohtrix Point Never – is at once futuristic and in constant conversation with the past. His Mixtape collides Renaissance master Orlando Gibbons with contemporary experimentalist Paul Lansky. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Meet the Composer(s): A 24-Hour Marathon

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

To celebrate the launch of Q2's new podcast Meet the Composer, tune into our 24-hour marathon of music by Steve Reich, Missy Mazzoli and others.

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John Luther Adams: Movement One

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

If you know John Luther Adams's music now, you might not guess that he started as a member of a rock cover band in New Jersey called "Sloth"—in fact, there a few things you might not guess. In the first movement of this inaugural episode of Meet the Composer, trace the start of the composer's unconventional path.

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John Luther Adams: Bad Decisions and Finding Home

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Composer and 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams is the first subject in Q2 Music's new Meet the Composer podcast. Host Nadia Sirota explores how Adams's move to Alaska led to his current popularity.

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John Luther Adams: Movement Three

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

In the third movement of episode three, hear about John Luther Adams's installations and dream-based composing methods, and hear the JACK Quartet play part of an unreleased string quartet—Adams's first—called The Wind in High Places. 

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