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In a Time Lapse

Monday, March 11, 2013

This week's episode of the New Canon features new electroacoustic music from pianist Ludovico Einaudi, works for cello and piano by David Wolfson and the premiere recording of Philip Glass's Cello Concerto No. 2.

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David Lang Hosts 'The Dissonant Show'

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Composer David Lang hosts a two-part series that explores how the breakthroughs of musical abstraction in the years 1910 to 1925 have found renewed voice in the music of today. Music of Julia Wolfe, Arnold Schoenberg and Glenn Branca.

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Where's Gesualdo?

Thursday, March 07, 2013

It's become almost a cliche to hear a wiseacre remark about a particularly pungent Carlo Gesualdo madrigal: 'That's crazier than most new music you hear these days, and it's over 400 years old!' Today at 3 pm, the Brothers trace his influence on 20th and 21st Century music, from Stravinsky to Sciarrino.

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David Lang Hosts 'The Consonant Show'

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang hosts a two-part series that teases apart the threads of contemporary music that took inspiration from breakthroughs of 1910-1925. Part One, "The Consonant Show," streams Mar. 6 at 7 pm on Q2 Music.

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Accounting in Reverse with Jayson Greene

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Jayson Greene has an omnivorous musical appetite. Managing Editor for eMusic and a writer for Pitchfork and the Village Voice, he's also a classically trained musician. His mixtape stretches from Debussy to Suzanne Ciani and Elliott Carter.

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Helga Davis Talks Survival in 'The Best for the Worst'

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Vocalist and Einstein on the Beach principal Helga Davis hosts The Best for the Worst – a five-part series that offers a soundtrack to the hugely popular, absurdist Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. Fridays at 3 pm on Q2 Music. 

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Jennifer Higdon Celebrates the Many Meanings of 'Exaltation'

Monday, March 04, 2013

On their new recording of Jennifer Higdon’s music, New York’s Lark Quartet brings together the varying definitions of exalted into a seamless whole. Stream the complete album.

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Finnish Phenom Pekka Kuusisto at (Le) Poisson Rouge

Monday, March 04, 2013

On Mar. 3 at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto performed a set that ranged from Bach and traditional Finnish fiddle songs to drone-based music and an experimental work for "swallowed microphone."

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Thrum – New Music for Stringed Instruments

Monday, March 04, 2013

This week on The New Canon, we hear new recordings from Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and Tim Brady as well as selections from Lark Quartet's new album featuring music of Jennifer Higdon.

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Conceptions of the Concept Album

Monday, March 04, 2013

The mark of a well-constructed album is that its individual parts form a greater whole, each work elevated through the connections made with adjacent tracks. Tune in this week on Hammered! for five such albums.

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Listen: Arnold Schoenberg and Morton Feldman

Saturday, March 02, 2013

On Monday, Mar. 4, Q2 Music will record Dissonant Abstraction: Arnold Schoenberg and Morton Feldman live from the Museum of Modern Art. The audio will be archived for on-demand listening on this page soon after the concert.

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Listen: Arnold Dreyblatt & Megafaun

Friday, March 01, 2013

On Feb. 27, Berlin-based composer and media artist Arnold Dreyblatt joined psych-folk outfit Megafaun for a concert highlighting their longstanding collaboration as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall.

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Night of the Living Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if a major symphony orchestra took a page from the Q2 Music handbook? Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett offer a program devised to follow traditional symphony concert format.

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The Canadian Mavericks of Aventa Ensemble Come to Brooklyn

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Victoria-based Aventa Ensemble's unconventional approach to music-making has placed it on the Canadian new-music map. Read an interview with artistic director Bill Linwood in advance of the group's show tonight at Roulette.

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Download: Julia Holter, Laurel Halo & Daniel Wohl with Transit

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

On Feb. 23, experimental pop artist Julia Holter, singer-songwriter Laurel Halo and electroacoustic composer Daniel Wohl joined new-music ensemble Transit onstage at the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall. Listen to their entire show on demand.

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A Tribute to My Teachers

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has worked with diverse cross-section of the new-music community, including Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Mos Def and eighth blackbird. His Mixtape is a tribute to his teachers which include Louis Andriessen and Henri Dutilleux. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Listen: Debussy, Reich and Lang at MoMA

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Q2 Music recently presented a live webcast of the sold-out show, "Consonant Abstraction: Claude Debussy and Steve Reich," from the Museum of Modern Art.

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Martin Bresnick's Playful Sound Spans the Blues to Goya

Monday, February 25, 2013

Given his Yale teaching post and the number of composers he has mentored there, Martin Bresnick may wind up being remembered as the Nadia Boulanger of the late 20th-century American scene: a rite of compositional passage embodied in a single instructor.

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Gloria Cheng and Calder Quartet Bring Messiaen and Saariaho to Light

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet and pianist Gloria Cheng pair the works of Olivier Messiaen with 21st-century pieces by Kaija Saariaho. Stream the entire album here.

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The Edge of Light

Monday, February 25, 2013

This week on the New Canon, we hear a new recording of early symphonic works by Benjamin Britten performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta, ACME's recent release featuring the compositions of Joseph Byrd and selections from "The Edge of Light", our album of the week featuring Gloria Cheng and the Calder Quartet in performance of music by Messiaen and Saariaho.

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