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On-Demand Audio: Olga Bell is Sitting in a Room

Friday, January 09, 2015

Hear vocalist Olga Bell perform Alvin Lucier's seminal "I Am Sitting in a Room" live at MoMA PS1 as part of the day-long "Sound/Source" festival of electronic music.

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Guerilla Composer Portrait: Gloria Coates

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The American-born, Germany-based composer Gloria Coates is the most prolific female symphonist of all time. Today at 3, the Brothers Balliett take a listen.

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Martin Bresnick Finds Light in Darkness with 'Prayers Remain Forever'

Monday, January 05, 2015

"Prayers Remain Forever," a new album of music by composer Martin Bresnick, finds inspiration from masters of the grotesque. Stream the entire album all this week. 

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Edgard Varèse: The Most Epic Interview You’ll Ever Hear about the Ultimate Maverick

Friday, January 02, 2015

Edgard Varèse is one of the greatest mavericks of all time. In this three-hour interview, flutist Claire Chase speaks with the late composer's assistant and confidant, Chou Wen-chung.  

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Florent Ghys Mixes Whimsy and Laser-like Precision in 'Télévision'

Monday, December 29, 2014

Composer and double bassist Florent Ghys keeps headphones firmly cupped to listeners' ears with the whimsy and exacting assembling of materials in his latest album "Télévision."

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I'll Be in an Airplane Ten Miles Above Albania for Xmas

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy holidaze! This week, the Brothers Balliett pay homage to that great holiday tradition of seemingly-endless travel; two airplane-centric works take centerstage today.

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'Jesus Christ the Apple Tree'

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

For the final day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a delicious bell-filled rendition of "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree" from composer Nico Muhly.

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'Angels, Etc.'

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

For the 23rd day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, composer and guitarist Aaron Roche offers an original Yuletide-inspired tune, "Angels, Etc."

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Composer Donnacha Dennehy Documents His 30s, a Quarter-Tone at a Time

Monday, December 22, 2014

Donnacha Dennehy’s latest release is an essential statement, a document of his works for orchestra written throughout his 30s. Stream the entire album all this week.

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Listen: Q2 Music's 2014 New-Music Countdown

Monday, December 22, 2014

Q2 Music closed out 2014 with a one marathon countdown of the top 100 pieces of the last 100 years, chosen by listeners. Check out the full results.

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yMusic Remixed: Weekly World Premieres

Monday, December 22, 2014

 Low City is the brainchild of producer/engineer Abe Seiferth (Yeasayer, Turing Machine) and composer Jeremy Turner. The duo presents this week's featured yMusic remix.

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'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen'

Monday, December 22, 2014

For the 22nd day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a reversed violones rendition of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" from The Brothers Balliett's Doug Balliett.

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'O come, O come, Emmanuel'

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For the 21st day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download "O come, O come, Emmanuel," gorgeous tape loop track by the composer / performer, Caleb Burhans.

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'I Wonder as I Wander'

Saturday, December 20, 2014

For the 20th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download "I Wonder as I Wander," a pensive lost-in-snow track from composer and radio host David Garland.

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'Music for 18 Reindeer'

Friday, December 19, 2014

For the 19th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download "Music for 18 Reindeer," a Reich-influenced track by composer and Q2 host, Phil Kline.

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'Behold'

Thursday, December 18, 2014

For the 18th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download "Behold," a track influenced by Handel's "Messiah" by Meet the Composer producer, Alexander Overington.

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I Will Punch Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' Right in the Face

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" – the height of Italian Baroque invention, or overplayed schlock? Join the Brothers Balliett in deciding today at 3 pm.

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24 Hours of 2014's Brightest and Boldest New Music

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday, Dec. 24, join Q2 Music for a 24-hour listen to our favorite new-music releases of 2014, from Pulitzer Prize winners to debuts by exciting artists. Hear it again on Jan. 1. 

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'Rise of the Wind-Up Toys'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

For the 17th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download "Rise of the Wind-Up Toys" by composer and Q2 Producer Hannis Brown.

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'¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?'

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

For the 16th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a synth-pop cover of "¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?" by Alarm Will Sound hornist, Matt Marks.

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