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.

Recently in Q2 Music

Profound Simplicity with Caleb Burhans

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans has become a truly ubiquitous figure in the New York new-music scene. His Mixtape includes music by Jóhann Jóhannsson and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Listen today at 3 pm.

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John Luther Adams Channels Nature's Savage Beauty

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

April 14, 2014, composer John Luther Adams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his most recent orchestral composition "Become Ocean." Listen to the composer introduce his music and join us today at 4 pm for an hour of celebration.

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Musical Landscapes

Monday, July 15, 2013

Pianist-composer Conrad Tao continues his Hammered! residency with a week of keyboard music that's inspired by, or creates vast landscapes. Listen weekday mornings at 10 am for music by John Luther Adams, John Cage, Aaron Jay Kernis and more.

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New Marriages of the Organic and Synthetic

Monday, July 15, 2013

This week's episode of The New Canon features selections from So Percussion's recording of Dan Trueman's "neither Anvil nor Pulley," Florent Boffard's exploration of the music of Arnold Schoenberg and "Voyages," the debut album by composer-pianist Conrad Tao.

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The Duality of Man and Machine as Told by Dan Trueman and So Percussion

Monday, July 15, 2013

“neither Anvil nor Pulley,” the new record from omnivorous new-music quartet So Percussion and composer Dan Trueman, explores the relationship between man and machine in the digital age. The result is one of So Percussion's most accessible and powerful efforts to date.

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Watch So Percussion and Eli Keszler Perform Under the Manhattan Bridge

Friday, July 12, 2013

On June 21, the quartet So Percussion and the composer and percussionist Eli Keszler set up under the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn for the premiere of Archway, a NPR Music commission.

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The Brothers' Bastille Day Special

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hot on the heels of their America the Dissonant show, the Brothers move to la France to explore the wealth of the nation's great new music. Celebrate Bastille Day a few days early with music from Tristan Murail, Pascal Dusapin and Henri Dutilleux. Today at 3 pm.

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Visceral Connections with Jóhann Jóhannsson

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The music of Iceland composer and producer Jóhann Jóhannsson draws from a palette of ambient music, post-rock and orchestral music. His Mixtape includes visceral music from Mahler, Messiaen and Stockhausen.

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Olivier Messiaen's Harawi in Breathless New Form

Monday, July 08, 2013

With pianist Jacob Greenberg’s mobility of attack complementing soprano Tony Arnold’s every step of the way, "Harawi" feels like one of the best new interpretations of Messiaen in years. Stream the entire album this week.

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Pianist-Composer Conrad Tao Hosts Hammered!

Monday, July 08, 2013

For the remainder of July, Q2 Music invites rising composer-pianist Conrad Tao to guest host Hammered! Listen at 10 am weekday mornings for deep-dives into the world of contemporary piano music.

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Reinventions

Monday, July 08, 2013

This week's episode of The New Canon features Carnatic-inspired music by Olivier Messiaen, Brian Harnetty's musical ruminations on Sun Ra and stunning arrangements for string quartet by Stefano Scodanibbio. Listen to the whole show on demand.

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America the Dissonant

Thursday, July 04, 2013

America's the birthplace of plenty of musical styles, from jazz to hip-hop to minimalism, and today American music is as varied as its human landscape. Let's celebrate the Fourth with some home-grown American tunes. Fire up that B-B-Q.

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Exploring Musical Communities with Vijay Iyer

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Grammy-nominated composer and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer defies genre both with his own solo and collaborative releases. His Mixtape highlights styles within and outside "classical" music.

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JACK Quartet and Joshua Roman play Gesualdo to Ferneyhough

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

On June 23, JACK Quartet and cellist Joshua Roman joined forces to present an era-blending mix of music by late Renaissance master Carlo Gesualdo, alongside premieres by Joshua Roman and Jefferson Friedman. Stream the entire concert on demand.

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Einojuhani Rautavaara Merges the Sensual and the Monastic

Monday, July 01, 2013

Symphonic master Einojuhani Rautavaara would seem to be sacrificing a great deal by restricting himself to voices alone, but a new collection of his choral works is a satisfying listen. Stream the full album this week.

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Pledging Allegiance To Charles Ives

Monday, July 01, 2013

This Fourth of July week on Hammered!, tune in for the piano-based repertoire of American music's great experimental pioneer.

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An Affinity for Infinity

Monday, July 01, 2013

On today's episode of The New Canon, we check out music by Victor Kissine recorded by the Kremerata Baltica on ECM; the Latvian Radio Choir singing Rautavaara's gorgeous choral works; and the latest release from saxophonist-composer Sam Hillmer, aka Diamond Terrifer.

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Jennifer Koh and Ensemble LPR Play Wuorinen, Zorn & Beethoven

Thursday, June 27, 2013

On June 14, as part of Le Poisson Rouge's five year anniversary, violinist Jennifer Koh and Ensemble LPR presented an eclectic program of music by John Zorn, Charles Wuorinen and Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Conrad Tao on Subverting Sonic Expectations

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

At only 19, composer-pianist Conrad Tao already has an enviable career. He recently released his debut album "Voyages" and, earlier this month, curated UNPLAY, a three-day new-music festival.

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Yungchen Lhamo and Anton Batagov's 'Tayatha' Brings Unadulterated Aural Pleasure

Monday, June 24, 2013

Seven Tibetan songs by exiled chanteuse Yungchen Lhamo, in arrangements by Russian composer Anton Batagov, are collected on a "Tayatha." Stream the album in full this week only.

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