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We Believe in the Groove

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Brothers Balliett operate on a 10-point manifesto that concludes with "We Believe In the Groove." Today at 3 pm, join them for an hour all about groove in contemporary music.

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On-Demand Audio: Spotlight on Librettist Niloufar Talebi at 2014 Ferus Festival

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The inaugural Ferus Festival continued on May 14 with a portrait of librettist Niloufar Talebi. Listen to the entire performance.

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Lisa Bielawa on Voices, Memories and Former Selves

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Composer-vocalist Lisa Bielawa has written for Boston Modern Orchestra Project and is a member of the Philip Glass Ensemble. Her Mixtape features music by Claude Vivier and Frank Zappa.

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On-Demand Audio: New Music for Percussion, Strings and Electronics

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The 2014 Ferus Festival's fifth concert, held at The Stone, included premieres of new works by Jeffrey Ziegler, Paola Prestini and Andy Akiho performed by the composers themselves, He...

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On-Demand Audio: Electronics and Incantations at 2014 Ferus Festival

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

On the third night of the 2014 Ferus Festival held at The Stone, singer-composer Helga Davis, clarinetist-composer Kinan Azmeh, and violinist-composer Cornelius Dufallo collaborated f...

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Levity and Vigor in the Concertos of the Late Peter Lieberson

Monday, August 04, 2014

The late composer Peter Lieberson found inspiration in the poetry of Pablo Neruda for his Piano Concerto No. 3, and simply in his love of the sound of the viola for his Viola Concerto...

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Keys to a Midsummer Swing

Monday, August 04, 2014

This week on Hammered!, join host Lisa Moore for keyboard selections from around the globe with a special focus on new music that swings in its own special kind of way. Listen mornings at 10 am.

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On-Demand Audio: The Ravishing Music of Gity Razaz

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Two compositions by the young Juilliard-trained composer Gity Razaz began the second night of the Ferus Festival at The Stone. The evening included a work for Jeffrey Zeigler for solo...

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Tavener, Bartók & Shostakovich at the BBC Proms

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Beginning Saturday, August 2 at 7 pm, join us for Season Two of Q2 Music at the Proms – a seven-part series of live recordings from the BBC Proms in London, hosted by BBC presenter Clemency Burton-Hill.

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On-Demand Audio: Four Singular Musicians Open VIA's 2014 Ferus Festival

Friday, August 01, 2014

Pianist Vijay Iyer, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, bassist Scott Colley and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi joined forces on May 12 to open the 2014 Ferus Festival of new music at The Stone....

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So You Think You Know the Music of George Perle

Thursday, July 31, 2014

So, you fancy yourself an expert on the music of innovative American composer George Perle, do you? Join the Brothers Balliett today at 3 pm for a deep dive into the Pulitzer Prize-wi...

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Trumpet Player Peter Evans on Improvisation as Thought

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The music of Peter Evans runs the gamut between standard bebop and the most esoteric contemporary classical music, often incorporating electronics and a range of extended techniques. ...

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Andrew Norman: Better Living Through Architecture

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Andrew Norman has followed a winding artistic path that nearly landed him in the architecture world. Lucky for us, he kept writing music. Tune in Tuesday at 7 pm on Q2 Music to find out why.

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Andrew Norman: II. A Whole New World (of Timbre)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It's not just the ideas and final products that make Andrew Norman's music enthralling. Extended techniques, such as bowing a viola near the bridge, contribute to his unique timbre. L...

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Andrew Norman: III. "Let's do it all."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Play for orchestra is a massive, inspired work. In movement three of Meet the Composer: Andrew Norman, discover the history of Norman's piece and hear how video game-inspired philosop...

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Andrew Norman: I. The Kid Is Alright

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Andrew Norman's teenage years were already filled with composing, but it took a college freak-out and some initially scary interactions with modernism to develop his current voice. Li...

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The Quiet Violence of Peter V. Swendsen’s Seasons and Weather

Monday, July 28, 2014

"Allusions to Seasons and Winter," from composer Peter V. Swendsen and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, opens with a processed tenor recorder emulating a bird call. Live elect...

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Hot-Pourri Piano

Monday, July 28, 2014

This week on Hammered!, pianist and guest host Lisa Moore takes on the summer head-on, with some of the hottest keyboard performances around. Join her each morning for music from a di...

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Electronic Musician No Lands Presents Music from Other Worlds

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

No Lands is the electronic project of Brooklyn-based composer Michael Hammond. Negative Space," his debut album of electro-noir compositions is set for release July 29. Hear his Mixta...

Preview: Andrew Norman: Better Living Through Architecture

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Preview the second episode of Meet the Composer, featuring guest Andrew Norman. The podcast will be available on July 29 and stream on Q2 Music at 7 pm. 

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