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Listen: Chinary Ung's 70th Birthday Concert

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

On Tuesday, April 30 at 8 pm, Q2 Music streams Chinary Ung's 70th Birthday Concert performed by the New York New Music Ensemble and featuring the New York premiere of Aura along with several chamber works.

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Inside Tristan Perich's Home and 1-Bit Workshop

Monday, April 29, 2013

Visit the home and work space of Tristan Perich – a sound, visual and installation artist residing in New York City who mixes live sound with 1-bit computer music.

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John Corigliano's Radical Pursuit of the New and Immediate

Monday, April 29, 2013

While never fully breaking from the expressive language developed by Mahler and his 20th-Century heirs, Corigliano develops it to often harrowing extremes. Read a profile of the celebrated American composer and listen to him introduce his music. 

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Brooklyn Rider's White-Hot Walking Tour from Romania to Persia

Monday, April 29, 2013

"A Walking Fire," Brooklyn Rider’s new recording, expertly manages to draw on the folk music roots of Romania, Hungary and Persia in a way that feels authentic, fresh and kitsch-free.

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Runs in the Family

Monday, April 29, 2013

Family ties resemble teacher-student relations in weird ways. A student's music might "resemble" a teacher's style, or sometimes try very hard to disassociate itself. This week on Hammered! we sort through the branches of four different musical family trees.

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Super Collider

Monday, April 29, 2013

This week on The New Canon we listen to recordings that mix art music with folk music from Brooklyn Rider, Martin Perry and Christine Southworth.

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On-Demand Audio: John Corigliano's 75th Birthday Concert

Monday, April 29, 2013

On Monday, a star-studded line-up celebrated John Corigliano's 75th birthday at LPR. Listen to the archive of Q2 Music's live audio webcast of the event.

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The Young and the Restless

Thursday, April 25, 2013

New York City has always been a haven for ensembles dedicated to new music, but the scene seems to have exploded recently. This week's program shows off a handful of great new music ensembles, demonstrating an unceasing and thriving New York scene.

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Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Returns to BAM

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry returns to BAM this weekend with three concerts representing Brooklyn's ever-warming hotbed of new music. Sample featured music from the festival with highlights from the Q2 Music archive. 

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Julia Holter: Music to Hear Now

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Today's mixtape comes courtesy of Los Angeles-based experimental singer/songwriter Julia Holter, a featured artist in this week's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, a festival that blurs the boundaries of indie rock and contemporary classical music. Listen at 3 pm.

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David Lang Gives Schubert Luminous New Life in 'Death Speaks'

Monday, April 22, 2013

Death Speaks, a song cycle composed by David Lang, is a luminous masterpiece. As restrained and melancholy as a Blue Period Picasso, it enchants on first hearing and sticks in the memory. Stream Lang's complete new album in full all this week. 

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On-Demand Audio: Pianist Vicky Chow and Percussionist Owen Weaver

Monday, April 22, 2013

Pianist Vicky Chow joins percussionist Owen Weaver for the New York premiere of John Luther Adams's expansive Four Thousand Holes, recorded live at Le Poisson Rouge.

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The Future According to Eno

Monday, April 22, 2013

"When Brian Eno first beeped across my radar screen, it was as the other-worldly, boa-draped synthesizer player in Roxy Music." All this week, Phil Kline explores Brian Eno's contributions to modern music. Listen weekdays at 11 am.

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Studying the Etude

Monday, April 22, 2013

Taking a page out of the great Nicholas Hodges' recent programatic playbook, this week on Hammered! we re-contextualize a handful of classic etudes by throwing in fistfuls of freshly composed ones, some so difficult only a machine can play them!

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Passing Beyond

Monday, April 22, 2013

This week’s episode of the New Canon features pianist Eve Egoyan's world premiere recordings of posthumous by Ann Southam, and music for brass by Andrew Rindfleisch. We also hear from our album of the week—a cycle of Schubert-inspired songs by David Lang that features performances by Shara Worden and Bryce Dessner.

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Talea Ensemble's 'Magellan Modern' at Roulette

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Powerhouse Talea Ensemble closes the 2013 MATA Festival with another evening of new works by an impressive roster of young, experimental composers from Serbia, Italy and Mexico City.

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Mechanical Turks and Fearless Composer-Performers

Friday, April 19, 2013

The second night of the 2013 MATA Festival features experimental multimedia presentations that integrate new-music composition with elements of visual and performance art. The evening is hosted by violist Nadia Sirota.

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Frederic Rzewski Celebrates 75

Friday, April 19, 2013

The composer-pianist tradition prevails in the early 21st century through Frederic Rzewski, who turns 75 on Saturday. Host Jed Distler returns to pay tribute to one of new music’s iconic veterans.

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Imaginary Beasts and the Composers Who Love Them

Thursday, April 18, 2013

What is it about imaginary animals that captures the human imagination? Borges imagined many monsters, as did Lewis Carroll, Maurice Sendak, and other literary luminaries. This week the Brothers Balliett wonder, how do imaginary animals impact today's music?

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Meitar Ensemble Opens the 2013 MATA Festival

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Israeli new-music ensemble Meitar opens the 2013 MATA Festival with adventurous works by an international array of composers, from Poland's Marcin Stanczyk to Israel's Ofer Pelz.

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