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Music Curation and Keeping Alive Your Full Artistic Personality

Friday, December 11, 2015

One of the best ways I have to positively impact the music community is to ask myself what I need, as an artist, and then to develop a way to address that need that also serves others.

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Nico Muhly: Playlist

Friday, December 11, 2015

Hear a piece of music you loved in the show? Click for a complete breakdown of all the music in Episode Ten – Nico Muhly: Community Theater.

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Nico Muhly: III. "u"

Friday, December 11, 2015

Nico's community is a massive factor in his life. He is very much "in touch," sending emails from the profane to the profound to literally hundreds of people a day. 

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Nico Muhly: II. Working Together

Friday, December 11, 2015

Nico has worked with film directors, librettists, clarinet players and choreographers, and has written arrangements for an impressive roster of bands and songwriters.

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Nico Muhly: I. Trial By Fire

Friday, December 11, 2015

Nico grew up in Providence, but spent odd corridors of his youth abroad, acquiring languages quickly and setting the tone for his current, punishing travel schedule.

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Nico Muhly: Community Theater

Friday, December 11, 2015

Composer Nico Muhly is a rabid communicator whose personality factors massively in his work. Nico lives his life out loud, and his music is stunning, hilarious, touching, and brilliant.

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Happy Birthday, Olivier Messiaen

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Some composers take you into another world, far removed but instantly recognizable. Today at 11, Phil Kline celebrates the birthday of one such composer: Olivier Messiaen.

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When Wind Players Compose

Thursday, December 10, 2015

There are many fantastic musicians for whom playing an instrument is not enough – these musicians must create, and some of them turn out to be amazing composers. 

Listen: Four 'New York Stories' World Premieres at 2015 SONiC Festival

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Friday, Oct. 16, conductor George Manahan led the American Composers Orchestra in an evening of four world premieres, including works by Judd Greenstein and Angélica Negrón.

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Tigue Brings Joy and Ecstatic Dance with 'Peaks'

Monday, December 07, 2015

Percussion trio Tigue exemplifies the increasingly rare DIY aesthetic that was once Brooklyn's signature sound. Their "Peaks" is a product of community, and a really fun listen.

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Taylor Swift Donates $50K To Seattle Symphony

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Moved by the orchestra's recording of John Luther Adam's "Become Ocean," pop superstar Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony.

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Listen: Clarice Assad's Off the Cliff and the Eco-Music Big Band

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

On October 21, 2015 ensemble Off the Cliff and the Eco-Music Big Band roared in an evening of Latin and avant-garde jazz at DROM for SONiC Afterhours.

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Listen: Tod Machover's 'Fensadense' for Hyperinstruments and Interactive Electronics

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

September 12, 2015, in a program geared toward children age nine and up, the Lucerne Festival Academy alumni premiered Tod Machover's multimedia "Fensadense."

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Q2 Music's 2015 New-Music Countdown

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Each weekday this week at 11 am, we're counting down of the greatest 50 pieces of the last 20 years as chosen by our listeners. We'll bring in 2016 with the #1 choice.

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Young People's Chorus of New York City Looks Ahead with 'Transient Glory III'

Monday, November 30, 2015

"Transient Glory III" offers a glimpse of what makes the Young People's Chorus of New York City such outstanding interpreters with music by Meredith Monk, John Corigliano and more.

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Vote: What Does the 'New' in 'New Music' Mean to You?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What does it mean for a piece of classical music to be considered contemporary, or new? Vote now and help change the rules of Q2 Music's 5th annual new-music countdown.

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Download: Anna Thorvaldsdottir's 'Scape' Performed by Pianist Cory Smythe

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

This week’s Meet the Composer Bonus Track is a world premiere recording of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s "Scape," performed by pianist Cory Smythe of the International Contemporary Ensemble.

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Shara Worden's 'You Us We All' Draws Upon Monteverdi and Beyoncé Alike

Monday, November 23, 2015

Billed as a contemporary baroque opera, Shara Worden's You Us We All draws upon everything from Monteverdi to pop as it explores a rite of passage to find meaning in the modern world.

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Listen: Alarm Will Sound and Three New York Premieres

Monday, November 23, 2015

October 22, Alarm Will Sound performed at Merkin Concert Hall for the 2015 SONiC Festival.

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Horn of Plenty: 24 Hours of Music of Constant, Inexorable Change

Friday, November 20, 2015

Join us all day Tuesday, Nov. 24 for a pre-Thanksgiving sonic horn of plenty with 24 hours of music of subtly ever-shifting, unstoppable change. 

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