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What the Devil is a Metagong?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

You heard it here first, folks. That's the theme of today's show, as the Brothers dive into the rich ocean of new releases from spring, summer, and fall of 2014.

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Watch Live: Meredith Monk's 'Piano Songs,' Transcriptions at Le Poisson Rouge

Thursday, November 20, 2014

On Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 pm, join Q2 Music for a live videocast of a 72nd birthday concert honoring the pioneering performer-composer Meredith Monk at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

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Spektral Quartet's Point of Entry Playlist

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 has been a busy one for Chicago's Spektral Quartet. Hear their Mixtape – an entry point for recently-converted new-music listeners – Wednesday at 3 pm.

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On-Demand Audio: The Knights Spotlight the Music of Bryce Dessner

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

October 15, New York ensemble The Knights presented the music of Bryce Dessner, best known as a guitarist and songwriter in The National. Stream entire show on demand.

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A Far Cry from Your Ordinary String Orchestra in 'The Law of Mosaics'

Monday, November 17, 2014

"The Law of Mosaics," couples composers Andrew Norman and Ted Hearne with performances by the enterprising, Boston-based string orchestra, A Far Cry. Stream the entire album. 

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Video: In Meredith Monk's Loft, Turtle Dreams and Folk Music from Another Planet

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tour the sprawling, fifth-floor Tribeca loft that has played home for over 40 years to the joyfully pioneering performer Meredith Monk.

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On-Demand Audio: Centennial Tribute to Polish Composer Andrzej Panufnik

Monday, November 17, 2014

Nov 12, the ACME string quartet performed a centennial tribute to Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik at (Le) Poisson Rouge. 

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The Brothers Balliett Talk To Jonathan Dawe

Thursday, November 13, 2014

This week, the Brothers Balliett are joined in the studio by Jonathan Dawe, a composer driven by a profound love of Baroque music and an obsession with fractals. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.

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Free Download: 'Intercepting a Shivery Light' by Composer Marcos Balter

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Building on a long-standing collaborative relationship, Marcos Balter wrote Intercepting a Shivery Light for the Anubis Quartet, a saxophone ensemble, in 2012. Download the full track.

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Mira Calix on British New Music and Beloved Friends

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The music of Mira Calix marries contemporary classical music with modern electronics and field recordings. Hear her Mixtape of British contemporary music (and one Fin) Wednesday at 3 pm.

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On-Demand Audio: Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer with Bang on a Can All-Stars

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

October 14, Bang on a Can All-Stars took the stage at Brookfield Place for a performance of Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer. Stream the entire show, hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer.

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Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler's Debut Solo Album Embraces the Fierce and Everyday

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Something of Life" is cellist Jeffrey Zeigler’s debut solo album, recorded after his departure from the Kronos Quartet last year. Stream the entire album all this week.

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Forests of Instruments

Thursday, November 06, 2014

This week, the Brothers Balliett examine music created with "forests" of one instrumental color, resulting in some startling textures and sounds.

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A Winged Victory for the Sullen on Bryars, Feldman and Debussy

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Ambient music duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen released their second album last month. Hear their Mixtape, ranging from Ligeti to an Ethiopian nun-pianist, Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Erkki-Sven Tüür Brandishes His Rock Chops in Fifth Symphony

Monday, November 03, 2014

Erkki-Sven Tüür has gained a reputation as one of Estonia's most exciting and fascinating composers. His new album illustrates that he also knows how to cut loose... and rock.

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Marcos Balter: II. Libraries are Magic

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Marcos Balter discovers the library and falls in love with maps, tablature and smart scores.

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Marcos Balter: III. Failure Is An Option

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Marcos settles into his Chicago new-music community and figures out that some of his best work comes from allowing himself to fail.

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Marcos Balter: I. Reading, Reich & Rio

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Marcos Balter grows up a precocious kid in Rio de Janeiro plying piano at his aunt's house. Everything changes when he's introduced to the mind-expanding works of Berio, Reich & Ligeti.

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Marcos Balter: Failure Is an Option

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Called "whimsical" and "surreal" by The New York Times, Marcos Balter is writing music that has made its way into the repertoires of some of the most influential musicians today.

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Marcos Balter: Failure is an Option: Playlist

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The complete breakdown of all the music used for scoring and illustration in Meet the Composer's episode five – Marcos Balter: Failure is an Option.

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