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

Steven Schick on New Noise and Old Friends

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars and red fish blue fish, percussionist Steven Schick is currently Artist in Residence with the International Contemporary Ensemble. For his Mixtape, he offers a listening list of pieces that changed his perception of music.

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The Long Overdue Reissue of Laurie Spiegel's 'Expanding Universe'

Monday, November 26, 2012

Composer Laurie Spiegel had something like a career year in 2012, at least so far as attention goes. Stream for this week only the reissue of her classic 1980 album, "The Expanding Universe."

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Sounds of Earth and Sky

Monday, November 26, 2012

This week's episode of The New Canon features new releases and recordings of music by Laurie Spiegel, Peter Eotvos, and Oliver Messiaen

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Sprouts, Complexity, and Transcendence

Monday, November 26, 2012

Beethoven’s influence cannot be measured. This week on Hammered! pianist-composer Michael Brown features his impact on different musical forms, the composer's revolutionary spirit, and transcendent late works.

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Michel van der Aa Wins 2013 Grawemeyer Award

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dutch composer Michel van der Aa has won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. He is the second consecutive Dutch composer to win the $100,000 prize.

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We Are The Brothers Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 22, 2012

This week's show offers up some savory sounds for your ears to accompany your Thanksgiving feast. But these Thanksgiving treats are a little bit edgy, and might bite back.

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Paul Corley on Landscapes and Ambiences

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Composer and sound recordist Paul Corley released his debut album "Disquiet" earlier this month on Iceland's Bedroom Community label.

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New York Philharmonic Premieres Akiho, Norman and Vaclavik

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

On Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 8 pm, Q2 Music presents the webcast premiere of the next installment in the New York Philharmonic's new-music series, CONTACT!, featuring works by Andy Akiho, Andrew Norman, Jude Vaclavik and the late Jacob Druckman.

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The Transcontinental Travels of Derek Bermel and Alarm Will Sound

Monday, November 19, 2012

Like an only slightly lower-strung version of Carl Stalling's Looney Toons scores, Derek Bermel's music often changes its mind halfway through a phrase, doubles back and becomes something completely different.

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The Omnivorous Tendencies of Bermel and Turnage

Monday, November 19, 2012

This week, we hear new recordings of works by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Alan Hovhaness and Ronald Bruce Smith, as well as selections from our album of the week by Alarm Will Sound.

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The Ludwig van Beethoven Complex

Monday, November 19, 2012

Pianist Lisa Moore hears Beethoven’s legacy riding through fast and clear in the work of modern masters from around Europe, Australia and North America. Hear her impressions weekdays at 10 am on Q2 Music's Hammered!. 

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We Are The Brothers Balliett

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Brad Balliett and Doug Balliett — identical twin composers and performers from Massachusetts — have been performing together and collaborating for nearly thirty years. The bassoonist and double bassist are fiercely competitive and work tirelessly to one-up each other. Hear the premiere of their show today at 3 pm.

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Beyond the Limits of Language with John Supko

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Combining electronics and found sounds with more conventional orchestration, the music of John Supko often carries an otherworldly quality. Not surprisingly, his Mixtape features music with similar qualities.

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A Multifaceted Elliott Carter Marathon

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Composer Elliott Carter died Nov. 5 at age 103. In celebration of his legacy, Q2 Music devotes a full day of programming Tuesday to his life and music.

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Colleagues and Champions Remember Elliott Carter

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

As part of our all-day celebration of the late Elliott Carter, we asked a handful of Carter experts, colleagues and collaborators to share their memories of the man and his music.

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San Francisco Symphony Refreshes 'American Mavericks' Franchise

Monday, November 12, 2012

If you thought the San Francisco Symphony's promotion of American "maverick" composers has gotten tiresome, this collection of Cowell, Varèse, Harrison and Cage may make you reconsider.

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Tributes to a Constellation of American Individualists

Monday, November 12, 2012

Composer-pianist Jed Distler returns to host a week of wide-ranging keyboard(s) repertoire, including tributes to the late Elliott Carter and Aaron Copland and obscure recordings from Igor Markevitch, Lois V Vierk and George Perle. 

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The Women Behind Maya Beiser

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Cellist Maya Beiser has dedicated her career to pushing the limits of her instrument's repertoire, working with a diverse array of collaborators, from Tan Dun to Brian Eno, Steve Reich and Mark O'Connor. Her multimedia opera Elsewhere premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music earlier this month.

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Revisiting 'Elliott Carter at 100'

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Conceived as a tribute to Elliott Carter on the occasion of his 100th birthday, this special program from 2008 explores the compositional roots of the iconic American composer, as well as the ramifications of his complex, powerfully influential music.

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The Rewarding and Unpredictable Music of Elliott Carter

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Charles Ives wrote him a letter of recommendation to Harvard. He attended the New York premiere of The Rite of Spring. Decades later, Stravinsky himself would proclaim that he had written the first American masterpiece.

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