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Gloria Cheng and Calder Quartet Bring Messiaen and Saariaho to Light

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet and pianist Gloria Cheng pair the works of Olivier Messiaen with 21st-century pieces by Kaija Saariaho. Stream the entire album here.

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The Edge of Light

Monday, February 25, 2013

This week on the New Canon, we hear a new recording of early symphonic works by Benjamin Britten performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta, ACME's recent release featuring the compositions of Joseph Byrd and selections from "The Edge of Light", our album of the week featuring Gloria Cheng and the Calder Quartet in performance of music by Messiaen and Saariaho.

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Loops, Ladders and Wind-Up Birds

Monday, February 25, 2013

Brooklyn-based composer Ryan Anthony Francis draws on the influences of artist M.C. Escher, author Haruki Murakami and poet Wilhelm Muller. Hear what they've told him this week at 10 am on Hammered!.

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Video: Bold New Vocal Music from Helga Davis and Netsayi

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Saturday, Mar. 16, Q2 Music and Williamsburg's Original Music Workshop presented an evening that bridged new vocal styles from New York and Africa. Watch on-demand video of the entire sold-out show.

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Brooklyn-Based Build Premieres New Video for 'Ride'

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The newest video by New York new-music ensemble Build highlights what the band is all about: hypnotic repetitions, stripped-down chord progressions and a driving back-beat. Watch the premiere of Ride.

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Old Avocados, New Guacamole

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Since the 1970s, the number of performances on original or 'period' instruments has exploded, giving audiences the chance to hear everything from Binchois to Berlioz on the instruments for which they were written. This week, the Brothers sample old sounds in new music.

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Marvin Lin on the Proliferation of Electrical Currents

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tune into Q2 Music 3pm Wednesday. Marvin Lin is the editor-in-chief of the webzine Tiny Mix Tapes. His Mixtape tours the history of electronic music, from Duchamp to Matmos.

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'In Search of the Miraculous' Blends Spiritual Music from Ireland to Armenia

Monday, February 18, 2013

The spirit of George Gurdjieff infuses "In Search of the Miraculous," a crowd-pleasing new recording from the Irish concert promoter, Louth Contemporary Music Society. Stream the album in full this week.

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In Search of the Divine

Monday, February 18, 2013

This week on The New Canon, we hear new recordings from Louth Contemporary Music Society, exploring a wide range of music that touches on the theme of spirituality, as well as new choral music from Gabriel Jackson and cellist Alban Gerhardt's take on Benjamin Britten's music for solo cello.

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Also Sprach A Living Composer!

Monday, February 18, 2013

It's our winter pledge drive. All this week on Hammered! we pass the mic among a collection of composers to introduce their own works for piano. It's one of many features that you hear only on Q2 Music. Pledge today to help us continue to give new music a home.

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Post-Classical Jazz for Valentine's Day

Thursday, February 14, 2013

We live in a post-classical world. Every day genre boundaries are pushed, invaded, blurred or otherwise violated. With that in mind, the Brothers Balliett take a multi-angled look at the overlap between new music and jazz.

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In the Hot Zone with Jack Quartet

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Dedicated to the commission and performance of new works, Jack Quartet has become somewhat of a lynchpin of New York City's burgeoning new-music scene. For their Mixtape, Jack offers an hour of music by friends, colleagues and their own violinist Christopher Otto.

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Listen: DJ /rupture and Zs

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

On February 2, avant noisemakers Zs took the stage with turntablist and producer DJ /rupture for an evening of collaboration as part of the 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival. Listen to the entire show on demand.

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The Polyrhythmic Elegance of Doug Perkins's Simple Songs

Monday, February 11, 2013

Doug Perkins, a co-founder of the quartet So Percussion, releases his solo debut album, featuring works by Nathan Davis, David Lang and Michael Gordon. Listen to the full album stream.

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Expanding American Minimalism

Monday, February 11, 2013

This week on the New Canon, we hear from Lavinia Meier's album of new Philip Glass transcriptions for harp and pianist Ole Kiilerich's updated take on Frederic Rzewski's THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED. We'll also sample percussionist Doug Perkin's "Simple Songs", our current album of the week.

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Listen: Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert

Thursday, February 07, 2013

On March 14, Q2 Music and New Sounds Live presented a live webcast of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, featuring new works by Anna Clyne, Dan Deacon, Tyondai Braxton and others. Listen to the whole show on demand.

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Beethoven's 10th Symphony

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Yes, you heard correctly. The Brothers Balliett share a musical oddity — a performing version of Beethoven's 10th symphony in Eb major, completed (compiled?) from sketches by Dr. Barry Cooper. Only a truly audacious musician would dare attempt this task, and the results are well worth a listen.

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Avner Dorman Meshes Mandolins and Club-Drug Euphoria

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Avner Dorman is a composer of musical spices, perfumes and toxins in a figurative sense. His music is piquant — vivid, present, spicy. Read a profile of the Israeli-born composer and hear him introduce many of his key works. 

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Listen: Clogs, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Orchestra for the Next Century

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

On Feb. 6, Q2 Music presented a live webcast of indie favorites Clogs and Orchestra for the Next Century, and the premiere of Sarah Kirkland Snider's new song cycle, Unremembered. Listen to the full show.

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'And Then It Hit Me...' by Andrew Norman

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Pulitzer Prize finalist Andrew Norman was a featured composer for the New York Philharmonic's CONTACT! series. His Mixtape features music that blew him away on the first listen.

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