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Klaus Huber's 90th B-Day at the Lucerne Festival

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Tune in to hear world premieres of works by Heinz Holliger and Brice Pauset in honor of Klaus Huber's 90th birthday, as recorded live at the 2014 Lucerne Festival. 

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Mamoru Fujieda Derives Miniatures from Electrical Activity of Plants

Monday, October 06, 2014

Composed between 1996 and 2011, Japanese post-minimal innovator Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants is a set of works based on the readings of the electrical activity in living plants.

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Music that Makes You Go "Huh?"

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Have you ever heard a piece of new music that made you go... "Huh?" Thursday at 3 pm, wrap your head around some joyfully confusing music with the Brothers Balliett.

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Beyond the Limits of Language with John Supko

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Combining electronics and found sounds with more conventional orchestration, the music of John Supko often carries an otherworldly quality. Hear his Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully: I. Garden Variety

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Caroline Shaw took violin lessons all her life. But after college, she spent a year alone wandering around Europe on a Watson Fellowship and began following a slightly different path.

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Premieres by International Quartet of Composers at the Lucerne Festival

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tune in to hear world premieres from Judd Greenstein, Dai Fujikura, Ying Wang and Jagoda Szmytka, as recorded live this summer at the Lucerne Festival.

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Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully: III. Teethful of Awesome

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Caroline talks about her influences while writing Partita for 8 Voices, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music, and on her involvement with Roomful of Teeth.

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Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Caroline Shaw spent practically all her life studying & playing the violin. But then, two years after enrolling in grad school for composition, she won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

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Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully: II. Sacred and Profane

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Caroline Shaw spent practically all her life studying & playing the violin. But then, two years after enrolling in grad school for composition, she won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

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Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully: Playlist

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The complete breakdown of all the music used for scoring and illustration in Meet the Composer's episode four – Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully.

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Klezmer, Tango and Arabic Sounds Swirl in 'Dreams and Prayers'

Monday, September 29, 2014

It’s always a treat to listen to clarinetist David Krakauer do his thing, but he seems especially in his element in “Dreams and Prayers,” the newest album from Boston-based A Far Cry. 

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Smog Serenade: Opera in 18 Cars Planned Through Downtown L.A.

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Southern California director is planning an opera that will take place inside 18 cars as they simultaneously cruise the streets and highways of Los Angeles.
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World Premiere of Heinz Holliger's 'Scardanelli-Zyklus'

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Join us for the world premiere of Swiss composer Heinz Holliger's Scardanelli-Zyklus as recorded live this summer at the 2014 Lucerne Festival.

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JACK Quartet Spotlights South American-born 'áltaVoz Composers'

Monday, September 22, 2014

The JACK Quartet's latest release, "áltaVoz Composers," zeroes in on an under-represented cache of ferocious talent: that of the young, South American-born composer.

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IMPROVE-isations

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Is the appropriation of the past (as material for a new work) any less creative than all-new material? Thursday at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett listen to new takes on old music.

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Tristan Perich on Connections Across Structure, Genre & Style

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sound, visual and installation artist Tristan Perich is fascinated with the sound of 1-bit electronics. His Mixtape features music where "each piece is in dialogue with multiple others."

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Finn-to-Finn: 24-Hour Marathons of Einojuhani Rautavaara and Kaija Saariaho

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

All day today, we celebrate the upcoming birthday of influential Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho with a 24-hour survey of her music, hosted by Phil Kline.

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Ensemble Intercontemporain plays Chin, Pintscher and Staud

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Listen to Ensemble Intercontemporain perform new works by Unsuk Chin, Matthias Pintscher and Johannes Maria Staud at the 2014 Lucerne Festival.

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New Record Label Debuts with Auspicious, Witty 'Violin'

Monday, September 15, 2014

The most surprising thing about the debut of VIA Records, the label whose arrival is heralded by the release of Anna Clyne's "The Violin," is that it didn't happen long ago. 

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Video: Shara Worden's Mystical Detroit Home and Garden

Monday, September 15, 2014

For this episode of Q2 Spaces: Season Two, we visit the Detroit home, studio and garden of composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond).

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