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Music of Other Worlds

Monday, November 05, 2012

This week on The New Canon, we sample new recordings of works by the Brooklyn-based new-music darling Missy Mazzoli, sound recordist Paul Corely and Virginia-based composer Benjamin Broening.

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Missy Mazzoli's Song from the Uproar

Monday, November 05, 2012

Listeners familiar with the music of Missy Mazzoli are unlikely to be shocked by her latest CD, Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt, which suggests the gentle, queasy motion of an ocean liner.

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Sonatas For All Ages

Monday, November 05, 2012

Let's lead with a nerdy but apt musicological posit: the sonata is a shifty and elusive form. It contracts, expands and reconfigures to hold any type of musical material, so much so that it is perhaps most accurate to evoke the sonata's original and most basic meaning, simply "to sound."

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A Mostly Crowdsourced Post-Hurricane Mixtape

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Today at 3 pm, Q2 Music turns over the airwaves to music suggested as examples of pieces that are appropriate to play in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy or that reference climatalogical disasters.

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The Volatile, Maverick Music of Michael Harrison

Monday, October 29, 2012

The word “maverick” is overused in the contemporary music world. But in the case of composer Michael Harrison and cellist Maya Beiser, the descriptor is deserved.

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Harmonizing Polarities in Harrison, Mazzoli and Romitelli

Monday, October 29, 2012

This week on The New Canon, hear world premiere recordings from the Talea Ensemble, violinist Jennifer Koh and composer-pianist Michael Harrison

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On-Demand Audio: The Brooklyn Philharmonic's Season Preview

Thursday, October 25, 2012

On Thursday Q2 Music presented a live audio stream of the season-opening concert of the Brooklyn Philharmonic with world premieres from Ted Hearne, Kendall Williams, Matt Marks and more.

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On-Demand Audio: Vijay Iyer and Missy Mazzoli's Victoire

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

This October, Q2 Music partnered with WNYC's New Sounds Live to present the eclectic composer-pianist Vijay Iyer in an exciting double billing with composer's Missy Mazzoli's all-female band, Victoire. Hear the show at 8 pm tonight on New York Now.

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Roomful of Teeth and The World's Oldest Instrument

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

This week's Mixtape comes from conductor, singer and composer Brad Wells, who founded the a cappella octet Roomful of Teeth in 2009 with the intention of updating vocal music with a 21st Century bent toward technique and eclecticism.

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Parade of New Voices on Q2 Music

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Q2 Music recenly put out a call soliciting demo tapes from the next generation of would-be radio hosts. The new lineup includes composer Suzanne Farrin, singer Charlotte Mundy and musician brothers, Doug and Brad Balliett.

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Listen Live: Antibalas and Ted Leo

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

On Tuesday, October 23 at 8 pm, ET, Q2 Music present a live audio webcast of the dynamic, 12-piece Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas and the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ted Leo interpreting the music of Hugh Masekela.

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The Vocal Octet Roomful of Teeth Sets the Bar Unfairly High

Monday, October 22, 2012

The a cappella octet Roomful of Teeth have trained in non-Western traditions and have collaborated with several fashionable composers. Hear the results on their debut album.

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Sensuality and Coldness in Debussy and Boulez

Monday, October 22, 2012

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and Pierre Boulez (1925-): Two great French composers, one at each end of the continuum of twentieth century music. Debussy would typically be characterized as the more sensual and accessible, Boulez the colder and more forbidding, the hard-line modernist, but a little listening demonstrates their connections.

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Giving New Voice to Complexity

Monday, October 22, 2012

This week on The New Canon, hear new recordings from the experimental German-born, British composer Max Richter and Danish icon Per Norgard, as well as highlights from the exciting debut CD of vocal octet, Roomful of Teeth.

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Living For The Live Performance

Monday, October 22, 2012

This week on Hammered!, in coordination with our Fall Pledge Drive, we hear highlights from our vast archive of live piano performances.

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A Dialogue Between Human and Automatic Performers

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Argentinian-born composer and conductor Sebastian Zubieta is currently the music director at Americas Society, an organization dedicated to education, social change and cultural dialogue in and between the Americas. Hear his Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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On-Demand Video: Beethoven Remixed

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Thursday night, Q2 Music presented an evening of remixes and re-imaginings of Beethoven's string quartets in The Greene Space.

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Take A Stand: Q2 Music's Fall Pledge Drive

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Q2 Music’s a listener-supported radio station. We rely on your pledge dollars to stay streaming 24 hours a day, every day. Chip in and make a contribution right now!

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Mystery and Scientific Exploration in Nordic Cello Concertos

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cellist Jakob Kullberg and the New Music Orchestra present cello concertos by Saariaho, Norgard and Nordheim.

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Glenn Gould Reborn and Premieres from Górecki and Nordheim

Monday, October 15, 2012

This week on The New Canon, recordings of works by Arne Nordheim and Henryk Górecki, as well as a new album by Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica.

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