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Poul Ruders Tempers Dark Narratives with Scandinavian Cool

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Poul Ruders’s diverse body of compositions is tied together by his smooth absorption of many styles and modes. Read a full profile on the Danish composer, featured on this weekend's CONTACT! performance with The New York Philharmonic, and listen to him introduce his music.

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New Music from Bowling Green State University

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

On April 3, faculty and graduate students of the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University offered an evening of new music at (Le) Poisson Rouge, including selections from alumni Jennifer Higdon and Sebastian Currier. Hear the whole show on demand.

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Rocking Hard and Subverting Expectations with Dan Visconti

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

With commissions from the Kronos Quartet and the Minnesota Orchestra and an upcoming Carnegie Hall premiere, composer Dan Visconti is impressively busy. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe's Hard-Rocking Oratorio, 'Shelter'

Monday, April 01, 2013

Pillars of new music in New York—David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe—join forces to create Shelter, a single piece of music, with successive movements in their audibly distinct but closely related styles. Stream the entire album this week. 

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Portrait Of The Artist

Monday, April 01, 2013

As a follow-up to our five-day pianist profile series last fall, aptly titled Solid Gould, Hammered! presents a week's worth of hour-long musical portraits of some of the great pianists of the contemporary music world, including performances from the late Charles Rosen.

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On Shelter, Electricity and Polish String Quartets

Monday, April 01, 2013

This week we hear from a new compilation of contemporary Irish electroacoustic music, a recent recording of Penderecki and Lutoslawski and Ensemble Signal's new take on Shelter.

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Helga Davis and When the Worst Could Actually Happen

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Best for the Worst continues with its penultimate episode as host Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) presents the soundtrack for survival stories of when the worst actually happens. Today at 3 pm on Q2 Music. 

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Listen: Steven Mackey & Rinde Eckert with Big Farm & JACK Quartet

Friday, March 29, 2013

On Mar. 20, new-music supergroup Big Farm took the stage with the trail-blazing JACK Quartet for the penultimate concert of the 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall.

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A Kaleidoscopic Array of Colorful Curiosities

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Whether you have full blown synesthesia, or you've just always thought that D Major sounds kind of blue, humans have associated color with music for ages. This week, the Brothers Balliett serve up colorful music from Dalbavie, Torke and Thompson.

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Listen: Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nadia Sirota

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hear Icelandic composer-producer Valgeir Sigurðsson and new-music violist Nadia Sirota as recorded live in concert on Mar. 27 at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

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Attacca Quartet Presents Music for Your Next Car Ride

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Attacca Quartet recently released its debut album of John Adams's complete string quartets with a performance featuring the composer himself. Listen to their Mixtape, featuring the ensembles favorite string quartet listening for long car rides.

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Violist Nadia Sirota Puts the 'Rock' in 'Baroque'

Monday, March 25, 2013

Violist Nadia Sirota’s deeply engrossing new album puts the “rock” in “Baroque” with new works by Nico Muhly, Shara Worden, Daníel Bjarnason and more. Stream the entire album this week only. 

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Listen: Joseph C. Phillips, Jr. & Imani Uzuri with Numinous

Monday, March 25, 2013

On Mar. 16, globally-inclined Imani Uzuri joined jazz and classical composer Joseph C. Phillips, Jr. and the Numinous ensemble for a concert featuring new works written for the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall.

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What's Baroque is New Again

Monday, March 25, 2013

On this week's episode of the New Canon, we sample Labor Records new compilation of Central and Eastern European music that uses graphic notation, percussionist Justin Dehart's solo album "Strange Paths" and our current album of the week: Nadia Sirota's "Baroque."

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Bach To The Future

Monday, March 25, 2013

Echoing the around-the-clock programming on WQXR's Bach 360 Festival, this week on Hammered!, we allow the great Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach guide the musical conversation. Listen weekday mornings this week at 10 am.

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Helga Davis Finds Broken Things in 'The Best for the Worst'

Friday, March 22, 2013

Our five part series "The Best for the Worst" presents readings from The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook and insights from Einstein on the Beach principal Davis herself along with a soundtrack of illustrative, dynamic new music. Listen to episode 3: "Broken Things" today at 3 pm.

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The "Out of Tune" Hour

Thursday, March 21, 2013

What happens when composers abandon the traditional equal division of the octave into twelve parts? This week the Brothers explore some music that might be considered 'out of tune' by equal-tempered standards, but are in fact performed according to rigorous sonic ideas.

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The Symbiosis of Composer and Performer According to Evan Ziporyn

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A prolific composer and performer, Evan Ziporyn has written for Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, Kronos Quartet and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He cofounded the Bang on a Can All-Stars and is the founder of Gamelon Galak Tika. His Mixtape celebrates the duality of composer and performer.

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Listen: Deerhoof & Dal Niente with Marcos Balter

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

On Feb. 20, celebrated art rockers Deerhoof joined Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente for an evening of music that included new compositions by composer Marcos Balter and Deerhoof's own Greg Saunier as part of the 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival. Hear the whole show on demand.

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Jace Clayton (a.k.a. DJ /rupture) Reimagines a New York Original

Monday, March 18, 2013

The big news, in indie-centric corners, will be that Jace Clayton (a.k.a. DJ /rupture) is releasing a classical album. Yet even more noteworthy is the album's subject matter. Stream the entire album this week.

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