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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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Preview: New Video Series Shares Composers' Creative Spaces

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Q2 Spaces is a new video series that gives you an intimate guided tour inside musicians' homes and studios. Catch a sneak preview with electronic music misfit Dan Deacon and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón.

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Dan Visconti's Gloriously Unhurried Road-Trip

Monday, February 04, 2013

Lonesome Roads, the title track of 30-year old composer Dan Visconti's new album, gives the oft-separated styles of modernism and folk a reason to hang together. Stream the entire album on demand.

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When The Piano Isn't Enough ...

Monday, February 04, 2013

Late in his life, the famed Italian pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni felt so straightjacketed by the tonal system that he said one of the only viable method of escape was the invention of new sounds through electronic instruments.

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(Not So) Lonesome Roads - New American Chamber Music

Monday, February 04, 2013

This week's episode of the New Canon features new music from Thea Musgrave and oboist Nicholas Daniel as well as selections from the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's new disc of concertos by Thomas Oboe Lee. We'll also hear from our album of the week, an album of lyrical chamber music by composer Dan Visconti.

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Rituals, Memorials and Auras

Thursday, January 31, 2013

This week, the Brothers Balliett investigate three interconnected orchestral works, all centered around the idea of a memorial or homage. Music of Harrison Birtwistle, Magnus Lindberg and Witold Lutoslawski. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Premiering Off The Grid

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Join host Suzanne Farrin for the final installment of Off the Grid – a special 4-part series devoted to recordings received directly from you, the listener. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Melissa Smey and the Composers of Miller Theatre

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Melissa Smey is the Director of the Miller Theatre at Columbia University. Her Mixtape includes several composers from the venue's Composer Portrait series, which begins its spring season on February 9. Listen today at 3 pm.

 

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Ensemble LPR and Fred Sherry: In Memory of Elliott Carter

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

On Sunday, January 13, 2013, Ensemble LPR honored the late Elliott Carter with a concert featuring selections from throughout the composer's influential career. The program featured several longtime Carter collaborators, including cellist Fred Sherry, clarinetist Charlie Neidich, pianist Ursula Oppens and violinist Rolf Schulte.

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The Peculiarly Beguiling Aesthetic of Alexander Berne

Monday, January 28, 2013

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Alexander Berne's "Self Referentials" is a profoundly enigmatic listening experience. Find out why by listening to the streamed album all this week.

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