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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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Peter Maxwell Davies Turns 80 at the BBC Proms

Saturday, September 13, 2014

On the last installment of Q2 Music at the Proms, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra celebrates the 80th birthday of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, live from Royal Albert Hall.

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Whoa, Hilary Hahn is Kind of Joining the New Music World For Real

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Most people know violinist Hilary Hahn as the young woman that can thrash Tchaikovsky and Brahms. But she's been killing it with new music lately, too. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.

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Deerhoof's Bite-Sized, Mullet-Grabbing Mixtape

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Over the course of a 12-album career, Deerhoof has proven itself one of independent rock's most consistently inventive and eclectic ensembles. Hear their Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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Free Download: 'The Hunger' from Composer Donnacha Dennehy

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy shares excerpts from his forthcoming opera, The Hunger, based on writings about the Great Famine.

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Frank Zappa Referees Tribute to Edgard Varèse

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Q2 Music is thrilled to present an archival recording of the famous Frank Zappa-hosted concert of the music of Edgard Varèse, recorded April 17, 1981 at the now-defunct Palladium in NYC.

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On-Demand Video: World Premiere of John Luther Adams's Sila: The Breath of the World

Monday, September 08, 2014

Recently, some 2,000 spectators gathered amid the chatter and car horns of New York City for the newest work from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams.

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Donnacha Dennehy's Exuberant Post-Minimalism

Monday, September 08, 2014

Donnacha Dennehy goes from Ireland to America, France and Amsterdam to study, gets the post-minimalism gospel (with a sideline degree in spectralism), and returns to his native Ireland.

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Cincinnati Symphony Mines the Terror of the Sublime in 'Hallowed Ground'

Monday, September 08, 2014

Issued on Cincinnati Symphony's own label, "Hallowed Ground" finds unexpected connections between David Lang's hard, bitter pieces and those by Aaron Copland and Nico Muhly.

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On-Demand Video: Become Ocean Listening Party with J.L. Adams

Monday, September 08, 2014

Watch the archived webcast from The Greene Space, of John Luther Adams's Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean in engulfing 5.1 surround sound.

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Iceland Symphony Makes its BBC Proms Debut

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Listen to the archived broadcast of Q2 Music at the Proms, featuring the Iceland Symphony Orchestra live at London's Royal Albert Hall.

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Zorn on Zorn: 24-Hour Marathon Celebration

Friday, September 05, 2014

Friday, Sept. 5, Q2 Music celebrates the birthday of composer-performer John Zorn with a 24-hour marathon of Zorn's radically dissimilar music, hosted by the composer himself.

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These Five Composers Are Keeping the Guitar Relevant

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett take a listen to five composers who truly know how to rock the new-music guitar.

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Mari Kimura on Extending the Limits of Virtuosity

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Japanese violinist and composer Mari Kimura has spent her career pushing the limits of her instrument. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Her Music 2.0: Thoughts for Next Year

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

In the last few days, you listened to Her Music – a 24-hour celebration of music by emerging female composers. Now we want to hear from you. What could we do differently next time? 

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Listen: The Craziest Premiere You'll Hear This Summer

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hear the world premiere of Benedict Mason's Meld, as recorded live at London's Royal Albert Hall.

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Electronic Composer Tim Hecker on Space and Sonority

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Montreal-based electroacoustic composer Tim Hecker constructs alternately ambient and abrasive soundscapes. Listen to his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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