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Orchestration: Composition's Good-Looking Cousin

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Orchestration is the successful good-looking cousin of composition. Beneath its slick veneer lies a vital component to the expression of a musical idea. Today at 3 pm, join the Brot...

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Jacob Cooper on Songs, Cycles & Lieder

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Electroacoustic composer Jacob Cooper is a featured artist in our upcoming Best of 2014 in New Music event.  Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Venerable Label Makes Bold Move with Emerging Composer Jacob Cooper

Monday, April 28, 2014

Jacob Cooper's "Silver Threads" helps Nonesuch Records close a certain hipness gap between their venerable roster and the composers of his generation. Listen to the album in full all this week.

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Piano Luminaries, from Art Tatum to Jeremy Denk

Monday, April 28, 2014

So much of what brings a piece of music to life has to do with its performer. Although nearly all of the composers featured regularly on Hammered! benefit from excellent performer-advocates, the programmatic arch of each week is normally determined by the composer and music itself.

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Listen Live: FLUX Quartet Plays Feldman's String Quartet No. 2

Saturday, April 26, 2014

On April 26, Q2 Music presented a live audio webcast of Morton Feldman's six-hour String Quartet No. 2 as performed by the FLUX Quartet at the Park Avenue Armory. Listen to the entire piece on demand.

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Watch Live: Pianist Vijay Iyer and Brentano Quartet

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tonight at 7 pm ET, watch composer-pianist Vijay Iyer and the Brentano Quartet for an evening of conversation and music for piano, string and electronics from The Greene Space.

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Donnacha Dennehy's Journey through Music

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Composer Donnacha Dennehy is featured this Sunday at Carnegie Hall as part of David Lang's collected stories series. His Mixtape spans from David Bowie and Steve Reich to Morton Feldm...

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Video: Composer-Pianist Vijay Iyer's Harlem Home

Monday, April 21, 2014

For the second episode of Q2 Spaces's second season, we tour the Harlem apartment of pianist, composer and 2013 MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer. Watch the full episode now.

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Julia Wolfe Bores a Hole Through the Mountain with 'Steel Hammer'

Monday, April 21, 2014

"Steel Hammer," the new album by Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe, features a musical retelling of that great American tall tale of John Henry. Stream the album in full all this week.

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To Sleep, Perchance To Dream

Monday, April 21, 2014

This week we take our aesthetic and thematic cue from Toru Takemitsu's ravishing and otherworldly Quotation of Dream for two pianos and orchestra, and spin a week's worth of piano music that skirts the line between the direct and the subliminal, the real and the dreamlike.    

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A Scoop of Schubert

Thursday, April 17, 2014

It's no secret the the Brothers Balliett love the music of Franz Schubert, whether it's tearing through the Trout Quintet or sobbing through Die Schoene Muellerin. Today at 3 pm, they...

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Drummer Billy Martin on the Limits and Ranges of Instrumentalists

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Billy Martin is best known as the drummer for the celebrated avant-jazz/funk trio Medeski Martin & Wood. His Mixtape features music of Messiaen, Feldman and Ligeti. Wed at 3 pm.

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Sample Rate: 24-Hour Marathon of Electronic and Electro-acoustic Music

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 27, join us for a special encore presentation of Sample Rate: 24-hours of electronic and electro-acoustic music curated and hosted by Morton Subotnick, Tyondai Braxton, ...

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Gabriela Lena Frank Draws on Dances, Dreams and Sacrifice

Monday, April 14, 2014

For her most recent album, "Compadrazgo," California-born composer-pianist Gabriela Lena Frank focuses on her Latin side, with references to her travels in South America. Stream the album all this week. 

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Hot Off The Press

Monday, April 14, 2014

While there is never a lack of The New at Q2 Music, rarely has there been so much new in one week's worth of programing. This week we take our selections exclusively from recently piano releases – some featured on Q2 Music's Album Of The Week – and spin tracks from the front lines of new music.

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Could This Be the Grooviest Large Ensemble Piece of the Past Twenty Years?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What happens when a master composer spends over ten years on a piece of music, constantly reworking the motives, finding new and ever-more-fascinating transformations and contexts in ...

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Brad Lubman: Cutting a Playlist Four Ways

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

This week's mixtape comes from composer and conductor Brad Lubman. The music director of the ensemble Signal, Lubman's worked with everyone from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to the Ch...

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Four World Premieres by Juilliard Student Composers

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

On Tuesday, April 15 at 8 pm, Q2 Music presents an exclusive webcast of the Juilliard School's four 2014 composers' competition winners as recorded live Feb. 14 at Alice Tully Hall.

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Alfred Schnittke's Piano Music and Crushingly Unhappy End

Monday, April 07, 2014

Simon Smith's new collection of Alfred Schnittke's complete piano music offers a harrowing biographical portrait of the composer. Stream the entire album all this week.

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Under the Influence

Monday, April 07, 2014

Folk music has inspired composers throughout history. Tune in all week for music by Bela Bartok, Vivian Fung, John Zorn and more whose music is colored with styles, rhythms and forms of non-Western music.

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