Part of Classical 105.9 WQXR, Q2 Music is a listener-supported, New York-based online station devoted to the music of living composers; a home for immersive festivals, live webcasts and on-demand concerts from today’s leading new-music performers and venues.

Recently in Q2 Music

Eric Jacobsen's Rainy Day Mixtape

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A member of Brooklyn Rider string quartet, The Knights, Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Project and Mark O'Connor's String Quartet, cellist and conductor Eric Jacobsen has recorded works by everyone from Jimi Hendrix and Osvaldo Golijov to Shostakovich.

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Cellist Mariel Roberts's 'Nonextraneous Sounds'

Monday, September 17, 2012

The music on this disc, by a range of rising young composers, is nothing short of gripping from the first note to the last, and it's thanks largely to the intense focus of these highly individual musicians.

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On-Demand Audio: Efterklang and the Wordless Music Orchestra

Monday, September 17, 2012

Q2 Music recently presented a live audio webcast of the Danish art-rock trio Efterklang and the Wordless Music Orchestra from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Listen to the full concert.

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Celebrating Cage and Debussy

Monday, September 17, 2012

Two of arguably the most influential composers of the twentieth century turned super old this year: John Cage (100 this month) and Claude Debussy (150 last August). This week on Hammered! we pay homage to these modern musical titans with alternating selections from each’s vast piano oeuvre.

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Visual Music

Monday, September 17, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we hear new recordings from composers Kenji Bunch and Valgeir Sigurdsson, along with cellist Mariel Roberts.

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John Cage at 100: "City Circus"

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

On September 5, 2012, John Cage would have celebrated his 100th birthday. To commemorate the legendary composer's centennial, New Sounds's John Schaefer presents 13 archival episodes of Cage interviews, rare recordings and performances Wednesdays this fall on Q2 Music at 8 pm.

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The World of Music: David Harrington's Mixtape

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

For this week's mixtape violinist David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet offers a playlist that jumps freely across time periods and continents, from Eric Satie to Nam June Paik to traditional Scandinavian folk music.

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Einstein on the Beach

Monday, September 10, 2012

This live 1984 recording of Glass's Einstein is nothing close to complete. However, it's a (smartly) edited 77-minute highlight reel from the opera, paired with a DVD of the documentary produced during the same run.

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Listen: Open-Roof Show from Williamsburg's Newest Hotspot

Monday, September 10, 2012

Q2 Music presents an evening of new music recorded live the of performances by Brooklyn Rider, Talea Ensemble and International Contemporary Ensemble musicians.

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Interview: Original Music Workshop's Founder, Kevin Dolan

Monday, September 10, 2012

In order to get a better idea of the genesis of and programmatic philosophy behind Williamsburg's upcoming, $15.6 million Original Music Workshop, we asked its founder Kevin Dolan, a soft-spoken, former international tax attorney, a few questions.

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One Track Mind

Monday, September 10, 2012

This week on Hammered! we hear five consecutive cases of works that require an extended temporal space to achieve a more slowly evolving mode of expression. Otherwise put: works that last the full duration of each episode.

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Beach Body

Monday, September 10, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we celebrate the return of Einstein on the Beach to the Brooklyn Academy of Music with a listen to the opera's 1984 recording, recently reissued in highlights form on Orange Mountain Music. 

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Robert Wilson: Philip Glass (Ink on Paper with Plastic Gel)

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Director-designer Robert Wilson occupies an almost unparalleled role in the creative life and collaborative breakthroughs of Philip Glass (Einstein on the Beach, the CIVIL warS). As part of our Philip Glass festival, Music of Constant Change, Wilson presented Q2 Music with a copy of his 2011 ink-on-paper with plastic gel portrait of the composer. 

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Pianist Bruce Brubaker on Molecular Piano Playing

Sunday, September 09, 2012

"Happy 75th Birthday Philip! You've made me a better pianist, a more perceptive musician and let the world hear itself better." It's not idle praise.

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Soundcheck with John Schaefer (2002)

Sunday, September 09, 2012

In this episode of Soundcheck from 2002, the composer discusses some of the odd jobs he has held throughout his career,  the development of the new music scene in New York, and how he defined success for himself along the way.

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Lisa Bielawa on Early Days with the Philip Glass Ensemble

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Philip likes to say that I was “just a chick-let” when I first began touring with the Glass Ensemble. I was pretty much just out of college, and my couch-surfing lifestyle was evidence that I had not yet figured out how I would make a living, nor even exactly what I considered myself to be – a composer? A singer? Something else entirely? In retrospect, these uncertainties seemed to cause little anxiety for me – I was waiting for life to show me what was next.

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Laurie Anderson on Early Glass Loft Rehearsals

Friday, September 07, 2012

I first heard Philip Glass in 1971 at one of his rehearsals in a loft on the Lower East Side in New York City. I went with a few other artists and we lay on the floor while he and his band played Farfisa organs at mind-melting volumes. These rehearsals often lasted for several hours and it was possible to drift to many different mental places. One of the regulars at the rehearsal was the sculptor Sol Lewitt, who said, “I do my best work at Phil’s rehearsals.”

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Violinist Tim Fain on Philip Glass as Mentor

Friday, September 07, 2012

My first encounter with Philip’s music was as a boy, sneaking into the TV room late one night and sitting down with my parents to watch a documentary on the making of Einstein on the Beach.

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The Leonard Lopate Show (2007, 2008)

Friday, September 07, 2012

Today’s archival interviews from 2007 and 2008 feature two appearances on The Leonard Lopate Show, and cover a wide range of topics from working with choreographers to the release of the Glass Box retrospective.

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Meet the Composer with Tim Page (1985)

Thursday, September 06, 2012

On this episode of Meet the Composer from 1985, Glass talks about his days as a student, and the process of breaking the mold to develop a personal sound.

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