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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.

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Talea Ensemble's 'Magellan Modern' at Roulette

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Powerhouse Talea Ensemble closes the 2013 MATA Festival with another evening of new works by an impressive roster of young, experimental composers from Serbia, Italy and Mexico City.

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Frederic Rzewski Celebrates 75

Friday, April 19, 2013

The composer-pianist tradition prevails in the early 21st century through Frederic Rzewski, who turns 75 on Saturday. Host Jed Distler returns to pay tribute to one of new music’s iconic veterans.

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Mechanical Turks and Fearless Composer-Performers

Friday, April 19, 2013

The second night of the 2013 MATA Festival features experimental multimedia presentations that integrate new-music composition with elements of visual and performance art. The evening is hosted by violist Nadia Sirota.

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Imaginary Beasts and the Composers Who Love Them

Thursday, April 18, 2013

What is it about imaginary animals that captures the human imagination? Borges imagined many monsters, as did Lewis Carroll, Maurice Sendak, and other literary luminaries. This week the Brothers Balliett wonder, how do imaginary animals impact today's music?

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Meitar Ensemble Opens the 2013 MATA Festival

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Israeli new-music ensemble Meitar opens the 2013 MATA Festival with adventurous works by an international array of composers, from Poland's Marcin Stanczyk to Israel's Ofer Pelz.

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Adams to Zappa with Richard Einhorn

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Alongside concert works like Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc, Richard Einhorn's credits include scores for Emmy and Academy Award winning films. Hear his Mixtape.

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Caroline Shaw's Pulitzer Prize Pop-Up Festival

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

On Monday, Caroline Shaw won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Hear our special program highlighting Shaw's contributions as a violinist, composer and singer.

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The Lions of Tel Aviv Come to New York

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Last night, Israel-based Meiter Ensemble made its U.S. performance debut at the 2013 MATA Festival. For our second installment of Better Know An Ensemble, we joined the group—now in its 9th season— to talk about its international touring and extensive works to foster emerging Israeli talent.

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Listen: Four World Premieres by Juilliard Composers

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

On Tuesday, April 16 at 8 pm, Q2 Music presents an exclusive stream of the Juilliard School's annual composers' competition concert, featuring four world premieres from current student composers.

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At Home with Composers Morton Subotnick and Joan La Barbara

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

For the second episode of our new video series Q2 Spaces, we visit the Greenwich Village home of electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick and the vocalist Joan La Barbara.

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Attacca String Quartet's Hungry, Bold and Biting Take on John Adams

Monday, April 15, 2013

On "Fellow Traveller," the young Attacca Quartet takes on John Adams's complete string quartets, including the previously unrecorded title track. Stream it in full all this week.

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Exploring the Border

Sunday, April 14, 2013

This week on the New Canon, we hear from Nick Brooke's "Border Towns," pairing field recordings from the U.S. border with musical quotations of early American popular music. We also sample the Del Sol Quartet's new album of folk-based American music and the Attacca Quartet's recording of John Adams's complete string quartets.

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Bizarre Instruments

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Last January, the Brothers Balliett presented the Grown-Person's Guide, examining the orchestra one section at a time. By popular request, this week, they add more recent and usual instruments to their rundown. Featuring the ondes martenot, barrel organ and a music box ensemble. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Grooves, Pulses/Florals and Lines with Vicky Chow

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A fixture in New York's new-music scene, pianist Vicky Chow has worked with a formidable and varied roster of composers and performers. Her mixtape includes favorites from Florent Ghys, Donnacha Dennehy, Nik Bartsch and more. 

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Listen: Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

On Mar. 21, pianist Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt brought together their distinct musical backgrounds for an evening of collaboration that bridged the worlds of classical, folk and rock.

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NY Philharmonic Gives Four Premieres

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Tonight at 8 pm, Q2 Music streams the next installment of the New York Philharmonic's CONTACT! series, with premieres of works by Unsuk Chin, Poul Ruders, Yann Robin and Anders Hillborg.

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Soloistic Impulses for Viola, Harp, Piano and More

Monday, April 08, 2013

On this week's The New Canon, sample the new solo album by Brooklyn Rider violist Nicholas Cords and enjoy solos for cello, bass and harp by Samuel Adler. Also, hear selections from our current Album of the Week, "Corollaries," by virtuoso pianist/composer Lubomyr Melnyk.

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The Epic, Meditative Stillness of Lubomyr Melnyk's 'Corollaries'

Sunday, April 07, 2013

On "Corollaries," composers Lubomyr Melnyk and Peter Broderick give an updated take on the "continuous music" style of performance that Melnyk pioneered in the late 1970s and '80s. Stream it all this week.

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Listen: Clint Mansell with Full Band and String Quartet

Saturday, April 06, 2013

On April 4, Q2 Music offered a live audio webcast of the New York City performance debut of English composer Clint Mansell—best known for his scores to the films of Darren Aronofsky—from the Church of St. Paul the Apostle. Hear the entire show on demand.

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Helga Davis Escapes from Sharks and Jumps from Cars

Friday, April 05, 2013

The Best for the Worst concludes with its final episode as host Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) presents the soundtrack for survival stories about . Today at 3 pm on Q2 Music.

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