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Solo Lines, Sung and Strung

Monday, July 02, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we explore vocalises courtesy of Peteris Vasks and his new album, Vox Amoris, which is our current album of the week. With so much emphasis placed on singing solo string lines in Vasks's three new violin works, we complement that articulated expression with music for the human voice.

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Listen: Philharmonic 360 at the Armory

Friday, June 29, 2012

On Tuesday, July 10 at 3 pm, Q2 Music presents an audio stream of "Philharmonic 360," the New York Philharmonic's recent sold-out concerts of music by Stockhausen, Ives, Boulez and Mozart at the Park Avenue Armory.

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Andrew McKenna Lee: Reconciling a Myriad of Influences

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Composer Andrew McKenna Lee has an eclectic resume even by the standards of New York's new-music scene: he's composed works for groups like the Brentano String Quartet, eighth blackbird and the Los Angeles Philharmonic but he's also jammed with rock legends such as Billy Idol and former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. Tune in for his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm and Thursday at 7 pm.

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David Lang's Piano Competition for Wed

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang held a YouTube competition inviting pianists to interpret his composition Wed. Hear the winning performances today at 3 pm on Cued Up.

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Icebreaker and BJ Cole Relaunch 'Apollo'

Monday, June 25, 2012

Listen here to the complete Apollo, an ambient score originally written by Brian Eno, Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois for Al Reinert’s documentary on NASA’s Apollo missions.

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Vast Nothingnesses and Celestial Soundscapes

Monday, June 25, 2012

Fueled by the newest in new music, this week we blast off into the world of Brian Eno's seminal 1983 album Apollo. Beautifully re-explored by British ensemble Icebreaker with pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole, it's also Q2 Music's Album of the Week.

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The Pacifica Quartet is Back in the USSR

Monday, June 18, 2012

Two’s company and three’s a crowd, but four is a string quartet: An epitome of balance and dialogue that subsequently gives composers a curious amount of freedom for how limited they are in size and scope.

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Premieres from Michael Jarrell and Elliott Carter

Monday, June 18, 2012

Enjoy three Webcasts of the New York Philharmonic's ground-breaking CONTACT! new music series with works by Elliott Carter, Michael Jarrell and Pierre Boulez. Tuesday at 3pm, Wednesday at 7pm and Saturday at 10am.

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Cool Runnings with the Pacifica Quartet, Peter Bruun, Jexper Holmen and More

Monday, June 18, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we go in-depth on our current Album of the Week, a two-disc set by the Pacifica Quartet and the continuation of their series "The Soviet Experience," here exploring the string quartets of Shostakovich and Prokofiev.

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Controversies and a Conversation

Monday, June 18, 2012

Living legend Elliott Carter discusses his musical legacy, including his recently premiered commission at the Met Museum with Nadia Sirota, who also offers recordings of past CONTACT! performances.

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Jóhann Jóhannsson

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

For Mixtapes, we ask today's leading musicians, authors, filmmakers and artists to assemble an hour of new-music that they find particularly compelling or that exemplifies the shifting boundaries of today's musical climate. Today's mixtape comes courtesy of Iclandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.

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Spring for (New) Music

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This week on Q2 Music's Cued Up, we present Spring for (New) Music — two hours of contemporary music highlights from WQXR's six broadcasts of the second annual Spring for Music festival from Carnegie Hall. Today at 3 pm and again Thursday at 7 pm with host Nadia Sirota.

 

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Watch: Brooklyn Youth Chorus Performs Mazzoli and Dessner

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tonight at 7 pm, Q2 Music presents a live Webcast of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus performing works by Missy Mazzoli, Bryce Dessner, Sarah Kirkland Snider and others from The Greene Space.

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Loops, Ladders and Wind-Up Birds

Monday, June 11, 2012

Brooklyn-based composer Ryan Anthony Francis draws on the influences of artist M.C. Escher and poet Wilhelm Muller. Hear what they've told him this week at 11 am and pm on Hammered!.

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(R)evolutionary Concepts with Anthony Paul De Ritis, Jeremy Denk and More

Monday, June 11, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we spin Anthony Paul De Ritis's Devolution in its entirety. Recorded by Gil Rose with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and special guest DJ Spooky for BMOP's in-house label, it's our current album of the week.

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Traveling Music, A Man Out Of Time

Monday, June 11, 2012

This has been one of the raddest years for me in terms of travel, as well as one of the weirdest years yet in terms of time travel. I've spent more days on planes this I ever have before, and as such more hours in suspended animation, more hours in a rosy, unplugged, in-between state which demands the consumption of novels and movies and music and snack boxes. Traveling playlists, in my experience, are best when slightly comfort-tinged.

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The Spiky Neoromanticism of David Del Tredici

Friday, June 08, 2012

From time in the serialist trenches of academia to a position in the front ranks of the neoromantic movement, David Del Tredici has played a surfeit of roles over the last half-century. Read Seth Colter Walls's portrait, and listen to the composer introduce his works.

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Todd Reynolds: Cat-skinning. 13 Ways.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

For Mixtapes, we ask today's leading musicians, authors, filmmakers and artists to assemble an hour of new-music that they find particularly compelling. Today's mixtape comes courtesy of violinist and composer Todd Reynolds.

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Post-Minimalism For A Post-Celebration

Monday, June 04, 2012

The champagne may be flat but we're still riding the celebratory wave of birthday boy Philip Glass's 75th by exploring the fertile genre of post-minimalism that he helped inspire. Tune in this week at 11 am and pm for reworkings, reinventions and revampings of Glass-brand minimalism during this repeat episode of Hammered!

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Breaking the Rules with Berio, Brittelle, Burhans and More

Monday, June 04, 2012

This week's new-release show features recordings by Hilary Hahn and Hauschka, violist Garth Knox and Caleb Burhans. A special highlight is a new recording of Berio's piano music by Francesco Tristano.

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