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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.

Recently in Q2 Music

Einojuhani Rautavaara Merges the Sensual and the Monastic

Monday, July 01, 2013

Symphonic master Einojuhani Rautavaara would seem to be sacrificing a great deal by restricting himself to voices alone, but a new collection of his choral works is a satisfying listen. Stream the full album this week.

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Pledging Allegiance To Charles Ives

Monday, July 01, 2013

This Fourth of July week on Hammered!, tune in for the piano-based repertoire of American music's great experimental pioneer.

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An Affinity for Infinity

Monday, July 01, 2013

On today's episode of The New Canon, we check out music by Victor Kissine recorded by the Kremerata Baltica on ECM; the Latvian Radio Choir singing Rautavaara's gorgeous choral works; and the latest release from saxophonist-composer Sam Hillmer, aka Diamond Terrifer.

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Jennifer Koh and Ensemble LPR Play Wuorinen, Zorn & Beethoven

Thursday, June 27, 2013

On June 14, as part of Le Poisson Rouge's five year anniversary, violinist Jennifer Koh and Ensemble LPR presented an eclectic program of music by John Zorn, Charles Wuorinen and Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Conrad Tao on Subverting Sonic Expectations

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

At only 19, composer-pianist Conrad Tao already has an enviable career. He recently released his debut album "Voyages" and, earlier this month, curated UNPLAY, a three-day new-music festival.

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Yungchen Lhamo and Anton Batagov's 'Tayatha' Brings Unadulterated Aural Pleasure

Monday, June 24, 2013

Seven Tibetan songs by exiled chanteuse Yungchen Lhamo, in arrangements by Russian composer Anton Batagov, are collected on a "Tayatha." Stream the album in full this week only.

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Music For A Summer Evening

Monday, June 24, 2013

Nothing accompanies a sweated-through T-shirt and an oppressively humid summer evening like George Crumb, right? Get your dog day's musical antidote all week on Hammered! with summertime music not written by George Gershwin.

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On Chaos

Monday, June 24, 2013

This week's episode of The New Canon is all about chaos, and an attempt to find order within chaos, as we check out new recordings from So Percussion, the Eclipse Quartet, Yungchen Lhamo and Anton Batagov.

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Music for Percussion and the Manhattan Bridge

Friday, June 21, 2013

Today at 6:30 pm, join Q2 Music and NPR Music for the world premiere of Archway, a work for So Percussion and multimedia artist Eli Keszler. The event is free and open to the public.

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State of the String Quartet

Thursday, June 20, 2013

One of the best things about hosting a new-music radio show is the implied permission to blow a lot of one's own money on tons of new CDs. This week's show is built entirely from new additions to our ever-growing library, and includes music by Harbison, Wuorinen and Haladyna.

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Steven Mackey's Music for Sleepless Nights

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The music of Grammy-winning composer and guitarist Steven Mackey has been performed by an extensive roster of orchestral and chamber groups. His Mixtape features selections to get you through sleepless nights.

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Two Takes on the Music of Multi-Instrumentalist Caleb Burhans

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

On Tuesday, June 18 at 8 pm, Q2 Music streams an adrenalized double bill of new-music powerhouse Alarm Will Sound and the music of composer Caleb Burhans, and the lyrical, ambient electronic duo, itsnotyouitsme, consisting of Burhans and guitarist Grey McMurray.

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Daniel Wohl 'Corps Exquis' Marries the Electronic and Acoustic

Monday, June 17, 2013

On "Corps Exquis," composer Daniel Wohl's first full-length album, electronic and acoustic elements are brought together to construct a haunting, stylish sonic world. Stream the album in full this week only.

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From Brooklyn to Europe and Back Again

Monday, June 17, 2013

Electro-acoustic tracks from Daniel Wohl’s new album "Corps Exquis" are sprinkled between concertos by Penderecki and Holmboe on this week’s episode of The New Canon.

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When The Piano Isn't Enough...

Monday, June 17, 2013

Late in his life, the famed Italian pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni felt so straightjacketed by the tonal system that he said one of the only viable method of escape was the invention of new sounds through electronic instruments.

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The Brothers Balliett Talk to Eric Nathan

Thursday, June 13, 2013

This week the Brothers kick off a new series that invites composers to play and discuss their own music, and help to curate the rest of the show. The inaugural guest in this new series is 2013 Rome Prize-winner and Chelsea Music Festival composer-in-residence Eric Nathan.

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Music Boxes, Toys and Found Sounds with Angélica Negrón

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Combining found sounds and toy instruments with electronics and orchestral instruments, Angélica Negrón's compositions a sound both futuristic and nostalgic. Take a video tour of her apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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Deerhoof's Bite-Sized, Mullet-Grabbing Mixtape

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Over the course of a 12-album career, Deerhoof has proven itself one of independent rock's most consistently inventive and eclectic ensembles. For their Mixtape, each member contributes 15 minutes of their favorite classical music.

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Juilliard Musicians Go Finnish with a Flourish

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

On March 28, the Juilliard School's new-music ensemble, AXIOM, partnered with members of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki to present a concert highlighting music of American and Finnish origin. Led by conductor Susanna Mälkki, music director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the concert was part of an exchange program that will also send Juilliard musicians to Helsinki this August. 

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Fred Lerdahl's Mania for Order

Monday, June 10, 2013

On its surface, the history of modern classical music is about chaos and an explosion of style. But one of the strongest through-lines of the past century has been a mania for order. Volume 4 of Bridge Records's "The Music of Fred Lerdahl" is a case in point.

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