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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

Listen: Arnold Schoenberg and Morton Feldman

Saturday, March 02, 2013

On Monday, Mar. 4, Q2 Music will record Dissonant Abstraction: Arnold Schoenberg and Morton Feldman live from the Museum of Modern Art. The audio will be archived for on-demand listening on this page soon after the concert.

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Listen: Arnold Dreyblatt & Megafaun

Friday, March 01, 2013

On Feb. 27, Berlin-based composer and media artist Arnold Dreyblatt joined psych-folk outfit Megafaun for a concert highlighting their longstanding collaboration as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall.

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Night of the Living Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if a major symphony orchestra took a page from the Q2 Music handbook? Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett offer a program devised to follow traditional symphony concert format.

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The Canadian Mavericks of Aventa Ensemble Come to Brooklyn

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Victoria-based Aventa Ensemble's unconventional approach to music-making has placed it on the Canadian new-music map. Read an interview with artistic director Bill Linwood in advance of the group's show tonight at Roulette.

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Download: Julia Holter, Laurel Halo & Daniel Wohl with Transit

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

On Feb. 23, experimental pop artist Julia Holter, singer-songwriter Laurel Halo and electroacoustic composer Daniel Wohl joined new-music ensemble Transit onstage at the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall. Listen to their entire show on demand.

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A Tribute to My Teachers

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has worked with diverse cross-section of the new-music community, including Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Mos Def and eighth blackbird. His Mixtape is a tribute to his teachers which include Louis Andriessen and Henri Dutilleux. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Listen: Debussy, Reich and Lang at MoMA

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Q2 Music recently presented a live webcast of the sold-out show, "Consonant Abstraction: Claude Debussy and Steve Reich," from the Museum of Modern Art.

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Martin Bresnick's Playful Sound Spans the Blues to Goya

Monday, February 25, 2013

Given his Yale teaching post and the number of composers he has mentored there, Martin Bresnick may wind up being remembered as the Nadia Boulanger of the late 20th-century American scene: a rite of compositional passage embodied in a single instructor.

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Gloria Cheng and Calder Quartet Bring Messiaen and Saariaho to Light

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet and pianist Gloria Cheng pair the works of Olivier Messiaen with 21st-century pieces by Kaija Saariaho. Stream the entire album here.

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The Edge of Light

Monday, February 25, 2013

This week on the New Canon, we hear a new recording of early symphonic works by Benjamin Britten performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta, ACME's recent release featuring the compositions of Joseph Byrd and selections from "The Edge of Light", our album of the week featuring Gloria Cheng and the Calder Quartet in performance of music by Messiaen and Saariaho.

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Loops, Ladders and Wind-Up Birds

Monday, February 25, 2013

Brooklyn-based composer Ryan Anthony Francis draws on the influences of artist M.C. Escher, author Haruki Murakami and poet Wilhelm Muller. Hear what they've told him this week at 10 am on Hammered!.

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Video: Bold New Vocal Music from Helga Davis and Netsayi

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Saturday, Mar. 16, Q2 Music and Williamsburg's Original Music Workshop presented an evening that bridged new vocal styles from New York and Africa. Watch on-demand video of the entire sold-out show.

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Brooklyn-Based Build Premieres New Video for 'Ride'

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The newest video by New York new-music ensemble Build highlights what the band is all about: hypnotic repetitions, stripped-down chord progressions and a driving back-beat. Watch the premiere of Ride.

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Old Avocados, New Guacamole

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Since the 1970s, the number of performances on original or 'period' instruments has exploded, giving audiences the chance to hear everything from Binchois to Berlioz on the instruments for which they were written. This week, the Brothers sample old sounds in new music.

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Marvin Lin on the Proliferation of Electrical Currents

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tune into Q2 Music 3pm Wednesday. Marvin Lin is the editor-in-chief of the webzine Tiny Mix Tapes. His Mixtape tours the history of electronic music, from Duchamp to Matmos.

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'In Search of the Miraculous' Blends Spiritual Music from Ireland to Armenia

Monday, February 18, 2013

The spirit of George Gurdjieff infuses "In Search of the Miraculous," a crowd-pleasing new recording from the Irish concert promoter, Louth Contemporary Music Society. Stream the album in full this week.

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Also Sprach A Living Composer!

Monday, February 18, 2013

It's our winter pledge drive. All this week on Hammered! we pass the mic among a collection of composers to introduce their own works for piano. It's one of many features that you hear only on Q2 Music. Pledge today to help us continue to give new music a home.

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In Search of the Divine

Monday, February 18, 2013

This week on The New Canon, we hear new recordings from Louth Contemporary Music Society, exploring a wide range of music that touches on the theme of spirituality, as well as new choral music from Gabriel Jackson and cellist Alban Gerhardt's take on Benjamin Britten's music for solo cello.

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Post-Classical Jazz for Valentine's Day

Thursday, February 14, 2013

We live in a post-classical world. Every day genre boundaries are pushed, invaded, blurred or otherwise violated. With that in mind, the Brothers Balliett take a multi-angled look at the overlap between new music and jazz.

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In the Hot Zone with Jack Quartet

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Dedicated to the commission and performance of new works, Jack Quartet has become somewhat of a lynchpin of New York City's burgeoning new-music scene. For their Mixtape, Jack offers an hour of music by friends, colleagues and their own violinist Christopher Otto.

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