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Glenn Kotche's Colorful, Infectiously Rhythmic 'Adventureland'

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Adventureland" is the latest release from Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and features music for the Kronos Quartet, Gamelan Galak Tika, and "two pianos vs. percussion." 

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Video: Timo Andres's Shy and Mighty Bed-Stuy Apartment

Monday, March 17, 2014

For this opening episode of Season Two of Q2 Spaces, composer-pianist Timo Andres takes us on a tour of his sharply decorated apartment in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Watch the full episode now.

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Listen: Experiments in Radio Operas Premieres

Monday, March 17, 2014

Each evening from March 17-22 at 8 pm, hear the radio premieres of Experiments in Opera's Radio Operas.

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Runs in the Family

Monday, March 17, 2014

Family ties resemble teacher-student relations in weird ways. A student's music might "resemble" a teacher's style, or sometimes try very hard to disassociate itself. This week on Ham...

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Listen: Bang On A Can's People's Commissioning Fund Concert

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Last Thursday, Q2 Music presented a live audio stream of the Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert featuring music of Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry.

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What's in a Name?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Although self-professed symphonies, concertos, and suites are far from disappearing (new examples are created each year), many composers are feeling an impulse to give their pieces an...

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Experiments in Opera on the Excitement of New Sounds

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The composer collective known as Experiments in Opera presents a Mixtape that ranges from the obscure to the icons of the American experimental tradition. Listen on Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Q2 Music Presents Experiments in Radio Operas

Monday, March 10, 2014

Each evening from March 17-22 at 8 pm, Q2 Music presents Experiments in Opera: Radio Operas - 6 innovative opera miniatures crafted especially with an "ears only" audience in mind.

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Orli Shaham's Piano Album 'American Grace' Is a Decidedly Family Affair

Monday, March 10, 2014

Steven Mackey's new piano concerto for Orli Shaham is an easy fit with the music of John Adams on the new album "American Grace" from Canary Classics. Stream the entire album in full all this week. 

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Evoking Images with Music

Monday, March 10, 2014

There is a deep descriptive tradition in music, a tradition that embraces art's ability to comment, observe, and depict. Join composer-pianist Conrad Tao this week to hear piano works...

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On-Demand Audio: Ensemble LPR

Friday, March 07, 2014

March 7, Q2 Music streamed a live webcast of LPR's in-house Ensemble LPR, performing the music of Jonny Greenwood, Bryce Dessner and Bela Bartok. Listen to the show on demand. 

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On-Demand Audio: Saul Williams and Mivos Quartet

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Last month, New York City's Mivos Quartet joined poet and hip hop artist Saul Williams for an evening of new solo and collaborative works, including the U.S. premiere of Thomas Kessle...

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The Brothers Balliett Book of Preludes Vol. 1

Thursday, March 06, 2014

What is a prelude? There are many conceptions and definitions floating around out there, but the Brothers Balliett define it as a short instrumental work that explores one musical con...

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Laurel Halo's Tribute to Space, Pause and the Dynamics of Recording

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

New York electronic-music artist Laurel Halo draws from traditions of drone music, Musique concrète and pop. Her Mixtape spans music by Robert Ashley and Toru Takemitsu.

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When The Piano Isn't Enough...

Monday, March 03, 2014

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 inv...

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Lights, Camera, Music! A Film-Music Marathon

Friday, February 28, 2014

Join us all day today for Lights, Camera, Music! – a pre-Oscars, 24-hour kaleidoscopic survey of the most innovative and new-music inflected film scores, hosted by WQXR's David Garland.

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Download: Lesley Flanigan and People Get Ready

Thursday, February 27, 2014

February 19, composer-vocalist Lesley Flanigan joined Brooklyn-based performance-art rockers People Get Ready as part of Kaufman Music Center's 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival. The eveni...

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Those Italians Just Keep Getting Higher

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Did you ever notice just how high Italian composers write? From Puccini to Scelsi to Berio and everywhere in between, the Italians seem to love the highest range on each instrument, and as Oliver Knussen as pointed out, each generation seems to push the limits a little bit higher.

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Notes from Down Under: Australian Keyboard Music

Monday, February 24, 2014

Pianist and new-music specialist Lisa Moore closes her Hammered! residency with a week of music exploring the thriving contemporary-music scene and pianists of her native Australia. Listen weekdays at 10 am.

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Arlene Sierra Explores Darwin, Warfare and Chinese Philosophy

Sunday, February 23, 2014

With "Game of Attrition: Arlene Sierra, Vol. 2," the BBC National Orchestra of Wales spotlights a composer whose works are inspired by nature’s elements, Sun Tzu, game theory, and Charles Darwin.

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