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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Ethel on Earth

Monday, April 23, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we feature Ethel's "Heavy," the string quartet's latest showcase of New York composers. It streams as part of our latest Q2 Music webcast premiere, in which we stream a new album in its entirety.

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Dither: Toggling Improviser, Composer, and Interpreter

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

For Mixtapes, Q2 Music asks today's leading musicians, authors, filmmakers and artists to curate an hour of new music that they find particularly compelling. Listen to the latest by New York guitar quartet Dither.

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Listen: Lisa Moore goes American Berserk

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

On March 23, Lisa Moore performed a solo piano recital as part of Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert series. Titled American Berserk, the show included works by Philip Glass, Don Byron, Martin Bresnick, Frederic Rzewski and more. Tune in for Cued Up today at 3 pm to hear the entire concert.

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Listen: Philip Glass and Tim Fain

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

On Saturday, April 21st, Q2 Music presented a live audio Webcast of composer-pianist Philip Glass and violinist Tim Fain's sold-out performance from The Met Museum's majestic Temple of Dendur.

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The End of Evan Ziporyn's 'Big Grenadilla/Mumbai' is Its Beginning

Monday, April 16, 2012

Evan Ziporyn’s newest album on Cantaloupe pairs two concertos for unconventional solo instruments -- bass clarinet and tabla -- which is "akin to a mental yoga exercise, finding balance in extremes."

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Ziporyn it Up

Monday, April 16, 2012

This week, the New Canon streams clarinetist composer Evan Ziporyn's new album, Big Grenadilla/Mumbai, an atmospheric duo of concertos for unconventional solo instruments. Plus, music by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Brooklyn Rider and Krzysztof Penderecki.

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A Massive Can of Worms

Monday, April 16, 2012

How do we get pieces which translate so beautifully from stage to audience member to translate as comprehensibly to the intimacy of recorded media? This week, I play pieces that are not only musically well-suited to the radio, but are recorded in a way that suits the format as well.

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Stop, I'm Feeling Cyclical

Monday, April 16, 2012

One thing that became clear during last week's Bach-inspired program of passacaglias, chaconnes and variations is that almost all cogent musical structures have some kind of repetition or cycle. But of what? This week on Hammered! we decode the musical cycles behind some of the century's most fascinating architectural blueprints.

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Launching Sample Rate: A New Home for Electronic and Electroacoustic Music

Friday, April 13, 2012

Tune in this week for the inaugural episode of Q2 Music's Sample Rate - a weekly destination celebrating the rich and underserved repertoire of modern electronic, electroacoustic and ambient music.

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The Witty and Reverent Musical World of Timothy Andres

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Born in 1985, Timothy Andres (occasionally billed, somewhat insouciantly, as “Timo”) works in the post-dogmatic era of contemporary American composition. This means, among other things, that Andres feels as much at home recomposing (and playing) Mozart’s “Coronation” Piano Concerto as he does taking part in a street performance of Mauricio Kagel’s Eine Brise (for 111 bicyclists).

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Steve Smith on Headstrong Ideas and Sonic Gateway Drugs

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

For Mixtapes, we ask today's leading experts to curate an hour of compelling new music. Today's mixtape comes courtesy of Steve Smith, music editor at Time Out New York and classical music critic for the New York Times.

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In the Neighborhood: JACK Quartet and Steven Mackey

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The JACK Quartet recently celebrated the complex lyricism of American modernists Charles Ives and Ruth Crawford Seeger. Plus, they teamed up with composer-guitarist Steven Mackey in one of Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concerts.

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Q2.1 Music: A New Spring Schedule

Monday, April 09, 2012

Over the next few weeks, we'll be acting on the feedback from our first-ever Q2 Music Listener Survey as well as recent festivals and recalibrating how we serve you, the musically curious. Here's how.

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Meredith Monk: Songs That Defy Time and Country

Monday, April 09, 2012

Sitting at the crossroads of installation art, extended vocal technique and non-score-based rehearsal processes is one of America’s late-20th century masters: Meredith Monk.

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Q2.1 Music: New Spring Shows

Monday, April 09, 2012

Starting this week, Q2 Music is unveiling a new line-up of shows meant to offer you additional discoveries and interaction with the kaleidoscopic, emerging musical canon.

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Back To Bach

Monday, April 09, 2012

Conductor, pianist and one-liner machine Hans van Bulow called Johann Sebastian Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier the "Old Testament" of music (Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonatas were the "New"). This week at 10 am (new time!) on Hammered! we explore Bach's far-reaching influence on contemporary piano music by returning to the source.

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Chasing Claire

Monday, April 09, 2012

This week, the New Canon streams its webcast premiere of Claire Chase's Terrestre, preceded by a new work from Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and a re-issue from pianist Ursula Oppens and composer Frederic Rzewski.

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Memory Pieces

Monday, April 09, 2012

Nothing brings to relief the joy of life more clearly that loosing a loved one. This is one of the hardest lessons of being human, and, not surprisingly, a rich ground for creative material. If you think about it, the Classical tradition, such as it is, has everything to do with revering the dead. We deify composers posthumously, lauding everything they have created in an ecstatic, ongoing memorial.

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C'est si bon on Claire Chase's Terrestre

Monday, April 09, 2012

Exceedingly versatile and at times beguilingly gamine, flautist Claire Chase's newest album, Terrestre, has much to recommend it with works by Saariaho, Boulez and more. 

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Lowell Liebermann: Strains of Serious Melancholy

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

"Lowell Liebermann," wrote one critic, "has achieved a reputation of writing some of the most melancholy, even gloomy, music on the planet." Why was this, the writer wanted to know—had something terrible happened to him that wasn't hinted at in his biography?

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