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Listen: Music from China and Music from Copland House

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Recently, the Ecstatic Music Festival showcased two ensembles, Music from Copland House and Music from China, performing four world premieres that mixed Chinese and Western styles and instrumentation.

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Listen: JACK Quartet and Guitarist Steven Mackey

Monday, April 02, 2012

Recently the JACK Quartet celebrated the music of American modernists Charles Ives and Ruth Crawford Seeger while teaming up with composer-guitarist Steven Mackey to present his Physical Property.

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So Percussion Dances with John Cage

Monday, April 02, 2012

Spending an evening listening to So Percussion’s Cage 100 Bootleg Series is somewhat akin to sitting up all night in college, drinking red table wine, smoking Parliaments and discussing what it all means.

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On-Demand Video: Organist Cameron Carpenter

Monday, April 02, 2012

On Friday, the bad-boy organist Cameron Carpenter joined host Terrance McKnight in The Greene Space to play works by Bach, Ives, Grainger, Leonard Cohen and others.

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Wrapping Up Ecstatic 2012

Monday, April 02, 2012

Q2 Music devotes its post-American Mavericks programming this week to a round-up of the 11 complete Ecstatic Music Festival 2012 concerts. Hear two shows every day at 10 am (repeats at 5pm) and 1 pm (repeats at 8pm).

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New Albums from Cage, Clyne and Andriessen

Monday, April 02, 2012

The New Canon is back with a new format, focusing on new releases. Up first: A beguiling Anna Clyne, a visual quartet from Louis Andriessen, choral fixation from Jennifer Higdon and a Cage extravaganza courtesy of So Percussion.

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Otto Luening Plugs America into Electronic Music

Friday, March 30, 2012

Otto Luening was one of the first American composers to work with electronic tape music. His collaborations with Vladimir Ussachevsky led to the formation of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, the first of its kind in America and a crucial breeding ground for many American electronic composers.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Angélica Negrón

Friday, March 30, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we've asked musicians from different musical backgrounds to curate an hour of music that they deemed best fit the ideal of an "American Maverick." Today's featured musician is composer and performer Angélica Negrón.

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Listen: Alarm Will Sound Perform John Cage and Edgard Varèse

Thursday, March 29, 2012

On Sunday, March 18 at 3 pm, Alarm Will Sound performed music by John Cage, Edgard Varèse, Conlon Nancarrow, Elliott Sharp and Charlie Wilmoth. Hear the entire concert now on-demand.

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Jacob Druckman on the State of Contemporary Music

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Druckman discusses his role as the composer-in-residence at the New York Phiharmonic and the impetus behind the New Horizons contemporary music festival. He recounts the changing fortunes of interest in new music and opera, and how audiences and fellow composers have responded.

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Maverick Mixtapes: John Schaefer

Thursday, March 29, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we've asked musicians from different musical backgrounds to curate an hour of music that they deemed best fit the ideal of an "American Maverick." Today's featured individual is radio personality John Schaefer, host of WNYC's New Sounds and Soundcheck.

Terry Riley Remembers In C

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

In this 2009 episode of WNYC's New Sounds, Terry Riley speaks with host John Schaefer about his landmark 1964 work In C which helped usher in the style known as minimalism.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Owen Pallett

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Composer, violinist and songwriter Owen Pallett tells us about his interest in the music of Van Dyke Parks, "the spiritual godson of number-one American Maverick Charles Ives."

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Maverick Mixtapes: Joan La Barbara

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we asked musicians from different musical backgrounds to curate an hour of music that they deemed best fit the ideal of an "American Maverick." Today's featured musician is vocalist and composer Joan La Barbara.

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Lukas Foss on Street Sign Inspiration and Struggles With Bach

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

In this 1973 Composers' Forum with host Martin Bookspan, Lukas Foss chats about the many musical hats he wears and musical life in both Israel and America.

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Jeremy Denk Hosts Hammered!

Monday, March 26, 2012

This month on Hammered! we invite three pianists to curate episodes focused on the 20th and 21st century's revolutionary composers. Listen in 11 am and 11 pm this week for episodes hosted by Jeremy Denk.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Jherek Bischoff

Monday, March 26, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we asked musicians from different musical backgrounds to curate an hour of music that they deemed best fit the ideal of an "American Maverick." Today's featured musician is composer, songwriter and producer Jherek Bischoff.

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Lou Harrison Tunes the Gamelan for Western Ears

Monday, March 26, 2012

In this 1997 New Sounds with host John Schaefer, Lou Harrison talks about composing for the Indonesian gamelan, the associated complexities of intonation and his recollections of instrument building and experimentation with fellow West Coast maverick, Harry Partch. 

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Listen: Mountain Goats and Anonymous 4

Saturday, March 24, 2012

On Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 pm, ET, Q2 Music presented a live audio Webcast of the sold-out Ecstatic Music Festival concert of influential, indie pioneers Mountain Goats and the acclaimed early vocal music ensemble Anonymous 4. Stream the whole show now.

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The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Gets Vibrantly Vocal

Friday, March 23, 2012

The power of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music aside, it's composers like Jennifer Higdon, Andrea Clearfield and James Primosch that help to make Philadelphia the sixth borough of New York.

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