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Q2 Music's Second Annual New-Music Countdown

Friday, December 07, 2012

It's time for Q2 Music's second annual new-music countdown! Between now and Christmas Day, vote for your favorite classical music from the last 100 years and we'll bring the year to a close with your top choices during a marathon countdown.

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The Brothers Balliett Stockhausen Spectacular

Thursday, December 06, 2012

We've dedicated this week's show to an often-misunderstood figure from late 20th-century music - Karlheinz Stockhausen. Between the classic moment-to-moment drama of Kontakte to industrial jazz realizations of the Zodiac cycle, these selections will put good old Karlheinz in a whole new light. Today at 3 pm.

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Christopher Tignor's Portrait of a 20-Something Kid

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Composer/violinist Christopher Tignor has worked with a healthy cross section of the new-music community, from Brooklyn Rider string quartet to the conductor-less string orchestra A Far Cry. He also leads the bands Slow Six and Wires Under Tension. Hear his mixtape today at 3 pm.

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A Terribly Beautiful, Cold Blue Anthology of New Music

Monday, December 03, 2012

Cold Blue Two presents 14 distinctive ways to make clear, "pretty" music, by composers including Harry Partch, John Luther Adams, Ingram Marshall and others.

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Musical Microcosms from Cold Blue

Monday, December 03, 2012

This week's episode of The New Canon features selections by John Luther Adams, Gavin Bryars and more from the Cold Blue label's chilling new compilation. We'll also hear new recordings of music by Warren Gooch, Rain Worthington and shakuhachi master James Nyoraku Schlefer.

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Celebrating Cage and Debussy

Monday, December 03, 2012

Two of arguably the most influential composers of the 20th century turned super old this year: John Cage and Claude Debussy . This week on Hammered! we pay homage to these modern musical titans.

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Can a Mouse Swallow a Dinosaur?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Can a Mouse Swallow a Dinosaur? An extreme question, to be sure - but one that Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino addresses in his solo-flute (!) arrangement of J.S. Bach's towering Toccata and Fugue in D-minor. Join the Brothers Balliett today at 3 pm.

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Steven Schick on New Noise and Old Friends

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars and red fish blue fish, percussionist Steven Schick is currently Artist in Residence with the International Contemporary Ensemble. For his Mixtape, he offers a listening list of pieces that changed his perception of music.

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The Long Overdue Reissue of Laurie Spiegel's 'Expanding Universe'

Monday, November 26, 2012

Composer Laurie Spiegel had something like a career year in 2012, at least so far as attention goes. Stream for this week only the reissue of her classic 1980 album, "The Expanding Universe."

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Sprouts, Complexity, and Transcendence

Monday, November 26, 2012

Beethoven’s influence cannot be measured. This week on Hammered! pianist-composer Michael Brown features his impact on different musical forms, the composer's revolutionary spirit, and transcendent late works.

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Sounds of Earth and Sky

Monday, November 26, 2012

This week's episode of The New Canon features new releases and recordings of music by Laurie Spiegel, Peter Eotvos, and Oliver Messiaen

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Michel van der Aa Wins 2013 Grawemeyer Award

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dutch composer Michel van der Aa has won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. He is the second consecutive Dutch composer to win the $100,000 prize.

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We Are The Brothers Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 22, 2012

This week's show offers up some savory sounds for your ears to accompany your Thanksgiving feast. But these Thanksgiving treats are a little bit edgy, and might bite back.

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Paul Corley on Landscapes and Ambiences

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Composer and sound recordist Paul Corley released his debut album "Disquiet" earlier this month on Iceland's Bedroom Community label.

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New York Philharmonic Premieres Akiho, Norman and Vaclavik

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

On Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 8 pm, Q2 Music presents the webcast premiere of the next installment in the New York Philharmonic's new-music series, CONTACT!, featuring works by Andy Akiho, Andrew Norman, Jude Vaclavik and the late Jacob Druckman.

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The Transcontinental Travels of Derek Bermel and Alarm Will Sound

Monday, November 19, 2012

Like an only slightly lower-strung version of Carl Stalling's Looney Toons scores, Derek Bermel's music often changes its mind halfway through a phrase, doubles back and becomes something completely different.

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The Omnivorous Tendencies of Bermel and Turnage

Monday, November 19, 2012

This week, we hear new recordings of works by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Alan Hovhaness and Ronald Bruce Smith, as well as selections from our album of the week by Alarm Will Sound.

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The Ludwig van Beethoven Complex

Monday, November 19, 2012

Pianist Lisa Moore hears Beethoven’s legacy riding through fast and clear in the work of modern masters from around Europe, Australia and North America. Hear her impressions weekdays at 10 am on Q2 Music's Hammered!. 

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We Are The Brothers Balliett

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Brad Balliett and Doug Balliett — identical twin composers and performers from Massachusetts — have been performing together and collaborating for nearly thirty years. The bassoonist and double bassist are fiercely competitive and work tirelessly to one-up each other. Hear the premiere of their show today at 3 pm.

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Beyond the Limits of Language with John Supko

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Combining electronics and found sounds with more conventional orchestration, the music of John Supko often carries an otherworldly quality. Not surprisingly, his Mixtape features music with similar qualities.

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