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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Vast Nothingnesses and Celestial Soundscapes

Monday, June 25, 2012

Fueled by the newest in new music, this week we blast off into the world of Brian Eno's seminal 1983 album Apollo. Beautifully re-explored by British ensemble Icebreaker with pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole, it's also Q2 Music's Album of the Week.

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The Pacifica Quartet is Back in the USSR

Monday, June 18, 2012

Two’s company and three’s a crowd, but four is a string quartet: An epitome of balance and dialogue that subsequently gives composers a curious amount of freedom for how limited they are in size and scope.

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Premieres from Michael Jarrell and Elliott Carter

Monday, June 18, 2012

Enjoy three Webcasts of the New York Philharmonic's ground-breaking CONTACT! new music series with works by Elliott Carter, Michael Jarrell and Pierre Boulez. Tuesday at 3pm, Wednesday at 7pm and Saturday at 10am.

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Cool Runnings with the Pacifica Quartet, Peter Bruun, Jexper Holmen and More

Monday, June 18, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we go in-depth on our current Album of the Week, a two-disc set by the Pacifica Quartet and the continuation of their series "The Soviet Experience," here exploring the string quartets of Shostakovich and Prokofiev.

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Controversies and a Conversation

Monday, June 18, 2012

Living legend Elliott Carter discusses his musical legacy, including his recently premiered commission at the Met Museum with Nadia Sirota, who also offers recordings of past CONTACT! performances.

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Jóhann Jóhannsson

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

For Mixtapes, we ask today's leading musicians, authors, filmmakers and artists to assemble an hour of new-music that they find particularly compelling or that exemplifies the shifting boundaries of today's musical climate. Today's mixtape comes courtesy of Iclandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.

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Spring for (New) Music

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This week on Q2 Music's Cued Up, we present Spring for (New) Music — two hours of contemporary music highlights from WQXR's six broadcasts of the second annual Spring for Music festival from Carnegie Hall. Today at 3 pm and again Thursday at 7 pm with host Nadia Sirota.

 

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Watch: Brooklyn Youth Chorus Performs Mazzoli and Dessner

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tonight at 7 pm, Q2 Music presents a live Webcast of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus performing works by Missy Mazzoli, Bryce Dessner, Sarah Kirkland Snider and others from The Greene Space.

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(R)evolutionary Concepts with Anthony Paul De Ritis, Jeremy Denk and More

Monday, June 11, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we spin Anthony Paul De Ritis's Devolution in its entirety. Recorded by Gil Rose with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and special guest DJ Spooky for BMOP's in-house label, it's our current album of the week.

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Loops, Ladders and Wind-Up Birds

Monday, June 11, 2012

Brooklyn-based composer Ryan Anthony Francis draws on the influences of artist M.C. Escher and poet Wilhelm Muller. Hear what they've told him this week at 11 am and pm on Hammered!.

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Traveling Music, A Man Out Of Time

Monday, June 11, 2012

This has been one of the raddest years for me in terms of travel, as well as one of the weirdest years yet in terms of time travel. I've spent more days on planes this I ever have before, and as such more hours in suspended animation, more hours in a rosy, unplugged, in-between state which demands the consumption of novels and movies and music and snack boxes. Traveling playlists, in my experience, are best when slightly comfort-tinged.

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The Spiky Neoromanticism of David Del Tredici

Friday, June 08, 2012

From time in the serialist trenches of academia to a position in the front ranks of the neoromantic movement, David Del Tredici has played a surfeit of roles over the last half-century. Read Seth Colter Walls's portrait, and listen to the composer introduce his works.

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Todd Reynolds: Cat-skinning. 13 Ways.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

For Mixtapes, we ask today's leading musicians, authors, filmmakers and artists to assemble an hour of new-music that they find particularly compelling. Today's mixtape comes courtesy of violinist and composer Todd Reynolds.

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The Modern Multitasking Artist

Monday, June 04, 2012

The path from student to "professional musician" is notoriously poorly-paved. Composers, vocalists, instrumentalists and songwriters have supplemented the early stages of their careers with everything from arts admin to (in Philip Glass' notable case) plumbing and taxi driving.

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Post-Minimalism For A Post-Celebration

Monday, June 04, 2012

The champagne may be flat but we're still riding the celebratory wave of birthday boy Philip Glass's 75th by exploring the fertile genre of post-minimalism that he helped inspire. Tune in this week at 11 am and pm for reworkings, reinventions and revampings of Glass-brand minimalism during this repeat episode of Hammered!

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Breaking the Rules with Berio, Brittelle, Burhans and More

Monday, June 04, 2012

This week's new-release show features recordings by Hilary Hahn and Hauschka, violist Garth Knox and Caleb Burhans. A special highlight is a new recording of Berio's piano music by Francesco Tristano.

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Francesco Tristano Gives Us a Compactly Comprehensive Berio Compendium

Monday, June 04, 2012

"Complete works" albums, even those centering on music written for one instrument, are usually sprawling box sets that often double as doorstops. Odd, then, that Luciano Berio's complete works for piano fit onto one single disc. More contradictory still is finding that 80-minute album to be representative of the composer's decades-long career.

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Brooklyn Rider, Janus Trio and American Contemporary Music Ensemble

Saturday, June 02, 2012

The third and final evening of the 2012 Look & Listen Festival concluded with performances by Brooklyn Rider, American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) and Janus Trio and festival pianist, Michael Brown.

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Duos and Trios from Look & Listen Festival

Friday, June 01, 2012

For its second night, the 2012 Look & Listen Festival featured a star-studded line-up of diverse, unexpected collaborations and music from Taiwanese composer Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, winner of the festival's annual composition competition.

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Percussive Fireworks from So Percussion and Friends

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hosted by Q2 Music's Phil Kline, the opening night of the 2012 Look & Listen Festival offered an array of percussive fireworks for marimba, Mbira, vibraphone and more, led by the evening's curators, So Percussion.

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