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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.

Recently in Q2 Music

The Brutal, Unprecedented Music of Galina Ustvolskaya

Monday, May 06, 2013

Years after her death, the West is still discovering "Shostakovich student Galina Ustvolskaya." Sample her relentless, mysterious sound with Ivan Sokolov's recording of her complete piano music.

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I Want to Live

Monday, May 06, 2013

This week’s episode features works recordings from women’s choir The Crossing, the Molinari String Quartet, and pianist Ivan Sokolov playing Galina Ustvolskaya.

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In Their Own Words

Monday, May 06, 2013

When in doubt return to the source, especially when that source is Elliott Carter, David Lang, or other informed, articulate and engaging promoters of their own music. This week on the program we let the artists do the talking.

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Summing up Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Friday, May 03, 2013

Curated by Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of The National, last weekend's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry included performers from the new-music community alongside bona fide art-rock stars like TV on the Radio. Listen to interview clips from the festival.

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Paging Dr. Feldman, Dr. Morton Feldman

Thursday, May 02, 2013

On the fence about American composer Morton Feldman? Let the Brothers Balliett make you a fan with this week's episode featuring quintessential Feldman works. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Olga Bell with Music that Challenges

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Olga Bell has collaborated with Osvaldo Golijov, Philip Glass and the hip hop group Das Racist. She also sings and plays keyboard with Dirty Projectors. Listen to her Mixtape.

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Listen: Chinary Ung's 70th Birthday Concert

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

On Tuesday, April 30 at 8 pm, Q2 Music streams Chinary Ung's 70th Birthday Concert performed by the New York New Music Ensemble and featuring the New York premiere of Aura along with several chamber works.

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Inside Tristan Perich's Home and 1-Bit Workshop

Monday, April 29, 2013

Visit the home and work space of Tristan Perich – a sound, visual and installation artist residing in New York City who mixes live sound with 1-bit computer music.

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John Corigliano's Radical Pursuit of the New and Immediate

Monday, April 29, 2013

While never fully breaking from the expressive language developed by Mahler and his 20th-Century heirs, Corigliano develops it to often harrowing extremes. Read a profile of the celebrated American composer and listen to him introduce his music. 

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Brooklyn Rider's White-Hot Walking Tour from Romania to Persia

Monday, April 29, 2013

"A Walking Fire," Brooklyn Rider’s new recording, expertly manages to draw on the folk music roots of Romania, Hungary and Persia in a way that feels authentic, fresh and kitsch-free.

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Super Collider

Monday, April 29, 2013

This week on The New Canon we listen to recordings that mix art music with folk music from Brooklyn Rider, Martin Perry and Christine Southworth.

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On-Demand Audio: John Corigliano's 75th Birthday Concert

Monday, April 29, 2013

On Monday, a star-studded line-up celebrated John Corigliano's 75th birthday at LPR. Listen to the archive of Q2 Music's live audio webcast of the event.

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Runs in the Family

Monday, April 29, 2013

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 Hammered! we sort through the branches of four different musical family trees.

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The Young and the Restless

Thursday, April 25, 2013

New York City has always been a haven for ensembles dedicated to new music, but the scene seems to have exploded recently. This week's program shows off a handful of great new music ensembles, demonstrating an unceasing and thriving New York scene.

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Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Returns to BAM

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry returns to BAM this weekend with three concerts representing Brooklyn's ever-warming hotbed of new music. Sample featured music from the festival with highlights from the Q2 Music archive. 

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Julia Holter: Music to Hear Now

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Today's mixtape comes courtesy of Los Angeles-based experimental singer/songwriter Julia Holter, a featured artist in this week's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, a festival that blurs the boundaries of indie rock and contemporary classical music. Listen at 3 pm.

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David Lang Gives Schubert Luminous New Life in 'Death Speaks'

Monday, April 22, 2013

Death Speaks, a song cycle composed by David Lang, is a luminous masterpiece. As restrained and melancholy as a Blue Period Picasso, it enchants on first hearing and sticks in the memory. Stream Lang's complete new album in full all this week. 

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On-Demand Audio: Pianist Vicky Chow and Percussionist Owen Weaver

Monday, April 22, 2013

Pianist Vicky Chow joins percussionist Owen Weaver for the New York premiere of John Luther Adams's expansive Four Thousand Holes, recorded live at Le Poisson Rouge.

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The Future According to Eno

Monday, April 22, 2013

"When Brian Eno first beeped across my radar screen, it was as the other-worldly, boa-draped synthesizer player in Roxy Music." All this week, Phil Kline explores Brian Eno's contributions to modern music. Listen weekdays at 11 am.

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Passing Beyond

Monday, April 22, 2013

This week’s episode of the New Canon features pianist Eve Egoyan's world premiere recordings of posthumous by Ann Southam, and music for brass by Andrew Rindfleisch. We also hear from our album of the week—a cycle of Schubert-inspired songs by David Lang that features performances by Shara Worden and Bryce Dessner.

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