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Maverick Mixtapes: Shara Worden

Friday, March 23, 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 and songwriter Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond.

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Steve Reich Remembers 'Riot' at Four Organs Premiere

Friday, March 23, 2012

In this 1986 interview, the composer Steve Reich recounts his early success with Michael Tilson Thomas, describing the progression of initial discovery to the controversial performance of Four Organs.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Claire Chase

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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 flutist and concert curator Claire Chase.

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Harry Partch: Redefining the Possible at Every Turn

Thursday, March 22, 2012

This 2001 episode of WNYC's Spinning on Air marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Harry Partch. Host David Garland plays a mix of Partch's music and recorded speech, including introductions to and performances on Partch's exotic array of home-made instruments.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Richard Reed Parry

Wednesday, March 21, 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 and multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry, of Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre.

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Frederic Rzewski and DIY Music-Making

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In this 2002 episode of WNYC's Soundcheck, host John Schaefer talks to maverick American icon Frederic Rzewski as well as fellow pianist-composers Michael Hersch and Russian-born Lera Auerbach about performing their own pieces, and working outside the musical mainstream.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Dan Deacon

Tuesday, March 20, 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 and electronic musician Dan Deacon.

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John Cage Provoked but Undisturbed

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

In this 1963 interview from the WNYC archives, composer John Cage clarifies the fundamental tenets of his music-making and demonstrates his legendary contemplative and unperturbed demeanor in the face of challenging and critical question by acclaimed music critic and host Jonathan Cott.

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Morton Subotnick at Play in the World of Electronic Music

Monday, March 19, 2012

Morton Subotnick has almost as many pioneering credits to his name as he does compositional ones. A leader of the San Francisco Tape Center in the '60s – a place where Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros and many others took some of their earliest aesthetic steps – Subotnick has consulted (or commissioned) the building of synthesizers from the ground up, and also recorded the first electronic-music album meant just for listening, instead of live-performance miming. (So radical!)

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Listen Now: Oneida and Rhys Chatham

Monday, March 19, 2012

On March 17, psych-rockers Oneida and left-field composer, guitarist and trumpeter Rhys Chatham came together for a set of new works that walk the line between instrumental rock, film noir-esque musings and free jazz.

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Lisa Moore Hosts Hammered!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Pianist Lisa Moore hosts this week's installments of Hammered!, presenting music by composers like Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, Charles Ives, Conlon Nancarrow, Philip Glass, John Adams and many others.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Son Lux

Monday, March 19, 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 and electronic musician Ryan Lott, a.k.a. Son Lux.

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Leonard Bernstein Talks Aging and Emerging Dreams

Monday, March 19, 2012

In this 1985 interview, Leonard Bernstein describes the influences his early education had upon the formation of the Young People's Concerts and feeling "cursed with this need to teach."

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While Sounding at Home, American Composers Orchestra Nevertheless Goes Big

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Under the leadership of George Manahan, the ACO has renewed its commitment to the next generation of young compositional voices. Find out how and get a download from Kati Agóc's album opener, Pearls.

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Better Know Zwerm

Friday, March 16, 2012

Q2 Music's Better Know an Ensemble introduces new-music in new places, by bringing you multimedia-rich portraits of ensembles from across the globe. In this installment we're plugging you in, quite literally, to the Belgian-Dutch electric guitar quartet Zwerm.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Dave Douglas

Friday, March 16, 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 trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas.

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Bernstein and Copland Discuss American Music

Friday, March 16, 2012

In this 1950 appearance at Tanglewood, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Irving Fine and Lukas Foss gathered together around a piano discuss what gives American music its special identity.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Sam Hillmer

Thursday, March 15, 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 saxophonist and composer Sam Hillmer, of the Brooklyn-based avant jazz groups Zs, Hubble and Diamond Terrifier.

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Meredith Monk Searches for the Sacred

Thursday, March 15, 2012

In this 2008 interview, composer, vocalist and filmmaker Meredith Monk joins host David Garland to explore the musical traditions of disparate world religions and discuss the personal, non-denominational expressions of the search for the sacred through sound.

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Scott Johnson: Pioneering 'Speech-Melody' and Hybridism

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Composer/guitarist Scott Johnson is an inventor of a technique of generating a piece of music based on recorded speech and approximating it with musical notes.

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