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When The Piano Isn't Enough ...

Monday, October 08, 2012

Late in his life, the famed Italian pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni felt so straightjacketed by the tonal system that he said one of the only viable method of escape was the invention of new sounds through electronic instruments.

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Face the Music's Peripatetic Playlist

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Kaufman Center’s Face the Music is an “alt-classical” ensemble of more than a hundred talented teenagers under the direction of conductor Jenny Undercofler. Listen to their mixtape.

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Listening Party: An Hour with Claire Chase

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Today from 3-4 pm, Q2 Music celebrates flutist Claire Chase's 2012 MacArthur Fellowship with an hour of experimental music from Chase and her esteemed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). The program features music by Kaija Saariaho, Edgard Varese and more.

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Behind the Perverse Pandemonium of HK Gruber

Monday, October 01, 2012

Heinz Karl Gruber (or HK Gruber, depending on your program) isn’t afraid of being called silly. One of the Austrian composer’s most notorious pieces, Frankenstein!! (yes, with two exclamation points), is formally described as a “pan-demonium,” and takes as its text some would-be Austrian children’s rhymes penned by an absurdist-minded pal of Gruber’s.

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Eighth Blackbird Brings Adès, Hartke and Etezady to Life

Monday, October 01, 2012

The prominent new music sextet called eighth blackbird performs music by Stephen Hartke, Thomas Ades, John Adams and Missy Mazzoli, featuring instruments like the flexatone and harmonica.

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Composing With The Nature Of Sound

Monday, October 01, 2012

Gerard Grisey, one of the godfathers of the spectral school, had an almost tactile relationship to sound, saying "I start more with the physical aspect of things, the physical aspect of sound, the quality of spectrums" before composing. This week on Hammered! we try to understand what the heck that actually means with a deep dive into the music of the spectral school.

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Barbara Monk Feldman and Eighth Blackbird

Monday, October 01, 2012

This week on The New Canon, we hear premiere recordings of works by Barbara Monk Feldman, as well as a new album by the Chicago-based Eighth Blackbird.

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Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music: Part 2

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

In this, the second part of Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music, host Joel Sachs presents the under-appreciated radical side of Cowell's writing following his 1936-1940 stint in prison and the composer's ongoing passion and advocacy for non-Western musics.

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The Bedroom Community of Iceland's Valgeir Sigurðsson

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Composer, producer and founder of Iceland's Bedroom Community record label, Valgeir Sigurðsson has become a lynchpin for Iceland's indie rock and classical scenes. He shares his Mixtape.

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Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music: Part 1

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In this, the first part of Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music, host Joel Sachs presents a radio primer exploring the life and music of American maverick composer Henry Cowell. This show begins with a discussion of Cowell's ultramodern, experimental forays into composition for piano and how he became Charles Ives's first publisher.

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Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Q2 Music presents the radio complement to author Joel Sachs's landmark Henry Cowell biography, Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music. Hear about this pioneering American composer and advocate for non-Western music.

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The Metropolis Ensemble Presents Youth Works

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

On May 19, 2012, The Metropolis Ensemble, conducted by Andrew Cyr, presented an entire concert of new compositions from their Youth Works program. Students worked with composers to write pieces inspired by everything from their experience in school to the neighborhoods they call home.

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Valgeir Sigurðsson's 'Architecture of Loss'

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sigurðsson’s latest release, "Architecture of Loss" was conceived as an accompaniment to choreographer Stephen Petronio’s ballet of the same name. The album is at once cinematic and intimate, alternating moments of textural ambiance and intense lyricism.

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Tell Us How You Really Feel

Monday, September 24, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we revisit our taste of Valgeir Sigurdsson's Architecture of Loss. Sampled on last week's program, it's our current Album of the Week and we'll hear it in rotation with new music from Jonny Greenwood and Kaija Saariaho.

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Solid Gould

Monday, September 24, 2012

Glenn Gould would have been 80 years old on Tuesday. To celebrate we've programmed an entire hour's worth of solid Gould, and, the rest of the week, profile four other titans of the contemporary piano world.

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Mason Bates and DJ Masonic: Two Halves of a Modern-Day Composer-Performer

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The tradition of the star performer-composer is as old as classical music itself — Beethoven on the piano, Paganini on the violin. But Mason Bates isn't a virtuoso of the organ or the lute. The role of the performer and the role of the composer have changed: Bates's instrument is the laptop.

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Eric Jacobsen's Rainy Day Mixtape

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A member of Brooklyn Rider string quartet, The Knights, Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Project and Mark O'Connor's String Quartet, cellist and conductor Eric Jacobsen has recorded works by everyone from Jimi Hendrix and Osvaldo Golijov to Shostakovich.

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Cellist Mariel Roberts's 'Nonextraneous Sounds'

Monday, September 17, 2012

The music on this disc, by a range of rising young composers, is nothing short of gripping from the first note to the last, and it's thanks largely to the intense focus of these highly individual musicians.

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On-Demand Audio: Efterklang and the Wordless Music Orchestra

Monday, September 17, 2012

Q2 Music recently presented a live audio webcast of the Danish art-rock trio Efterklang and the Wordless Music Orchestra from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Listen to the full concert.

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Visual Music

Monday, September 17, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we hear new recordings from composers Kenji Bunch and Valgeir Sigurdsson, along with cellist Mariel Roberts.

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