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

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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A Multifaceted Elliott Carter Marathon

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Composer Elliott Carter died Nov. 5 at age 103. In celebration of his legacy, Q2 Music devotes a full day of programming Tuesday to his life and music.

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Colleagues and Champions Remember Elliott Carter

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

As part of our all-day celebration of the late Elliott Carter, we asked a handful of Carter experts, colleagues and collaborators to share their memories of the man and his music.

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San Francisco Symphony Refreshes 'American Mavericks' Franchise

Monday, November 12, 2012

If you thought the San Francisco Symphony's promotion of American "maverick" composers has gotten tiresome, this collection of Cowell, Varèse, Harrison and Cage may make you reconsider.

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Tributes to a Constellation of American Individualists

Monday, November 12, 2012

Composer-pianist Jed Distler returns to host a week of wide-ranging keyboard(s) repertoire, including tributes to the late Elliott Carter and Aaron Copland and obscure recordings from Igor Markevitch, Lois V Vierk and George Perle. 

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The Women Behind Maya Beiser

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Cellist Maya Beiser has dedicated her career to pushing the limits of her instrument's repertoire, working with a diverse array of collaborators, from Tan Dun to Brian Eno, Steve Reich and Mark O'Connor. Her multimedia opera Elsewhere premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music earlier this month.

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Revisiting 'Elliott Carter at 100'

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Conceived as a tribute to Elliott Carter on the occasion of his 100th birthday, this special program from 2008 explores the compositional roots of the iconic American composer, as well as the ramifications of his complex, powerfully influential music.

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The Rewarding and Unpredictable Music of Elliott Carter

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Charles Ives wrote him a letter of recommendation to Harvard. He attended the New York premiere of The Rite of Spring. Decades later, Stravinsky himself would proclaim that he had written the first American masterpiece.

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Missy Mazzoli's Song from the Uproar

Monday, November 05, 2012

Listeners familiar with the music of Missy Mazzoli are unlikely to be shocked by her latest CD, Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt, which suggests the gentle, queasy motion of an ocean liner.

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Sonatas For All Ages

Monday, November 05, 2012

Let's lead with a nerdy but apt musicological posit: the sonata is a shifty and elusive form. It contracts, expands and reconfigures to hold any type of musical material, so much so that it is perhaps most accurate to evoke the sonata's original and most basic meaning, simply "to sound."

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Music of Other Worlds

Monday, November 05, 2012

This week on The New Canon, we sample new recordings of works by the Brooklyn-based new-music darling Missy Mazzoli, sound recordist Paul Corely and Virginia-based composer Benjamin Broening.

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A Mostly Crowdsourced Post-Hurricane Mixtape

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Today at 3 pm, Q2 Music turns over the airwaves to music suggested as examples of pieces that are appropriate to play in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy or that reference climatalogical disasters.

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The Volatile, Maverick Music of Michael Harrison

Monday, October 29, 2012

The word “maverick” is overused in the contemporary music world. But in the case of composer Michael Harrison and cellist Maya Beiser, the descriptor is deserved.

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Harmonizing Polarities in Harrison, Mazzoli and Romitelli

Monday, October 29, 2012

This week on The New Canon, hear world premiere recordings from the Talea Ensemble, violinist Jennifer Koh and composer-pianist Michael Harrison

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On-Demand Audio: The Brooklyn Philharmonic's Season Preview

Thursday, October 25, 2012

On Thursday Q2 Music presented a live audio stream of the season-opening concert of the Brooklyn Philharmonic with world premieres from Ted Hearne, Kendall Williams, Matt Marks and more.

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Roomful of Teeth and The World's Oldest Instrument

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

This week's Mixtape comes from conductor, singer and composer Brad Wells, who founded the a cappella octet Roomful of Teeth in 2009 with the intention of updating vocal music with a 21st Century bent toward technique and eclecticism.

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On-Demand Audio: Vijay Iyer and Missy Mazzoli's Victoire

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

This October, Q2 Music partnered with WNYC's New Sounds Live to present the eclectic composer-pianist Vijay Iyer in an exciting double billing with composer's Missy Mazzoli's all-female band, Victoire. Hear the show at 8 pm tonight on New York Now.

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Parade of New Voices on Q2 Music

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Q2 Music recenly put out a call soliciting demo tapes from the next generation of would-be radio hosts. The new lineup includes composer Suzanne Farrin, singer Charlotte Mundy and musician brothers, Doug and Brad Balliett.

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Listen Live: Antibalas and Ted Leo

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

On Tuesday, October 23 at 8 pm, ET, Q2 Music present a live audio webcast of the dynamic, 12-piece Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas and the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ted Leo interpreting the music of Hugh Masekela.

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The Vocal Octet Roomful of Teeth Sets the Bar Unfairly High

Monday, October 22, 2012

The a cappella octet Roomful of Teeth have trained in non-Western traditions and have collaborated with several fashionable composers. Hear the results on their debut album.

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