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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Listen Now: Dan Deacon, NOW Ensemble and Calder Quartet

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Listen now to indie heavyweight Dan Deacon's compositions performed in Merkin Concert Hall's Ecstatic Music Festival.

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The Tone Colors of Henry Cowell

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

In this 1952 Music for the Connoisseur, host David Randolph intersperses archival audio of Henry Cowell's speeches on musical techniques, plays pieces based on the composer's theories, and ties the program together with his own insights into the composer's pioneering ideas.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Padma Newsome

Wednesday, March 14, 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 Australian songwriter and composer Padma Newsome, a founding member of Clogs and a frequent collaborator with Brooklyn-based rock group The National.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Alan Pierson

Tuesday, March 13, 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 Alan Pierson, conductor and musical director of both the new-music ensemble Alarm Will Sound and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

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John Adams and Writing an American Opera

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

In this 1995 interview from the WNYC archives, John Adams talks with host John Schaefer about his new opera I Was looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky, finished just a week before the interview took place. Adams explores what sets this opera apart from his earlier efforts and how it resembles the form of the American musical. Cast members from the production perform live in-studio. 

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Listener Poll: Your Suggestions for a Maverick Playlist

Monday, March 12, 2012

We want your help in programming the final day, March 30, 2012, of our American Maverick festival. Help our hosts know what trail-blazing, renegade composers have most impacted you and shattered your preconceptions about what music is.

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Kathleen Supové Hosts Hammered!

Monday, March 12, 2012

This month on Hammered! Q2 Music invites three pianists to curate episodes focused on the past century's most revolutionary musicians. Listen in 11 am and pm all this week for episodes hosted by the fearless Kathleen Supové.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Tyondai Braxton

Monday, March 12, 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 group is composer, guitarist, and former Battles member Tyondai Braxton.

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Conlon Nancarrow and Trimpin Discuss Music and Technology

Monday, March 12, 2012

Brought together for a 1989 interview, composers Conlon Nancarrow and Trimpin discuss the ideas behind their music.

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Ingram Marshall: Hypnotic Clouds and Washes of Sound

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Some of Ingram Marshall's earliest recordings are of solo, semi-improvised performances, playing an Indonesian flute and singing falsetto to an accompaniment of prerecorded electronics and live tape delays. They are mesmerizing—thick, swelling, fragrant clouds of music.

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Anna Clyne Flutters to Life in 'Blue Moth'

Saturday, March 10, 2012

In her early 30s, composer Anna Clyne has already carved out an enviable niche for herself as a genre-defying composer. Hear what she's all about on her new disc for Tzadik, and get a free download this week only of "Fits + Starts."

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Fred Sherry: Change Your Ideas About What Music Is

Friday, March 09, 2012

It is always good to feature the music of our American composers. For me, the American Mavericks series is a chance to play music which is rarely heard on the radio, music on which I have lavished many hours of practice, music by people who were and are my teachers, colleagues and friends.

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John Cage Talks 4:33

Friday, March 09, 2012

On Wednesday, John Cage would have turned 100. In honor of the occasion, we revive a 1985 WNYC interview, in which the composer describes his studies with Arnold Schoenberg and his most famous piece, 4:33.

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Maverick Mixtapes: So Percussion

Friday, March 09, 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 group is the Brooklyn-based new-music ensemble So Percussion.

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Mary Rowell: The Mavericks Are Coming!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Mary Rowell, the former violinist of the string quartet ETHEL lends her voice to Q2 Music to present an assortment of music under the rubric of American Mavericks, weekdays from 12-2 pm and 9-11 pm.

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Aaron Copland Talks Americana, Martha Graham and Regrets

Thursday, March 08, 2012

In a 1985 interview with WNYC Radio, Aaron Copland recalls his early encounters with music, his teacher Nadia Boulanger and his fascination with the American West.

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Maverick Mixtapes: David Byrne

Thursday, March 08, 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, songwriter, author, and multimedia artist David Byrne.

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Phil Kline Hosts for American Mavericks

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The composer Phil Kline considers the history of mavericks in classical music -- "the lone wolf, deemed-a-crackpot, do-it-yourselfer" types. He notes that the label is no longer so relevant: "we’re all mavericky now."

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Live and Ecstatic: Mariam Wallentin, Mikael Karlsson and ACME

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Mariam Wallentin of Wildbird & Peacedrums joins forces with new-music powerhouse ACME to perform new compositions and arrangements by Wallentin and Swedish composer Mikael Karlsson. Listen here.

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Pledging Allegiance To American Mavericks

Monday, March 05, 2012

Thank you to those that have pledged support during our Winter Fund Drive! It's because of those contributions that we can bring you festivals like American Mavericks, which is a whole other conversation (!), but for Hammered! means two days focused on the music of Julius Eastman and Morton Feldman

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