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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Using the Room: Music and Spacialization

Monday, July 09, 2012

Inspired by The New York Philharmonic's groundbreaking "Philharmonic 360" show, Nadia Sirota presents week of music in which a sense of space, or "spacialization," is as crucial to the performance as the music itself.

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Conceptions of the Concept Album

Monday, July 09, 2012

The mark of a well-constructed album is that its individual parts form a greater whole, each work elevated through the connections made with adjacent tracks. Tune in this week on Hammered! for five such albums.

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On-Demand Audio: Ostinato-Based Works by Norman, Scelsi, Shaw and Bach

Saturday, July 07, 2012

On Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music presents a live audio webcast of electroacoustic ambient duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen with new-music mainstays ACME from (Le) Poisson Rouge.

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Terry Riley's Radical Openness to Sound

Thursday, July 05, 2012

For a newcomer to Terry Riley, In C is where to begin, with its 53 melodic fragments passed back and forth between whatever instruments may have been assembled, and which are paced against the constant pulse of a piano’s top two Cs.

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New Music Ticket Giveaways

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Q2 Music is proud to now offer its listeners an exclusive chance to win tickets to some of the hottest, new-music shows in New York City. Listen today between 2-3 pm to win two tickets to A Winged Victory for the Sullen with ACME this Saturday at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

Brad Lubman: Cutting a Playlist Four Ways

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

This week's mixtape comes from composer and conductor Brad Lubman. The music director of the ensemble Signal, Lubman's worked with everyone from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to the Chicago Symphony to Steve Reich and Musicians.

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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: From Benjamin to Kahane

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center recently presented two evenings of contemporary music that ranged from George Benjamin to singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane. Tune in for Cued Up today at 3 pm for highlights.

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Bruce Brubaker Revisited

Monday, July 02, 2012

Few pianists have proven themselves to be more programmatically inventive and musically provocative than our June 2011 pianist-in-residence Bruce Brubaker. Tune in Monday through Thursday for a look back into the illuminating, idiosyncratic and altogether fascinating curatorial mind of this New England Conservatory faculty member and new-music Jedi.

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Video Made The Radio Star

Monday, July 02, 2012

Probably as a result of sitting on the couch at age twelve or so for HOURS soaking in music videos from MTV and VH1, music and video will forever be tied together for me. From a quick glance across the landscape of new music promotional materials, I know that I am not alone in this connection. Classicalmusicvideos (I’m inventing a German word for them) are more and more common, and they’re getting really, really good!

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Peteris Vasks Speaks Truth to Power on 'Vox Amoris'

Monday, July 02, 2012

It’s no shock that composer Peteris Vasks, a trained violinist, has often used his primary instrument as a mouthpiece for his most personal works. Stream his new recording of music for violin and string orchestra this week only.

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Solo Lines, Sung and Strung

Monday, July 02, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we explore vocalises courtesy of Peteris Vasks and his new album, Vox Amoris, which is our current album of the week. With so much emphasis placed on singing solo string lines in Vasks's three new violin works, we complement that articulated expression with music for the human voice.

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Listen: Philharmonic 360 at the Armory

Friday, June 29, 2012

On Tuesday, July 10 at 3 pm, Q2 Music presents an audio stream of "Philharmonic 360," the New York Philharmonic's recent sold-out concerts of music by Stockhausen, Ives, Boulez and Mozart at the Park Avenue Armory.

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Andrew McKenna Lee: Reconciling a Myriad of Influences

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Composer Andrew McKenna Lee has an eclectic resume even by the standards of New York's new-music scene: he's composed works for groups like the Brentano String Quartet, eighth blackbird and the Los Angeles Philharmonic but he's also jammed with rock legends such as Billy Idol and former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. Tune in for his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm and Thursday at 7 pm.

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David Lang's Piano Competition for Wed

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang held a YouTube competition inviting pianists to interpret his composition Wed. Hear the winning performances today at 3 pm on Cued Up.

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Icebreaker and BJ Cole Relaunch 'Apollo'

Monday, June 25, 2012

Listen here to the complete Apollo, an ambient score originally written by Brian Eno, Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois for Al Reinert’s documentary on NASA’s Apollo missions.

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Vast Nothingnesses and Celestial Soundscapes

Monday, June 25, 2012

Fueled by the newest in new music, this week we blast off into the world of Brian Eno's seminal 1983 album Apollo. Beautifully re-explored by British ensemble Icebreaker with pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole, it's also Q2 Music's Album of the Week.

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The Pacifica Quartet is Back in the USSR

Monday, June 18, 2012

Two’s company and three’s a crowd, but four is a string quartet: An epitome of balance and dialogue that subsequently gives composers a curious amount of freedom for how limited they are in size and scope.

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Premieres from Michael Jarrell and Elliott Carter

Monday, June 18, 2012

Enjoy three Webcasts of the New York Philharmonic's ground-breaking CONTACT! new music series with works by Elliott Carter, Michael Jarrell and Pierre Boulez. Tuesday at 3pm, Wednesday at 7pm and Saturday at 10am.

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Cool Runnings with the Pacifica Quartet, Peter Bruun, Jexper Holmen and More

Monday, June 18, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we go in-depth on our current Album of the Week, a two-disc set by the Pacifica Quartet and the continuation of their series "The Soviet Experience," here exploring the string quartets of Shostakovich and Prokofiev.

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Controversies and a Conversation

Monday, June 18, 2012

Living legend Elliott Carter discusses his musical legacy, including his recently premiered commission at the Met Museum with Nadia Sirota, who also offers recordings of past CONTACT! performances.

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