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Todd Reynolds: Cat-skinning. 13 Ways.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

For Mixtapes, we ask today's leading musicians, authors, filmmakers and artists to assemble an hour of new-music that they find particularly compelling. Today's mixtape comes courtesy of violinist and composer Todd Reynolds.

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The Modern Multitasking Artist

Monday, June 04, 2012

The path from student to "professional musician" is notoriously poorly-paved. Composers, vocalists, instrumentalists and songwriters have supplemented the early stages of their careers with everything from arts admin to (in Philip Glass' notable case) plumbing and taxi driving.

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Post-Minimalism For A Post-Celebration

Monday, June 04, 2012

The champagne may be flat but we're still riding the celebratory wave of birthday boy Philip Glass's 75th by exploring the fertile genre of post-minimalism that he helped inspire. Tune in this week at 11 am and pm for reworkings, reinventions and revampings of Glass-brand minimalism during this repeat episode of Hammered!

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Breaking the Rules with Berio, Brittelle, Burhans and More

Monday, June 04, 2012

This week's new-release show features recordings by Hilary Hahn and Hauschka, violist Garth Knox and Caleb Burhans. A special highlight is a new recording of Berio's piano music by Francesco Tristano.

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Francesco Tristano Gives Us a Compactly Comprehensive Berio Compendium

Monday, June 04, 2012

"Complete works" albums, even those centering on music written for one instrument, are usually sprawling box sets that often double as doorstops. Odd, then, that Luciano Berio's complete works for piano fit onto one single disc. More contradictory still is finding that 80-minute album to be representative of the composer's decades-long career.

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Brooklyn Rider, Janus Trio and American Contemporary Music Ensemble

Saturday, June 02, 2012

The third and final evening of the 2012 Look & Listen Festival concluded with performances by Brooklyn Rider, American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) and Janus Trio and festival pianist, Michael Brown.

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Duos and Trios from Look & Listen Festival

Friday, June 01, 2012

For its second night, the 2012 Look & Listen Festival featured a star-studded line-up of diverse, unexpected collaborations and music from Taiwanese composer Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, winner of the festival's annual composition competition.

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Percussive Fireworks from So Percussion and Friends

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hosted by Q2 Music's Phil Kline, the opening night of the 2012 Look & Listen Festival offered an array of percussive fireworks for marimba, Mbira, vibraphone and more, led by the evening's curators, So Percussion.

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John Scofield Presents Great Orchestral Jazz

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Today's mixtape comes courtesy of jazz guitarist and composer John Scofield, who presents a list of pieces that walk the line between jazz and orchestral music. Today at 3pm.

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Listen: Jherek Bischoff's Composed

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Enjoy a limited-time stream of Jherek Bischoff's Composed, studio versions of his sold-out Ecstatic Music Festival show featuring guests David Byrne, Greg Saunier and more and carried live this past February on Q2 Music.

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From The Sublime To The Knife's Edge

Monday, May 28, 2012

It’s Hammered! time... multiplied. This week we celebrate the sound, resonance, textures, counterpoint, drive, volume and sheer hutzpah of music for two, four, five and six pianos. Former Bang on a Can pianist Lisa Moore hosts. 

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Let me tell ya 'bout the birds and koalas

Monday, May 28, 2012

Nadia Sirota checks in from her tour of Australia with a week of music inspired by the sounds of the natural world.

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50 Years and Five CDs with Wergo's 'Music of Our Time'

Monday, May 28, 2012

Fifty years ago, art historian Werner Goldschmidt and musicologist Helmut Kirchmayer joined forces to capture the musical zeitgeist in the early 1960s. Half a century later, Wergo Records assembles reissues by Rihm, Ligeti, Cage and Stockhausen into a four-CD set. 

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All in the Timing with Wergo, Hilary Hahn, Hauschka and More

Monday, May 28, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we help German label Wergo celebrate 50 years of groundbreaking music with a handpicked selection from their 5-disc, commemorative box set, Music of Our Time, featuring music by Nono, Stravinsky, Schnebel, Stockhausen and Cage. It's our album (or, rather, albums) of the week.

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Ensemble ACJW Live: Bach, Lang and Andriessen

Saturday, May 26, 2012

For their season finale concert in April, Ensemble ACJW presented a set of unlikely juxtapositions, pairing arrangements of Bach by violinist-composer Caleb Burhans with selections from 20th and 21st century composers.

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

This week's Q2 Music Mixtape comes courtesy of Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, whose debut record Rhízōma was released late last year on Innova. Tune in today at 3 pm for a playlist that ranges from Kaija Saariaho to Japanese composer pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto.

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The Singing, Soaring Lines of Peteris Vasks

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

It will be hard to keep Latvian composer Peteris Vasks's passionate, yearning, eminently accessible music secret here much longer. Read Daniel Stephen Johnson's portrait and listen to the composer introduce his own music. 

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Michael Mizrahi Fashions a Cabinet of Curiosities on 'The Bright Motion'

Monday, May 21, 2012

A founding member of NOW Ensemble, pianist Michael Mizrahi is one of those musicians who is endlessly fascinated by everything (his undergraduate studies were a three-pronged focus in music, religion and physics) and is, as a result, endlessly fascinating himself.

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Key Concepts with Michael Mizrahi, Orion Weiss and More

Monday, May 21, 2012

This week, a visit with the NOW Ensemble's pianist Michael Mizrahi, whose solo recording "The Bright Motion" is our Album of the Week and available this month.

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One Track Mind

Monday, May 21, 2012

This week on Hammered! we hear five consecutive cases of works that require an extended temporal space to achieve a more slowly evolving mode of expression. Otherwise put: works that last the full duration of each episode.

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