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.
More and more composers are retaining the old, beautiful, ritualistic form of the liturgical Mass, but jettisoning certain aspects to keep it fresh. Like, for instance, the words.
Joan Tower's cheekily provocative responses to Aaron Copland are now preserved in the National Recording Registry.
San Francisco's Switchboard Music Festival brings together an eclectic mix of mostly local new-music makers for one day each April. The curators offer a sneak listen of what to expect.
When preparing to webcast 24 hours of orchestral music written in the 21st century, it is advisable to seek out expert opinions. Hear from conductors and critics on today's orchestra.
The music of Tristan Perich has always been almost as much about physicality as about sound. A Meehan/Perkins recording of his "Parallels" showcases ecstatic endurance and nuance.
Saturday, March 21 ETHEL string quartet, guitarist Kaki King and composer John King came together at the Ecstatic Music Festival for an evening of collaboration.
This week, the Brothers Balliett listen to composers who use extended techniques and bizarre instruments to achieve new and unusual sounds.
March 18 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music presented a live audio stream of Terry Riley's 80th Birthday Concert, live from the Ecstatic Music Festival. Listen to the entire show on demand.
Thanks be to Björk: it was her collaboration with Tanya Tagaq that brought the singer from Nunavut, Canada the much-deserved attention of a worldwide musical audience.
Ensemble AXIOM presented a program of John Cage, Lou Harrison and Conlon Nancarrow in a collaboration with pianist Han Chen and Juilliard's graduate resident quartet, the Aeolus Quartet.
On March 11, Ensemble LPR gave two premieres, from David Longstreth and Mica Levi, alongside works by Claude Vivier and Iannis Xenakis at Le Poisson Rouge.
This week, the Brothers Balliett are joined by pianist David Kaplan for a listen to modern musicians who scribble all over great Romantic chamber music with astounding results.
The composers on "Variations," pianist Benjamin Hochman's new disc on the Avie label, are ideally suited to the form of Theme and Variations. Stream the album in full.
What is the form of a symphony? Is it four movements: fast, slow, fast, fastest? This week, the Brothers Balliett listen to composers redefining the rules of orchestral music.
Julia Holter and Chicago's Spektral Quartet recently appeared at the Ecstatic Music Festival to play music inspired by James Blake, Guillaume de Machaut and transformation.
Join us all day today, March 28, for an encore presentation of Symphomania, a 24-hour marathon stream that offers a vision of orchestral music composed in or after the year 2000.
A new release features two relative unknowns in Finnish contemporary music: Jukka Linkola and Ville Matvejeff. Hear why their music deserves broader recognition.
On Feb. 26, the Bang on a Can All-Stars presented world premieres of new music by Wilco's Glenn Kotche, Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) and Donnacha Dennehy. Listen to the entire concert.
February 9, American baritone Thomas Hampson delivered the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Civil Words, a song cycle set to texts from the American Civil War.
Carman Moore's "MADIBA," an orchestral piece inspired by Nelson Mandela, will receive its world premiere this Friday at Carnegie Hall. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.