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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: wild Up's West Coast Experimentalism at Roulette

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

On Tuesday, Oct.20, wild Up performed "a study of west coast: experimentalism, pulse music, noise, punk rock, Los Angeles, and tumbleweeds" for the SONiC Festival at Roulette. 

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Listen: World Premiere of Tod Machover's 'Symphony for Lucerne'

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

On Sept. 9, 2015, the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra premiered Tod Machover's new field recording-colored "Symphony for Lucerne."

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Dawn of Midi's Qasim Naqvi Offers a Sci-Fi Companion with 'Preamble'

Monday, November 16, 2015

"Preamble," the debut solo release from Dawn of Midi drummer Qasim Naqvi is a companion to a sci-fi film installation, but works powerfully as a stand-alone piece of art.

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Travel Journal: Oslo's Ultima Festival of Contemporary Music

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Oslo, Norway's Ultima Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary this Fall. With two Norwegian performances happening this week, Q2 Producer Hannis Brown recalls the opening weekend.

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Listen: Jürg Wyttenbach's Collage Opera and Swiss Folk Music Live at Lucerne

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

August 22, 2015, Swiss composer Jürg Wyttenbach presented a world-premiere arrangement of his "Collage Opera" inspired by French Renaissance novelist François Rabelais.

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Brian Eno's Electronic Classic in Acoustic Re-Imagining

Monday, November 09, 2015

Brian Eno first composed the electronic Discreet Music in 1975 after a car accident that put him in a full-body cast. Stream Toronto-based Contact ensemble's new recording all week.

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Meet The Composer: Anna Thorvaldsdottir's Landscapes

Monday, November 09, 2015

Anna Thorvaldsdottir is an Icelandic composer whose work conjures entire environments of sound, surrounding the listener in a dark and forbidding landscape. Listen to the complete show.

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir: III. Heima er Best (Home Sweet Home)

Monday, November 09, 2015

For all that Icelanders yearn to see the world, there is some deep tug that brings them home, time after time. No matter where Anna is on the planet, she feels tied to Iceland.

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Playlist

Monday, November 09, 2015

Hear a piece of music you loved in the show? Click for a complete breakdown of all the music in Episode Nine – Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Composing Is Second Nature.

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Listen: Nieuw Amsterdams Piel at Le Poisson Rouge

Monday, November 09, 2015

On October 19, Dutch ensemble Nieuw Amsterdams Peil presented five premieres at Le Poisson Rouge as part of the 2015 SONiC Festival.

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir: I. Small Town Living

Monday, November 09, 2015

Anna grew up in a tiny town surrounded by incredible beauty — mountains, ocean — studying music under the guidance of her music-teacher mother and aunt. 

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir: II. Composing a Space

Monday, November 09, 2015

Icelandic is a language of whispers and sub-audible subtlety. It is a sort of an ancient thing, it feels like it wasn’t workshopped as extensively as other European languages.

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Interview: Richard Reed Parry on the US Premiere of 'Wave Movements'

Thursday, November 05, 2015

A new work by Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and Bryce Dessner (The National) gets its US premiere this Friday and Saturday. Parry joins us in the studio to discuss the concept.

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Listen: Roomful of Teeth Premieres Ted Hearne and Anna Clyne at National Sawdust

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

October 17, Grammy Award-winning vocal octet Roomful of Teeth took center stage at the 2015 SONiC Festival at National Sawdust for an evening of diverse selections.

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Listen: Tan Dun's 'Water Passion' from the Temple of Dendur

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

On Nov. 14, Q2 Music presented a live webcast of the sold-out "Water Passion" by Tan Dun, staged within the Met Museum's iconic Temple of Dendur. Listen on demand now.

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John Luther Adams and Wilco's Glenn Kotche in Epic, Percussive 'Ilimaq'

Monday, November 02, 2015

John Luther Adams's "Ilimaq" is an immersive musical journey for the listener, as well as a spectacular vehicle for a pivotal talent from the world of rock, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche.

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QBoo! Q2 Music's 3rd Annual Halloween Scarathon

Saturday, October 31, 2015

This Friday and Saturday, Q2 Music celebrates Halloween with the scariest music out there, from iconic, hair-raising works by Ligeti and Penderecki to slasher-film suites.

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Listen: World Premiere of Michael Hersch's 'Carrion - Miles to Purgatory'

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

On October 16, 2015, Annette von Hehn and Stefan Heinemeyer gave the world premiere of Michael Hersch's "Carrion-Miles to Purgatory" at the Library of Congress.

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Violist Melia Watras Spans Earthy and Luxurious Sounds in 'Ispirare'

Monday, October 26, 2015

If ass-kicking in classical music could be likened to that of late-80’s-to-early-90’s action heroes, Melia Watras is a Jean-Claude Van Damme of the viola. Stream "Ispirare" now.

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Listen: Steven Mackey and Four World Premieres at the Edward T. Cone Institute

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Steven Mackey mentored four young composers toward world premieres with the New Jersey Symphony for this year's Edward T. Cone Composition Institute. Listen to the final show.

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