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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Deerhoof's Bite-Sized, Mullet-Grabbing Mixtape

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Over the course of a 12-album career, Deerhoof has proven itself one of independent rock's most consistently inventive and eclectic ensembles. Hear their Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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Free Download: 'The Hunger' from Composer Donnacha Dennehy

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy shares excerpts from his forthcoming opera, The Hunger, based on writings about the Great Famine.

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Frank Zappa Referees Tribute to Edgard Varèse

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Q2 Music is thrilled to present an archival recording of the famous Frank Zappa-hosted concert of the music of Edgard Varèse, recorded April 17, 1981 at the now-defunct Palladium in NYC.

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On-Demand Video: World Premiere of John Luther Adams's Sila: The Breath of the World

Monday, September 08, 2014

Recently, some 2,000 spectators gathered amid the chatter and car horns of New York City for the newest work from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams.

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On-Demand Video: Become Ocean Listening Party with J.L. Adams

Monday, September 08, 2014

Watch the archived webcast from The Greene Space, of John Luther Adams's Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean in engulfing 5.1 surround sound.

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Cincinnati Symphony Mines the Terror of the Sublime in 'Hallowed Ground'

Monday, September 08, 2014

Issued on Cincinnati Symphony's own label, "Hallowed Ground" finds unexpected connections between David Lang's hard, bitter pieces and those by Aaron Copland and Nico Muhly.

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Donnacha Dennehy's Exuberant Post-Minimalism

Monday, September 08, 2014

Donnacha Dennehy goes from Ireland to America, France and Amsterdam to study, gets the post-minimalism gospel (with a sideline degree in spectralism), and returns to his native Ireland.

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Iceland Symphony Makes its BBC Proms Debut

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Listen to the archived broadcast of Q2 Music at the Proms, featuring the Iceland Symphony Orchestra live at London's Royal Albert Hall.

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Zorn on Zorn: 24-Hour Marathon Celebration

Friday, September 05, 2014

Friday, Sept. 5, Q2 Music celebrates the birthday of composer-performer John Zorn with a 24-hour marathon of Zorn's radically dissimilar music, hosted by the composer himself.

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These Five Composers Are Keeping the Guitar Relevant

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett take a listen to five composers who truly know how to rock the new-music guitar.

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Mari Kimura on Extending the Limits of Virtuosity

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Japanese violinist and composer Mari Kimura has spent her career pushing the limits of her instrument. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Her Music 2.0: Thoughts for Next Year

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

In the last few days, you listened to Her Music – a 24-hour celebration of music by emerging female composers. Now we want to hear from you. What could we do differently next time? 

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Listen: The Craziest Premiere You'll Hear This Summer

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hear the world premiere of Benedict Mason's Meld, as recorded live at London's Royal Albert Hall.

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Electronic Composer Tim Hecker on Space and Sonority

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Montreal-based electroacoustic composer Tim Hecker constructs alternately ambient and abrasive soundscapes. Listen to his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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How to Talk to a Female Composer

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Interviewing a composer can be a daunting proposition, especially when confronted with the bodily reality of one who is non-male. Here's a how-to guide for beginners. 

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Donnacha Dennehy: III. Irish Upon a Star

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dennehy's music is beautifully influenced by the written word. Featured here are settings of W.B. Yeats poems, and his groundbreaking Grá agus Bás.

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Donnacha Dennehy: Composing With Frequency

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

After a slightly weird start to his study with Gérard Grisey in Paris, Donnacha Denney moved to Amsterdam, where the composer Louis Andriessen changed his life forever.

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Donnacha Dennehy: I. "Mine is not the standard childhood"

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Donnacha Dennehy played the tin whistle in grade school and began composing sonatas. But upon turning ten years old, he met Karheinz Stockhausen—and everything changed.

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Donnacha Dennehy: II. Grisey, Andrissen and Gender Confusion

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dennehy's attempt to study with French spectral composer Gérard Grisey didn't turn out as planned. Enter Dutch post-minimalist Louis Andriessen. 

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Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble Takes Flight with 'Excelsior'

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fifth House Ensemble's new album "Excelsior" builds itself up gradually from the luminous energy of Alex Shapiro's "Perpetual Spark" to Caleb Burhans's half-hour title track.

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