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If I Haven't Heard It, It's New To Me

Thursday, June 26, 2014

We may think we know a lot about 20th century composers, but there are certain music makers who go unprogrammed and rarely discussed. Join the Brothers Balliett Thursday at 3 pm to dig into this sometimes-forgotten past.

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Vote: What 24-Hour Marathon Would You Like to Hear?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In the first half of 2014, Q2 Music featured marathons celebrating new-music in film, Arvo Pärt, Kronos Quartet and much more. Now we want to hear what 24-hour marathon you would most like to hear programmed. Vote now.

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Electronic Musician Oneohtrix Point Never in Dialogue with the Past

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The music of Daniel Lopatin – aka Oneohtrix Point Never – is at once futuristic and in constant conversation with the past. His Mixtape collides Renaissance master Orlando Gibbons with contemporary experimentalist Paul Lansky. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Meet the Composer(s): A 24-Hour Marathon

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

To celebrate the launch of Q2's new podcast Meet the Composer, tune into our 24-hour marathon of music by Steve Reich, Missy Mazzoli and others.

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John Luther Adams: III. Weather, Wind and Being Brave

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

In the third movement of episode three, hear about John Luther Adams's installations and dream-based composing methods, and hear the JACK Quartet play part of an unreleased string quartet—Adams's first—called The Wind in High Places. 

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John Luther Adams: Bad Decisions and Finding Home

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Composer and 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams is the first subject in Q2 Music's new Meet the Composer podcast. Host Nadia Sirota explores how Adams's move to Alaska led to his current popularity.

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John Luther Adams: II. "From the moment I arrived, I knew I'd found home."

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Adams relocated to Alaska in the 1970's. While he moved north, his musical vision centered, developing the signature, open sound by which he has come to be known. In the second movement of episode one, hear how space and silence inspired him. 

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On-Demand Audio: Ralph van Raat Performs Andriessen, Lang and Adams

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Dutch pianist Ralph van Raat made his New York City debut at (Le) Poisson Rouge on May 12 with a solo piano survey of modern Minimalism, including music of Louis Andriessen, David Lang and John Adams.

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John Luther Adams: I. Frank Zappa as Gateway Drug

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

If you know John Luther Adams's music now, you might not guess that he started as a member of a rock cover band in New Jersey called "Sloth"—in fact, there a few things you might not guess. In the first movement of this inaugural episode of Meet the Composer, trace the start of the composer's unconventional path.

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Johann Sebastian Is One of the Cool Kids in 'Red Hot + Bach'

Monday, June 23, 2014

The AIDS fundraising organization Red Hot has turned its focus to J.S. Bach. Stream "Red Hot + Bach," a collection of the baroque master's sounds re-imagined by artists like Gabriel Kahane and Shara Worden.

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Exploring the New Piano Concerto

Monday, June 23, 2014

Piano concertos reached their peak in the 19th Century but today they remain “alive and well” as modern composers continue their exploration of this beloved combination of instruments – searching and exploring new ways to express a fundamental drama. Join host Lisa Moore weekdays at 10 am.

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NY Phil Biennial Roundup: Sound if Safe Success

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The inaugural New York Philharmonic Biennial, a string of contemporary music performances held around the city, proved to be—while void of risk—an enjoyable event. Check out Daniel Stephen Johnson's roundup of the concerts. 

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It's Just One of Those Flute Days

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Let's face it. Some days you wake up and you say to yourself, "you know, this is just a FLUTE kind of day." Well, guess what, folks? Today is one of those days. We're taking a journey from solo flute through chamber music and clear out the other side into flute concerto territory. So buckle up and set your equalizers on "high."

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An Hour with Son Lux

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Composer-performer Ryan Lott, AKA Son Lux, has collaborated with yMusic, members of Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens and the Young People's Chorus of New York City. Listen to his Mixtape on Wednesday at 3 pm.

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World Premiere Recording of Per Nørgård's Robust, Brilliant Eighth Symphony

Monday, June 16, 2014

Per Nørgård's Eighth Symphony shows how the young composer has evolved into a mature, unmistakably contemporary artist. Stream the entire album all this week. 

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On-Demand Audio: Late 20th Century Works from AXIOM

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Ensemble AXIOM and conductor Jeffrey Milarsky's second concert of their 2013-2014 series, in conjunction with Carnegie Hall's Vienne: City of Dreams festival, featured Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas and others in Alice Tully Hall on February 27.

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Young Composers Go Solo at NY Phil Biennial

Friday, June 13, 2014

Young composers had the spotlight, as did solo musicians, at the New York Philharmonic Biennial CONTACT! concert on Tuesday, June 3 at SubCulture. Join host Phil Kline in listening Friday at 3 pm.

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Preview: John Luther Adams: Bad Decisions and Finding Home

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Preview the first episode of Meet the Composer, featuring guest John Luther Adams. The podcast will be available on June 24 and stream on Q2 Music immediately following the 7 pm kick-off event in The Greene Space. 

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Guerilla Composer Portrait: Barbara Harbach

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Brothers Balliett are diving into the work of Barbara Harbach this week, a prolific composer who runs her own publishing company. We'll hear a range of music from Ms. Harbach during this guerilla portrait airing Thursday at 3 pm.

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NY Phil Biennial Connects Sound and Space in 'Beyond Recall'

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The New York Philharmonic's Biennial featured this "Beyond Recall" concert, in which composers created works inspired by site-specific sculptures in Salzburg. Stream audio from the performance now. 

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