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Aaron Copland Talks Americana, Martha Graham and Regrets

Thursday, March 08, 2012

In a 1985 interview with WNYC Radio, Aaron Copland recalls his early encounters with music, his teacher Nadia Boulanger and his fascination with the American West.

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Phil Kline Hosts for American Mavericks

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The composer Phil Kline considers the history of mavericks in classical music -- "the lone wolf, deemed-a-crackpot, do-it-yourselfer" types. He notes that the label is no longer so relevant: "we’re all mavericky now."

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Live and Ecstatic: Mariam Wallentin, Mikael Karlsson and ACME

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Mariam Wallentin of Wildbird & Peacedrums joins forces with new-music powerhouse ACME to perform new compositions and arrangements by Wallentin and Swedish composer Mikael Karlsson. Listen here.

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Pledging Allegiance To American Mavericks

Monday, March 05, 2012

Thank you to those that have pledged support during our Winter Fund Drive! It's because of those contributions that we can bring you festivals like American Mavericks, which is a whole other conversation (!), but for Hammered! means two days focused on the music of Julius Eastman and Morton Feldman

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Highlighting the New Juilliard Ensemble

Sunday, March 04, 2012

This Sunday at 2 pm, join us as we revisit the New Juilliard Ensemble's dynamic 2010-2011 season. The noted student ensemble takes on a varied array of contemporary concert works.

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Bang on a Can Celebrates its Silver Anniversary with a Gold Standard

Saturday, March 03, 2012

It's a big (and beautiful, perhaps scary but far from dark) year for Bang on a Can, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. True to form, the cabal's All-Stars have heralded the birthday in style with this rollicking two-disc set. Read on for more and to snag a free download, this week only, of Matt Damon.

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Big Beautiful Dark and Polyphonic

Friday, March 02, 2012

This week, the New Canon brings you a trio of new releases from a maverick new music cabal, a quartet of vocal violinists and a boundless Belarusian violinist.

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American Mavericks Festival: Overview

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Q2 Music celebrates America’s great iconoclastic composers this March, when San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas brings his “American Mavericks” tour to New York. Read on for details on our redesigned schedule, brand new hosts and array of live and on-demand concerts.

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Awake with NOW Ensemble, Chiara and Matmos

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Join us Thursday at 7 pm to hear a performance by NOW Ensemble, Chiara Quartet and Matmos celebrating two CD releases at the Greenwich Village venue (le) Poisson Rouge.

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Listen Now: Glasser and Roomful of Teeth

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

On February 23rd, 2012, the Ecstatic Music Festival brought together experimental pop artist Glasser and progressive vocal octet Roomful of Teeth for an evening of experimentation and collaboration. The program also included performances of pieces by Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), Sarah Kirkland Snider, and more. You can now stream the whole show on-demand.

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Show Your Support: Q2 Music's Winter Pledge Drive

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Q2 Music’s a listener-supported service - we count on your membership dollars to stay streaming 24 hours a day. Please take this opportunity to show you value Q2 Music and join our new-music family by giving now.

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Mexico at 200 with Alondra de la Parra

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

This Wednesday, Q2 Music begins its Winter Pledge Drive. In anticipation, we're revisiting some of our favorite guest-hosted shows on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, we heard Nico Muhly's Obsessive Choral. On Tuesday, we hear Mexico at 200, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas conductor Alondra de la Parra's look at the birth and progression of Mexican orchestral music.

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Also Sprach A Living Composer!

Monday, February 27, 2012

A counterpoint of instructive voices host this week on Hammered! as we pass the mic among a collection of composers who will introduce their own works for piano. Hear their musical secrets all week at 11 am and pm.

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Obsessive Choral with Nico Muhly

Monday, February 27, 2012

Composer, pianist and erstwhile boy soprano Nico Muhly has been a part of Q2's musical family since the beginning. Today at 12 pm, we revisit the composer's four-part survey of his first love: choral music.

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Millennial Mavericks

Sunday, February 26, 2012

This week, Cued Up goes into the 21st Century with a look at contemporary mavericks carrying the torch of the composers featured in next month's American Mavericks Festival.

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Alison Balsom is Classily Brassy on 'Seraph'

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A historically-neglected soloist instrument in the classical rep, the trumpet gained steam in the 20th and now 21st centuries. Alison Balsom highlights some of the instrument's recent successes with Seraph, an album that includes a world-premiere recording of the title work.

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Maverick Roll with Jennifer Koh

Friday, February 24, 2012

In March, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony are back with an American Mavericks national tour culminating at Carnegie Hall. Today we talk with featured violinist Jennifer Koh about what makes a modern-day musical maverick?

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Tyondai Braxton: Carnavalesque and Rapturous Abandon

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

While it is true that Tyondai Braxton's father is the revered composer and improviser Anthony Braxton, their music might as well come from two different planets (neither of which is Earth). Light-years away from his father's liberated, happily baffling ensemble experiments, Braxton fils sounds more like a long-lost son of Zappa, his compositions as gaily colored, as rigidly constructed, and as outrageously, extravagantly pop as a life-size sculpture in Lego blocks.

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Michael Gordon: A Rare Balance of Exquisite Distortion

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Bang on a Can collective—Michael Gordon, wife Julia Wolfe, and fellow Martin Bresnick student David Lang—took a shared fascination with modernist dissonance, minimalist process, and rock volume, and turned it into a new kind of New York institution. They founded festivals and a record label, and collectively composed evening-length works like the oratorio Lost Objects (2001) and the opera Carbon Copy Building (1999).

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Powerful vs. Powerless

Monday, February 20, 2012

Stravinsky famously said: "Music is, by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all." Q2's Nadia Sirota doesn't buy it: "It seems totally out of place given the way his music moves me."

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