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The Inestimable and Visionary Impact of Chou Wen-chung

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tan Dun's teacher, student of Edgard Varèse, Chou Wen-chung stands at the intersection of Asian and European traditions, of old and new logics for cross-cultural listening.

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Greetings from Camp

Monday, July 23, 2012

I was so excited when Alarm Will Sound asked me to sub with them in Missouri for two weeks for their annual Mizzou New Music Summer Festival. In grand summer camp tradition, we have the crazy luxury of rehearsing together for six or seven hours a day for two weeks.

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Form and Function

Monday, July 23, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we survey our current album of the week: the world premiere recordings of 20th-century Danish composer Vagn Holmboe's chamber symphonies, recorded for Dacapo by John Storgards and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra. We take a different tack, however, by playing these three works in reverse and interspersing them with other solid new releases along the way.

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The Road Less Traveled

Monday, July 23, 2012

This week on Hammered! we queue up portions of Frederic Rzewski's epic musical novel The Road -- in addition to a few driving playlists of our own -- and provide five discrete soundtracks built for summer travel. Tune in all week at 10 AM

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The Landscapes and Metamorphoses of Vagn Holmboe’s World

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Lapland Chamber Orchestra presents three never-before recorded works by the Danish composer that seemingly serve as sonic landscape paintings of Holmboe's northern home.

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Music for an Anxious and Materialistic Week

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Brooklyn-based composer-pianist Timothy Andres has carved himself a formidable niche in New York's new-music scene. For this week's mixtape, he offers a summertime playlist that ranges from Schumann to Squarepusher.

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Timothy Andres Lives in Your World of Ideas

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

On May 29, 2012, pianist and composer Timothy Andres presented a unique program reflecting his eclectic musical tastes and influences with selections ranging from Brahms to Ingram Marshall to his own compositions. Hear the entire show on-demand. 

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Speak Out: Share Your Passion for New Music

Monday, July 16, 2012

The lifeblood of any radio station is its hosts. Right now we're looking for the next generation of hosts, people who are open-minded, hungry and passionate about turning people on to new music.

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Music For A Summer Evening

Monday, July 16, 2012

Nothing accompanies a sweated-through T-shirt and an oppressively humid summer evening like George Crumb, right? Get your dog day's musical antidote all week on Hammered! with summertime music not written by George Gershwin.

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Clapping Music

Monday, July 16, 2012

For me, a serial weeper from a long line of weepers, curtain calls are perhaps the most consistently moving element of performances. Works of art that address the behavior of a crowd or manipulate the very way in which masses of people move in space or react to something or even each other are compelling to me, even if they sometimes make me uncomfortable.

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Two Ends of Eccentricity: Gulda and Gould

Monday, July 16, 2012

Our album of the week by Ukranian pianist Sasha Grynyuk pairs works by two of the great keyboard eccentrics of the last century, Friedrich Gulda and Glenn Gould. Stream it in full this week only.

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(Key)Boarding School

Monday, July 16, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we get a taste of Glenn Gould's composer side in a new record courtesy of pianist Sasha Grynyuk. On a recording that also features a work by Friedrich Gulda and an arrangement from Grynyuk himself, it's our Album of the Week.

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Temporal Juxtapositions with Francesco Tristano

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

In this week's episode of Mixtapes, provocative pianist Francesco Tristano assembles an hour of music from Desprez to Alvin Curran (and beyond) that charts his eclectic musical trajectory. Read his annotated playlist and stream the show Wednesday at 3 pm. 

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Eat, Play, Love: Michael Nyman's Journey Through India

Monday, July 09, 2012

In December 2000, Michael Nyman ventured to India for one month as part of an attempt to bridge the gap between Western and Indian classical traditions.

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Conceptions of the Concept Album

Monday, July 09, 2012

The mark of a well-constructed album is that its individual parts form a greater whole, each work elevated through the connections made with adjacent tracks. Tune in this week on Hammered! for five such albums.

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Music of the Spheres

Monday, July 09, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we bliss out with an old favorite recently rereleased in Michael Nyman's Sangam. Meaning "confluence" or "coming together" in Sanskrit, the title represents Nyman's journeys throughout India between 2000 and 2002.

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Using the Room: Music and Spacialization

Monday, July 09, 2012

Inspired by The New York Philharmonic's groundbreaking "Philharmonic 360" show, Nadia Sirota presents week of music in which a sense of space, or "spacialization," is as crucial to the performance as the music itself.

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On-Demand Audio: Ostinato-Based Works by Norman, Scelsi, Shaw and Bach

Saturday, July 07, 2012

On Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music presents a live audio webcast of electroacoustic ambient duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen with new-music mainstays ACME from (Le) Poisson Rouge.

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Terry Riley's Radical Openness to Sound

Thursday, July 05, 2012

For a newcomer to Terry Riley, In C is where to begin, with its 53 melodic fragments passed back and forth between whatever instruments may have been assembled, and which are paced against the constant pulse of a piano’s top two Cs.

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New Music Ticket Giveaways

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Q2 Music is proud to now offer its listeners an exclusive chance to win tickets to some of the hottest, new-music shows in New York City. Listen today between 2-3 pm to win two tickets to A Winged Victory for the Sullen with ACME this Saturday at (Le) Poisson Rouge.