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Clifton Gates

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Every week as part of Sleeping Giant's December residency on Hammered!, Q2 Music offers an exclusive audio download of solo piano music written by members of the Brooklyn-based collective performed by its own composer-pianist Timothy Andres. This week: Jacob Cooper's Clifton Gates.

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Video: Phil Kline's 'Unsilent Night' Turns 20

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

We followed composer Phil Kline and hundreds of revelers for the latest installment of Unsilent Night -- a 45-minute mobile sound sculpture that weaves through New York's East Village.

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Michael Tilson Thomas and John Adams in The Greene Space

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On Monday, March 26 at 7 pm, Q2 Music welcomes San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas, composer John Adams and the St. Lawrence String Quartet to The Greene Space.

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'Other Music' For Piano

Monday, December 19, 2011

One of the defining moments of my musical life was being hired by a violinist to play John Adams's Road Movies—I was a college freshman, and hadn't heard Adams's music, nor any of the ur-minimalists Glass, Reich, Riley, or La Monte Young.

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Let's Make CONTACT!

Monday, December 19, 2011

One of Alan Gilbert’s loveliest initiatives as the music director of the New York Philharmonic these past three seasons has been the CONTACT! concert series, dedicated to living composers and new works. This year’s series kicked off this past weekend with works by Alexandre Lunsqui, Magnus Lindberg, and HK Gruber.

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A Cause for Commission!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

For young composers, getting commissioned is a momentous occasion that calls for celebration. This Sunday at 2 pm, we celebrate commissions large and small and the performers that have sought new music from adventurous composers.

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Robert Honstein's Email Songs

Friday, December 16, 2011

'Is it Auburn?' and 'Just please let me know and that's all I ask from you' are part of a larger set of works I'm calling Email Songs. The pieces in Email Songs take their cue from a collection of over 100 emails a friend of mine received in error. The emails had been sent to a man with the same name as my friend and contained a meticulous record of every communication this person had sent or received within a popular dating site. 

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Hebrew Hammers with Judd Greenstein

Friday, December 16, 2011

This Friday at 1 pm, The New Canon gets a head start on Chanukah by exploring the immense influence Jewish composers have had on music on the whole, in conversation with composer Judd Greenstein.

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Music of Lindberg, Lunsqui and HK Gruber

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Q2 Music is proud to announce three delayed Webcasts -- Wednesday, December 21 at 8 pm, Saturday December 24 at noon, Thursday, December 29 at 8 pm, and now an additional Saturday, December 31 at noon -- of The New York Philharmonic's CONTACT! series featuring music by HK Gruber, Magnus Lindberg, and Alexandre Lunsqui.

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An Interview with Composer Alexandre Lunsqui

Thursday, December 15, 2011

On Thursday, December 15 at 12 pm, Brazilian-born composer Alexandre Lunsqui joins host Gity Razaz to talk about his compositional aesthetic, the use of jazz and the traditional music of his homeland in his writing. He also discusses the excitement and anxiety surrounding the upcoming world premiere of Fibers, Yarn and Wire -- this year's New York Philharmonic CONTACT! new-music series commission. 

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On Signatures, Broken Rhythms and Mutes

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I began to write this post only a few minutes after the first rehearsal of my work Fibers, Yarn and Wire with the New York Philharmonic, under the auspices of maestro Alan Gilbert. The rehearsals are taking place in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum.

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Gloria Cheng meets the Calder Quartet

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Each Thursday at 7 pm this winter, join us for weekly Webcasts of new-music shows as recorded live at premiere venues around New York City. This week: pianist Gloria Cheng and the Calder Quartet.

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Q2 Music’s New Music Countdown

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Join Q2 Music’s inaugural new music countdown by voting for your favorite classical works composed on or after 1900.

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Praise Canada: The Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Scores Big

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Our neighbors to the north have it all right with this new recording of works by Nico Muhly, Jonny Greenwood and Richard Reed Parry. Snag a free, limited-time download of Muhly's Wish You Were Here.

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Plays Well With Others

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hammered! welcomes the New York-based composer collective Sleeping Giant for a month-long December residency. Composer-pianist Timothy Andres hosts and curates each Monday episode while the rest of the week is filled in with specially curated episodes by the five other Sleepy Gs: Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, Ted Hearne, Robert Honstein and Andrew Norman.

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Meet Composer Alexandre Lunsqui

Monday, December 12, 2011

In anticipation of the world premiere of Alexandre Lunsqui's New York Philharmonic-commissioned Fibers, Yarn and Wire this Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 at the Metropolitan Museum and Symphony Space, respectively, Q2 Music presents an exclusive chance to get to know the composer behind this season's NY Phil CONTACT! new-music series. 

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Unsilent Night: A Holiday Cacophony

Monday, December 12, 2011

New York has wonderful holiday traditions, but maybe none so awesome as Unsilent Night, Phil Kline's piece essentially for holiday carolers holding boomboxes who form an amorphous, directional sound sculpture on the streets of New York City, or indeed whichever of the 26 urban areas this wonderful tradition has spread to inhabit. I caught up with Phil for a lovely interview about Unsilent Night, the holidays in general, and many other topics, including his soon-to-be-premiered work Peregrine. You can check out the audio above!

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Facts and Fables

Sunday, December 11, 2011

This week’s Cued Up revolves around fables and tales. Whether fictional or factual, these stories have stayed with us through years and across cultures. Dozens of these stories have come to define our persona, culture, and perhaps even our race.

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Sonic Stocking Stuffers

Friday, December 09, 2011

The New Canon takes a quick winter break from its weekly live chat listening party, but comes bearing gifts of several new albums bound to jingle your bells.

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Everything Is An Onion

Friday, December 09, 2011

Every week as part of Sleeping Giant's December residency on Hammered!, Q2 Music offers an exclusive audio download of solo piano music written by members of the Brooklyn-based collective performed by its own composer-pianist Timothy Andres.

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