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Interview: Beijing-Born Composer Zhou Long

Monday, January 23, 2012

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music, Beijing-born composer Zhou Long has been a fixture of the American contemporary music scene for almost 30 years. Composer Huang Ruo interviews Zhou Monday, Jan. 23 at 12 pm.

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Self-Portrait

Monday, January 23, 2012

This week, Hammered! revisits Sleeping Giant's recent residency on Hammered! with Monday hosted by composer-pianist Timothy Andres and curation throughout the week from its other members.

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The Year of the Dragon

Monday, January 23, 2012

Kung Hei Fat Choi! When I was in kindergarten, my super awesome teachers Ms. Danielson and Ms. Doane had us bring in paper bags, in which we cut holes three holes (a big one in the very bottom and two smaller ones on the sides), adorned with construction paper scales, and pulled over our heads to march down the hallway of our school as a giant, kindergartener-fueled Lunar New Year dragon. It was pretty much the best day of kindergarten.

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Focus! Festival: Polish Music Since 1945

Friday, January 20, 2012

In 2011, Joel Sachs, the artistic director and veteran conductor of Focus!, collaborated with the Polish Cultural Institute in New York to produce six concerts whose programming thoroughly surveyed an often overlooked wellspring of modern Polish concert music, as well as household names such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Witold Lutoslawski and Henryk Gorecki. As part of Muzyka Nowa, for this week's Cued Up, we're re-webcasting this brilliant performance, hosted by Sachs himself, Friday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm.

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Riverrun

Friday, January 20, 2012

This week, the New Canon takes a break from its weekly live chats but sets sail down the Mississippi with composer Eve Beglarian.

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Better Know Ensemble Amorpha

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The London based chamber music twelvesome, Ensemble Amorpha, isn't your average English hat and cane. Besides their commitment to an international array of living composers, they also write and perform much of their own work. Under the direction of Artistic Director, Luke Styles, Ensemble Amorpha has performed concerts at Kings Place and the Austrian Cultural Forum.

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In Memoriam Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

Thursday, January 19, 2012

On November 8, 2011 (Le) Poisson Rouge and the Polish Cultural Institute New York co-presented In Memoriam Henryk Mikołaj Górecki to commemorate the first anniversary of the legendary Polish composer's passing. Join us Thursday, January 19 at 7 pm and Saturday, January 21 at 1 pm for a webcast of the entire show, featuring JACK Quartet, Signal Ensemble, and a pre-show discussion between LPR's artistic director Ronen Givony and Nonesuch Records founder Robert Hurwitz.

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An Interview with Mikołaj Górecki

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The son of legendary composer Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, composer Mikołaj Górecki is plenty accomplished in his own right. Born in Katowice, Poland, Górecki studied with his father at the Szymanowski Academy of Music before receiving his doctorate at Indiana University. Read on for a interview with the composer and playlist of his favorite Polish music. 

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Bang-Up New Works Courtesy of the Meehan/Perkins Duo

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Take a winter's journey without leaving home thanks to the Meehan/Perkins Duo's new album of transporting percussion works. Get a free download this week only of Travel Diary Part I: "Leaving Home."

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Poland's Next Wave

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Join Polish composer and electronic musician Jakub Ciupinski on Tuesday, January 17 at 7 pm for the second of two curated sets of Polish contemporary music, here exploring Polish new-music of the last few decades, including music by Tomasz Sikorski, Paweł Szymański, and Jakub himself.

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The Holy Trinity of Contemporary Polish Music

Monday, January 16, 2012

For the first of two curated sets during Muzyka Nowa, Polish composer and electronic musician Jakub Ciupinski joins us to explore the holy trinity of 20th Century Polish New-Music -- Krzyztof Penderecki, Witold Lutoslawski, and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

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Titans of Polish Music: Past, Present, and Future

Monday, January 16, 2012

It may sound kind of obvious, but one of the perks of working at this station is constantly being exposed to new music. This week, we are celebrating Polish music from the past 50 years or so, and I’m happy to say that aside from the heavy hitters (cough, PendereckiGórecki, cough) this music is basically all completely new to me! Not just new, but both awesome AND new.

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But First, A Mazurka...

Monday, January 16, 2012

Despite the immense stylistic variety of Polish music from the last fifty years, many of these works demonstrate a keen sense of historical context, nodding appreciatively through the centuries. Tune in for the piano course to this week's Muzyka Nowa smorgasbord and explore the keyboard music of Polish modernism. In context.

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The Madness Behind the Scenes

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Composers find their inspiration in pretty much anything—from an architectural shape to subway noise. Join us on Cued Up this Sunday at 2 pm to hear Gavin Bryars, Jacob T.V., Nico Muhly, and more share the madness "behind the scenes" of their creative processes.

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Dual Nature with Rachel Barton Pine and Mohammed Fairouz

Friday, January 13, 2012

On Friday at 1 pm, The New Canon asks composer Mohammed Fairouz and violinist Rachel Barton Pine why two is the happiest number in the music world.

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In a Landscape

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Each Thursday at 7 pm this winter, stream Q2 Music for weekly Webcasts of new-music shows as recorded live at premiere venues around New York City. This week's concert features pieces by Elliott Carter, Colin Jacobsen, John Cage, and more peformed live at the Chelsea Art Museum.

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Composers Speak Out!

Monday, January 09, 2012

This is a really special week on the show. While I know you’ve become accustomed to my riffs on the providence of music written by people who are still alive, this week we get to hear about everything – from inspiration to circumstance to execution – right from the mouths of the creators. That’s right, this week I’ll be joined by a dozen or so composers who will guide us through the lion’s share of this week's programming.

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Tuned to a New Frequency

Monday, January 09, 2012

New-music junkies thrive on hearing new sounds, on experiencing novel, sonic worlds. Really, is there anything more exciting than listening to a piece for the first time?

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The Art of Intimacy

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Chamber music carries a unique charm that's not always as easily experienced while listening to a large-scale orchestral work. The intimate setting of performance creates a close bond between performers and the listener. This week on Cued Up we'll keep warm from the cold winter weather with compelling chamber music by an assortment of contemporary composers. 

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Find the Fourth Way with the Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Make listening to the Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff one of your resolutions for 2012. Read on for more about this enlightened disc and to snag a free download this week only of Armenian Song.

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