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The Symbiosis of Composer and Performer According to Evan Ziporyn

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A prolific composer and performer, Evan Ziporyn has written for Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, Kronos Quartet and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He cofounded the Bang on a Can A...

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Listen: Deerhoof & Dal Niente with Marcos Balter

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

On Feb. 20, celebrated art rockers Deerhoof joined Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente for an evening of music that included new compositions by composer Marcos Balter and Deerhoof's ow...

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Jace Clayton (a.k.a. DJ /rupture) Reimagines a New York Original

Monday, March 18, 2013

The big news, in indie-centric corners, will be that Jace Clayton (a.k.a. DJ /rupture) is releasing a classical album. Yet even more noteworthy is the album's subject matter. Stream the entire album this week.

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Musical Conversations and Winter Morning Walks

Monday, March 18, 2013

This week’s episode of The New Canon features songs for soprano and orchestra by Maria Schneider, works for solo piano by Constantine Caravassilis, and a cross-generational collaborat...

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Helga Davis Gets Lost After Leaping in 'The Best for the Worst'

Friday, March 15, 2013

In episode two of the five-part series The Best for the Worst, host Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) talks what happens when you get lost after your leap of faith. Music by Martin ...

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Lerdahlpalooza

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Fred Lerdahl writes music that is thumping, harmonically interesting, and full of groove, and to listen to his music is to understand his process. The Brothers Balliett have been fans...

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A Smattering of Notes and Rhythms with Sarah Kirkland Snider

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider has worked with a who's-who of the new-music world, including ACME, Roomful of Teeth, Signal and NOW Ensemble. She also a cofounder of New Amsterdam rec...

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A Look Inside Dan Deacon's Repurposed Baltimore Studio

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Dan Deacon's Baltimore studio was one of our first stops for Q2 Spaces, a new video series that explores the spaces where composers, singers and instrumentalists live and create their work.

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A Second Look at Philip Glass's Monumental 'Naqoyqatsi'

Monday, March 11, 2013

Adapted from the Naqoyqatsi score and recorded here with cello soloist Matt Haimovitz, Philip Glass's Cello Concerto No. 2, "Naqoyqatsi" gives us the chance to test the durability of ...

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In a Time Lapse

Monday, March 11, 2013

This week's episode of the New Canon features new electroacoustic music from pianist Ludovico Einaudi, works for cello and piano by David Wolfson and the premiere recording of Philip ...

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Stop, I'm Feeling Cyclical

Monday, March 11, 2013

Almost all cogent musical structures are built on some kind of repetition or cycle. This week on Hammered! we decode the musical cycles behind some of the century's most fascinating architectural blueprints.

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David Lang Hosts 'The Dissonant Show'

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Composer David Lang hosts a two-part series that explores how the breakthroughs of musical abstraction in the years 1910 to 1925 have found renewed voice in the music of today. Music ...

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Where's Gesualdo?

Thursday, March 07, 2013

It's become almost a cliche to hear a wiseacre remark about a particularly pungent Carlo Gesualdo madrigal: 'That's crazier than most new music you hear these days, and it's over 400 ...

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David Lang Hosts 'The Consonant Show'

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang hosts a two-part series that teases apart the threads of contemporary music that took inspiration from breakthroughs of 1910-1925. Part One,...

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Accounting in Reverse with Jayson Greene

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Jayson Greene has an omnivorous musical appetite. Managing Editor for eMusic and a writer for Pitchfork and the Village Voice, he's also a classically trained musician. His mixtape st...

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Helga Davis Talks Survival in 'The Best for the Worst'

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Vocalist and Einstein on the Beach principal Helga Davis hosts The Best for the Worst – a five-part series that offers a soundtrack to the hugely popular, absurdist Worst-Case Scenari...

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Jennifer Higdon Celebrates the Many Meanings of 'Exaltation'

Monday, March 04, 2013

On their new recording of Jennifer Higdon’s music, New York’s Lark Quartet brings together the varying definitions of exalted into a seamless whole. Stream the complete album.

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Conceptions of the Concept Album

Monday, March 04, 2013

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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Finnish Phenom Pekka Kuusisto at (Le) Poisson Rouge

Monday, March 04, 2013

On Mar. 3 at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto performed a set that ranged from Bach and traditional Finnish fiddle songs to drone-based music and an experimental work for "swallowed microphone."

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Thrum – New Music for Stringed Instruments

Monday, March 04, 2013

This week on The New Canon, we hear new recordings from Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and Tim Brady as well as selections from Lark Quartet's new album featuring music of Jennifer Higdon.

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