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Sxip Shirey & Angélica Negrón: Live from Merkin Concert Hall

Thursday, February 09, 2012

On February 7, the Ecstatic Music Festival 2012 brought together two performer/composers with a penchant for instrument invention and oddball electronic manipulation: Angélica Negrón and Sxip Shirely. The pair were joined by violinist Todd Reynolds, guitar innovator Noveller, and wine glass virtuoso Johnny Rodgers. Listen to an on-demand recording of the entire show.

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New Music in the Kaplan Penthouse

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Join us tonight at 7 pm for an eclectic live program of works by 20th-century composers John Harbison, Alfred Schnittke, György Kurtág, and Krzysztof Penderecki as presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

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Missy Mazzoli: Raising Vacillation to High Art

Monday, February 06, 2012

Perhaps only an artist with Missy Mazzoli's self-evident clarity of purpose could have raised vacillation to an art form. Her early mentor Meredith Monk toys with handfuls of pitches, making slight variations, but playfully as well as meditatively. It's the tension created by the relentless forward motion of Mazzoli's music, that ticking pulse, that gives the music the sense of a choked-up faltering between pitches.

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Richard Reed Parry, Son Lux and yMusic: Live from Merkin Concert Hall

Monday, February 06, 2012

On Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30 pm ET, Q2 Music presents a live audio Webcast of Son Lux, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, and new-music heavyweights yMusic as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival.

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Post-Minimalism For A Post-Celebration

Monday, February 06, 2012

The champagne may be flat but we're still riding the celebratory wave of birthday boy Philip Glass's 75th by exploring the fertile genre of post-minimalism that he helped inspire. Tune in this week at 11 am and pm for reworkings, reinventions and revampings of Glass-brand minimalism.

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Composers-Who-Like-Other-Composers

Monday, February 06, 2012

Composing isn't always a solitary activity. This week, Nadia Sirota explores a variety of different composer collectives, including Bang On a Can, the NOW Ensemble, Sleeping Giant, Ears Open!, and Common Sense.

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Aaron Jay Kernis: A Colorist of Dynamic Proportions

Sunday, February 05, 2012

You'd be forgiven for thinking that, despite his unassuming physical presence, Aaron Jay Kernis is some kind of extrovert. Listen to these titles: 100 Greatest Dance Hits, New Era Dance, Too Hot Toccata, Superstar Etudes.

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Welcoming Mary Rowell

Sunday, February 05, 2012

This Sunday, February 5 at 2 pm ET, the co-founder and former violinist of the string quartet ETHEL lends her voice to the internet airwaves to share two hours-worth of her favorite New York City in-concert recordings. Featured composers include Jefferson Friedman, Christine Southworth, Caleb Burhans, Julia Wolfe, among others. 

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Paola Prestini: Composition as Poetry and Choreography

Saturday, February 04, 2012

For decades, rising composers, young composers working in aesthetics not yet embraced by the mainstream institutions of classical music—concert halls, symphony orchestras, universities—have had to find audiences by building and leading their own, brand new institutions. Paola Prestini has helped to build and lead VisionIntoArt, a multimedia performing arts collective, building bridges between the worlds of music, film, dance, theater, and poetry.

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Jherek Bischoff & Wordless Music Orchestra: Live from Merkin Concert Hall

Saturday, February 04, 2012

On Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music and New Sounds Live present a live Webcast of the Ecstatic Music Festival’s kick-off concert, featuring Jherek Bischoff in collaboration with David Byrne, Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, and Wordless Music Orchestra, among many others.

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Michael Gordon's Decasia: Live from World Financial Center Winter Garden

Friday, February 03, 2012

On Friday at 7:30 pm, enjoy a live Webcast of composer Michael Gordon's live scores to the silent films of acclaimed American filmmaker Bill Morrison.

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Judd Greenstein: Pulsating Complexity with Indie-Classical Populism

Friday, February 03, 2012

Few composers personify New York's young new-music scene in quite the same way as Judd Greenstein. As a composer, he has been commissioned by the ETHEL string quartet and by the Minnesota Orchestra. New Amsterdam, the label he co-founded with composers Sarah Kirkland Snider and William Brittelle, serves as an umbrella for many of the city's most celebrated young composers and ensembles, including his own NOW Ensemble of new-music virtuosos. In 2011, he inaugurated the Ecstatic Music Festival, bringing together indie rock, jazz and classical music for a series of cross-genre concerts and collaborations.

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Lunaire Eclipse with Steven Mackey

Friday, February 03, 2012

This Friday at 1pm, the New Canon celebrates the centennial of Pierrot Lunaire with Steven Mackey, a composer who derives much influence from Schoenberg's masterpiece and whose own homage to the work plays at Symphony Space, asking the question: How much did one work change the way music is made?

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Live in the Greene Space: Hungarian Echoes

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Join us Thursday at 7 pm to hear host Nadia Sirota and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen trace the overlaps of Hungarian culture in works by Haydn, Bartók and Ligeti during last year's Magyar Magic, recorded live in The Greene Space.

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Paul Moravec: Mining Tonality for New Intricacies

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

With the attention Paul Moravec received after his Tempest Fantasy won the Pulitzer Prize for music, one might have hoped that this would have put to rest the tired dialectics suggesting that tonality and complexity.

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Watch: Ecstatic Music Festival 2012 Preview

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

On Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 pm in The Greene Space, Q2 Music presents a live concert and videocast with a star-studded lineup of composer-performers from this season's hotly-anticipated Ecstatic Music Festival 2012. Hosted by WQXR's Terrance McKnight, the show includes performances by composer-percussionist Jason Treuting, multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negron, and musical polymath Jherek Bischoff.

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Celebrate Philip Glass at 75 with his Symphony No. 9

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

On January 31, 2012 at 4 pm, Q2 Music celebrates the 75th birthday of iconic downtown composer Philip Glass with a premiere Webcast of his Symphony No. 9 with conductor Dennis Russell Davies and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz.

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Jóhann Jóhannsson's The Miners' Hymns: Live from World Financial Center Winter Garden

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music and New Sounds Live present a live Webcast of Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson's visceral score to filmmaker Bill Morrison's silent film, "The Miners' Hymns."

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Jherek Bischoff on David Byrne and Writing in Closets

Monday, January 30, 2012

We open this week's show with an interview with the multi-stylistic multi-instrumentalist Jherek Bischoff, a performing guest in the upcoming Ecstatic Music Festival Preview concert in The Greene Space on Wednesday, February 1.

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Philip Glass at 75

Sunday, January 29, 2012

There will be no shortage of Philip Glass news in 2012, as the composer turns 75. This week’s Cued Up features in-concert recordings of Glass’s work taken from the last two years.

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