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Part of Classical 105.9 WQXR, Q2 Music is a listener-supported, New York-based online station devoted to the music of living composers; a home for immersive festivals, live webcasts and on-demand concerts from today’s leading new-music performers and venues.

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The Witty and Reverent Musical World of Timothy Andres

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Born in 1985, Timothy Andres (occasionally billed, somewhat insouciantly, as “Timo”) works in the post-dogmatic era of contemporary American composition. This means, among other things, that Andres feels as much at home recomposing (and playing) Mozart’s “Coronation” Piano Concerto as he does taking part in a street performance of Mauricio Kagel’s Eine Brise (for 111 bicyclists).

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In the Neighborhood: JACK Quartet and Steven Mackey

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The JACK Quartet recently celebrated the complex lyricism of American modernists Charles Ives and Ruth Crawford Seeger. Plus, they teamed up with composer-guitarist Steven Mackey in one of Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concerts.

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Q2.1 Music: A New Spring Schedule

Monday, April 09, 2012

Over the next few weeks, we'll be acting on the feedback from our first-ever Q2 Music Listener Survey as well as recent festivals and recalibrating how we serve you, the musically curious. Here's how.

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Meredith Monk: Songs That Defy Time and Country

Monday, April 09, 2012

Sitting at the crossroads of installation art, extended vocal technique and non-score-based rehearsal processes is one of America’s late-20th century masters: Meredith Monk.

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Q2.1 Music: New Spring Shows

Monday, April 09, 2012

Starting this week, Q2 Music is unveiling a new line-up of shows meant to offer you additional discoveries and interaction with the kaleidoscopic, emerging musical canon.

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C'est si bon on Claire Chase's Terrestre

Monday, April 09, 2012

Exceedingly versatile and at times beguilingly gamine, flautist Claire Chase's newest album, Terrestre, has much to recommend it with works by Saariaho, Boulez and more. 

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Back To Bach

Monday, April 09, 2012

Conductor, pianist and one-liner machine Hans van Bulow called Johann Sebastian Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier the "Old Testament" of music (Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonatas were the "New"). This week at 10 am (new time!) on Hammered! we explore Bach's far-reaching influence on contemporary piano music by returning to the source.

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Chasing Claire

Monday, April 09, 2012

This week, the New Canon streams its webcast premiere of Claire Chase's Terrestre, preceded by a new work from Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and a re-issue from pianist Ursula Oppens and composer Frederic Rzewski.

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Memory Pieces

Monday, April 09, 2012

Nothing brings to relief the joy of life more clearly that loosing a loved one. This is one of the hardest lessons of being human, and, not surprisingly, a rich ground for creative material. If you think about it, the Classical tradition, such as it is, has everything to do with revering the dead. We deify composers posthumously, lauding everything they have created in an ecstatic, ongoing memorial.

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Lowell Liebermann: Strains of Serious Melancholy

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

"Lowell Liebermann," wrote one critic, "has achieved a reputation of writing some of the most melancholy, even gloomy, music on the planet." Why was this, the writer wanted to know—had something terrible happened to him that wasn't hinted at in his biography?

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Listen: Music from China and Music from Copland House

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Recently, the Ecstatic Music Festival showcased two ensembles, Music from Copland House and Music from China, performing four world premieres that mixed Chinese and Western styles and instrumentation.

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Listen: JACK Quartet and Guitarist Steven Mackey

Monday, April 02, 2012

Recently the JACK Quartet celebrated the music of American modernists Charles Ives and Ruth Crawford Seeger while teaming up with composer-guitarist Steven Mackey to present his Physical Property.

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So Percussion Dances with John Cage

Monday, April 02, 2012

Spending an evening listening to So Percussion’s Cage 100 Bootleg Series is somewhat akin to sitting up all night in college, drinking red table wine, smoking Parliaments and discussing what it all means.

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On-Demand Video: Organist Cameron Carpenter

Monday, April 02, 2012

On Friday, the bad-boy organist Cameron Carpenter joined host Terrance McKnight in The Greene Space to play works by Bach, Ives, Grainger, Leonard Cohen and others.

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Wrapping Up Ecstatic 2012

Monday, April 02, 2012

Q2 Music devotes its post-American Mavericks programming this week to a round-up of the 11 complete Ecstatic Music Festival 2012 concerts. Hear two shows every day at 10 am (repeats at 5pm) and 1 pm (repeats at 8pm).

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New Albums from Cage, Clyne and Andriessen

Monday, April 02, 2012

The New Canon is back with a new format, focusing on new releases. Up first: A beguiling Anna Clyne, a visual quartet from Louis Andriessen, choral fixation from Jennifer Higdon and a Cage extravaganza courtesy of So Percussion.

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Otto Luening Plugs America into Electronic Music

Friday, March 30, 2012

Otto Luening was one of the first American composers to work with electronic tape music. His collaborations with Vladimir Ussachevsky led to the formation of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, the first of its kind in America and a crucial breeding ground for many American electronic composers.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Angélica Negrón

Friday, March 30, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we've asked musicians from different musical backgrounds to curate an hour of music that they deemed best fit the ideal of an "American Maverick." Today's featured musician is composer and performer Angélica Negrón.

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Listen: Alarm Will Sound Perform John Cage and Edgard Varèse

Thursday, March 29, 2012

On Sunday, March 18 at 3 pm, Alarm Will Sound performed music by John Cage, Edgard Varèse, Conlon Nancarrow, Elliott Sharp and Charlie Wilmoth. Hear the entire concert now on-demand.

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Maverick Mixtapes: John Schaefer

Thursday, March 29, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we've asked musicians from different musical backgrounds to curate an hour of music that they deemed best fit the ideal of an "American Maverick." Today's featured individual is radio personality John Schaefer, host of WNYC's New Sounds and Soundcheck.