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Pianist-Composer Conrad Tao Hosts Hammered!

Monday, July 08, 2013

For the remainder of July, Q2 Music invites rising composer-pianist Conrad Tao to guest host Hammered! Listen at 10 am weekday mornings for deep-dives into the world of contemporary piano music.

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Reinventions

Monday, July 08, 2013

This week's episode of The New Canon features Carnatic-inspired music by Olivier Messiaen, Brian Harnetty's musical ruminations on Sun Ra and stunning arrangements for string quartet ...

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America the Dissonant

Thursday, July 04, 2013

America's the birthplace of plenty of musical styles, from jazz to hip-hop to minimalism, and today American music is as varied as its human landscape. Let's celebrate the Fourth with...

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Exploring Musical Communities with Vijay Iyer

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Grammy-nominated composer and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer defies genre both with his own solo and collaborative releases. His Mixtape highlights styles within and outside "classical" music.

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JACK Quartet and Joshua Roman play Gesualdo to Ferneyhough

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

On June 23, JACK Quartet and cellist Joshua Roman joined forces to present an era-blending mix of music by late Renaissance master Carlo Gesualdo, alongside premieres by Joshua Roman ...

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Einojuhani Rautavaara Merges the Sensual and the Monastic

Monday, July 01, 2013

Symphonic master Einojuhani Rautavaara would seem to be sacrificing a great deal by restricting himself to voices alone, but a new collection of his choral works is a satisfying listen. Stream the full album this week.

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Pledging Allegiance To Charles Ives

Monday, July 01, 2013

This Fourth of July week on Hammered!, tune in for the piano-based repertoire of American music's great experimental pioneer.

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An Affinity for Infinity

Monday, July 01, 2013

On today's episode of The New Canon, we check out music by Victor Kissine recorded by the Kremerata Baltica on ECM; the Latvian Radio Choir singing Rautavaara's gorgeous choral works;...

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Jennifer Koh and Ensemble LPR Play Wuorinen, Zorn & Beethoven

Thursday, June 27, 2013

On June 14, as part of Le Poisson Rouge's five year anniversary, violinist Jennifer Koh and Ensemble LPR presented an eclectic program of music by John Zorn, Charles Wuorinen and Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Conrad Tao on Subverting Sonic Expectations

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

At only 19, composer-pianist Conrad Tao already has an enviable career. He recently released his debut album "Voyages" and, earlier this month, curated UNPLAY, a three-day new-music festival.

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Yungchen Lhamo and Anton Batagov's 'Tayatha' Brings Unadulterated Aural Pleasure

Monday, June 24, 2013

Seven Tibetan songs by exiled chanteuse Yungchen Lhamo, in arrangements by Russian composer Anton Batagov, are collected on a "Tayatha." Stream the album in full this week only.

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Music For A Summer Evening

Monday, June 24, 2013

Nothing accompanies a sweated-through T-shirt and an oppressively humid summer evening like George Crumb, right? Get your dog day's musical antidote all week on Hammered! with summertime music not written by George Gershwin.

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On Chaos

Monday, June 24, 2013

This week's episode of The New Canon is all about chaos, and an attempt to find order within chaos, as we check out new recordings from So Percussion, the Eclipse Quartet, Yungchen Lhamo and Anton Batagov.

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Music for Percussion and the Manhattan Bridge

Friday, June 21, 2013

Today at 6:30 pm, join Q2 Music and NPR Music for the world premiere of Archway, a work for So Percussion and multimedia artist Eli Keszler. The event is free and open to the public.

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State of the String Quartet

Thursday, June 20, 2013

One of the best things about hosting a new-music radio show is the implied permission to blow a lot of one's own money on tons of new CDs. This week's show is built entirely from new ...

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Steven Mackey's Music for Sleepless Nights

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The music of Grammy-winning composer and guitarist Steven Mackey has been performed by an extensive roster of orchestral and chamber groups. His Mixtape features selections to get you through sleepless nights.

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Two Takes on the Music of Multi-Instrumentalist Caleb Burhans

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

On Tuesday, June 18 at 8 pm, Q2 Music streams an adrenalized double bill of new-music powerhouse Alarm Will Sound and the music of composer Caleb Burhans, and the lyrical, ambient ele...

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Daniel Wohl 'Corps Exquis' Marries the Electronic and Acoustic

Monday, June 17, 2013

On "Corps Exquis," composer Daniel Wohl's first full-length album, electronic and acoustic elements are brought together to construct a haunting, stylish sonic world. Stream the album in full this week only.

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From Brooklyn to Europe and Back Again

Monday, June 17, 2013

Electro-acoustic tracks from Daniel Wohl’s new album "Corps Exquis" are sprinkled between concertos by Penderecki and Holmboe on this week’s episode of The New Canon.

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When The Piano Isn't Enough...

Monday, June 17, 2013

Late in his life, the famed Italian pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni felt so straightjacketed by the tonal system that he said one of the only viable method of escape was the inv...

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