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The Daedalus Quartet Gets Architectural with Fred Lerdahl

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Best to carve out an uninterrupted 70 minutes to listen to the complete Fred Lerdahl string quartets sequentially. Read on for why with Q2 Music's Album of the Week, and to snag a free selection this week only from Lerdahl's String Quartet No. 3.

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Written on the Wind: Huang Ruo and Min Xiao-fen

Friday, January 27, 2012

Tonight at 7 pm in The Greene Space, composer Huang Ruo joins host David Garland for an evening of conversation and premiere performances from New York and China-based composers.

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Interview: Musical Polymath Min Xiao-fen

Friday, January 27, 2012

Born in Nanjing, composer, singer, and pipa player Min Xiao-fen has become a fixture on the new-music, jazz and Chinese traditional musical scenes. Collaborations with such artists as John Zorn, Christian Marclay, Randy Weston, DJ Spooky, and Derek Bailey attest to her relentlessly exploratory spirit and open-minded approach to improvisation and music-making.

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Ecstatic Electricity with Christopher Tignor

Friday, January 27, 2012

This Friday at 1pm, the New Canon jams with composer and Slow Six bandleader Christopher Tignor, asking in advance of his Ecstatic Music Festival appearance: Should there be a line between Indie Rock and Indie Classical?

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Interview: Ambassador and Visionary Chou Wen-chung

Thursday, January 26, 2012

It would difficult to overstate the importance of Chou Wen-chung when it comes to contemporary music. Not only has he developed over the course of his almost 90 years a shimmering, pointillistic yet lyrical style, but he edited and completed many of his teacher Edgard Varèse's works.

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Calligraffiti: from China to New York

Thursday, January 26, 2012

This Thursday, January 26 at 8:30 pm, ET, Q2 Music streams an eclectic set of chamber and vocal works from award-winning Chinese composer Huang Ruo, as recorded live on January 10 at Greenwich Village's (Le) Poisson Rouge.

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Interview: Composer Lei Liang on Cultural Identity

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tianjin-born and California-native composer Lei Liang joins us from a studio in Rome to discuss his creative process, the importance of putting the weight of one's life into every sounding note, and the manner in which cultural identity manifests itself in his music.

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Interview: Downtown Staple Composer-Performer Du Yun

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

As an active presence on the New York new-music scene, the young Shanghai-born composer Du Yun cuts a striking figure. From prestigious work with New York City Opera and The New Juilliard Ensemble to downtown, electronic experimentation with the International Contemporary Ensemble and schizoid balladry at Cornelia Street Cafe, Du Yun is a distinctive voice that will stretch well into the 21st century.

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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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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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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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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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