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Monday, May 06, 2013

Help program Q2 Music's upcoming pledge drive by calling in with favorite pieces/composers discovered while streaming Q2 Music. Your message and selections will then be played beginning Wednesday, May 14. 

The Brutal, Unprecedented Music of Galina Ustvolskaya

Monday, May 06, 2013

Years after her death, the West is still discovering "Shostakovich student Galina Ustvolskaya." Sample her relentless, mysterious sound with Ivan Sokolov's recording of her complete piano music.

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I Want to Live

Monday, May 06, 2013

This week’s episode features works recordings from women’s choir The Crossing, the Molinari String Quartet, and pianist Ivan Sokolov playing Galina Ustvolskaya.

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In Their Own Words

Monday, May 06, 2013

When in doubt return to the source, especially when that source is Elliott Carter, David Lang, or other informed, articulate and engaging promoters of their own music. This week on th...

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Summing up Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Friday, May 03, 2013

Curated by Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of The National, last weekend's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry included performers from the new-music community alongside bona fide art-rock stars ...

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Paging Dr. Feldman, Dr. Morton Feldman

Thursday, May 02, 2013

On the fence about American composer Morton Feldman? Let the Brothers Balliett make you a fan with this week's episode featuring quintessential Feldman works. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Olga Bell with Music that Challenges

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Olga Bell has collaborated with Osvaldo Golijov, Philip Glass and the hip hop group Das Racist. She also sings and plays keyboard with Dir...

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Listen: Chinary Ung's 70th Birthday Concert

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

On Tuesday, April 30 at 8 pm, Q2 Music streams Chinary Ung's 70th Birthday Concert performed by the New York New Music Ensemble and featuring the New York premiere of Aura along with several chamber works.

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Video: Inside Tristan Perich's Home and 1-Bit Workshop

Monday, April 29, 2013

Visit the home and work space of Tristan Perich – a sound, visual and installation artist residing in New York City who mixes live sound with 1-bit computer music.

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John Corigliano's Radical Pursuit of the New and Immediate

Monday, April 29, 2013

While never fully breaking from the expressive language developed by Mahler and his 20th-Century heirs, Corigliano develops it to often harrowing extremes. Read a profile of the celeb...

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Brooklyn Rider's White-Hot Walking Tour from Romania to Persia

Monday, April 29, 2013

"A Walking Fire," Brooklyn Rider’s new recording, expertly manages to draw on the folk music roots of Romania, Hungary and Persia in a way that feels authentic, fresh and kitsch-free.

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Runs in the Family

Monday, April 29, 2013

Family ties resemble teacher-student relations in weird ways. A student's music might "resemble" a teacher's style, or sometimes try very hard to disassociate itself. This week on Ham...

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Super Collider

Monday, April 29, 2013

This week on The New Canon we listen to recordings that mix art music with folk music from Brooklyn Rider, Martin Perry and Christine Southworth.

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On-Demand Audio: John Corigliano's 75th Birthday Concert

Monday, April 29, 2013

On Monday, a star-studded line-up celebrated John Corigliano's 75th birthday at LPR. Listen to the archive of Q2 Music's live audio webcast of the event.

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The Young and the Restless

Thursday, April 25, 2013

New York City has always been a haven for ensembles dedicated to new music, but the scene seems to have exploded recently. This week's program shows off a handful of great new music e...

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Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Returns to BAM

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry returns to BAM this weekend with three concerts representing Brooklyn's ever-warming hotbed of new music. Sample featured music from the festival with highlights from the Q2 Music archive. 

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Julia Holter: Music to Hear Now

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Today's mixtape comes courtesy of Los Angeles-based experimental singer/songwriter Julia Holter, a featured artist in this week's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, a festival that blurs the bo...

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David Lang Gives Schubert Luminous New Life in 'Death Speaks'

Monday, April 22, 2013

Death Speaks, a song cycle composed by David Lang, is a luminous masterpiece. As restrained and melancholy as a Blue Period Picasso, it enchants on first hearing and sticks in the mem...

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The Future According to Eno

Monday, April 22, 2013

"When Brian Eno first beeped across my radar screen, it was as the other-worldly, boa-draped synthesizer player in Roxy Music." All this week, Phil Kline explores Brian Eno's contribu...

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On-Demand Audio: Pianist Vicky Chow and Percussionist Owen Weaver

Monday, April 22, 2013

Pianist Vicky Chow joins percussionist Owen Weaver for the New York premiere of John Luther Adams's expansive Four Thousand Holes, recorded live at Le Poisson Rouge.

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