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Let me tell ya 'bout the birds and koalas

Monday, May 28, 2012

Nadia Sirota checks in from her tour of Australia with a week of music inspired by the sounds of the natural world.

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Ensemble ACJW Live: Bach, Lang and Andriessen

Saturday, May 26, 2012

For their season finale concert in April, Ensemble ACJW presented a set of unlikely juxtapositions, pairing arrangements of Bach by violinist-composer Caleb Burhans with selections from 20th and 21st century composers.

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

This week's Q2 Music Mixtape comes courtesy of Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, whose debut record Rhízōma was released late last year on Innova. Tune in today at 3 pm for a playlist that ranges from Kaija Saariaho to Japanese composer pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto.

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The Singing, Soaring Lines of Peteris Vasks

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

It will be hard to keep Latvian composer Peteris Vasks's passionate, yearning, eminently accessible music secret here much longer. Read Daniel Stephen Johnson's portrait and listen to the composer introduce his own music. 

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Michael Mizrahi Fashions a Cabinet of Curiosities on 'The Bright Motion'

Monday, May 21, 2012

A founding member of NOW Ensemble, pianist Michael Mizrahi is one of those musicians who is endlessly fascinated by everything (his undergraduate studies were a three-pronged focus in music, religion and physics) and is, as a result, endlessly fascinating himself.

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One Track Mind

Monday, May 21, 2012

This week on Hammered! we hear five consecutive cases of works that require an extended temporal space to achieve a more slowly evolving mode of expression. Otherwise put: works that last the full duration of each episode.

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Key Concepts with Michael Mizrahi, Orion Weiss and More

Monday, May 21, 2012

This week, a visit with the NOW Ensemble's pianist Michael Mizrahi, whose solo recording "The Bright Motion" is our Album of the Week and available this month.

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Video Made The Radio Star

Monday, May 21, 2012

A child of the MTV generation, music and video will forever be tied together for Nadia Sirota. This week on her show, a look at pieces that have either been adapted visually or incorporate a visual element in performance.

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MATA Festival: Signs and Signals

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The final evening of the 2012 MATA Festival featured a series of eclectic festival commissions and premieres played by new-music luminaries SIGNAL, Kathleen Supove and Mellissa Hughes.

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MATA Festival: Composer/Performers Today

Friday, May 18, 2012

The second of the MATA Festival's three 2012 performances celebrated the talents of Jacob Cooper, Cecilia Lopez, Kate Soper, Lesley Flanigan and Matt Marks in a program driven by the concept of the composer/performer.

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Rhys Chatham Presents Composer/Trumpet Players

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

For Mixtapes, we ask artists to assemble an hour of new music that they find particularly compelling. Today's comes courtesy of composer, guitarist and trumpet player Rhys Chatham.

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UMKC Conservatory Composers

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

This past March, The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory brought the music of its award-winning faculty to (Le) Poisson Rouge for Crossroads - a concert uniting Eastern and Western traditions with UMKC Conservatory composers, laureates and students. 

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Group Dynamics

Monday, May 14, 2012

This week on Hammered! we explore the mountains of chamber music that includes piano(s), or, otherwise put, music for piano+. Hear music from Thomas Ades, Ezequiel Vinao, Benjamin Broening and many more. 

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Q2 Music Spring Pledge Drive

Monday, May 14, 2012

It’s that time again! Tuesday marks the beginning of our Spring pledge drive. As you’ve probably noticed, we’re making some pretty rad changes over here at Q2. We’ve brought you more hosts, more weekly programs, more live events, more streaming albums and more mobile listening, and we’d LOVE to continue this rad trajectory, but we simply cannot do this without your help!

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Everything Old is New Again with Rued Langgaard, Erik Chisholm and more

Monday, May 14, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we take an in-depth look at our Album of the Week, the first volume of Danish composer Rued Langgaard's string quartets courtesy of the Nightingale String Quartet for Dacapo Records.

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MATA Festival: JACK Quartet and Quartet New Generation

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The opening evening of the 2012 MATA Festival brought together New York's JACK Quartet with Germany's Quartet New Generation to kick off a three night run of world premieres. Listen to the concert here.

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Julia Holter: Music to Hear Now

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Today's mixtape comes courtesy of Los Angeles-based experimental singer/songwriter Julia Holter, whose recent album Ekstasis is itself as much "new music" as it is "indie rock."

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The Natural and Supernatural Collide in John Luther Adams's Songbirdsongs

Monday, May 07, 2012

A new recording of John Luther Adams's Songbirdsongs is a breath of life into a work considered seminal for its spontaneous performance instructions and strict adherence to birdcalls. Stream the entire album here.

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Lousy With Microtones

Monday, May 07, 2012

Yep, it’s that time again! Time to explore the placed between notes, the tunings that have existed on earth before we even existed, the non-Western-oriented, and the just plain weird. This week, my show will be lousy with microtones!

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Family Trees

Monday, May 07, 2012

Did you know that Stephen Sondheim was a pupil of Milton Babbitt? Or that Cage studied with Schoenberg? This week we tease out the often unexpected musical relationships between some of the last century's greatest pedagogues and their students.

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