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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.

Jacob Druckman on the State of Contemporary Music

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Druckman discusses his role as the composer-in-residence at the New York Phiharmonic and the impetus behind the New Horizons contemporary music festival. He recounts the changing fortunes of interest in new music and opera, and how audiences and fellow composers have responded.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Owen Pallett

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Composer, violinist and songwriter Owen Pallett tells us about his interest in the music of Van Dyke Parks, "the spiritual godson of number-one American Maverick Charles Ives."

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Terry Riley Remembers In C

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

In this 2009 episode of WNYC's New Sounds, Terry Riley speaks with host John Schaefer about his landmark 1964 work In C which helped usher in the style known as minimalism.

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Lukas Foss on Street Sign Inspiration and Struggles With Bach

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

In this 1973 Composers' Forum with host Martin Bookspan, Lukas Foss chats about the many musical hats he wears and musical life in both Israel and America.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Joan La Barbara

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we 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 vocalist and composer Joan La Barbara.

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Jeremy Denk Hosts Hammered!

Monday, March 26, 2012

This month on Hammered! we invite three pianists to curate episodes focused on the 20th and 21st century's revolutionary composers. Listen in 11 am and 11 pm this week for episodes hosted by Jeremy Denk.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Jherek Bischoff

Monday, March 26, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we 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, songwriter and producer Jherek Bischoff.

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Lou Harrison Tunes the Gamelan for Western Ears

Monday, March 26, 2012

In this 1997 New Sounds with host John Schaefer, Lou Harrison talks about composing for the Indonesian gamelan, the associated complexities of intonation and his recollections of instrument building and experimentation with fellow West Coast maverick, Harry Partch. 

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Listen: Mountain Goats and Anonymous 4

Saturday, March 24, 2012

On Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 pm, ET, Q2 Music presented a live audio Webcast of the sold-out Ecstatic Music Festival concert of influential, indie pioneers Mountain Goats and the acclaimed early vocal music ensemble Anonymous 4. Stream the whole show now.

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The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Gets Vibrantly Vocal

Friday, March 23, 2012

The power of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music aside, it's composers like Jennifer Higdon, Andrea Clearfield and James Primosch that help to make Philadelphia the sixth borough of New York.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Shara Worden

Friday, March 23, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we 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 songwriter Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond.

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Steve Reich Remembers 'Riot' at Four Organs Premiere

Friday, March 23, 2012

In this 1986 interview, the composer Steve Reich recounts his early success with Michael Tilson Thomas, describing the progression of initial discovery to the controversial performance of Four Organs.

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Harry Partch: Redefining the Possible at Every Turn

Thursday, March 22, 2012

This 2001 episode of WNYC's Spinning on Air marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Harry Partch. Host David Garland plays a mix of Partch's music and recorded speech, including introductions to and performances on Partch's exotic array of home-made instruments.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Claire Chase

Thursday, March 22, 2012

We 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 flutist and concert curator Claire Chase.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Richard Reed Parry

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we 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 multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry, of Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre.

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Frederic Rzewski and DIY Music-Making

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In this 2002 episode of WNYC's Soundcheck, host John Schaefer talks to maverick American icon Frederic Rzewski as well as fellow pianist-composers Michael Hersch and Russian-born Lera Auerbach about performing their own pieces, and working outside the musical mainstream.

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John Cage Provoked but Undisturbed

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

In this 1963 interview from the WNYC archives, composer John Cage clarifies the fundamental tenets of his music-making and demonstrates his legendary contemplative and unperturbed demeanor in the face of challenging and critical question by acclaimed music critic and host Jonathan Cott.

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Maverick Mixtapes: Dan Deacon

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we 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 electronic musician Dan Deacon.

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Morton Subotnick at Play in the World of Electronic Music

Monday, March 19, 2012

Morton Subotnick has almost as many pioneering credits to his name as he does compositional ones. A leader of the San Francisco Tape Center in the '60s – a place where Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros and many others took some of their earliest aesthetic steps – Subotnick has consulted (or commissioned) the building of synthesizers from the ground up, and also recorded the first electronic-music album meant just for listening, instead of live-performance miming. (So radical!)

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