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Listen: Frederic Rzewski, Jennifer Koh and Del Sol String Quartet at the Library of Congress

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Listen to a pair of world premieres by Frederick Rzewski performed live at the Library of Congress with violinist Jennifer Koh, the Del Sol String Quartet and Rzewski himself.


Ensemble Signal's Delightfully Manic Steve Reich

Monday, June 27, 2016

Ensemble Signal’s new recording of "Double Sextet" is a delightfully manic whirl, so on point as to always seem microns away from spinning out of control. Listen all this week.


App Download: Kaija Saariaho's 'Fall' for Harp and Electronics

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Each Thursday, we offer an exclusive Q2 Music recording to save to your phone. This week: Kaija Saariaho's 'Fall' for harp and electronics, performed by Bridget Kibbey.

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Listen: Toy Pianos, Musical Suitcases and a String Quartet at the Look and Listen Festival

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Listen to Phyllis Chen, JACK quartet and Rebekah Heller (ICE) perform works by Chen, John Luther Adams, Jo Kondo and Nathan Davis at the Invisible Dog Art Center on May 6, 2016.


David Lang's Patchwork Patriotism in 'the national anthems'

Monday, June 20, 2016

All together, David Lang's 'the national anthems' has the feeling of clutching hands. Whether you believe in patriotism or not, it reminds us that everyone holds onto something. 

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Listen: Harpist Bridget Kibbey Performs Music of Kaija Saariaho and Elliott Carter

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Listen to chamber music by Kaija Saariaho, Elliott Carter, Meredith Monk and Zibuokle Martinaityte, performed live at BRIC House on April 30, 2016.


Mivos Quartet's Full Course 'Garden of Diverging Paths'

Monday, June 13, 2016

Music eats literature and literature dines on music, and Mivos Quartet’s "Garden of Diverging Paths" is an album of beautiful cannibalism. Stream the full album all this week.


Listen: Hyphenated Identities with Wu Man, Evan Ziporyn and Huiran Wang

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Listen to music of Wu Man, Evan Ziporyn and Huiran Wang from the Ojai Music Festival on June 14, 2015.


Listen: ICE and Renga Perform Julia Wolfe, Iannis Xenakis and Lou Harrison

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Listen to the premiere of Julia Wolfe's "Four Marys" alongside music of Iannis Xenakis and Lou Harrison, recorded at the Ojai Music Festival on June 13, 2015.


Listen: Maya Beiser and Steven Schick Perform Spiritual New Works for Cello and Percussion

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Listen to Maya Beiser and Steven Schick perform works by Osvaldo Golijov, Michael Harrison and Roland Auzet, recorded live in concert at the Ojai Music Festival on June 12, 2015.


Listen: The Look and Listen Festival Kicks off with NYC Premieres by Kate Moore and J. Alexander Brown

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Listen to Saskia Lankhoorn, Hollerbrag and Yarn/Wire perform music by Kate Moore, J. Alexander Brown and Chiyoko Szlavnics, live at the 2016 Look and Listen Festival. 


Ashley Bathgate Plays Music of Kate Moore in Breakout Debut, 'Stories for Ocean Shells’

Monday, June 06, 2016

Everyone can breathe now: Ashley Bathgate has finally released her first full-length solo album, with 'Stories for Ocean Shells' and the music of Kate Moore.


Listen: Steven Schick Plays Solos by Lei Liang, Xenakis and Stockhausen

Monday, June 06, 2016

Listen to Steven Schick perform solos for percussion by Iannis Xenakis, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Lei Liang, and others recorded live at the Ojai Music Festival on June 12, 2015. 


App Download: Christopher Cerrone's 'Memory Palace'

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Each Thursday, we're offering an exclusive recording to save to your phone. This week: Christopher Cerrone's 'Memory Palace' for solo percussion and electronics.


Say Hello to Q2 Music

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

At Q2 Music, we believe that to discover a new piece of music and to be surprised by the possibilities of organized sound can be a breathtaking, transformative experience. Join us.

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Listen: Part Two of Jennifer Koh's 'Shared Madness'

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Enjoy a live audio webcast on Tuesday, May 31 of the second installment of world premieres from violinist Jennifer Koh's exploration of virtuosity in the 21st century.

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New York Philharmonic Records Christopher Rouse, Past Composer-in-Residence

Monday, May 30, 2016

The New York Philharmonic’s latest release, conducted by Alan Gilbert, celebrates Rouse’s term (2012–15) as composer-in-residence and features muscular scores produced during that time.


App Download: Tristan Perich's 'Sequential' for JACK Quartet and Sō Percussion

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Each Thursday, we're offering an exclusive recording to save to your phone. This week: Tristan Perich's "Sequential" for JACK Quartet and Sō Percussion.


Watch: Yale School of Music Premieres Works by David Lang and Hannah Lash

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday, May 25 at 7 pm, watch a live videostream of a special edition of the Yale School of Music's new-music series, New Music New Haven, from The Greene Space at WQXR.

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Listen: 16 World Premieres with Jennifer Koh's 'Shared Madness'

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Listen to violinist Jennifer Koh's exploration of virtuosity in the 21st century with 16 world premieres from dynamic, celebrated composers live from National Sawdust.