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Western Wind Vocal Ensemble Delivers Buoyant Meredith Monk and Eric Salzman

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble’s latest album, featuring music by Meredith Monk and Eric Salzman, employs theatrics that reveal the sextet's unique sound. Listen to the entire album all this week.

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Hotel Elefant and Meehans/Perkins Duo Open the 2014 Look & Listen Festival

Monday, May 26, 2014

The 13th annual Look & Listen Festival kicked off on April 26 at the BRIC House with a diverse program of American music by Richard Carrick, Paul Lansky, Animal Collective and John Glover. Listen to the entire show now. 

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Mivos Quartet and Mantra Percussion Close the 2014 MATA Festival

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Mivos Quartet and Mantra Percussion performed a program of new works by Daniel Wohl, Yotam Haber and Ke Xu among others on the closing night of the 2014 MATA Festival. Stream the entire concert on demand. 

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Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart Shines at 2014 MATA Festival

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The esteemed vocal sextet Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart gave their New York solo debut at the Kitchen performing a program of American premieres as part of the 2014 MATA Festival. Stream the entire concert on demand. 

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Oscar Bianchi's MATRA Cantata at 2014 MATA Festival

Friday, May 23, 2014

Oscar Bianchi's evening-length cantata interweaving Tantric Shivaism, Gnostic writings and Lucretius's De Rerum Natura was performed by a world-class ensemble at the Kitchen as part of the 16th annual MATA Festival. Stream the epic work on demand. 

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MATA Festival Contemplates Mortality and Memory

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Two powerhouses of the NYC new music scene, Talea and Ekmeles, come together in a program of music for voices and instruments at the 2014 MATA Festival. Stream the entire concert on demand. 

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The Brothers Balliett Talk to Richard Carrick

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Not only is NYC-based Richard Carrick a stellar composer, he's also a conductor, pianist, guitarist and new music ensemble leader that is quickly defining a new kind of kapellmeister role in the new-music scene. He joins the Brothers Balliett Thursday at 3 pm.

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Listen: Arvo Pärt and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

On June 2 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presented a live webcast of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir performing Arvo Pärt's epic Kanon Pokajanen. Listen to the entire concert on demand. 

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Steve Smith on Headstrong Ideas and Sonic Gateway Drugs

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Steve Smith is the former music editor for Time Out New York and classical music reviewer for the New York Times. His Mixtape ranges from music of Laurie Anderson to John Zorn, David Hykes and Mario Diaz de León. Listen today at 3 pm.

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A World Apärt: 24-Hour Arvo Pärt Marathon

Thursday, May 15, 2014

All day today, we're repeating A World Apärt: a 24-hour sonic celebration of the music of Arvo Pärt, one of the most revolutionary voices of the 21st century. The marathon culminates with a 7 p.m. live stream of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir at the MET Museum.

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The Graffiti Show

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Writing music over top of other music is nothing new. Today at 3 pm the Brothers Balliett explore some of the most exciting and contemporary examples of musical graffiti writers, from Max Richter to Uri Caine and Wolfgang Rihm.

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MATA Festival Explores Old Synthesizers, Harmonic Series and a 'Collage on Falling'

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The second night of the 16th annual MATA Festival featured adventurous chamber music fresh from the desks of young Brazilian, Spanish and American composers, performed by a team of New York City's finest new-music interpreters.

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Paola Prestini's 'Visionary' Playlist Spans Anna Clyne to John Zorn

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Composer Paola Prestini is the founder of VisionIntoArt, an interdisciplinary arts company. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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MATA Festival 2014 Opens Somewhere Between Noise and Silence

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Finland's chamber ensemble Uusinta performed an eclectic program of new music for the opening night of the 16th annual MATA Festival at the Kitchen on April 16. Hear the entire concert and individual piece on demand. 

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Seattle Symphony Launches Record Label with Focus on Contemporary Music

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lots of things have been going right for the Seattle Symphony lately, not least being a commission that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. Listen to the freshman release on their new record label all this week. 

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Watch Live: 'Meet the Composer' Launch Party

Friday, May 09, 2014

Celebrate the launch of Q2 Music’s groundbreaking new podcast, Meet the Composer, with a music party and live video webcast in The Greene Space at WQXR! Nadia Sirota hosts and featured guests include John Luther Adams, Caroline Shaw and many more.

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What Kind of Bedtime Story Would Helmut Lachenmann Tell?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

We don't often think of hyper-modernist composers Helmut Lachenmann and Luciano Berio as storytellers, but when they create a piece that sets a scene, they both go all the way (in completely different ways). Join the Brothers Balliett Today at 3 pm.

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On-Demand Audio: John Luther Adams's Become Ocean Live at Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Listen to the New York premiere of composer John Luther Adams's Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean as performed by the Seattle Symphony at Carnegie Hall May 6. We'll also stream the whole thing today at 3 pm.

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Accounting in Reverse with Jayson Greene

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Jayson Greene has an omnivorous musical appetite. Managing Editor for eMusic and a writer for Pitchfork and the Village Voice, he's also a classically trained musician. His mixtape stretches from Debussy to Suzanne Ciani and Elliott Carter. Listen today at 3 pm.

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From Fingerboard to Fretboard: Philip Glass's String Quartets on Guitars

Monday, May 05, 2014

The cool, restrained interpretations of the Dublin Guitar Quartet performing arrangements of Glass's string quartets speak more like a virginal harpsichord with an unusually sweet voice. Listen to the entire album. 

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