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At Fives, Sixes and Sevens

Monday, February 10, 2014

This week on Hammered! pianist and guest host Lisa Moore explore a range of musical groups in which the piano finds itself. Tune in weekdays at 10 am for piano quintets, piano sextets and piano septets composed over the past century.

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The Beatles Interventions

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Leonard Bernstein once wrote that the songs of the Beatles could easily stand next to the best songs of Schumann and Schubert. The Brothers Balliett listen Beatles covers and homages from Frederic Rzewski, John Cage and Alarm Will Sound.

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Visceral Connections with Jóhann Jóhannsson

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The music of Iceland composer and producer Jóhann Jóhannsson draws from a palette of ambient music, post-rock and orchestral music. His Mixtape includes visceral music from Mahler, Messiaen and Stockhausen.

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On-Demand Audio: Dawn of Midi and Bright Wave

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

On Feb. 1, post-minimal jazz trio Dawn of Midi joined the newly-formed chamber sextet Bright Wave for an evening of premieres as part of the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival. Stream the entire show on demand.

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Philip Glass's Latest Meditative Score for Godfrey Reggio

Monday, February 03, 2014

In his fourth collaboration with director Godfrey Reggio, Philip Glass has written the score for "Visitors," a film featuring close-ups of human faces. Stream the complete score all week.

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Lisa Moore Takes it Outside the Box

Monday, February 03, 2014

Australian pianist Lisa Moore has performed with a slew of contemporary ensembles around the world, including the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Steve Reich Ensemble. She guest-hosts Hammered! for the month of February. Week One: the bleeding edge of experimental piano. Listen weekdays at 10 am.

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Hospitality and Face the Music Kick Off the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival®

Friday, January 31, 2014

Jan. 31, Brooklyn-based indie trio Hospitality, teamed up with the new-music wunderkinds Face the Music to kick off the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival live in The Greene Space at WQXR. Watch the entire performance on demand.

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Jazz Interventions

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Classical composer have long incorporated elements from the world of jazz – it's been going on since Ravel and Stravinsky, with perennial additions from composers like Mark-Anthony Turnage and Michael Daugherty. This week, the Brothers Balliett listen to jazzy takes on Faure, Stravinksky and Rachmaninov.

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Hospitality's Nathan Michel Shares Music for Man and Machine

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Brooklyn-based trio Hospitality released their latest album "Trouble" on Tuesday. On Friday, they join youth ensemble Face the Music for this week's Ecstatic Music performance in the Greene Space. Drummer Nathan Michel offers a Mixtape that fittingly alternates music for man and machine. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Ecstatic Music Festival Curator Judd Greenstein Previews 2014 Lineup

Monday, January 27, 2014

Today at 1 pm, Q2 Music presents a one-hour special hosted by Helga Davis outlining the upcoming 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival with commentary by festival curator Judd Greenstein.

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Remembering Wojciech Kilar, Poland's Late Film-Music Giant

Monday, January 27, 2014

Polish composer and film arranger Wojciech Kilar wrote concert music that merits a closer listen. A new album collects three of works for chorus and orchestra from the 1980s. Stream it on Q2 Music.

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Musical Pairings of Equal and Opposite Extremes

Monday, January 27, 2014

Musical Yins meet their complementary Yangs this week on Hammered! Listen mornings at 10 am for music of Brian Ferneyhough, Giya Kancheli, György Ligeti and much, much more.

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24 Hours of the Best New-Music Recordings of 2013

Friday, January 24, 2014

Join Q2 Music today for "The Best of 2013," 24 hours of favorite releases as chosen by hosts, staff and listeners. Join hosts Nadia Sirota, Phil Kline, Helga Davis, The Brothers Balliett and Conor Hanick for the marathon.

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The Brothers Balliett Talk to Harold Meltzer

Thursday, January 23, 2014

This week, the Brothers Balliett are  joined in the studio by composer, Rome Prize-winner and  Guggenheim Fellow Harold Meltzer. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.

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Electronic Composer Tim Hecker on Space and Sonority

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Montreal-based electroacoustic composer Tim Hecker constructs alternately ambient and abrasive soundscapes. Listen to his Mixtape featuring music of Terry Riley, Charlemagne Palestine and Harold Budd.

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Kate Soper Probes Female Captivity in 'Voices from the Killing Jar'

Monday, January 20, 2014

In Kate Soper's epic Voices from the Killing Jar, seven women take the focus in an eight-movement work that is dark, wild and captivating. Stream the Wet Ink Ensemble's performance all this week. 

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Manhattan Impromptus

Monday, January 20, 2014

"Impromptu": something spontaneous, tossed-off, improvisatory. For composer Brian Schober, the term has a weightier significance and serves as the creative launching pad for his vast, cinematic set of impressions for piano called the Manhattan Impromptus, a work explored in its entirety this week on Hammered!.

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Just Because It's Tonal Doesn't Mean It's Bad

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Listeners, there will come a time when you meet a composer or new music enthusiast with a little bit of attitude – an attitude that suggests that the spiky, abrasive, modernist language that we all know and love is the only true lingua franca of new music, and that those who write tonal music do so naively, without considering the weight of history that tonal music carries. (Consider Alex Temple's recent discussion of this topic on New Music Box)

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Deerhoof's Bite-Sized, Mullet-Grabbing Mixtape

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Over the course of a 12-album career, Deerhoof has proven itself one of independent rock's most consistently inventive and eclectic ensembles. For their Mixtape, each member contributes 15 minutes of their favorite classical music.

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Pianist Commissions 10 Composers to Redefine 'American Vernacular'

Monday, January 13, 2014

For "American Vernacular," pianist Nicholas Phillips commissioned ten composers to each to write a piece inspired by their respective experiences of America. Stream the album all this week.

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