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Listen: American Composers Orchestra's 'Orchestra Underground: 21st Firsts'

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

On October 23, the American Composers Orchestra closed the 2015 SONiC Festival with five orchestral world premieres at Carnegie Hall.

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Seattle Symphony's Headline-Grabbing, Multi-Layered Commitment to New Music

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Seattle Symphony has earned its share of headlines in the past few years, but the real story is the symphony's multi-layered commitment to new music. 

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Listen: JACK Quartet's Out of the Box Marathon with So Percussion

Monday, December 21, 2015

October 18, JACK Quartet presented "JACK Out of the Box": a six-hour marathon of premieres by 17 composers. Set one featured guests So Percussion and Rachel Calloway.

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Mid-December Chamber Music Adventure

Thursday, December 17, 2015

To celebrate this mild beginning of winter, the Brothers Balliett share two stunning chamber works to set a contemplative tone for the Holiday season.

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Listen: Machine Music with Acoustic and Robotic Instruments

Thursday, December 17, 2015

On Oct 17, the SONiC Festival presented an afternoon program of music that incorporated new robotic instruments with acoustic instruments and voices.

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Listen: Bing & Ruth Perform 'City Lake' at Le Poisson Rouge

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Bing & Ruth's music falls somewhere between contemporary classical and ambient electronica. Last month they celebrated the re-release of their celebrated "City Lake" live at LPR.

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Jóhann Jóhannsson's Relentless, Ritualistic 'Sicario' Soundtrack

Monday, December 14, 2015

Relying heavily, and successfully, on low brass, strings and heavy-boned percussion, "Sicario" establishes its bleak worldview early on and never lets go of the listener’s collar.

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Music Curation and Keeping Alive Your Full Artistic Personality

Friday, December 11, 2015

One of the best ways I have to positively impact the music community is to ask myself what I need, as an artist, and then to develop a way to address that need that also serves others.

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Nico Muhly: III. "u"

Friday, December 11, 2015

Nico's community is a massive factor in his life. He is very much "in touch," sending emails from the profane to the profound to literally hundreds of people a day. 

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Nico Muhly: II. Working Together

Friday, December 11, 2015

Nico has worked with film directors, librettists, clarinet players and choreographers, and has written arrangements for an impressive roster of bands and songwriters.

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Nico Muhly: Community Theater

Friday, December 11, 2015

Composer Nico Muhly is a rabid communicator whose personality factors massively in his work. Nico lives his life out loud, and his music is stunning, hilarious, touching, and brilliant.

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Nico Muhly: Playlist

Friday, December 11, 2015

Hear a piece of music you loved in the show? Click for a complete breakdown of all the music in Episode Ten – Nico Muhly: Community Theater.

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Nico Muhly: I. Trial By Fire

Friday, December 11, 2015

Nico grew up in Providence, but spent odd corridors of his youth abroad, acquiring languages quickly and setting the tone for his current, punishing travel schedule.

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When Wind Players Compose

Thursday, December 10, 2015

There are many fantastic musicians for whom playing an instrument is not enough – these musicians must create, and some of them turn out to be amazing composers. 

Happy Birthday, Olivier Messiaen

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Some composers take you into another world, far removed but instantly recognizable. Today at 11, Phil Kline celebrates the birthday of one such composer: Olivier Messiaen.

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Listen: Four 'New York Stories' World Premieres at 2015 SONiC Festival

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Friday, Oct. 16, conductor George Manahan led the American Composers Orchestra in an evening of four world premieres, including works by Judd Greenstein and Angélica Negrón.

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Tigue Brings Joy and Ecstatic Dance with 'Peaks'

Monday, December 07, 2015

Percussion trio Tigue exemplifies the increasingly rare DIY aesthetic that was once Brooklyn's signature sound. Their "Peaks" is a product of community, and a really fun listen.

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Taylor Swift Donates $50K To Seattle Symphony

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Moved by the orchestra's recording of John Luther Adam's "Become Ocean," pop superstar Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony.

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Listen: Clarice Assad's Off the Cliff and the Eco-Music Big Band

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

On October 21, 2015 ensemble Off the Cliff and the Eco-Music Big Band roared in an evening of Latin and avant-garde jazz at DROM for SONiC Afterhours.

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Q2 Music's 2015 New-Music Countdown

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Each weekday this week at 11 am, we're counting down of the greatest 50 pieces of the last 20 years as chosen by our listeners. We'll bring in 2016 with the #1 choice.

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