Part of Classical 105.9 WQXR, Q2 Music is a listener-supported, New York-based online station devoted to the music of living composers; a home for immersive festivals, live webcasts and on-demand concerts from today’s leading new-music performers and venues.
Hear David Lang's 2002 opera The Difficulty of Crossing a Field with libretto by Mac Wellman, as recorded live in concert with the Harlem Quartet on Sept. 28 at Roulette.
You heard it here first, folks. That's the theme of today's show, as the Brothers dive into the rich ocean of new releases from spring, summer, and fall of 2014.
On Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 pm, join Q2 Music for a live videocast of a 72nd birthday concert honoring the pioneering performer-composer Meredith Monk at (Le) Poisson Rouge.
2014 has been a busy one for Chicago's Spektral Quartet. Hear their Mixtape – an entry point for recently-converted new-music listeners – Wednesday at 3 pm.
October 15, New York ensemble The Knights presented the music of Bryce Dessner, best known as a guitarist and songwriter in The National. Stream entire show on demand.
"The Law of Mosaics," couples composers Andrew Norman and Ted Hearne with performances by the enterprising, Boston-based string orchestra, A Far Cry. Stream the entire album.
Tour the sprawling, fifth-floor Tribeca loft that has played home for over 40 years to the joyfully pioneering performer Meredith Monk.
Nov 12, the ACME string quartet performed a centennial tribute to Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik at (Le) Poisson Rouge.
This week, the Brothers Balliett are joined in the studio by Jonathan Dawe, a composer driven by a profound love of Baroque music and an obsession with fractals. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.
The music of Mira Calix marries contemporary classical music with modern electronics and field recordings. Hear her Mixtape of British contemporary music (and one Fin) Wednesday at 3 pm.
Building on a long-standing collaborative relationship, Marcos Balter wrote Intercepting a Shivery Light for the Anubis Quartet, a saxophone ensemble, in 2012. Download the full track.
October 14, Bang on a Can All-Stars took the stage at Brookfield Place for a performance of Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer. Stream the entire show, hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer.
"Something of Life" is cellist Jeffrey Zeigler’s debut solo album, recorded after his departure from the Kronos Quartet last year. Stream the entire album all this week.
This week, the Brothers Balliett examine music created with "forests" of one instrumental color, resulting in some startling textures and sounds.
Ambient music duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen released their second album last month. Hear their Mixtape, ranging from Ligeti to an Ethiopian nun-pianist, Wednesday at 3 pm.
Erkki-Sven Tüür has gained a reputation as one of Estonia's most exciting and fascinating composers. His new album illustrates that he also knows how to cut loose... and rock.
Marcos settles into his Chicago new-music community and figures out that some of his best work comes from allowing himself to fail.
Marcos Balter discovers the library and falls in love with maps, tablature and smart scores.
Marcos Balter grows up a precocious kid in Rio de Janeiro plying piano at his aunt's house. Everything changes when he's introduced to the mind-expanding works of Berio, Reich & Ligeti.
The complete breakdown of all the music used for scoring and illustration in Meet the Composer's episode five – Marcos Balter: Failure is an Option.