The Pulse Of Post-Classical

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We agree with Time Out magazine: the 2012 Ecstatic Music Festival is "overflowing with awesome". Tune into Q2 Music, the festival's digital venue, for weeklong Ecstatic-themed programing on Hammered!, including live tracks from last year's Music Marathon and performances from this year's headliners.

The second annual festival begins this Saturday, February 4 with a collaborative performance that will be par for the Ecstatic Music Festival course, joining musical polymath Jherek Bischoff with an all-star cast of guest vocalists from his new album, including David Byrne, Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) and many others. The overflow of awesome comes when you add the Wordless Music Orchestra, supplemented by a number of Bischoff’s long-time collaborators.

(For a sneak preview of Bischoff's set, along with music from Jason Treuting and Angélica Negrón, check out Q2 Music's preview concert at the Greene Space this Wednesday, February 1.)

That is just one of 11 intriguing combinations at this year's festival, and this week on Hammered! we'll offer five shows that do the same, mixing unlikely artists, genre-less works from current and prior Ecstatic Festival composers, and, on Monday, serve up an all-live program of piano (and piano-plus) performances from last year's music marathon.

Tune in 11 AM and PM this week for works written (and often performed) by Timothy Andres, Daniel Wohl, Charles Ives, Gabriel Kahane, Vijay Iyer and more. Later in the week you'll hear from Padma Newsome, Missy Mazzoli, piano wunderkind Francesco Tristano, and Ecstatic Music Festival curator and composer extraordinaire, Judd Greenstein