Beethoven Remixed: An Evening of Reimagined String Quartets

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On Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presented an evening of remixes and re-imaginings of Beethoven's string quartets as part of parent station WQXR's month-long Beethoven bacchanalia, Beethoven Awareness Month.

Hosted by Terrance McKnight, the show features DJ Rekha spinning themes from the tempestuous German icon over her signature Bhangra bass lines; Seven Steps, a recomposition of Op. 131 by the adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider along with sound artist Justin Messina; and world premieres from DJ Spooky, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's artist-in-residence, in an ensemble set featuring Brooklyn Rider and DJ Spooky running loops and layers through his custom-made iPad software.

In her set, DJ Rekha sampled from the following recordings: Beethoven: Complete String Quartets on EMI Classics with Alban Berg String Quartet for String Quartet No. 2 in G, Op. 18/2, "Compliments"; and Complete Beethoven Edition Vol. 11 - The Early Quartets on Deutsche Grammophon for String Quartet No. 1 in F, Op. 18/1.

DJ Spooky with Brooklyn Rider (below)

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