The Young and the Restless

The Brothers Balliett streams Thursdays at 3 pm and Sundays at 8 pm on Q2 Music

« previous episode | next episode »

Thursday, April 25, 2013

New York City has always been a haven for ensembles dedicated to new music, but the scene seems to have exploded recently—an impressive roster of new music groups have sprung up in the last several years, offering the widest possible range of performances. This week's program shows off a handful of great new music ensembles, demonstrating an unceasing and thriving New York scene.

The aptly-named loadbang creates new music for an unusual quartet of instruments (heavy on the winds); the program begins with Andy Kozar's haunting "Kyrie" from Mass. Lee Hyla's sparklingly introspective Ciao Manhattan is the perfect vehicle to show off the virtuosity of counter)induction, a collective of musicians and composers. 

Yarn/Wire tackled a slightly thornier piece when they recorded Pendulum VI: Trigger, by Alex Mincek. This piano/percussion quartet doesn't hold back! The Red Light Ensemble, led by composer Ted Hearne, boasts a host of luminaries on their performer roster; a recording of Vincent Raikhel's Anther features Eileen MackErin Wight, and Caroline Shaw, among others. And who can resist the thumping awesomeness of David Little's sweet light crude, performed by Newspeak? All this and more on today's show!

With so many dedicated and talented ensembles at work, it is no wonder that New York City is a home to some of the finest composers in the world! Settle in for a tour of some of the best.

Hosted by:

Brad Balliett and Doug Balliett
The WQXR e-newsletter. Show highlights, links to music news, on-demand concerts, events from The Greene Space and more.

Comments [1]

P. Kellach Waddle from The Mackdaddy Townhouse

one of my fave shows of yours EVER.. lots of awesome music to hear to proof and make lists by :) !! :)

Apr. 25 2013 04:06 PM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.