WQXR’s Q2 Music Launches Second Season of “LPR Live”

WQXR’s Q2 Music Launches Second Season of “LPR Live”

Podcast Hosted by WNYC’s New Music Champion John Schaefer, Podcast Blends Classical, Electronic, Jazz, and Indie-Rock Performances Recorded at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge

Episode One with Arcade Fire’s Sarah Neufeld Available Here:


(New York, NY – September 13, 2016) – Starting today, Q2 Music – WQXR’s online music channel dedicated to musical discovery and living composers – launches the second season of “LPR Live,” a unique podcast series that gives audiences access to world-class new-music performances recorded live at one of New York City’s leading downtown music venues, Le Poisson Rouge.

The new season of “LPR Live” will be hosted by new music champion John Schaefer (WNYC’s Soundcheck and New Sounds) and will feature a range of artists including electronic and chamber-music polymaths Bing & Ruth and Daniel Wohl; composer-performers Sarah Neufeld and GABI, who seamlessly blend conservatory training with indie-rock sensibility; a pair of ensembles redefining common perceptions of modern Classical music: Ensemble LPR and the dance music-meets-Philip Glass piano duo of Francesco Tristano and Bruce Brubaker; as well as the ambient chamber outfit Port St. Willow, fast-rising experimental music darling Eartheater, programming wizard Dan Trueman, and the rollicking Norwegian electro-jazz ensemble Jaga Jazzist.

Episode One – out today – features the title track from Canadian violinist-composer and Arcade Fire band-member Sarah Neufeld’s debut solo album, “The Ridge,” and backstage conversation about the discipline and inspirations that fire her creative process.

The podcast will also include intimate interviews with Q2 Music producers and audience members.

“We’re thrilled to release a second season of LPR Live,” said Alex Ambrose, Managing Producer, Q2 Music. There is an exciting, evolving conversation happening between seemingly distinct musical forms and terminologies, between classical, jazz, electronic and indie-rock.  LPR Live captures this energy, and bring audiences around the globe a front-row seat to this musical intermingling happening in Downtown NYC.”

"LPR is delighted to be kicking off another season of LPR Live with our partners Q2 Music,” said David Handler, Co-Founder of Le Poisson Rouge and Founding Artistic Director of Ensemble LPR. “This season features an especially eclectic mix of some of the boldest voices in new music. I continue to be impressed and inspired by the breadth of Q2 Music's musical interests, and the ease with which our philosophies and curatorial personalities align. This is just the beginning of what we have in store."



Q2 Music is WQXR’s online music channel dedicated to contemporary classical composers, innovative ensembles and musical discovery. Its programming includes immersive festivals, insightful commentary from hosts such as composer Phil Kline and vocalist Helga Davis, full-length album streams, live webcasts and exclusive concert audio from local and national venues, and special events in front of live audiences at The Greene Space at WQXR. Q2 Music produces Meet the Composer with host Nadia Sirota, a Peabody Award-winning interview podcast which mines the brains of today’s leading composers. Q2 Music is streamed live 24/7 at www.wqxr.org/q2music and is also available via the free WQXR App.


(Le) Poisson Rouge is a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the site of the historic Village Gate. Dedicated to the fusion of popular and art cultures in music, film, theater, dance, and fine art, the venue's mission is to revive the symbiotic relationship between art and revelry; to establish a creative asylum for both artists and audiences. LPR prides itself in offering the highest quality eclectic programming, impeccable acoustics, and state-of- the art performance space, engineered by the legendary John Storyk/WSDG.  A work of art itself, the physical facilities are the embodiment of the experimental philosophy that drives the venue. LPR is a source you can trust for exposure to visionary work, people of character, and a consistently dynamic environment. Explore current programming on the venue's website at LPR.com