Q2 Music Presents Companion Festival to "American Mavericks"


Q2 Music Presents Michael Tilson Thomas,
John Adams, Jeremy Denk and Other Special Guests
Live in The Greene Space (March 26)
as Centerpiece of Its Companion Festival to “American Mavericks” at Carnegie Hall

 Festival to Run Concurrent with American Mavericks Tour Thursday, March 8 – Friday, March 30
On www.wqxr.org/q2music

(New York, NY – February 29, 2012) – Q2 Music
– WQXR’s online contemporary music station – celebrates America’s great iconoclastic composers this March, as San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas brings his “American Mavericks” tour to New York and beyond.


From March 8-30, as the San Francisco Symphony presents Mavericks concerts around the country, Q2 Music will present a wide range of special programming – from live concerts to composer profiles to treasures from the WQXR and WNYC archives – to further illuminate the concerts happening around the country.  The festival’s highpoint will be a live event on March 26, “American Mavericks: Music and Conversation with Michael Tilson Thomas,” taking place at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR, the station’s intimate, acoustically superior event venue.

The festival will also include Tilson Thomas hosting a weekday show on Q2 Music, innovators such as David Byrne and Zoë Keating sharing their own “American Mavericks” playlists, and the recording of select American Mavericks concerts – including Alarm Will Sound and JACK Quartet – for on-demand listening.

Q2 Music is available exclusively online at www.wqxr.org/q2music.  A full schedule of events is below.

On March 26 at 7pm, Q2 Music will present a special evening with the acclaimed conductor. Special guests including Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams, pianist Jeremy Denk, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and others will join Tilson Thomas for performances and conversation exploring the works of Charles Ives and other American originals, including Adams himself.  Q2 Music’s Nadia Sirota and WQXR’s David Garland will host the event, which will take place at The Greene Space at WQXR, an intimate and acoustically superior live-event venue and broadcast studio. Tickets are available at www.thegreenespace.org, and Q2 Music audiences everywhere can tune into a live video webcast at www.wqxr.org/q2music.

Throughout the festival, special guests will curate programs on Q2 Music.

Each weekday, Michael Tilson Thomas will host twice daily at 10am and 5pm ET. Focusing on the San Francisco Symphony’s featured line-up of 17 game-changing composers including Charles Ives, Lou Harrison, Aaron Copland, Morton Feldman, John Cage, and John Adams, Tilson Thomas’s hosted hours present the pioneering conductor’s own insights alongside exclusive archival recordings from the San Francisco Symphony’s storied history of promoting adventurous, cutting-edge American composers. Also included will be freshly minted live concert recordings from this year’s American Mavericks tour.

Q2 Music’s program will also feature regular hosted hours from three titans of contemporary music:

Mary Rowell
Weekdays from 12-2pm (repeats 9-11pm)
Considered by critics to be one of the most important and exciting performers on the contemporary scene today, the violinist Mary Rowell cannot be classified.  Known for her work with the Grammy Award-winning Tango Project, the indie band The Silos and pop icon Joe Jackson, she has carved an indelible place in the contemporary classical music world with the post-classical quartet ETHEL of which she is co-founder.

Phil Kline
Weekdays from 8-10am (repeats 6-8pm)
Phil Kline is a composer who makes music in many genres and contexts, from experimental electronics and sound installations to songs, choral, theater, chamber and orchestral music.  Kline is currently working on an opera, Tesla in New York, in collaboration with writer-director Jim Jarmusch, and Out Cold, a song cycle for Theo Bleckmann and ACME.

Fred Sherry
Weekdays from 3-5pm (repeats midnight-2am)
A pioneer and a visionary in the music world, cellist Fred Sherry has introduced audiences on five continents and all 50 United States to the music of our time through his close association with today’s composers.  Elliott Carter, Mario Davidovsky, Steven Mackey, David Rakowski, Somei Satoh, Charles Wuorinen, and John Zorn have written concertos for Sherry, which he has performed with orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, Municipal Orchestra of Buenos Aires, BBC Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, New World Symphony, and RAI Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale.  Mr. Sherry has premiered solo and chamber works dedicated to him by Milton Babbitt, Derek Bermel, Jason Eckardt, Lukas Foss, Oliver Knussen, Peter Lieberson, Donald Martino, and Toru Takemitsu, among others.

Q2 Music’s keyboard show Hammered! will also welcome three consecutive pianists-in-residence, each acclaimed and outspoken proponents of contemporary music, as hosts for American Mavericks.  These pianists include the fearless Kathleen Supové (March 12-16), the former Bang on a Can and current TwoSense pianist Lisa Moore (March 19-23), and the omnivorous, powerhouse pianist and blogger Jeremy Denk (March 26-30).

Hammered streams for one hour, weekdays at 11am (repeats 11pm).

On Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music’s celebration of American Mavericks will present a live audio webcast of Dan Deacon from New York’s Merkin Concert Hall, presented as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival. The celebrated young New York-born composer and electronic musician’s music is performed as part of So Percussion’s American Maverick concert at Carnegie Hall on March 26.  Following last year’s sold-out event, Deacon returns to Merkin with a series of new works for two chamber groups: NOW Ensemble, dubbed “a deft young group gaining attention” (New Yorker), and the “outstanding” (New York Times) Calder Quartet.

Q2 Music will record Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts series of American Maverick-related programming for on-demand streaming. These include:

March 18: 20-member chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound playing John Cage and Edgar Varèse at Manhattan’s Abrons Arts Center;
March 18: violinist Jennifer Koh performing John Adams, Missy Mazzoli, and Lou Harrison at the Brooklyn Public Library;
March 23: adventurous pianist Lisa Moore giving a solo recital at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center;
March 25: the trailblazing JACK Quartet and composer/guitarist Steve Mackey presenting music by Charles Ives, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and Mackey himself at the Abrons Arts Center.

For more information about American Mavericks concerts in March, visit www.americanmavericks.org.

The program will also feature curated playlists from renowned artists both within and outside of the world of “classical” music. Guest DJ playlist hour will air daily throughout the festival at 2 pm and will be archived as an on-demand stream at q2music.org/mavericks. Each day, a new composer or performer will curate an hour’s worth of favorite maverick composers’ music.  Featured artists include David Byrne, founding member and lead songwriter of the Talking Heads; innovative Brooklyn-based quartet So Percussion; Canadian cellist Zoë Keating, winner of the Annual Independent Music Award for Contemporary Classical Album; Alarm Will Sound and Brooklyn Philharmonic conductor Alan Pierson; plus Jherek Bischoff, Tyondai Braxton, Claire Chase, Dave Douglas, Sam Hillmer (of the acclaimed indie rock/jazz collective Zs), Joan La Barbara, Son Lux, Padma Newsome, Owen Pallet, Richard Reed Parry, Alex Somers, Shara Worden, The National’s Bryce Dessner, and many more.

Q2 Music will present archival interviews with maverick luminaries such as Aaron Copland, Harry Partch, Henry Cowell, Lou Harrison, John Cage, and many more, drawn from the archives of WQXR and WNYC.  Highlights include a 1985 Meet The Composer with Aaron Copland and John Cage; a 1973 Composers Forum with Lukas Foss; and a 1952 David Randolf interview with Henry Cowell, among others. These will air twice daily throughout the festival at 7am and 8pm, and will then be accessible at  q2music.org/mavericks.

Throughout the festival, Q2 Music will also stream exclusive introductions from a star-studded roster of maverick American composers including Steve Reich, “our greatest living composer” (New York Times); the experimental vocalist-composer-filmmaker, Meredith Monk; David Del Tredici, father of the neo-Romantic movement; David Lang, co-founder of Bang on a Can; Ingram Marshall and Tyondai Braxton; plus Timothy Andres, Derek Bermel, Aaron Jay Kernis, Sebastian Currier, Judd Greenstein, Scott Johnson, Phil Kline, Lowell Liebermann, Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Paul Moravec, and Angelica Negron. Archived at q2music.org/mavericks, Composers in Their Own Words will be devoted to today’s leading American composers sharing insights about their own seminal works.


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