Each day from April 14-20, Q2 spotlights the mind and music of composer Gavin Bryars. Explore the many different aspects of a style informed by jazz, minimalism, Renaissance polyphony and constant experimentation.
At 7 p.m. on March 3, 2008, WNYC listeners heard Lou Bell Johnson's confident, impassioned rendition of the African American spiritual "Stand by Me" slowly morph into the opening strains of the final movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, and knew something special was in the air. The two pieces, initially wary of one another and reluctant to coexist, soon settled into willing accomplices in the creation of beautiful, transformative moment. Seconds later, newly arrived Evening Music host Terrance McKnight announced himself to WNYC audiences and to New York.
In this 1973 interview from the WNYC archives, Milton Babbitt speaks with legendary announcer Martin Bookspan. Included are live concert recordings of performances that were not commercially available at the time.
Finally!! Brooklyn lives up to its hipper-than-hip image! Alan Pierson, the 36-year old conductor of the groundbreaking New Music ensembles Alarm Will Sound and Dublin-based Crash Ensemble, is bringing his prodigious talents and badass programmatic instincts to the Brooklyn Philharmonic as their new Artistic Director, effective immediately. Pierson has made a name for himself as a tireless advocate of innovative music through collaborations with composers such as Steve Reich, Aphex Twin, Michael Gordon and Donnacha Dennehy.
You've hopefully heard Q2's "stings" countless times by now. Stings are the pre-recorded, station-identifying short bits of music used as segues between songs. In radio jargon, they're also referred to as sweepers, stingers, radio/station imaging, bumpers, shotguns... admittedly, the radio industry has some eccentric terminology.
Kraft has finally come to New York, carrying with it the local, found-object flavor that composer Magnus Lindberg requires when installing this legacy-defining piece.
On a sweltering Friday afternoon, a group of musicians including the Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg piled into a van bound for a Staten Island junkyard. Their task? To find ingredients for the composer's 1985 work, Kraft.
Composer and performer Elliott Sharp teams up with the New York-based Dither guitar quartet to perform at the Whitney Museum tonight at 7 p.m. to perform Christian Marclay’s Chalk Board. Learn more about the performance and watch WQXR's video about the project.
Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara might not yet be a household name here in the United States, but with the release of a 4-CD set of his complete concertos, that might change. Tune in to Q2 all this week as we feature these concertos and other pieces from his vast and exquisite catalogue.