Conor Hanick

Q2 Music Host / Pianist

Conor Hanick appears in the following:

Music For The Uncommon Mind

Monday, May 20, 2013

With all the richness, and pianistic splendor of last week behind us, the only suitable response involves music of clarity and sparseness. This week on the program we're balancing Aimard's high note-per-second repertoire with meditative, slow-moving, and delicate repertoire in conjunction with our Spring Fund Drive.


On-Demand Video: An Evening with Nico Muhly and Two Boys

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

On May 14, Q2 Music and NPR Music presented a live video webcast previewing the American debut of composer Nico Muhly's opera Two Boys. The evening also included performances by songwriter Sam Amidon, violist Nadia Sirota and violinists Angela and Jennifer Chun. Watch the whole show.

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard's Contrapuntal World

Monday, May 13, 2013

Few pianists have impacted contemporary music more profoundly than the Frenchman Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Hear his insights and performances of Ives, Ligeti and Messiaen all week on Hammered!


In Their Own Words

Monday, May 06, 2013

When in doubt return to the source, especially when that source is Elliott Carter, David Lang, or other informed, articulate and engaging promoters of their own music. This week on the program we let the artists do the talking.

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Runs in the Family

Monday, April 29, 2013

Family ties resemble teacher-student relations in weird ways. A student's music might "resemble" a teacher's style, or sometimes try very hard to disassociate itself. This week on Hammered! we sort through the branches of four different musical family trees.


Studying the Etude

Monday, April 22, 2013

Taking a page out of the great Nicholas Hodges' recent programatic playbook, this week on Hammered! we re-contextualize a handful of classic etudes by throwing in fistfuls of freshly composed ones, some so difficult only a machine can play them!

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Group Dynamics

Monday, April 08, 2013

This week on Hammered! we explore the mountains of chamber music that includes piano(s), or, otherwise put, music for piano+. Hear music from Thomas Ades, Ezequiel Vinao, Benjamin Broening and many more.


Portrait Of The Artist

Monday, April 01, 2013

As a follow-up to our five-day pianist profile series last fall, aptly titled Solid Gould, Hammered! presents a week's worth of hour-long musical portraits of some of the great pianists of the contemporary music world, including performances from the late Charles Rosen.

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Bach To The Future

Monday, March 25, 2013

Echoing the around-the-clock programming on WQXR's Bach 360 Festival, this week on Hammered!, we allow the great Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach guide the musical conversation. Listen weekday mornings this week at 10 am.


And Now For Something Completely Different ...

Monday, March 18, 2013

The timbral language of the harpsichord intriguingly, if not unexpectedly, connects the modern and pre-Classical eras. This week on Hammered! we explore that lineage by juxtaposing music from the Baroque era with more recently written scores, all composed for the harpsichord.

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Stop, I'm Feeling Cyclical

Monday, March 11, 2013

Almost all cogent musical structures are built on some kind of repetition or cycle. This week on Hammered! we decode the musical cycles behind some of the century's most fascinating architectural blueprints.


Conceptions of the Concept Album

Monday, March 04, 2013

The mark of a well-constructed album is that its individual parts form a greater whole, each work elevated through the connections made with adjacent tracks. Tune in this week on Hammered! for five such albums.

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Loops, Ladders and Wind-Up Birds

Monday, February 25, 2013

Brooklyn-based composer Ryan Anthony Francis draws on the influences of artist M.C. Escher, author Haruki Murakami and poet Wilhelm Muller. Hear what they've told him this week at 10 am on Hammered!.


Also Sprach A Living Composer!

Monday, February 18, 2013

It's our winter pledge drive. All this week on Hammered! we pass the mic among a collection of composers to introduce their own works for piano. It's one of many features that you hear only on Q2 Music. Pledge today to help us continue to give new music a home.


Songs WIth / Out Words

Monday, February 11, 2013

Differentiating the piano from other percussion instruments is partly, and perhaps most meaningfully, its ability to imitate the human voice, to sound cantabile. This week on Hammered! the piano takes center stage and accompanies itself in a series of one-instrument art song recitals. 


When The Piano Isn't Enough ...

Monday, February 04, 2013

Late in his life, the famed Italian pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni felt so straightjacketed by the tonal system that he said one of the only viable method of escape was the invention of new sounds through electronic instruments.


Studying the Etude

Monday, January 28, 2013

Taking a page out of the great Nicholas Hodges' recent programatic playbook, this week on Hammered! we re-contextualize a handful of classic etudes by throwing in fistfuls of freshly composed ones, some so difficult only a machine can play them!


All Things Ecstatic

Monday, January 21, 2013

A beloved addition to the NYC festival circuit, the multi-dimension and ultra-collaborative Ecstatic Music Festival kicks off this Friday. Q2 Music is its proud digital partner, and this week on Hammered!, to get into the mood, we not only survey music from the festival's composers, musicians and ensembles, but more generally embrace all things ecstatic.


Born from Silence

Monday, January 14, 2013

What is it about the opening measures of Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, or Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring that generates such intense musical magnetism? This week on Hammered! we explore how the starts of pieces impact the music that follows. 

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Composing With The Nature Of Sound

Monday, January 07, 2013

This week on Hammered! we dive deep into the music of the spectral school, exploring the sounds of Tristan Murail, Gerard Grisey, Claude Vivier and more alongside bits of "proto-spectralists" Olivier Messiaen, Claude Debussy and Bela Bartok. Listen each morning at 10 am.