Hannis Brown

Q2 Music

Hannis Brown is the associate producer for Q2 Music, WQXR’s online web stream for contemporary classical (or “new”) music.   

As well as programming music for the station’s unhosted hours, he works with Q2’s hosts to craft shows and develop web content.  Brown also facilitates recording for guest hosts and visiting composers and works with artists and engineers during live events.

Hannis earned his M.A. in Composition from New York University and composes regularly for films, chamber ensembles and his own strange rock ensemble. His music has premiered at the Academy of Arts and Sciences, Pop Montreal, Brooklyn Academy of Music, at WNYC’s Greene Space and at lots of weird art spaces. He also contributes music reviews to the German experimental music site

Hannis Brown appears in the following:

Listen: World Premiere of Tod Machover's 'Symphony for Lucerne'

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

On Sept. 9, 2015, the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra premiered Tod Machover's new field recording-colored "Symphony for Lucerne."


Travel Journal: Oslo's Ultima Festival of Contemporary Music

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Oslo, Norway's Ultima Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary this Fall. With two Norwegian performances happening this week, Q2 Producer Hannis Brown recalls the opening weekend.


Listen: Jürg Wyttenbach's Collage Opera and Swiss Folk Music Live at Lucerne

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

August 22, 2015, Swiss composer Jürg Wyttenbach presented a world-premiere arrangement of his "Collage Opera" inspired by French Renaissance novelist François Rabelais.


Interview: Richard Reed Parry on the US Premiere of 'Wave Movements'

Thursday, November 05, 2015

A new work by Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and Bryce Dessner (The National) gets its US premiere this Friday and Saturday. Parry joins us in the studio to discuss the concept.


QBoo! Q2 Music's 3rd Annual Halloween Scarathon

Saturday, October 31, 2015

This Friday and Saturday, Q2 Music celebrates Halloween with the scariest music out there, from iconic, hair-raising works by Ligeti and Penderecki to slasher-film suites.

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Listen: Steven Mackey and Four World Premieres at the Edward T. Cone Institute

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Steven Mackey mentored four young composers toward world premieres with the New Jersey Symphony for this year's Edward T. Cone Composition Institute. Listen to the final show.


Birdsong, Electronic Music and Under the Radar Artists with Tobias Fischer

Friday, October 02, 2015

Tobias Fischer is the founder of Fifteen Questions, a magazine highlighting under-the-radar artists with unorthodox approaches to sound. He curates this week's Sample Rate.

Mario Diaz de Leon’s Light-Seeking, Metal Chamber Music

Friday, September 18, 2015

The music on composer Mario Diaz de Leon’s second full-length has the quality of a sputtering flame in a subterranean world. Stream the full album, performed by members of ICE.


Can the Subway Become a Musical Instrument?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The turnstiles in the New York subway make a terrible racket. LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy has a solution that would turn the transit system into a giant orchestra.

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Her Music: Crusading Female Composers of the Present and Past

Monday, September 14, 2015

All day today, September 26, celebrate the breadth of ceiling-shattering achievements of female composers with an encore presentation of "Her Music," a 24-hour celebration.

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24 Hours of Latvian New Music with 'Jaunā Mūzika: Latvija'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Saturday August 29, Q2 Music presents an encore presentation of "Jaunā Mūzika: Latvija" (New Music: Latvia) – a 24-hour marathon of dynamic new music from the heart of the Baltics.

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Nordic Affect Bridges Iceland's Natural and Supernatural

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The all-female Icelandic ensemble Nordic Affect delivers world premieres of music by five Icelandic composers who share an affinity for the mystical and surreal.

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Interview: James Murphy Dreams of a Subway Symphony

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The former LCD Soundsystem frontman wants to outfit the MTA’s subway turnstiles with consonant musical sounds, instead of dreary utilitarian beeps. We spoke with him about the idea.

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Bora Yoon's Constellation Mixtape

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

For this week's Mixtape, composer-vocalist Bora Yoon spins music of Steve Reich, Matmos, Tan Dun and Ryuichi Sakamoto.


Mark Morris Hosts: Feldman, Stockhausen and Ligeti at Ojai

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

For our final Ojai Festival spotlight, guest host Mark Morris presents performances of Karlheinz Stockhausen (arranged by Caroline Shaw), Gyorgy Ligeti and Morton Feldman.


Mark Morris Hosts: Uri Caine, Andrew Norman and Timo Andres at Ojai

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

On this week's Ojai Festival spotlight, guest-host Mark Morris listens to new takes on Mahler and Mozart by jazz luminary Uri Caine and pianist-composer Timothy Andres.


Mark Morris Hosts: American Classics of Charles Ives and Henry Cowell

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tuesdays at 8 pm in June, choreographer Mark Morris highlights selections from the Ojai Festival's last three years. This week: American classics by Ives, Cowell and Harrison.


Simone Dinnerstein's Teenage Turning Points from Stravinsky to Hendrix

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Today at 3 pm, Q2 Music presents a Mixtape of pieces that marked important turning points in the teenage life of pianist Simone Dinnerstein.

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Mark Morris Hosts: Percussion Music from John Cage and Lou Harrison

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Tuesdays at 8 pm in June, choreographer Mark Morris highlights selections from the Ojai Festival's last three years. This week's show features music of John Cage and Lou Harrison.


The Living Earth Show on Progressive Heroes

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The Living Earth Show is a San Francisco-based extreme new-music duo and rhythm section for hire. Their Mixtape highlights oppression-fighting heroes.