Hannis Brown

Composer and Music Producer

Hannis Brown is a composer and 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. He also works on the Q2 podcasts Meet the Composer and LPR Live, and does guest composing and sound design for podcasts around WNYC, including Note to Self, Death Sex and Money and the WNYC Newsroom.

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.

Hannis Brown appears in the following:

The Far-Reaching Influence of Cult Hero Arthur Russell

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The composer, songwriter and cellist Arthur Russell would have celebrated his 66th birthday this week. His influence reached everyone from Philip Glass to Allen Ginsberg to David Byrne.

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Listen: Meet the Composer Unravels Classical Music's Most Heated Brawl

Monday, May 15, 2017

It was composer pitted against composer: MTC unravels one of the most brutal fights in classical music's history.

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Watch: Bearthoven Debuts ‘From a Forest of Standing Mirrors’

Monday, May 01, 2017

Watch Brooklyn trio Bearthoven perform music of Anthony Vine in an haunting new video directed by Katy Gilmore.

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Watch: Iceland's Nordic Affect Performs Valgeir Sigurðsson and Úlfur Hansson

Thursday, April 20, 2017

On the heels of their performance at the LA Phil's Reykjavík Festival, we invited Icelandic quartet Nordic Affect in for an intimate in-studio performance.

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Iceland Symphony Orchestra's Ethereal Landscape Painting

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra's "Recurrence" brings together five fast-rising, particularly imaginative composers taken with misty explorations of texture and glacial movement.

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Listen: Inside the Chamber Symphonies of John Adams With Alarm Will Sound

Monday, March 20, 2017

Meet the Composer and Alarm Will Sound unravel John Adams' two insanely difficult chamber symphonies.

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Listen: American Composer Pauline Oliveros and 'Deep Listening'

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Meet the Composer continues its investigation of the odd, wrong-side-of-the-tv-set role of The Performer with a deep dive into the "Sonic Meditations" of composer Pauline Oliveros.

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Listen: Meet the Composer Returns With a New Season of Episodes

Monday, March 06, 2017

We're kicking off Season Three of Meet the Composer with a look beyond the composer to the performer, that unusual intermediary between the artist and the audience.   

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Norway's Jaga Jazzist Embraces Vintage Funk and Krautrock

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Jaga Jazzist is a Norwegian ensemble that draws inspiration from jazz, vintage funk and Krautrock. We join the members backstage at Le Poisson Rouge for an interview and performance.

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Listen: Bruce Brubaker and Francesco Tristano Remix Philip Glass

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Bruce Brubaker and Francesco Tristano, two virtuoso pianists from very different musical backgrounds, take the music of Philip Glass in an entirely new direction. 

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Listen: GABI Talks Fear, Vulnerability and the Human Voice

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

GABI is a composer and vocalist who brings together elements of classical music, electronica and the expressive vulnerability of the human voice.

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Listen: Daniel Wohl on Physical Performance and Electronic Sound

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

For composer Daniel Wohl, the distinction between a physical performer and an electronic sound is inconsequential. For this episode of LPR Live, we take in excerpts from "Holographic."

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Andrew Norman's Video Game-Inspired 'Play' Wins Grawemeyer Award

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Composer Andrew Norman's orchestral "Play" is this year's recipient for the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Join us in listening to the entire piece today at 12 pm.

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Listen: Singer-Songwriter Eartheater at Le Poisson Rouge

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Eartheater is the solo project of singer, songwriter and guitarist Alexandra Drewchin, a conceptually-driven artist who makes music that exists in a strange universe all its own.

The Living Earth Show Pushes New Music in Flamboyant New Direction

Monday, November 14, 2016

On "Dance Music," San Francisco's hard-rocking guitar/drum duo The Living Earth Show show once again that they're not afraid to take virtuosity and irreverence to refreshing extremes.

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Man Meets Machine on Dan Trueman's 'Nostalgic Synchronic'

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Composer Dan Trueman is the inventor of a new instrument: the prepared digital piano. On this LPR Live, we hear So Percussion's Adam Sliwinski perform Trueman's 'Nostalgic Synchronic.'

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Listen: Port St. Willow Brings 'Syncope' to Life at Le Poisson Rouge

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Port St. Willow, the project of Brooklyn-based Nicholas Principe, performed its second improvisational, atmospheric album "Syncope" at Le Poisson Rouge on November 17, 2015.

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Andrew Norman's Video Game-Inspired 'Gran Turismo' with Ensemble LPR

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

For this episode of LPR Live, we join the ambitious Ensemble LPR for a performance of music by composer Andrew Norman that draws its inspiration from a high octane racing-car video game.

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Bing & Ruth's Family Reunion for Cult-Classic 'City Lake'

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New School-formed Bing & Ruth brings their ambient electronic music and contemporary-classical minimalism to this episode of LPR Live, with two tracks from 2010's "City Lake."

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Download: LPR Live Returns with Sarah Neufeld's 'The Ridge'

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The second season of Q2 Music's LPR Live podcast launches with composer and Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld. Her new album "The Ridge" melds elements of classical, folk and pop.

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