This week, Q2 launches the 13-week Spring 2011 season of our flagship show, Cued Up, with the first encore presentation of one of the more mesmerizing evenings in our recent live Webcast history.
This week, Cued Up on Q2 presents a concert of tech-savvy classical intimacy with Zoë Keating and Todd Reynolds, along with an interview with the artists led by Radiolab's Jad Abumrad.
Sacred, secular, set to poetry or neutral syllables, vocal music can be found in most every corner of the New Music world. The voice is perhaps the most flexible and expressive instrument out there; everything from oboes to guitars is compared to it. There is something instantly rousing and sort of, well, human about vocal music. It translates emotion in a very visceral way.
Q2 host Nadia Sirota will lead a conversation with Esa-Pekka Salonen, the renowned and innovative conductor who conceived the New York Philharmonic's "Hungarian Echoes" Festival, a showcase of this inventive music, opening on March 10.
I cannot over-represent how much I enjoy the holiday season. The months between Halloween and New Years contain the right weather, amazing performances and so much festivity! I like festvity. Ergo, this week, leading up to the big holiday kickoff that is Halloween, we'll be as festive as possible. Get ready for some S-C-A-R-Y music on Q2.
This Sunday, Q2 offers live performances by two high-impact bandsembles from New Sounds Live and the Ecstatic Music Festival: the politically conscious Newspeak and Darcy James Argue's left-field big band Secret Society.
I am still reeling from the incredible spectacle and absurdly musically-satisfying event that was Inuksuit at the Armory last week. While many pieces written on this scale can be at best a fun gimmick, this was a moving, compositionally pristine work that happened to be absolutely massive. When I was excitedly recapping the event with a participating piccolo player, we found ourselves comparing Inuksuit to The Gates in Central Park: something that could well have been graceless and unwieldy that was executed so well as to be really, really wonderful.
By way of a live concert at Brooklyn's ISSUE Project Room, Q2 brings composer and percussionist Aaron Siegel's slowly evolving monolith of sparkling drone, Science is Only a Sometimes Friend to our listeners this Sunday, February 27 at 2 p.m.
On Sunday, March 6 at 7 p.m., EST, Q2 presents a live audio Web cast of experimental musician and technophile Zoë Keating in a sold-out concert from Greenwich Village's (Le) Poisson Rouge. Joining Keating for a voltaic, electroacoustic double bill is New Music stalwart Todd Reynolds. The evening is hosted by Radiolab's Jad Abumrad who will interview the musicians on stage before joining Q2 host Nadia Sirota in the open online chat embedded below.
How do you take your coffee? What's your favorite time of day? What's your favorite part of the Chicken? What's your favorite part of the Tofurky? With whom do you identify in Star Wars?
This week, (Le) Poisson Rouge offers listeners an ultra-intimate concert featuring contemporary piano queen Gloria Cheng, and the Calder Quartet performing works by Messiaen, Saariaho, Stravinsky and Boulez.
Stravinsky famously said: "Music is, by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all." Q2's Nadia Sirota doesn't buy it: "It seems totally out of place given the way his music moves me."
There is so much Q2 on Q2 this week! Monday, Tuesday, and Friday on the show, we explore music that was written during composers’ salad days. We focus on the early works that catapulted some of our favorite composers into their careers. For some, these are voice-defining pieces, and for others, these works were composed in styles long discarded.
This week on Cued Up on Q2, we continue to celebrate the uncompromising vision of the late Milton Babbitt with a New York premiere of one of his most mesmerizing and compelling string works, Transfigured Notes (1986), along with premieres by Elliott Carter, Joan Tower and So Percussion's Jason Treuting.
In this special show, Q2 explores the work of the composer Milton Babbitt, who passed away on Jan. 29 at age 94. Included are many longtime Babbitt colleagues, students and fellow composers whose lives he's touched.
As numerous ads for sunny getaways in the subway temptingly imply, let's face it: there's no better time of year to get out of town than February. But if your wallet won't have it, here's a modest solution, let Q2 take you on a quick trip to some of New Music's hot spots around the world.
For some reason, my brain functions exclusively on an academic calendar. This is perhaps due to my parents’ working in academia or to the nature of the concert season? However it came to pass, I truly look forward to the fall. It’s nearly September! It’s nearly time for this heat to finally break! It’s nearly time for new seasons and new rep and new festivals, and my Pavlovian response is to buy PENS.
Discussions of genre tend to cause bristling, bad moods and miscommunications. Genre identifiers are such ludicrously loaded terms that I tend to be shy even bringing them up (and I’m not, as they say, too terribly shy)! Yet here we are: a week devoted to composer/band leaders and those who tend to be not so category-specific.
It's mid-January. It's cold. It's dark. There's no holiday in sight. We need to listen to some big, moving works to get the blood flowing again! There is no better way to combat the January blahs than exposure to massive, multimedia works. (Not an FDA approved treatment for SAD, don't sue me! This is more like a, um, suggestion.) This week, we're exploring what is surely an ill-advised theme for a radio show: music with a strong, visual component.
Whoa, it would appear that the future is literally now! Congrats, all, we're here. This Winter and Spring look unbelievably tempting for the local New Music enthusiast. There are Music festivals! The Ecstatic Music Festival & Tully Scope, to be specific. The Met is doing Nixon! There will be Wozzeck! The New York Phil is getting Hungary!