Kicking off the winter season of Cued Up on Q2, we're proud to honor Kate Bush by way of Theo Bleckmann. Bush -- an unrelenting experimentalist -- blew Madonna out of the water in the UK’s charts in 1985, forever changing the world's perception of a female solo artist. Always warming and delightfully eyebrow-raising, vocal wizard Theo Bleckmann interprets songs by the iconic British songstress in this week’s episode.
What was your favorite Q2 moment of '10? Was it one of our live shows? A composer portrait? Did you discover any new favorites this past year? Let us know!
In this performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge, pianist Bruce Brubaker gives the New York premiere of a piece by Nico Muhly in addition to works by John Cage, Alvin Curran and Philip Glass.
This holiday week, we are going to delve deep into 20th and 21st century opera, listening to some wonderful, large-scale works. Highlights include Rautavaara's The House of the Sun, Reich's The Cave, Nyman's Love Counts and many more.
Nadia Sirota reflects on Phil Kline's downtown boombox caroling parade, Unsilent Night. "Of all the holiday activities in which I have participated this is among my favorite," she writes.
This week Nadia Sirota explores the far corners of vocal music, from secular choral music to songs of lament.
If you think of Ireland, contemporary art music probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe you should. When it's gross and cold out this Sunday, snuggle up to two live concerts of warm post-minimalism that were plucked from right under the noses of New York audiences at (Le) Poisson Rouge. We present a globe-trotting alloy of composer-performers that include Evan Ziporyn and the Irish new music heavyweights, Crash Ensemble.
This week, in celebration of some of the longest nights of the year, Q2 is exploring music about the stars, planets, celestial bodies and other glittery, wintry nighttime things.
In honor of New York’s late-fall finery, this week Nadia Sirota is exploring music that is orchestrationally decked-out, using the glockenspiel, celeste, harp, electronics and plenty of things that sparkle.
Last Monday, November 15, we had the great pleasure of streaming Lincoln Center's White Light Festival: Credo, a truly inspiring show featuring world premieres by Kjartan Sveinsson and Jónsi Birgisson, members of the Icelandic art-rock band Sigur Rós, performed by a stellar roster of international ensembles, including the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National Choir and the Wordless Music Orchestra led by Jeffrey Milarsky.
Tonight at 7pm, join me for a special pre-concert feature in anticipation of tonight's White Light festival concert, featuring music composed by Sigur Rós members Jón Þor "Jónsi" Birgisson and Kjartan Sveinsson, performed by the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National chorus, and the Wordless Music Orchestra.
As I've said before, electronics, from recording technology to the theremin to looping pedals to Max/MSP, have had the largest and widest-spanning impact on music since polyphony.
Gearing up for the New York Philharmonic's venturesome annual series in November and December, CONTACT!, Cued Up on Q2 broadcasts highlights from the NY Phil's 2010 season. Conducted by music director Alan Gilbert, listen in on Sunday, November 14 at 2 p.m. to hear the NY Phil blaze through some new music that captured the ears and imaginations of music fans from the last 100 years.
You have to love wind players. As a member of the string team myself, I must admit to some low-grade mocking of their obsession with reeds, swabbing and chapstick, but let's face it: when the turn of a phrase is mapped to the length of a breath, stunning things can happen.
One of the conspicuously binding forces between the music of concert halls and dance halls in the past fifty years has been the use of electronically generated sounds. In other words, if there was a Venn diagram that included Stockhausen and Lady Gaga, or David Tudor and N.W.A., the overlap would be electronics. This Sunday, November 7 at 2 p.m on Cued Up on Q2, listen to some of host Nadia Sirota's favorite electroacoustic performances from New York City.
What do Meredith Monk, Jón Þor “Jónsi” Birgisson, the Hilliard Ensemble, Antony Hegarty and Gidon Kremer have in common? They are all being featured on Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. This is a festival with a bit of a hard-to-pin-down unifying theme: spiritual music, deeply introspective music.
Nadia Sirota gets you in the Halloween spirit by presenting unsettling masterpieces by such composers as Crumb, Ligeti and Penderecki. Tune in and tell us which pieces you find creepy!
As far back as I can recall, the string quartet has resonated with me on an almost spiritual level, and I really do mean as far back as I can remember. When I was old enough and accomplished enough to participate in performing string quartets, well, that's when casual flirtation morphed into full-on obsession.
For some reason, I’ve been late to the party on saxophones. I had a good, saxophone-playing friend in college who was so frustrated by what he termed “the musical limitations” of his instrument that I developed an ‘over it’ attitude towards an instrument I was barely familiar with. Ah the folly of youth! In the years since those heady, saxophone-prejudiced days, and as I’ve been slowly adding sax to my listening diet, I’ve come to a realization: I like the saxophone!
Every once in a while, when, say, I kick off a week by getting on a boat to row row row to the sweet sounds of Iannis Xenakis’ percussion music, I get in a sort of seasonal, celebratory mood. There’s something about a boat. And Xenakis. Ergo I feel it’s only appropriate that we kick off summer with programming inspired by the great outdoors!