These shows originally aired the week of June 7, 2010. For the original show page, click here.
I am so happy (finally!) to be back from my ash-extended hiatus. To celebrate (and partly to facilitate a smooth radio re-entry), I thought it might be fun to feature music by northern European and Scandinavian composers this week.
This Sunday, September 26th at 2pm, Q2 invites you to listen to the collaboration of Baltimore's head-bopping experimentalists, Matmos, and Brooklyn's avant-classical percussion mainstay, So Percussion. Recorded at a concert at Le Poisson Rouge on June 8th, they present material from their recent album, Treasure State, which pairs uncompromised sonic creativity with primal rhythmic expression.
These shows originally aired the week of February 22, 2010. For the original show page, click here
Iannis Xenakis was a brilliant composer who has an almost cultish following. When I was in college, mentions of the word Xenakis were often accompanied by Ozzy Ozbourne-esque fists of rock and tongue-waggling. Why would a post-war, Greek-French composer, mathematician and architect be the source of such rabid devotion?
Q2 presents the Bretano String Quartet and others in a celebration of the unique sound of Chinese composer Chou Wen-chung.
Q2 presents an evening devoted to Chou Wen-chung — one of the legendary composers of our time. Host Nadia Sirota and Mr. Chou welcome some of today's leading musicians, who will honor his profound contributions to contemporary music with a live performance from the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.
So, WQXR is spending the whole month of September in praise of the violin. Of course I'm a violist at heart, but I thought this would be a great jumping-off point for this week's show. Thus! This week we'll study great Acts of Violins in the 20th and 21st Centuries.
On Sunday, September 5 at 2 p.m., Cued Up on Q2 presents highlights from the New Juilliard Ensemble's most recent season. The stellar student ensemble, led by the indefatigable Joel Sachs, fearlessly takes on the most adventurous contemporary concert works, and Q2 is excited to bring you live recordings of the most exciting performances.
It’s nearly September!
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.
Leonard Bernstein was a man of supreme charisma and fantastic talent. A conductor, composer and educator, Bernstein was an undying advocate for composers, new works, new ideas, and the concept of music as a living art in the modern world. For all of these reasons, Bernstein seems a sort of spiritual antecedent to Q2.
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!
These shows originally aired the week of January 18, 2010. For the original show page click here.
A hot tip: If you ever find yourself in sophomore Music History class, arm yourself with the following information, as it can be referenced for approximately one-half of the questions on your mid-term.
These shows originally aired the week of January 11, 2010.Click here for the original show page.
New Music is flush with chamber music these days! Small ensembles of virtuosic musicians are popping up left and right. But how does an ensemble of saxophone, electric guitar, piano, and percussion fit into the classical canon?
These shows originally aired the week of February 1, 2010. Click here for the original show page.
There’s no doubt that electronics, indeed electricity has had a huge impact on classical music; the recording industry alone has revolutionized the way we play, interface with, listen to, and share music.
Every so often, a week comes around which is sort of pre-packed with a thematic conceit; ergo, hey, it’s Independence Day! Let’s play American things! Well... we play a lot of American things anyway, so we figured, why not make this week’s theme a lot more esoteric, and infinitely weirder!
As a New Yorker, I must admit I am horribly lax about going to see orchestra concerts by the “home team” New York Phil. Perhaps I was unmotivated by the lackluster programming of the aughts, perhaps it was the… well, really, it was basically just that.
Aside from hellish subway station climates, trash season, and solid walls of humidity, New York is pretty genius in the summer.
I am so happy (finally!) to be back from my ash-extended hiatus. To celebrate (and partly to facilitate a smooth radio re-entry), I thought it might be fun to feature music by northern European and Scandinavian composers this week. Tuesday in particular is going to be a crazy ride, with 24 straight hours of Finnish music!
I’ve had quite the month. For the most part, I’ve been on a bus tour of Europe with the Bedroom Community label (Iceland). This label is unique in that the organizing principle is not really style or genre so much as quality, or interest or something.
This week, to gear up for the launch of our new show Hammered, which will feature all sorts of fabulous keyboard works, we are focusing on colossal piano works of the 20th and 21st centuries.
I’ve been fascinated with the idea of “speech melody” ever since I first heard Steve Reich’s Different Trains performed outdoors by the Kronos Quartet during one of many adolescent summers at music camp. There’s something hyper-human about re-contextualizing the basic cadences of speech into a melodic arc that struck me then, as now, as incredibly moving and, not coincidentally, communicative.