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Meet the Composer

Announcing Season Two of Meet the Composer

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Announcing five more episodes of the radio show about today's exciting, dynamic and all-around inspiring composers, with host Nadia Sirota. Help fund Season Two today via Kickstarter.

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Q2 Music

Kickstart Season Two of Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota

Monday, April 06, 2015

Support five more episodes of the radio show about today's exciting, dynamic and all-around inspiring composers, with host Nadia Sirota. Help fund Season Two today via Kickstarter.

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New Sounds

Two Unconventional Orchestral Works

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Hear music of vast scale and ravishing textures in works by the Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir.  Also, listen to music by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt – his “Tabula Rasa.”

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New Sounds

Music for Choir and Percussion (Special Podcast)

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

WNYC
Music for choir and percussion by Andrew Byrne, Daniel Lentz, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

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New Sounds

Year in Review 2014: John Schaefer's Top 10

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

John Schaefer presents his Top 10 new music releases of 2014. Listen to music by an Icelandic electro-acoustic composer, a Korean-American composer, a chamber-jazz-rock band, & more.

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New Sounds

New Sounds Year in Review 2014: 4

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

WNYC
In a shocking break with tradition, John Schaefer reveals his Top 10 new music releases of 2014, before January of 2015.
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New Sounds

Music for Choir and Percussion

Monday, December 08, 2014

Music for choir and percussion by Andrew Byrne, Toru Takemitsu, Daniel Lentz, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

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New Sounds

Orchestral and Electronic Music

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

For this New Sounds, hear electronic-inspired orchestral music from Ted Hearne and Anna Thorvaldsdottir, music from Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason, and a work from Brian Eno as well.

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New Sounds

Cinematic Sounds of Iceland

Sunday, April 20, 2014

On this New Sounds program, we’ll hear a sampling of works from a concentrated new music hotspot: Iceland.  It’s a scene where rock music, orchestral music and electronics are blended freely and without regard for genre lines.  To get an idea, we’ll hear music by composer/producer Valgeir Sigurdsson, who balances chamber and classical against rock and electronica.  Plus, something from the now San Diego-based Anna Thorvaldsdottir, whose frosty orchestral music seems to invoke a shimmery soundworld of texures, even though it is played using just acoustic instruments on her record, “Rhizoma.”

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New Sounds

Two Unconventional Orchestral Works

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Hear music of vast scale and ravishing textures in works by the Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir for this New Sounds program.  It’s music that has been reflected through the nature prism; that of prolonged winters due to volcanic ash, healing waters of hot springs, or frozen glacial shards that shimmer in the sun.  Also, there’s music by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt – his “Tabula Rasa,” Latin for “clean slate,” scored for two violin soloists, prepared piano and orchestra.  Pärt’s neo-medieval mystical minimalism in this work deals with the play between music and space, as repeating patterns slowly unfold over time. 

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Mixtapes

An Hour with Icelandic Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The music of composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir paints textured sonic pictures as hazy and mystical as the as the landscape of her native Iceland. Listen to her Mixtape.

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New Sounds

Cinematic Sounds of Iceland

Monday, April 08, 2013

On this New Sounds program, we’ll hear a sampling of works from a concentrated new music hotspot: Iceland.  It’s a scene where rock music, orchestral music and electronics are blended freely and without regard for genre lines.  To get an idea, we’ll hear music by composer/producer Valgeir Sigurdsson, who balances chamber and classical against rock and electronica.  Plus, something from the now San Diego-based Anna Thorvaldsdottir, whose frosty orchestral music seems to invoke a shimmery soundworld of texures, even though it is played using just acoustic instruments on her record, “Rhizoma.” 

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Mixtapes

Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

This week's Q2 Music Mixtape comes courtesy of Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, whose debut record Rhízōma was released late last year on Innova. Tune in today at 3 pm for a playlist that ranges from Kaija Saariaho to Japanese composer pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto.

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New Sounds

Cinematic Sounds of Iceland (Special Podcast)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

WNYC

On this New Sounds program, we’ll hear a sampling of works from a concentrated new music hotspot: Iceland.  It’s a scene where rock music, orchestral music and electronics are blended freely and without regard for genre lines.  To get an idea, we’ll hear music by composer/producer Valgeir Sigurdsson, who balances chamber and classical against rock and electronica.  Plus, something from the now San Diego-based Anna Thorvaldsdottir, whose frosty orchestral music seems to invoke a shimmery soundworld of texures, even though it is played using just acoustic instruments on her record, “Rhizoma.”

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New Sounds

Cinematic Sounds of Iceland

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On this New Sounds program, we’ll hear a sampling of works from a concentrated new music hotspot: Iceland.  It’s a scene where rock music, orchestral music and electronics are blended freely and without regard for genre lines.  To get an idea, we’ll hear music by composer/producer Valgeir Sigurdsson, who balances chamber and classical against rock and electronica.  Plus, something from the now San Diego-based Anna Thorvaldsdottir, whose frosty orchestral music seems to invoke a shimmery soundworld of texures, even though it is played using just acoustic instruments on her record, “Rhizoma.”  

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The New Canon

Sonic Stocking Stuffers

Friday, December 09, 2011

The New Canon takes a quick winter break from its weekly live chat listening party, but comes bearing gifts of several new albums bound to jingle your bells.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Anna Thorvaldsdottir's Rhizoma Bridges the Gap Between Mystic and Mythic

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

If, as the adage goes, every snowflake is different, then every note in Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s intricate debut album, Rhizoma, is equally unique. Grab a free download for this week only of the track Hrim.

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