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Dawn of Midi on Tightropes and Intelligible Shapes

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Though New York City's Dawn of Midi resembles a jazz trio, their mechanical, textured music has more in common with post-rockers Tortoise or the pensive electronica of Squarepusher than, say, Miles Davis. Hear their Mixtape today at 3 pm.

 

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New Sounds

Bang on a Can at 25

Monday, August 12, 2013

Bang on a Can, the composers collective and revolutionary force hatched a quarter century ago as a plot in an East Village diner, celebrates a milestone anniversary of creating and presenting new music on this New Sounds show.  The Bang on a Can All-Stars, the resident ensemble of six musicians, give the unofficial US premiere of 3 parts of the suite "Field Recordings," with works by BoaC Co-founder Julia Wolfe, Florent Ghys, and Evan Ziporyn.  Plus works by Bang on a Can's two other co-founders, David Lang and Michael Gordon.

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Hammered!

Pianist-Composer Conrad Tao Hosts Hammered!

Monday, July 08, 2013

For the remainder of July, Q2 Music invites rising composer-pianist Conrad Tao to guest host Hammered! Listen at 10 am weekday mornings for deep-dives into the world of contemporary piano music.

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Mixtapes

Mark Dancigers with Music that Moves

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Composer and electric guitarist Mark Dancigers is Artistic Director of the New York-based NOW Ensemble, for whom he's composed numerous chamber works. His Mixtape includes music by Paul Lansky, Jan Gabarek as well as fellow composer-guitarist Steven Mackey. Listen at 3 pm.

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Hammered!

In Their Own Words

Monday, May 06, 2013

When in doubt return to the source, especially when that source is Elliott Carter, David Lang, or other informed, articulate and engaging promoters of their own music. This week on the program we let the artists do the talking.

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New Sounds

New Releases, April 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

It's that time of the month again for the new releases show on New Sounds. John Schaefer carefully sorts through the stacks of new CDs, Soundcloud files, and the highly anticipated digital submissions which have come across his desk and into his inbox over the past month to present some of the finest new releases. He'll skim off the cream. He'll pick the lentils from the ashes. You get it.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

David Lang Gives Schubert Luminous New Life in 'Death Speaks'

Monday, April 22, 2013

Death Speaks, a song cycle composed by David Lang, is a luminous masterpiece. As restrained and melancholy as a Blue Period Picasso, it enchants on first hearing and sticks in the memory. Stream Lang's complete new album in full all this week. 

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The New Canon

Passing Beyond

Monday, April 22, 2013

This week’s episode of the New Canon features pianist Eve Egoyan's world premiere recordings of posthumous by Ann Southam, and music for brass by Andrew Rindfleisch. We also hear from our album of the week—a cycle of Schubert-inspired songs by David Lang that features performances by Shara Worden and Bryce Dessner.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe's Hard-Rocking Oratorio, 'Shelter'

Monday, April 01, 2013

Pillars of new music in New York—David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe—join forces to create Shelter, a single piece of music, with successive movements in their audibly distinct but closely related styles. Stream the entire album this week. 

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The New Canon

On Shelter, Electricity and Polish String Quartets

Monday, April 01, 2013

This week we hear from a new compilation of contemporary Irish electroacoustic music, a recent recording of Penderecki and Lutoslawski and Ensemble Signal's new take on Shelter.

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Q2 Music

David Lang Hosts 'The Dissonant Show'

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Composer David Lang hosts a two-part series that explores how the breakthroughs of musical abstraction in the years 1910 to 1925 have found renewed voice in the music of today. Music of Julia Wolfe, Arnold Schoenberg and Glenn Branca.

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Q2 Music

David Lang Hosts 'The Consonant Show'

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang hosts a two-part series that teases apart the threads of contemporary music that took inspiration from breakthroughs of 1910-1925. Part One, "The Consonant Show," streams Mar. 6 at 7 pm on Q2 Music.

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New York Now

Listen: Debussy, Reich and Lang at MoMA

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Q2 Music recently presented a live webcast of the sold-out show, "Consonant Abstraction: Claude Debussy and Steve Reich," from the Museum of Modern Art.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

The Polyrhythmic Elegance of Doug Perkins's Simple Songs

Monday, February 11, 2013

Doug Perkins, a co-founder of the quartet So Percussion, releases his solo debut album, featuring works by Nathan Davis, David Lang and Michael Gordon. Listen to the full album stream.

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New Sounds

Bang on a Can PCF Concert 2010, Part III

Sunday, January 06, 2013

For this edition of New Sounds, listen to more highlights from the annual new music extravaganza, recorded live this past June of 2010 at the World Financial Center.  We'll hear the concert version of "Shelter" by founding Bang on a Can composers Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang, as performed by the new music supergroup, Signal, led by Brad Lubman.

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New Sounds

A Crimson Grail

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Paris-based musician and composer Rhys Chatham once played a central role in the development of New York’s downtown music scene with a series of works for LOUD electric guitar.  Now he‘s best-known most recently for high profile productions of his rugged noise symphonies written for hundreds of softly played electric guitars (and basses.)

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New York Now

Listen: David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Last December, Q2 Music presented a live audio webcast of the choral ensemble The Crossing from the Met Museum, in a program that featured David Lang's Pulitzer Prize-winning Little Match Girl Passion.

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New Sounds

David Lang's "love fail"

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Pulitzer-Prize winning composer and one of the three founders of Bang on a Can, David Lang, along with the women of vocal quartet Anonymous 4 join us to preview the work Lang has just written for the group, “love fail.” Like his “Little Match Girl Passion,” the new work centers on the sound of four voices and percussion.  But in the piece, “love fail,” these components are the centerpiece of a multi-media extravaganza, including sound design, lighting design, projections and video, along with clothing and sets.  

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WQXR Blog

David Lang to Hold Carnegie Hall Composer's Chair

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

David Lang, the composer and co-founder of the organization Bang on a Can, has been named the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall for the 2013-2014 season.

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New Sounds

With Donnacha Dennehy

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy joins us to present some recent recordings, featuring Ireland’s leading new music group, the Crash Ensemble, and the sean nos singer Iarla O Lionaird. Inspired by the sean nos tradition, we'll hear Dennehy's "Aisling Gheal" (Bright Vision) together with "AsAnNos." Plus, the Crash Ensemble plays music by David Lang and Terry Riley, along with some of their New Sounds Live concert from Merkin Hall from a few years ago.

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