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New Sounds Live: ETHEL, John King, & Kaki King

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

From the Ecstatic Music Festival, recorded at Merkin Hall, we present a three-pronged collaboration of composer John King, guitarist Kaki King, and the string quartet ETHEL.

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live: Carla Kihlstedt, ICE, Face the Music

Friday, May 16, 2014

For this New Sounds, hear the concert recording of the world premiere of violinist vocalist Carla Kihlstedt's "At Night We Walk In Circles And Are Consumed by Fire."  The work is a collaborative commission with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and inspired by dreams - dreams collected from the band, some of her own, and some solicited through Facebook.  Comprised of nine song-parts, the topics range from meeting one's younger self, to having all of your teeth fall out, and a flying dream.

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New York Now

On-Demand Audio: Timo Andres, Gabriel Kahane, Ted Hearne, Becca Stevens & Nathan Koci

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, we presented a live audio webcast of composer-performers Timo Andres, Gabriel Kahane, Ted Hearne, Becca Stevens and Nathan Koci at the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall.

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live: Carla Kihlstedt, ICE, Face the Music

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

For this New Sounds, hear the concert recording of the world premiere of violinist vocalist Carla Kihlstedt's "At Night We Walk In Circles And Are Consumed by Fire."  The work is a collaborative commission with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and inspired by dreams - dreams collected from the band, some of her own, and some solicited through Facebook.  Comprised of nine song-parts, the topics range from meeting one's younger self, to having all of your teeth fall out, and a flying dream.

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Q2 Music

Ecstatic in February

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Merkin Concert Hall's Ecstatic Music Festival blazes into February with concerts from the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Roomful of Teeth, Newspeak and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society. Listen below to get the perspective of composer and festival curator Judd Greenstein as he continues his series of introductions to this month's imaginative, cross-pollenating pairings, two of which will be Web cast live on Q2 as part of New Sounds Live with WNYC's John Schaefer.

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Nadia Sirota

Ecstatic Salad

Monday, February 07, 2011

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.

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Top 5 @ 105

Top Five New Music Events for a New Year

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

This may be the year of the rabbit, but it also seems to be a great year for contemporary music. Here are the top five new music events sure to generate some heat these winter months.

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