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Concerts from the Library of Congress

Listen: Stephen Hartke's 'Netsuke' in World Premiere by Members of Eighth Blackbird

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Members of Eighth Blackbird give the world premiere of Stephen Hartke's "Netsuke" in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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Top 5 @ 105

Top 5 Cheekiest Classical Album Titles

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Most classical album covers consist of three things: The artist, the work and the composer. So when something comes out that breaks away from the norm, it creates attention.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Glenn Kotche's Colorful, Infectiously Rhythmic 'Adventureland'

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Adventureland" is the latest release from Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and features music for the Kronos Quartet, Gamelan Galak Tika, and "two pianos vs. percussion." 

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New Sounds

Happy Birthday, Steve Reich

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich, one of the founding fathers of minimalism, and one whose influence is vast and wide over rockers, electronic musicians, choreographers and visual artists, also dubbed "the hippest composer alive," (Schaefer, 2006) celebrates his birthday today.  To mark the occasion, we'll hear an hour devoted to Steve Reich & his music - the less well-known pieces.

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New Sounds

New Music Youngsters

Sunday, June 23, 2013

On this New Sounds, listen to some of the central players of the indie-chamber, or indie-classical "scene."  We'll hear from yMusic, a new music group who can move between folk, classical, and indie quite effortlessly.  We'll hear music from their latest recording, a demo of Gabriel Kahane's song cycle, “For the Union Dead,” (music by Gabriel Kahane, words by Robert Lowell), along with music from the ACME ensemble, recorded live.  Plus, another live recording from the New Sounds Live concert series at Merkin Hall featuring the 8-person strong group, Newspeak.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Fred Lerdahl's Mania for Order

Monday, June 10, 2013

On its surface, the history of modern classical music is about chaos and an explosion of style. But one of the strongest through-lines of the past century has been a mania for order. Volume 4 of Bridge Records's "The Music of Fred Lerdahl" is a case in point.

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Mixtapes

Eighth Blackbird's Rough-and-Ready Free-for-All

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird keeps a busy concert schedule, including premieres from Aaron Jay Kernis, Bryce Dessner and Steve Mackey in 2013 alone. Listen to their "free-for-all" Mixtape.

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Mixtapes

Order Never Mattered: Andy Akiho

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The music of rising composer Andy Akiho has been performed by Eighth Blackbird, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Ethel String Quartet. His mixtape features pieces from Debussy to Feldman.

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The New Canon

Music of Other Worlds

Monday, November 05, 2012

This week on The New Canon, we sample new recordings of works by the Brooklyn-based new-music darling Missy Mazzoli, sound recordist Paul Corely and Virginia-based composer Benjamin Broening.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Eighth Blackbird Brings Adès, Hartke and Etezady to Life

Monday, October 01, 2012

The prominent new music sextet called eighth blackbird performs music by Stephen Hartke, Thomas Ades, John Adams and Missy Mazzoli, featuring instruments like the flexatone and harmonica.

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The New Canon

Barbara Monk Feldman and Eighth Blackbird

Monday, October 01, 2012

This week on The New Canon, we hear premiere recordings of works by Barbara Monk Feldman, as well as a new album by the Chicago-based Eighth Blackbird.

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New Sounds

Look & Listen Festival 2010

Sunday, September 09, 2012

From the Look & Listen Festival at the Chelsea Art Museum, two acoustic works by composers who often work in electronic music. The JACK Quartet plays the NY premiere of “Contritus” by Caleb Burhans; and eighth blackbird performs “Still Life with Avalanche” by Missy Mazzoli. Plus, music by Hannah Lash, performed by the JACK quartet and Jade Simmons playing a work by John Corigliano.

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New Sounds

New Music Youngsters

Thursday, June 21, 2012

On this New Sounds, listen to some of the central players of the indie-chamber, or indie-classical "scene."  We'll hear from yMusic, a new music group who can move between folk, classical, and indie quite effortlessly.  We'll hear music from their latest recording, a demo of Gabriel Kahane's song cycle, “For the Union Dead,” (music by Gabriel Kahane, words by Robert Lowell), along with music from the ACME ensemble, recorded live.  Plus, another live recording from the most recent New Sounds Live concert at Merkin Hall featuring the 8-person strong group, Newspeak.

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Nadia Sirota

Powerful vs. Powerless

Monday, February 20, 2012

Stravinsky famously said: "Music is, by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all." Q2's Nadia Sirota doesn't buy it: "It seems totally out of place given the way his music moves me."

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Eighth Blackbird in Flight at Miller Theatre

Thursday, November 24, 2011

This second performance of the SONiC Festival, titled Fractured Jams, featured the Chicago-based ensemble eighth blackbird performing works by Dan Visconti, Timothy Andres, Bruno Mantovani, Amy Beth Kirsten, Caleb Burhans and Fabien Svensson. In addition to being one of three NYC premieres, Bruno Mantovani’s Chamber Concert No. 2 was an eighth blackbird commission.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Eighth Blackbird Shacks Up in 'Lonely Motel'

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Can one call recording that is selections from a larger theater work a “concept album?” Or is such a term redundant when every theatrical recording is more or less conceptual in its inherent unifying themes? Read on for more about an album at the center of this debate, and grab a free download for this week only of the track Addiction.

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New Sounds

Look & Listen Festival 2010

Monday, September 12, 2011

From the Look & Listen Festival at the Chelsea Art Museum, two acoustic works by composers who often work in electronic music. The JACK Quartet plays the NY premiere of “Contritus” by Caleb Burhans; and eighth blackbird performs “Still Life with Avalanche” by Missy Mazzoli. 

 

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Nadia Sirota

Powerful vs. Powerless

Monday, May 16, 2011

New York is still bustling with festivals, festivals, festivals! This week in particular, there's some impressive programming courtesy of one of our favorite chamber ensembles, eighth blackbird. The versatile sextet has set up a short festival, called Tune-In beginning this Wednesday at the Park Ave Armory, based on Stravinsky's famous quote: "Music is, by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all.”

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The New Canon

Wild Reich

Monday, April 25, 2011

Bang on a Can co-founder and Pulitzer laureate David Lang joins us on Monday at 4pm (along with several surprise guests!) to talk about Steve Reich and his uncanny ability to "unleash the hidden and locked-up power of the sounds between the sounds.”

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    New Sounds

    New Music Youngsters

    Thursday, March 10, 2011

    On this New Sounds, listen to some of the central players of the indie-chamber, or indie-classical "scene."  We'll hear from yMusic, a new music group who can move between folk, classical, and indie quite effortlessly.  We'll hear music from their latest recording, a demo of Gabriel Kahane's song cycle, “For the Union Dead,” (music by Gabriel Kahane, words by Robert Lowell), along with music from the ACME ensemble, recorded live.  Plus, another live recording from the most recent New Sounds Live concert at Merkin Hall featuring the 8-person strong group, Newspeak. 

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