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Music for Percussion and the Manhattan Bridge

Friday, June 21, 2013

Today at 6:30 pm, join Q2 Music and NPR Music for the world premiere of Archway, a work for So Percussion and multimedia artist Eli Keszler. The event is free and open to the public.

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The Brothers Balliett

Paging Dr. Feldman, Dr. Morton Feldman

Thursday, May 02, 2013

On the fence about American composer Morton Feldman? Let the Brothers Balliett make you a fan with this week's episode featuring quintessential Feldman works. Listen today at 3 pm.

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New Sounds

Abstract Soundscapes - Special Podcast

Friday, January 04, 2013

WNYC

For this New Sounds, listen to some abstract soundscapes from Poland, from Berlin via an Icelandic composer, and from Brooklyn-based musicians as well.  Hear a soundscape from the Berlin-based Icelandic one-woman band Kira Kira, from her record Feathermagnetik.  Also, listen to something from Brooklyn-based electronic artist Laurel Halo, featuring the voice as instrument.  Then, there's a percussion-centric work, "6," one of the number pieces from John Cage (whose 2012 centennial celebrations are still going on), and a percussive soundscape by another Brooklyn-based musician, drummer/composer Tim Kuhl.

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New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program XIII

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

WNYC

To mark what would have been John Cage’s 100th birthday, New Sounds and Q2 Music have been presenting a 1994 series of rare in-studio recordings and interviews with the composer - "John Cage: City Circus," what we thought to be thirteen programs worth.  Except that when we went digging through the archives, we could only come up with twelve.  So here, after many years, and in this John Cage centennial year, is the missing 13th installment - a new show to complete the series.

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New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program XII

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WNYC

Airs 11/21 at 10PM on the Special Stream
For this, the twelfth edition of the John Cage: City Circus programs, listen to the final concert performance by John Cage, recorded by WNYC at Central Park Summerstage, just two weeks before his death in July of 1992.  It was a world premiere of his work, Four6, featuring Cage, vocalist Joan La Barbara, pianist/percussionist Leonard Stein, and percussionist William Winant.

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John Cage: City Circus, Program XI

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

WNYC

Airs 11/21, at 8PM on Q2 Music
In the eleventh of these special City Circus programs, hear a 1982 concert performance of duo piano music by Erik Satie along with Cage’s “Credo in Us” for piano & percussion. Both are from the massive day-long festival, Wall-to-Wall John Cage, recorded at Symphony Space. Also, there’s keyboard music by David Borden for the Mother Mallard Portable Masterpiece Company based on the four letters of Cage’s name, and more.

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New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program X

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

WNYC

For this, the tenth edition of the John Cage: City Circus programs, hear a live performance in our studio of a work by Wendy Mae Chambers for twelve percussionists, written in memory of John Cage.  It's a voodoo tone poem called "Twelve Squared," where the number of movements was chosen by the chance operations of a tarot card reading.  There's also a choral work by Robert Moran, "Seven Sounds Unseen," introspective settings of passages from letters John Cage wrote to Moran, along with music made by the city of Tokyo in Japan.

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New Sounds

Where the Heart Beats

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

From the excellent site, Brain PickingsWhere the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists is the remarkable new intellectual, creative, and spiritual biography of Cage — one of the most influential composers in modern history, whose impact reaches beyond the realm of music and into art, literature, cinema, and just about every other aesthetic and conceptual expression of curiosity about the world, yet also one of history’s most misunderstood artists — fifteen years in the making.  by

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New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program IX

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

WNYC

From the New Sounds archives, this is the ninth program in a series celebrating the life and legacy of John Cage, who would have been 100 this year.  Every Wednesday until the end of November, we’re bringing you these archival “John Cage: CityCircus” programs. For this show, hear a live studio performance by Margaret Leng Tan of Cage's prepared piano music for a 1950 film about the sculptor Alexander Calder.  Plus, music by Erik Satie and more.

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New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program VIII

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WNYC

From the New Sounds archives, this is the eighth program in a series celebrating the life and legacy of John Cage, who would have been 100 this year.  Every Wednesday at 10pm until the end of November, we’re bringing you these archival “John Cage: CityCircus” programs. For this show, listen to an archival WNYC recording of John Cage himself, live from the Kitchen in 1989, performing his reading, “As It Were.” Plus, hear Cage’s masterwork, Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, as performed by Joshua Pierce.

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New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program VII

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WNYC

 For this, the seventh edition of the John Cage: City Circus programs, hear the final radio appearance with John Cage, from July of 1992, just a few weeks before his death.  (This aired originally on the daily music performance show, Around New York.)  In this interview, Cage talks about the connection that his music shares with Erik Satie’s, and pianist Michael Torre performs live in the studio. 

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New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program VI

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

WNYC

In the sixth of these special City Circus programs, listen to a show based around Cage’s connection to Japan and fascination with things Japanese, like Haiku poetry, Zen Buddhism, and traditional Japanese instruments.  Listen to a WNYC recording of a live performance on traditional Japanese instruments of Cage’s work “Ryoanji” inspired by the famous rock garden in Japan.

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New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program XIII

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

To mark what would have been John Cage’s 100th birthday, New Sounds and Q2 Music have been presenting a 1994 series of rare in-studio recordings and interviews with the composer - "John Cage: City Circus," what we thought to be thirteen programs worth.  Except that when we went digging through the archives, we could only come up with twelve.  So here, after many years, and in this John Cage centennial year, is the missing 13th installment - a new show to complete the series. 

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New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program V

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

WNYC

Airs 8PM, Wednesday, 10/10 on the Q2 Music stream.
For this show, the fifth in the John Cage: City Circus series, hear words and music by John Cage. From an entire program of "Singing Through John Cage," recorded live at Central Park Summerstage in July of 1992, just a month before Cage died that August, vocalist Joan La Barbara performs Cage's setting of a text by e.e. cummings. Also, the Dutch ensemble The Barton Workshop performs Cage's "Music for Six," where each player is an individual, reacting personally to pitches in a time frame and not to one another.

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New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program IV

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

WNYC

For this show, the fourth in the John Cage: City Circus series, listen to music from a tribute double album collection of John Cage pieces performed by friends, colleagues, and admirers called, “A Chance Operation.” Laurie Anderson tells Merce Cunningham tales, Percussionist/composer David Van Tieghem contributed “Living Room Music,” and bass player Robert Black performs a work by Larry Austin.  

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New Sounds

John Cage: @100 "City Circus" Show Schedule

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WNYC

The series, "John Cage: City Circus," thirteen programs celebrating the composer's life and legacy, will air on both WNYC's SPECIAL Stream at 10PM and on Q2 Music at 8PM on Wednesdays.  Full schedule:

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New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program II

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WNYC

For this New Sounds, there's more music from the influential and infamous composer John Cage, as part of his centennial celebration. 100 years old today.  Hear a 1977 performance of "Dream" by John Cage himself recorded live in Woodstock.  There's also a co-composition by Lou Harrison and John Cage, music by Henry Cowell, and more.

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New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program 1

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

For this New Sounds, hear music from the radical, innovative, mischievous, inventive, and influential John Cage, the notorious sound-experimenter, subscriber to chance, mycology aficionado, and player of chess. He would have been 100 years old today.  Listen to one of his pieces that creates space and stasis, “In a Landscape,” from a 1991 in-studio performance by Margaret Leng-Tan.

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The New Canon

Music Married to Rhythm

Monday, August 27, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we sample new recordings of works by Bartók, Balakirev, Beata Moon, and Philip Glass. We also go in-depth with MSR Classics’s John Cage: A Tribute, a compendium of historic re-releases of the composer’s canon in celebration of his centennial. It’s our Album of the Week.

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New Sounds

Abstract Soundscapes

Friday, August 24, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to some abstract soundscapes from Poland, from Berlin via an Icelandic composer, and from Brooklyn-based musicians as well.  Hear a soundscape from the Berlin-based Icelandic one-woman band Kira Kira, from her record Feathermagnetik.  Also, listen to something from Brooklyn-based electronic artist Laurel Halo, featuring the voice as instrument.  Then, there's a percussion-centric work, "6," one of the number pieces from John Cage (who would have been 100 next month), and a percussive soundscape by another Brooklyn-based musician, drummer/composer Tim Kuhl. 

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