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Top Five Works about New York City by its Composers

Thursday, July 12, 2012

From Leonard Bernstein's navy musical to Reich's evocation of downtown bustle, here are five great works New York composers have written about the Big Apple.

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Ensemble ACJW Live: Bach, Lang and Andriessen

Saturday, May 26, 2012

For their season finale concert in April, Ensemble ACJW presented a set of unlikely juxtapositions, pairing arrangements of Bach by violinist-composer Caleb Burhans with selections from 20th and 21st century composers.

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New Sounds

Bang on a Can at 25

Friday, April 27, 2012

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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New Sounds

Violin and Cello Plus

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Listen to works for violin and cello, with electronics and without, or with piano or voice on this New Sounds.  There's music from Princeton-based composer Frances White, "The Old Rose Reader" for violin, voice, video animation, and electronics.  It's a romantic work containing stories about all varieties of roses, some famous for having been grown in Empress Josephine's garden at Malmaison.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Bang on a Can Celebrates its Silver Anniversary with a Gold Standard

Saturday, March 03, 2012

It's a big (and beautiful, perhaps scary but far from dark) year for Bang on a Can, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. True to form, the cabal's All-Stars have heralded the birthday in style with this rollicking two-disc set. Read on for more and to snag a free download, this week only, of Matt Damon.

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Q2 Music

Michael Gordon: A Rare Balance of Exquisite Distortion

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Bang on a Can collective—Michael Gordon, wife Julia Wolfe, and fellow Martin Bresnick student David Lang—took a shared fascination with modernist dissonance, minimalist process, and rock volume, and turned it into a new kind of New York institution. They founded festivals and a record label, and collectively composed evening-length works like the oratorio Lost Objects (2001) and the opera Carbon Copy Building (1999).

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Michael Gordon's Decasia: Live from World Financial Center Winter Garden

Friday, February 03, 2012

On Friday at 7:30 pm, enjoy a live Webcast of composer Michael Gordon's live scores to the silent films of acclaimed American filmmaker Bill Morrison.

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New Sounds

Scoring Bill Morrison

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Listen to some of the musical scores for Bill Morrison's silent films on this New Sounds program.  There’s a mix of brass ensemble & electronics in Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score to “The Miners’ Hymns,” a documentary that depicts an ill-fated mining community in England. One "can almost hear the cavernous mineshafts and their ominous heritage in the brutal electronic treatments, and hear the creaking, crumbling landscapes beneath the haunting brass." (Boomkat)

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New Sounds Live

Silent Film Series

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

WNYC

New Sounds Live Silent Film Series
Live performances by two celebrated new-music orchestras: The Wordless Music Orchestra performs Jóhann Jóhannsson's score to Bill Morrison’s The Miners’ Hymns, and The Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble performs Michael Gordon's score for Morrison’s masterpiece Decasia.

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New Sounds

Happy Birthday, Emily Dickinson

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Today is poet Emily Dickinson’s birthday. We’ll hear songs by the Sandpaper Dolls, Michael Gordon, John Adams, Simon & Garfunkel, David Sylvian, and Two Loons For Tea, all using Dickinson texts or inspired by the life of the reclusive 19th century writer.

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New Sounds

Tribute to John Lennon

Thursday, December 08, 2011

On this date, the anniversary of John Lennon’s death, New Sounds celebrates the influence that Lennon had outside his sphere.  We’ll hear music by Vijay Iyer, his "re-imagining" of "Imagine,” and Canadian electric guitarist/composer Tim Brady’s “Strumming: homage à John Lennon.”  Of the many homages, we’ll also hear a lovely meditation for piano and cello built around the chord sequence from John Lennon’s “Imagine,” from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis.

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Nadia Sirota

The Electric and Kinetic Sound World of Michael Gordon

Monday, November 07, 2011

As WQXR presents Beethoven Awareness Month, Q2 Music spotlights today's most distinct and inventive compositional voices. This week Nadia Sirota focuses on the music of Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon

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New Sounds

Responsorium 9/11

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Listen to music written in response to the 9/11 attacks.  Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Steve Reich and John Adams each used an almost documentary approach to the events of 9/11; we’ll hear excerpts from both.  Michael Gordon’s “The Sad Park” is built on recordings of young children in the playground on Chambers Street, two blocks from the World Financial Center, describing that morning.  And Robert Moran’s new “Trinity Requiem” was written for the nearby Trinity Church choir.  We’ll hear excerpts from those pieces as well on this New Sounds. 

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New Sounds

Responsorium 9/11

Sunday, September 11, 2011

WNYC

Listen to Pulitzer-prize winning John Adams’ - “On the Transmigration of Souls,” written for the first anniversary of the attacks.  Then there's Michael Gordon’s “The Sad Park,” made from the electronically manipulated voices of children who witnessed the World Trade Center attack, and premiered in September of 2006.  Plus, an excerpt from Robert Moran’s brand-new “Trinity Requiem,” featuring the Trinity Youth Chorus.   

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The New Canon

Working It

Monday, September 05, 2011

The New Canon may be taking a break from a live chat this week in honor of Labor Day, but that doesn't mean we're not slacking off from giving you three new releases that really work. Join me for a preview of new releases from Slagwerk den Haag playing Michael Gordon as well cellist-vocalist Jody Redhage playing Missy Mazzoli and Derek Muro.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Michael Gordon's 'Timber' Speaks Softly and Carries a Loud Stick

Sunday, August 28, 2011

How exactly do you keep a composition for six 2'x4's from sounding stiff? Find out how Michael Gordon does just that, and get a free download from his new CD this week only.

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WQXR Features

Decade 9/11: Responses in Classical Music

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Writing a piece about a major disaster, war or other crisis is one of the bigger challenges a composer may face. In this guide to pieces about September 11, we explore how every composer faced a specific hurdle and how they arrived at a given solution.

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Cued Up

Look & Listen Festival 2011: Opening Night

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Recorded this past May at the Chelsea Art Museum, the 10th annual Look & Listen Festival hit the ground running with a comprehensive opening night program of contemporary art music by Michael Gordon, Phillip Glass, Julia Wolfe, Sofia Gubaidulina, Jason Treuting and Jan Radzynski. This is the first of four concerts from the recent 2011 edition, and you can hear the rest throughout the month of August, every Sunday right here on Cued Up.

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New Sounds

Beethoven, Bruckner, and Mahler. Sort of.

Friday, July 15, 2011

For this New Sounds, we'll hear "ReWriting Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony" by Michael Gordon, along with music from Uri Caine where he takes on Mahler - "Urlicht/Primal Light."  Plus, hear Mary Jane Leach's "Bruckstuck," and more.

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Top 5 @ 105

Top Five Power Marriages

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Now that Kate and Will are a certified married couple, we look at some fruitful unions within classical music royalty with the Top 5 @ 105 power marriages.

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