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Gig Alert: The Howlin' Brothers

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Foot-stomping string players perform at City Winery as part of the Hudson Square Music and Wine Fest. Download 'Night & Day.'

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Meet the Composer

Launch Party and Concert: Donnacha Dennehy

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Donnacha Dennehy's piano trio Bulb opened the Meet the Composer Launch Party and Concert on Tuesday, June 24. Pianist Vicky Chow, cellist Ashley Bathgate and violinist Todd Reynolds performed the overtone-directed piece before host Nadia Sirota spoke with Dennehy via Skype. 

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Meet the Composer

Launch Party and Concert: Andrew Norman

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Andrew Norman's Peculiar Strokes for string quartet, a series of miniatures with titles like "Up," "Down" and "Spread," contrast his somewhat-signature, grand tangles of sound for large ensembles. They exhibit the same focused energy, though—hear excerpts performed by the Attacca Quartet as well as Norman's explanation of their experimental inception. 

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Meet the Composer

Launch Party and Concert: Marcos Balter

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Composer Marcos Balter knew it was love at first sight when he heard flutist Claire Chase perform for the first time. After becoming friends, Balter wrote Pessoa for Chase, a piece for bass flute and electronics that opens a cavern of dark sound. Check out his on-stage interview with Nadia Sirota and Chase's expert performance of the work from the Meet the Composer launch party. 

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Meet the Composer

Launch Party and Concert: John Luther Adams

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Red Arc / Blue Veil by John Luther Adams, the subject of the first episode of Meet the Composer, is a piece that defies its small instrumentation. For piano, mallet percussion and processed sounds, the piece occupies space with gradually-evolving sonic sheets. Before listening to the piece, hear about Adams's move to New York after 40 years in Alaska in his on-stage interview with Nadia Sirota. 

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Meet the Composer

Launch Party and Concert: Caroline Shaw

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Caroline Shaw, the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, ACME violinist and Roomful of Teeth vocalist, is featured in Meet the Composer Episode Four. Listen to Nadia Sirota interview Shaw about her multi-faceted musician life and her piece in manus tuas for solo cello and hear cellist Hannah Collins perform the work. 

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On-Demand Video: Meet the Composer Launch Party and Concert

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Q2 Music celebrated the launch of its inaugural podcast, Meet the Composer, on Tuesday, June 24 at 7 pm with a music party in The Greene Space at WQXR. Watch on-demand video of the show. 

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Soundcheck

San Fermin: Live At RadioLoveFest

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Hear the exuberant chamber pop band play for Soundcheck at Brooklyn's BAM Harvey Theater.

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Soundcheck

Russell Simmons On 30 Years Of Def Jam; Summer Of '94 Quiz; San Fermin Plays At BAM

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

In this episode: Russell Simmons is the entrepreneur and entertainment mogul who co-founded Def Jam Records among a plethora of other highly successful business ventures. It’s his first visit to our studio, but not to our address: 160 Varick Street was Def Jam’s home in the mid-1990s. Simmons shares some memories from those days and reflects on 30 years of Def Jam.

Then: Take a look and listen back 20 years, to the summer of 1994, with a short quiz recorded live at Soundcheck's event at the BAM Harvey Theater as part of RadioLoveFest in June.

And: Hear the exuberant chamber pop band San Fermin perform a high energy set at BAM from RadioLoveFest.

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New Sounds

Musical Portraits of the English Landscape

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to musical portraits of the rolling hills and little lanes of the English countryside, and the English fascination with landscape.  There’s music from a recent recording by English sax player, clarinetist and composer John Surman,“Saltash Bells.” Built around loops of synth tones, the work is an audio reminiscence of hearing bells ringing from the church across the river.  Also, listen to a portion of an early work from Mike Oldfield, “Hergest Ridge," named after an elongated hill on English/Welsh border.  Also, listen to music from Brian Eno and Jocelyn Pook.  Plus music by Michael Nyman from “Drowning By Numbers.”

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New York Now

On-Demand Audio: 'Andriessen 75' Festival Brings Composer's Opera to D.C.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The first concert of "Andriessen 75," the week-long celebration of Louis Andriessen's 75th birthday held in Washington D.C. this April.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

New Yorker critics on Jeff Koons, Brian Eno, Orange is the New Black, and Louie.

Monday, June 30, 2014

New Yorker critics on Jeff Koons, Brian Eno, Orange is the New Black, and Louie.

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Metropolis: 6/28/14

Monday, June 30, 2014

This week's mix features lots of new electronic favorites, including a new track from Grimes.

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World Cafe Next: Heaven's Jail

Monday, June 30, 2014

Bred in Brooklyn and produced by Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck, Heaven's Jail makes "sensitive but not sappy" indie rock with some unlikely influences.

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KEXP Presents: Hurray For The Riff Raff

Monday, June 30, 2014

The dark Americana band taps into the legacies of everyone from Woody Guthrie to Bikini Kill. Hear Hurray for the Riff Raff perform the somber "Everybody Knows" live from the KEXP studios in Seattle.

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WQXR Blog

One Last Curtain Call for New York Philharmonic Concertmaster

Monday, June 30, 2014

After 6,033 performances, 219 solo appearances and 34 years, Glenn Dicterow took his final bows with the orchestra on Saturday night.

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Belgian Singer Stromae Hopes To Bring French Flair To The U.S.

Monday, June 30, 2014

The dance music sensation is about to tour America, and many venues are already sold out. Host Michel Martin speaks to the pop star about how life has influenced his music.

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Studio 360

Music and Lyrics

Monday, June 30, 2014

June Update: I’m excited to report that Jenrose Fitzgerald and I are working on mostly original material. I am feeling more confident about singing and trusting of my voice. I am continuing the work to improve my range and technique. But my main focus is songwriting, arranging, and playing guitar.​

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The Takeaway

How Modernity Began 100 Years Ago

Monday, June 30, 2014

The year 1914 is most often associated with the start of World War I, but it was also a year of incredible social and artistic change. Animation was invented, blues music went mainstream, Charlie Chaplin defined the golden age of silent films - and culture was changed forever. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Pleasures of Print and Jazz

Monday, June 30, 2014

David Lewis, the producer and director of "The Pleasures of Being Out of Step", discusses his new documentary following the life and journey of Nat Hentoff, a jazz journalist who documented and lived some of the most significant political and cultural changes of the last generation.  Long-time guest Hentoff, now a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, joins in to talk about how he went from jazz to free speech to the contradictions of being an "atheist pro-lifer."

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