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Piano Plus - Mostly

Friday, April 24, 2015

On this New Sounds program, piano music. Hear the piano in more and less traditional contexts, including a reworked version of Philip Glass's "Trilogy Sonata."

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New Sounds

Music for Christmas Eve

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Listen to music of the season this Christmas Eve, New-Sounds Style, with banjo, zither and theremin, piano insides, plus viola and electronics...in the service of some holiday classics. 

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: Q2 Music Celebrates the Best of New Music in 2014

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Q2 Music held a star-studded celebration of some of the year’s most riveting and gorgeous new-music recordings, hosted by Meet the Composer's Nadia Sirota.

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Meet the Composer

Marcos Balter: Failure Is an Option

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Called "whimsical" and "surreal" by The New York Times, Marcos Balter is writing music that has made its way into the repertoires of some of the most influential musicians today.

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Meet the Composer

Donnacha Dennehy: Composing With Frequency

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

After a slightly weird start to his study with Gérard Grisey in Paris, Donnacha Denney moved to Amsterdam, where the composer Louis Andriessen changed his life forever.

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Meet the Composer

Andrew Norman: Better Living Through Architecture

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Andrew Norman has followed a winding artistic path that nearly landed him in the architecture world. Lucky for us, he kept writing music. Tune in Tuesday at 7 pm on Q2 Music to find out why.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Richard Reed Parry Taps Performers' Inner Metronomes in 'Music for Heart and Breath'

Monday, July 21, 2014

Richard Reed Parry, a composer and member of the rock band Arcade Fire, writes classical compositions based the actual pulse of the performers themselves. Stream his "Music for Heart and Breath" all this week. 

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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: 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: 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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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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New Sounds

Electroacoustic: Going for Baroque

Monday, June 16, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to a number of electroacoustic works featuring strings; viola, cello, and violin.  Check out violist Nadia Sirota's 2013 record, "Baroque," with a dark, extreme piece by Paul Corley and motoric music from Missy Mazzoli.  Then there's music by Steve Reich for cellist Maya Beiser, his 2003 "Cello Counterpoint."  Also, hear chamber music by Anna Clyne from her record, "Blue Moth," involving a music box that plays "Sakura."  Plus, cello music for Jody Redhage by Paula Matthusen, and more.

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New Sounds

Music for Viola

Friday, April 04, 2014

Besides drummer jokes, there might be almost as many viola jokes tied for the lead in musical humor.  We'll put all that aside for this New Sounds program, where the viola takes center stage, not necessarily as a solo instrument in a concerto or a chamber setting.  Hear new works for viola, some for viola & electronics, and viola d'amore.  From a forthcoming record by new music champion Nadia Sirota, listen to a piece by Missy Mazzoli, "Tooth And Nail."

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New Sounds

Piano Plus - Mostly

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hear piano music, with and without electronics on this New Sounds program.  Listen to the “Trilogy Sonata” – music from the so-called “portrait operas” by Philip Glass, reworked by Paul Barnes, and performed by pianist Jeremy Limb.  The sonata is in three parts, containing music from “Einstein on the Beach,” music from "Akhnaten," (about the Egyptian pharaoh), and “Satyagraha,” (about Mahatma Gandhi.)

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

James McVinnie's Dazzling 'Cycles' Showcases the Music of Nico Muhly

Monday, August 05, 2013

James McVinnie's debut on the Bedroom Community label offers up nearly an hour of new organ music from composer Nico Muhly that ranges from standalone prelude-stunners to a cycle of Anglican Common Prayer hymns. Stream it in full all this week.

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New York Now

Listen: Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nadia Sirota

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hear Icelandic composer-producer Valgeir Sigurðsson and new-music violist Nadia Sirota as recorded live in concert on Mar. 27 at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Violist Nadia Sirota Puts the 'Rock' in 'Baroque'

Monday, March 25, 2013

Violist Nadia Sirota’s deeply engrossing new album puts the “rock” in “Baroque” with new works by Nico Muhly, Shara Worden, Daníel Bjarnason and more. Stream the entire album this week only. 

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The New Canon

What's Baroque is New Again

Monday, March 25, 2013

On this week's episode of the New Canon, we sample Labor Records new compilation of Central and Eastern European music that uses graphic notation, percussionist Justin Dehart's solo album "Strange Paths" and our current album of the week: Nadia Sirota's "Baroque."

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New Sounds

Electroacoustic: Going for Baroque

Monday, March 11, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to a number of electroacoustic works featuring strings; viola, cello, and violin.  Check out violist Nadia Sirota's latest, "Baroque," with a dark, extreme piece by Paul Corley and motoric music from Missy Mazzoli.  Then there's music by Steve Reich for cellist Maya Beiser, his 2003 "Cello Counterpoint."  Also, hear chamber music by Anna Clyne from her record, "Blue Moth," involving a music box that plays "Sakura."  Plus, cello music for Jody Redhage by Paula Matthusen, and more.

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