Saturday, August 10, 2013
On Saturday, August 10, Q2 Music at the Proms continued with a performance by the Aurora Orchestra. The ensemble makes its BBC Proms debut with two works by Frank Zappa. Today is the last day to hear the entire show on demand.
Saturday, August 03, 2013
Philip Glass’s piano works have had a longstanding and widespread influence – on the so-called Post-minimalist composers, but also on musicians working in the electronic dance world. One of them is Francesco Tristano, who brings electronica’s repeating motifs back to the piano in his solo piece “The Melody.” We’ll hear that, as well as several of William Duckworth’s “Time Curve Preludes,” often considered the first major Post-minimalist work, and a work from the late Canadian composer Ann Southam directly inspired by Glass’s piano works.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
For this New Sounds, there’s music from Montreal-based musician Colin Stetson on (mostly bass) saxophone without looping or overdubbing. (How DOES he do it?) Stetson’s technique of circular breathing (much like digeridoo players) combined with nearly 20 microphones placed all over a studio- including on Stetson’s throat and on the instruments themselves - created an original palette of sounds, thanks to producer Shahzad Ismaily and engineer Efrim Menuck from Godspeed You! Black Emperor/A Silver Mt Zion. Ben Frost then mixed these tracks into a haunting and riveting record, “New History Warfare Vol. 2 . (Excited note: guest appearances by both Shara Worden and Laurie Anderson.)
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
This New Sounds brings choral works with instrumental accompaniment, featuring music by Michael Gandolfi, Aulis Sallinen and Phil Kline all with string quartet. Plus, music by Richard Einhorn, Philip Glass, and recent Grammy-winner, Eric Whitacre. And more.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
In an encore presentation, Philip Glass's dynamic new drama Kepler, rooted in the life and inspirational ideas of the 17-century mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Philip Glass’s opera “Kepler,” about the German astronomer and mathematician who identified the elliptical orbits of our solar system, was written expressly for Landestheater Linz and Linz09. Glass based his compelling and complex score on the astronomer’s conviction that “without genuine knowledge life is dead.” On this New Sounds, we’ll hear selections from “Kepler” along with music from the Alloy Orchestra.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
We’ll hear a quintessential Philip Glass piece, “Glassworks” (1981) from a live recording made in April of 2010 at the Manhattan venue Le Poisson Rouge. Featuring the super-tight new music all-star ensemble, Signal, conducted by Brad Lubman with keyboardist/composer Michael Riesman, this happens to have been the New York premiere. For this New Sounds, we’ll sample from the six-part work and listen to music by other keyboardist/composers for hybrid ensembles.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
“Einstein on the Beach” is headed to the Library of Congress. On Thursday, the library announced its 25 newest additions to the National Recording Registry.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Adapted from the Naqoyqatsi score and recorded here with cello soloist Matt Haimovitz, Philip Glass's Cello Concerto No. 2, "Naqoyqatsi" gives us the chance to test the durability of the original material. Stream the whole piece this week only.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Daniel Hope has assembled a wide-ranging collection of compositions whose repetitions evoke the recurrent orbits of astral bodies.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang hosts a two-part series that teases apart the threads of contemporary music that took inspiration from breakthroughs of 1910-1925. Part One, "The Consonant Show," streams Mar. 6 at 7 pm on Q2 Music.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Our look at the Four Seasons continues on this New Sounds, with the companion program to last night, geared towards the non-violin centered works that have used the Four Seasons as their launch pad. Again, these are works inspired by the Vivaldi work, including music from an electronic version by Wendy Carlos, a piece by Danish-born, Brooklyn-based saxophonist Rene Mogensen, plus Japanese flute improvisations, and many more.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
For this New Sounds, we’ll take a new look at the Four Seasons - not the Vivaldi work, but instead what it has inspired. There are lots of other composers who have riffed off of that theme, say - Thomas Wilbrandt, Astor Piazzolla, Philip Glass, and Mark O'Connor, to name a few.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Listen to music from Wires Under Tension, a NYC-based band formed by multi-instrumentalist/composer Christopher Tignor and drummer Theo Metz. Their latest creation is called “Replicant, ” and is, yes(!) inspired by Philip K Dick's “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, along with the film adaptation, “Blade Runner.” According to the album’s site, “‘Replicant’ takes on the questions of mechanized identity, the feeling of flawed copies, and the inescapable bummer of being too self-aware.” The music is layer after tasty layer of impossible sounds created by synth, swirls, drum licks, offered up all together as post-rock with grooves.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Listeners have spoken with their clicks! We have the results of this year's poll, and there were some unsurprising contenders (Brian Eno, Philip Glass, and Bang on a Can) who annually make their way onto these lists, as well as a few shockers. The listeners also happened to agree with some of John Schaefer's picks, as aired on last night's show.) Hear the full Listener Poll Top Ten Results tonight.
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
This New Sounds program consists of some mostly wordless vocal pieces, from Philip Glass to Roomful of Teeth, and vocalist and tape loop manipulator, Juliana Barwick. Listen to the Glass score to Koyanisqatsi, and anexcerpt called “Vessels” featuring the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble. Then Roomful of Teeth sings a work by Judd Greenstein working in Tibetan-style overtone/undertone chanting, yodeling, and hocketing.