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Hammered!

Piano Bands

Monday, August 12, 2013

This week, pianist David Friend continues his Hammered! residency with music for multiple pianos, featuring performances from the British piano sextet Piano Circus, as well as Friend's own piano sextet Grand Band. Listen weekdays at 10 am for music by Steve Reich, Kevin Volans and more.

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New Sounds

Kronos Quartet at 40

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Founding violinist of Kronos Quartet, David Harrington joins John Schaefer to take a retrospective look at 40 years of musical adventure. Harrington recounts stories, including their very first commission (paid to the composer in coffee and donuts), meeting John Zorn at a New York City noodle restaurant, convincing Steve Reich to write for string quartet, and first meeting their frequent composer-collaborator, “Father of Minimalism” Terry Riley.

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Q2 Music

The First Time I Heard The Rite of Spring

Friday, May 24, 2013

Listen to some of today's leading composers and musicians as well as your favorite NY Public Radio hosts weigh in on the first time they heard The Rite of Spring, as part of Q2 Music's Rite of Spring Fever centennial celebration.

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Mixtapes

Eighth Blackbird's Rough-and-Ready Free-for-All

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird keeps a busy concert schedule, including premieres from Aaron Jay Kernis, Bryce Dessner and Steve Mackey in 2013 alone. Listen to their "free-for-all" Mixtape.

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New Sounds

Gamelan-Inspired Music

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Hear some gamelan-influenced music, some with interlocking metallic percussion orchestras from just about everywhere but Indonesia on this New Sounds show.

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New York Now

Listen: Debussy, Reich and Lang at MoMA

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Q2 Music recently presented a live webcast of the sold-out show, "Consonant Abstraction: Claude Debussy and Steve Reich," from the Museum of Modern Art.

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New Sounds

Classical Rock Bands

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Music by Steve Reich on this New Sounds - a piece of classical music for a rock band - his "2 x 5," from a new recording.  There's also music for electric guitar in a chamber music setting by Canadian composer Tim Brady, inspired by Dmitri Shostakovich, "Hocket, Canon, Fugue."  Plus, listen to a work for a hybrid electro-acoustic ensemble by Paola Prestini.

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New Sounds

When Words Don't Matter

Thursday, November 15, 2012

For this New Sounds, hear a hypnotic work of vocal layers from the electronic duo Matmos, “Just Waves,” from their Ganzfeld EP, a concept record based on their own telepathic experiments.  Throughout the progression of the work, these ebbing and flowing voices -Matmos (M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel) together with three other singers: Dan Deacon, Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors), and Clodagh Simonds (Fovea Hex)-  speak-sing the transcripts of the psychic session material in pitched clusters, until the sensations described in the experiment are shaped back into one single phrase about the “triangle at the top.”

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New Sounds

Music That Revolves Around Poetry

Monday, September 24, 2012

This New Sounds offers a new take on Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, with the composer’s own poems in new musical settings by Uri Caine and a modern English translation sung by Theo Bleckmann.  Originally, Vivaldi wrote that most famous set of four concertos based on his Italian sonnets about each of the seasons.  Listen to the re-working, along with other poetry set to music, including settings from Korean poetry by Sunny Kim.  There's also music by Harold Budd and Steve Reich, to name a few. 

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New Sounds

Responsorium 9/11

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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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Q2 Music Live Concerts

On-Demand Audio: Steve Reich's Complete String Quartets

Monday, August 20, 2012

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music presents a live audio- and videocast of the sold-out concert of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble performing the complete string quartets of Steve Reich at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

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New Sounds

"Shift" and Remixes

Friday, July 27, 2012

For this New Sounds, we’ll listen to a rendering of of Steve Reich’s early classic piece, “Drumming” by the music producer Chris Hughes (Tears for Fears, Adam & the Ants) from a reissue of the well-kept “secret” 1994 record, "Shift."   It’s an homage to Reich, where Hughes reworks “Drumming,” shifting its interlocking patterns and their evolutions to different sound sources – mesmerizing gamelan sequences, and loops and other melodic percussion.

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Top 5 @ 105

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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New Sounds

New Speech-Based Music

Saturday, June 16, 2012

For this New Sounds, sample some new music from Holland, featuring JacobTV, the controversial ex-rock musician who has become one of the Continent’s most exciting composers.  His works incorporate the sounds of American mass media and pop culture as well as acoustic instruments.

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New Sounds

WNYC Commissions

Sunday, January 15, 2012

For this New Sounds, we'll hear the early music vocal group Anonymous 4 performing works commissioned by WNYC by both Richard Einhorn and Steve Reich.  Richard Einhorn’s “A Carnival of Miracles,” an exploration of different kinds of freedoms - religious, scientific, artistic, cultural, sexual, and political - was composed for A4 and 2 cellos.  The title refers to the medieval idea of Carnival, a time when the social order is ritually upended and all is allowed.

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New Sounds

Classical Rock Bands

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Music by Steve Reich on this New Sounds - a piece of classical music for a rock band - his "2 x 5," from a new recording.  There's also music for electric guitar in a chamber music setting by Canadian composer Tim Brady, inspired by Dmitri Shostakovich, "Hocket, Canon, Fugue."  Plus, listen to a work for a hybrid electro-acoustic ensemble by Paola Prestini.

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Cued Up

‘Tis a Season of Birthdays

Sunday, October 09, 2011

To close off our week-long Maximum Reich 2.0 festival, on Sunday at 2 p.m., Cued Up is raising the champagne glass to some of the composer's most compelling and blissful chamber music.

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Nadia Sirota

Happy Birthday 2 Us!

Monday, October 03, 2011

I am pretty astonished that Q2 Music is turning two this coming Sunday! It seems like so recently that we folks sat down in a room and brainstormed about the ideal internet locale for all things new and awesome. On the other hand, looking at all of the great Q2 Music content, the hundred-some live concerts, the great shows we've developed and the fabulous guests we've had, I'm shocked we've been able to cram all that into a mere two years! So I guess our being age two feels just about right.

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Hammered!

It's My Party And I'll Phase If I Want To

Monday, October 03, 2011

The eternally youthful, endlessly listenable Steve Reich turns three-quarters of a century young on Monday and Hammered! is joining the group hug. Tune in 11 am and 11 pm all week for a celebration of Reich's keyboard and ensemble music.

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New Sounds

Steve Reich at 75

Monday, October 03, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich, one of the founding fathers of minimalism, and one whose influence is vast and wide over rockers, electronic musicians, choreographers and visual artists, also dubbed "the hippest composer alive," (Schaefer, 2006) celebrates his 75th birthday today.  In honor of this milestone, we'll hear an hour devoted to Steve Reich & his music - the less well-known pieces.  

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