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Celebrating Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New Sounds celebrates Earth Day, featuring composers who use the sounds of the natural world to make music that belongs not just to humanity, but to the whole planet.

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live: Happy 80th Birthday Terry Riley

Thursday, April 09, 2015

From the Ecstatic Music Festival, recorded at Merkin Hall, Marco Benevento, Travis Laplante, Emily Wells, Lorna Dune & Gyan Riley celebrate minimalist composer Terry Riley's birthday.

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New York Now

Listen: All-Star 80th Birthday Celebration for Terry Riley

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March 18 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music presented a live audio stream of Terry Riley's 80th Birthday Concert, live from the Ecstatic Music Festival. Listen to the entire show on demand.

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New York Now

Listen: Pianist Sarah Cahill Plays Terry Riley

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jan 29, pianist Sarah Cahill celebrated the 80th birthday year of iconic minimalist Terry Riley with a program of pieces written in his honor. Listen to the entire show.

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New Sounds

40 Years (and more) of Kronos Quartet

Friday, November 28, 2014

Founding violinist of Kronos Quartet, David Harrington joins John Schaefer to take a retrospective look at 40 years of musical adventure.

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New Sounds

Electronic Places

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hear electronic works on this New Sounds from three different countries - Iceland, Germany, and America, and about very specific places - Copenhagen, Milan, Borodino, near Moscow, the Okeefenokee Swamp, and an American piece about a French zoo.  Listen to electroacoustic wizard and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score from an impressionistic documentary film by director Max Kestner, along with ethereal music from Sigur Ros.  There’s also music from Apparat, which is the stage name of German electronic musician Sascha Ring.  Plus, hear music from pioneering electronic musicians Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin, from their recent “Instrumental Tourist,” and more.

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New Sounds

Delay Music

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Listen to music built around the sound of delay, both digital and tape looping on this New Sounds program.  We’ll hear from the most recent offering by Phillip Schroeder, “A Passage Through A Dream.”  It’s a record featuring the layered sounds of piano and clarinet, processed through digital delay, resulting in "lush kaleidoscopic textures." (The composer's own words.)  Also, the otherworldly waves of drone created by Terry Riley’s use of loops and delay on "Poppy Nogood And The Phantom Band All Night Flight, Vol. 1."

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Top 5 @ 105

Top Five Notable Composer Anniversaries in 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The year 2014 brings about a new crop of honorees. Here are five anniversaries that classical music lovers should mark on their calendars.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Pianist Sarah Cahill's 'Sweeter Music' is a Call for Peace

Monday, September 16, 2013

Pianist Sarah Cahill's "A Sweeter Music" is a musical protest album featuring the music of Frederic Rzewski, Carl Stone and Meredith Monk. Stream the album in full all this week.

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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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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Happy Being Alone...Sometimes

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Half of Manhattan residents live alone. The music on this show requires partnerships and togetherness. There's a wedding song, a tribute to marriage and words spoken from a crowded New York prison cell.

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New Sounds

Delays & Loops

Saturday, June 22, 2013

For this New Sounds, we’ll hear music that incorporates looping and delay devices, first by digging into Todd Reynolds’ new double-CD, “Outerborough.”  Reynolds plays a work by Phil Kline, “A Needle Pulling Fred,” and a piece by David T. Little that samples a woman’s voice talking about being in the military and the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.  Then listen to something new from the one-woman band, guitarist/looper/delay-artist Julia Crowe, from her latest, "Empire of Light."

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Mixtapes

"Who is This?" with People Get Ready

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

People Get Ready has been honing its unique mix of music and modern dance since its inception in 2009. The group's eponymous debut album was released late last year and the band recently performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. Hear their Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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New Sounds

Electronic Places

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hear electronic works on this New Sounds from three different countries - Iceland, Germany, and America, and about very specific places - Copenhagen, Milan, Borodino, near Moscow, the Okeefenokee Swamp, and an American piece about a French zoo.  Listen to electroacoustic wizard and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score from an impressionistic documentary film by director Max Kestner, along with ethereal music from Sigur Ros.  There’s also music from Apparat, which is the stage name of German electronic musician Sascha Ring.  Plus, hear music from pioneering electronic musicians Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin, from their recent “Instrumental Tourist,” and more.

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New Sounds

Delay Music

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Listen to music built around the sound of delay, both digital and tape looping on this New Sounds program.  We’ll hear from the most recent offering by Phillip Schroeder, “A Passage Through A Dream.”  It’s a record featuring the layered sounds of piano and clarinet, processed through digital delay, resulting in "lush kaleidoscopic textures." (The composer's own words.)  Also, the otherworldly waves of drone created by Terry Riley’s use of loops and delay on "Poppy Nogood And The Phantom Band All Night Flight, Vol. 1."

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New Sounds

Another Private Reel: Live on Soundcheck

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Dip into the private stash of live recordings from John’s other show, Soundcheck, for this New Sounds program.  Hear Kronos Quartet playing Terry Riley, and some electroacoustic music from the Whitetree ensemble.

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New Sounds

With Donnacha Dennehy

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy joins us to present some recent recordings, featuring Ireland’s leading new music group, the Crash Ensemble, and the sean nos singer Iarla O Lionaird. Inspired by the sean nos tradition, we'll hear Dennehy's "Aisling Gheal" (Bright Vision) together with "AsAnNos." Plus, the Crash Ensemble plays music by David Lang and Terry Riley, along with some of their New Sounds Live concert from Merkin Hall from a few years ago.

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Q2 Music

Terry Riley's Radical Openness to Sound

Thursday, July 05, 2012

For a newcomer to Terry Riley, In C is where to begin, with its 53 melodic fragments passed back and forth between whatever instruments may have been assembled, and which are paced against the constant pulse of a piano’s top two Cs.

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New Sounds

Delays & Loops

Monday, June 18, 2012

For this New Sounds, we’ll hear music that incorporates looping and delay devices, first by digging into Todd Reynolds’ new double-CD, “Outerborough.”  Reynolds plays a work by Phil Kline, “A Needle Pulling Fred,” and a piece by David T. Little that samples a woman’s voice talking about being in the military and the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.  Then listen to something new from the one-woman band, guitarist/looper/delay-artist Julia Crowe, from her latest, "Empire of Light."

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New Sounds

Gyan Riley's Guitar

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Gyan Riley, composer, guitarist, and son of new music legend Terry Riley, visits the studio for a live performance, and to present a work inspired by Bach, and commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival.  Also, there's recently recorded trio music from Gyan, including experiments with improvisation, and roots in chamber music.  Plus, the Irish-African titled, yet also Indian- and Spanish-sounding stand-alone little ditty of a new work for guitar, "Irican."

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