Hannis Brown is a composer and the associate producer for Q2 Music, WQXR’s online web stream for contemporary classical (or “new”) music.
As well as programming music for the station’s unhosted hours, he works with Q2’s hosts to craft shows and develop web content. He also works on the Q2 podcasts Meet the Composer and LPR Live, and does guest composing and sound design for podcasts around WNYC, including Note to Self, Death Sex and Money and the WNYC Newsroom.
Hannis earned his M.A. in Composition from New York University and composes regularly for films, chamber ensembles and his own strange rock ensemble. His music has premiered at the Academy of Arts and Sciences, Pop Montreal, Brooklyn Academy of Music, at WNYC’s Greene Space and at lots of weird art spaces.
Hannis Brown appears in the following:
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Composer and Dawn of Midi drummer Qasim Naqvi's new album "FILM" – composed on modular synthesizers – is out on September 29. Enjoy an exclusive stream of the album now.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Ubiquitous film composer Hans Zimmer and celebrated rock band Radiohead are collaborating on a new track to be included in the popular documentary series Blue Planet II.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Singer-songwriter Toshi Reagon's "Brooklyn Bound" offers a honest and poetic musical look at gentrification in Crown Heights. Watch the second of our "Silent Voices" documentaries.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Watch the high-octane video of Pascal Le Boeuf's 'Alpha' performed by Eighth Blackbird founding-member and cellist Nick Photinos and drummer Doug Perkins.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
The Brooklyn Youth Chorus recently created space for conversation about social justice through commissioning ten new works. We dive into one: Kamala Sankaram's "Keeping the Look Loose."
Monday, July 31, 2017
New York electronic musician Oneohtrix Point Never has remixed a piece by legendary Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Friday, July 14, 2017
David Lang joins Jennifer Koh to discuss his Shared Madness piece "low resolution" and discuss a more meditative approach to virtuosity.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Composer Julia Wolfe is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize winner. She joins Jennifer Koh to discuss American folk traditions in her Shared Madness piece, "Spinning Jenny."
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Gordon joins Jennifer Koh to discuss his shared madness piece "kwerk" and the changing definition of virtuosity.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Grey joins Jennifer Koh to discuss the influence of Grey’s experience with technology on his approach to composition, and his re-construction of material from Paganini’s 20th caprice.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Norman joins Jennifer Koh to discuss performed silence as exemplary of delicate virtuosity, and the “deconstruction of technique.”
Friday, July 07, 2017
Bjarnason joins Jennifer Koh to discuss compositions as self-contained universes and the challenges inherent in maintain many disparate voices in a work scored for a solo instrument.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Kaija Saariaho joins Jennifer Koh to discuss the tricky relationship between intricacy and virtuosity, and the extent to which extended techniques are (and aren’t) actually extended.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
British composer David Bruce joins Koh to discuss the vulnerability and humanness that both Bruce and Koh find in folk music tradition, and the concept of a “gift.”
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Marc Neikrug is a composer and pianist whose career has spanned thirty years. He joins Jennifer Koh to discuss his first solo violin work, "Flash," written for Shared Madness.
Monday, July 03, 2017
David Ludwig joins Jennifer Koh to discuss elemental sounds in instrumental music, use of palindrome, Paganini, and the geometric phenomena of the mobius strip.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Vijay Iyer joins Jennifer Koh to discuss the aesthetics through which Iyer believes we experience contemporary art, and the way we deal with absurdity
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Kline joins Jennifer Koh to discuss madness, satanism, Paganini’s 24th caprice and the role that each of these entities play in the concept of “virtuosity" .
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Read Thomas joins Koh to discuss the how she seeks to elicit athleticism from Koh’s tendencies as a performer, and seeks to explore juxtapositions between different soundworlds.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Jean-Babtiste Barrière joins Jennifer Koh to discuss forces at work in the relationship between a performer and the computerized reactionary counterpart in an electroacoustic work.