Hannis Brown

Composer and Music Producer

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:

Listen: Qasim Naqvi's Analog Electronic Architecture for 'FILM'

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.


Radiohead and Hans Zimmer to Collaborate on 'Blue Planet II' Score

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.


Holding Gentrification: Toshi Reagon on What it Means to Build and Unbuild Brooklyn

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.

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Watch: Eighth Blackbird's Nick Photinos Premieres Pascal Le Boeuf's Dizzying 'Alpha'

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.

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My Body as Me: Kamala Sankaram Shows Us How to Keep the Look Loose

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."


Oneohtrix Point Never Remixes Ryuichi Sakamoto

Monday, July 31, 2017

New York electronic musician Oneohtrix Point Never has remixed a piece by legendary Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.

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Pulitzer Prize Winner David Lang

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.


MacArthur Fellow Julia Wolfe

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."

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Bang on a Can's Michael Gordon

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Gordon joins Jennifer Koh to discuss his shared madness piece "kwerk" and the changing definition of virtuosity.


Composer & Sound Designer Mark Grey

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.


Grawemeyer Award Winner Andrew Norman

Monday, July 10, 2017

Norman joins Jennifer Koh to discuss performed silence as exemplary of delicate virtuosity, and the “deconstruction of technique.”


Bedroom Community's Daníel Bjarnason

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.


Finnish Icon Kaija Saariaho

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.


Transatlantic Composer David Bruce

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.”


Sante Fe Composer Marc Neikrug

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.


Curtis Institute's David Ludwig

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.


Ojai Music Festival Director Vijay Iyer

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


Unsilent Night's Phil Kline

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" .


Chicago's Augusta Read Thomas

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.


IRCAM Innovator Jean-Baptiste Barrière

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.