Phil Kline is a composer who makes music in many genres and contexts, from experimental electronics and sound installations to songs, choral, theater, chamber and orchestral music.
A veteran of New York’s downtown scene, Phil Kline stands out for his range and unpredictability. From vast boombox symphonies to chamber music and song cycles, his work has been hailed for its originality, beauty, subversive subtext, and wry humor. Early in his career he cofounded the rock band the Del-Byzanteens with Jim Jarmusch and James Nares, collaborated with Nan Goldin on the soundtrack to The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, and played guitar in the notorious Glenn Branca Ensemble.
Some of his early work evolved from performance art and used large numbers of boomboxes, such as the outdoor Christmas cult classic Unsilent Night, which is now an annual holiday tradition celebrated around the world. Other notable works include Exquisite Corpses, written for the Bang on a Can All-Stars; the politically-infused Zippo Songs and Rumsfeld Songs; John the Revelator, a setting of the Latin Mass written for early music specialists Lionheart; and the Sinatra-inspired song cycle Out Cold, written for Theo Bleckmann and premiered at BAM’s Next Wave Festival.
Phil hosts a two-hour radio show weekdays at 7 pm on New Sounds and is currently collaborating with filmmaker Jim Jarmusch on a music theater spectacle about Nikola Tesla. His music is available on the Cantaloupe, Starkland, and CRI record labels.
Phil Kline appears in the following:
Monday, March 19, 2018
Host Phil Kline confides that as kid, he went to bed with a radio under his pillow, searching for signals of life outside Akron. Listen to his show, Unsilence, Wednesdays at 11 am.
Friday, November 03, 2017
WQXR writers and contributors discuss the opening concert of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival's Psalms Experience.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Sunday, Feb. 20, join host Phil Kline for an encore presentation celebrating the birthday of one of classical music's most celebrated and performed living composers: John Adams.
Monday, January 30, 2017
This Sunday, Q2 Music celebrates the 80th birthday of the iconic minimalist composer Philip Glass with an encore 24-hour marathon of his music.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
This past October, Q2 Music teamed up with Het Klankcafé, a Dutch radio program about the contemporary classical music scene, to celebrate the music of Louis Andriessen and others.
Monday, October 03, 2016
On October 3, Q2 Music celebrates Steve Reich's 80th birthday with a 24-hour marathon of his trailblazing music from 1965 to the present in chronological order. Phil Kline hosts.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Listen to an encore stream on Tuesday, Sept. 27 of Q2 Music's celebration of the 110th anniversary of Dmitri Shostakovich’s birth. Enjoy 24 hours of his music hosted by Phil Kline.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
On September 11, Q2 Music celebrates the 81st birthday of beloved Estonian composer Arvo Pärt with a 24-hour marathon of his music, hosted by Phil Kline and featuring new recordings.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
On Tuesday, May 24, Q2 Music joins the NY Phil Biennial with a 24-hour marathon of music from past Philharmonic shows and a live webcast of world premieres with violinist Jennifer Koh.
Monday, May 16, 2016
This week on Q2 Music, host Phil Kline celebrates what would have been the 150th birthday of the playful and provocative French composer Erik Satie.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Many of us have moments in our lives when we hear music that changes us. I vividly recall turning on the radio to listen to my local classical station when I was about 14.
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Thursday, March 24, celebrate the expansive but intimate music of the late iconic French composer, organist and bird-lover Olivier Messiaen with a 24-hour marathon of his works.
Thursday, March 03, 2016
Hear violist Nadia Sirota give the premiere of Donnacha Dennehy's "Tessellatum" - a 40-minute work with solo viola and viol consort.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Every now and then it occurs to me: Edgard Varèse! Such explosive sounds, like forces of nature, with as much visionary energy as ever existed in one composer... and hair to match!
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Some composers take you into another world, far removed but instantly recognizable. Today at 11, Phil Kline celebrates the birthday of one such composer: Olivier Messiaen.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
This began as a list of female composers who had "first" or "only" in their stories, but it morphed into something a bit different.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Saturday, June 27 celebrate the 80th birthday of American maverick and patriarch of minimalism Terry Riley with 24 hours of his music and haiku tributes from close colleagues.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Today, Q2 Music spends 24 hours with the quiet genius of the late Canadian composer Ann Southam, a musician just now starting to get the recognition she deserves.
Friday, May 01, 2015
Today at 11 am on Q2 Music, Phil Kline is joined by Armenian-American composer Eve Beglarian traditional and contemporary Armenian music.
Friday, April 24, 2015
All day today, Q2 Music counters spring buoyancy with 24 hours of the heaviest, most profound music out there. Hosted by Phil Kline.