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From Q2 Live Concerts: “Michael Gordon’s Decasia: Live from World Financial Center Winter Garden “

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“On Friday, February 3 at 7:30 pm ET, Q2 Music and New Sounds Live team up again for another live audio Webcast of live scores to the silent films of acclaimed American filmmaker Bill Morrison. Tonight, enjoy Michael Gordon’s riveting score to Morrison’s 2002 masterpiece, Decasia, as performed by The Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble at World Financial Center Winter Garden. The evening will be hosted by John Schaefer of WNYC’s New Sounds Live.


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John Schaefer

Hailed as a “stirring, haunting modern masterpiece…” by The Guardian, the 72 minute Decasia is an evocative assemblage of deteriorating, black and white video footage over which Gordon has pieced together a texture of detuned piano and out-of-phrase orchestral sonorities.”

See the full post here, including an audio of the composer speaking about the composition.

[A personal note: this is one of my favorite pieces of music. I think that I first heard it on wnyc2, the predecessor of Q2. I bought it in .mp3 while it was still being streamed.]


From Q2 Live Concerts: “Jóhann Jóhannsson: Live from World Financial Center Winter Garden”

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The Wordless Music Orchestra Performs Jóhannsson’s Score to Bill Morrison’s The Miners’ Hymns
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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Jóhann Jóhannsson

“On Tuesday, January 31 at 7:30 pm ET, Q2 Music and New Sounds Live present a live audio Webcast of Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s visceral score to filmmaker Bill Morrison’s silent film, The Miners’ Hymns. The music will be performed by the Wordless Music Orchestra conducted by Guðni Franzson and introduced by New Sounds Live host, John Schaefer.

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Wordless Music Orchestra conducted by Brad Lubman


John Schaefer

The Miners’ Hymns from Bill Morrison, who Variety heralded as ‘one of the most adventurous American filmmakers,’ is a meditation on the daily lives of coal miners in the industrial city of Durham in northeast England during the early 20th century. Conceived with composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Miners’ Hymns contrasts archival footage, some dating back 100 years, with sweeping aerial views of a transformed modern-day Durham.

Jóhannsson’s score to the 52 minute film provides a moving account of the miners’ lives, simultaneously heroic and hardscrabble, with a rich brass and electronic-heavy texture. The music also harkens back to the colliery brass bands caught in the film’s archival footage. “

See the full article here, including “…a taste for the film from the film’s preview and this interview with Morrison and Jóhannsson discussing their collaboration.”


From Q2 Live Concerts: “Music of Lindberg, Lunsqui and HK Gruber”

Three Delayed Webcasts of The New York Philharmonic’s New-Music Series CONTACT!

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Clockwise from top left: Alexandre Lunsqui (Luiz Machado), Magnus Lindberg (Sara Vuorjoki/FIMIC), HK Gruber (Lea Suzuki)

Q2 Music is proud to announce three delayed Webcasts Wednesday, December 21 at 8 pm, Saturday December 24 at noon, and Thursday, December 29 at 8 pm of The New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT! series featuring music by HK Gruber, Magnus Lindberg, and Alexandre Lunsqui.

This final CONTACT! program of 2011 features HK Gruber’s celebrated 1978 pandemonium piece Frankenstein!!, Magnus Lindberg’s Gran Duo for woodwinds and brass, and the world premiere of Alexandre Lunsqui’s Fibers, Yarn and Wire.

These concerts will be recorded live in-concert at the Metropolitan Opera (hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer) and Symphony Space on, respectively, December 16 and 17, and will include interviews with the composers and well as New York Philharmonic conductor, Alan Gilbert. Full audio from CONTACT! will be posted on this page for a period of two weeks following the first Webcast.

See the full post here.


Now at Q2 Live Concerts: “Ensemble ACJW “

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Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on June 12, 2011

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Posted Friday October 28, 2011 to RSS,

Thursday, October 27, 2011

“In recent years there has been a movement towards educational institutions re-evaluating their role in preparing young musicians for a life in music. Rather than just churning out top-notch players who can play Paganini caprices in their sleep, schools are now placing higher emphasis on cultivating artists who have not only mastered their instruments but are equally comfortable teaching in the classroom, performing in casual club venues like (Le) Poisson Rouge, and taking on administrative responsibilities in creating community-based projects.

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Ensemble ACJW (Noriko Okabe)

The Academy — a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute, in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, is one such institution which has taken the bull by the horns and created a fellowship program to train musicians in becoming an active member of the community at large. Alongside the fellows’ performing responsibilities in Ensemble ACJW, each member of the group teaches in a New York City public school and also develops engaging community projects to further their leadership roles in the arts and culture of the city.

In this June 12 show at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Ensemble ACJW performs an adventurous and eclectic program of their own design with works by Oscar Bettison, Béla Bartók and Fréderic Chopin. In addition to their roles as ACJW fellows, Brandon Ridenour (trumpet), Nathan Schram (viola) and Hamilton Berry (cello) show off their arrangement skills in the non-traditional tunes of Thelonious Monk, Vienna Teng, Radiohead and Pink Floyd.

Don’t forget to poke around the Q2 Live Concert archive for more exciting live performances at your fingertips.


Porter Anderson’s Challenge Grant for Q2

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The great, mighty and awe inspiring Q2 New Music web stream is participating in the WQXR fund drive.


Second year, second fund drive. Happy birthday Q2.

Q2 has a great friend in Porter Anderson
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Porter has issued Q2′s first challenge grant. Here is what Porter has to say:

On Q2 Music and writing
The living composers of WQXR’s Q2 Music play an eloquent role in a writer’s creative process. Their work functions as collaborative leverage. Their music is made from the same day-to-day stimuli in which our writers live and work. And yet it’s not pop: it doesn’t tell you how to feel or what to think. Contemporary classical music paces a writer’s own impulses. Our composers are fortunate to have Q2. Imagine Mozart able to have his live concerts heard by a worldwide audience in real time. And writers are lucky to have Q2 as a vehicle with which to scale up our own creative efforts alongside the global reach of this 24-hour stream.

Q2′s benefits to me as a writer, journalist, and critic have been enormous. I hope to use this challenge grant to draw more of my writing colleagues to this resource, unique in the family of NPR affiliates and in the world.”

Here is a story Porter sent me about one writer friend’s experience of Q2.
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Roz Morris

Scoring the novel as it unfolds – the undercover soundtrack, by Roz Morris

Pledge your support for Q2 Music right now and every dollar you give will be doubled, thanks to Porter Anderson, who’s generously offered to match donations (up to $5000).

To take Porter up on his generous offer to match your donation, just click here .
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Here is a direct link to the Q2 Pledge page

And please let Porter know on Twitter — @Porter_Anderson — about your contribution. The team at Q2 is tweeting, too, as @Q2music.


From Q2 Live Concerts: “Live Webcast and Online Chat for SONiC Conclusion”

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SONiC 2011 and the World Premiere of St. Carolyn by the Sea from The National’s Bryce Dessner

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Bryce Dessner

On Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 pm, the concluding night of the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC Festival, the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center plays palatial host to the world premiere of composer-performer Bryce Dessner‘s double guitar concerto, St. Carolyn by the Sea. Featuring Bryce Dessner on guitar along with his twin brother Aaron Dessner, the SONiC-commissioned piece will be led by American Composer Orchestra conductor George Manahan and hosted by John Schaefer from WNYC’s New Sounds Live.


John Schaefer

Q2 Music host Olivia Giovetti will also be moderating a live online chat beginning at 6:45 p.m. for the virtual community listening in on this premiere-laden, culminating concert.


Olivia Giovetti

In a recent interview with Q2 Music’s own Nadia Sirota, Dessner explains the Jack Kerouac-inspired literary origins of St. Carolyn by the Sea and his trepidation in writing for orchestral forces.


Nadia Sirota

Fellow under-40 composer Andrew Norman also spoke with us about the re-orchestration of his piece Unstuck, which is based on how listeners make sense of a fragmented musical world. The night’s concert also features New York premieres from Ruby Fulton, Ryan Gallagher, Suzanne Farrin as well as a world premiere by Paul Yeon Lee.”

See the full article with some interactive features here.


From New Sounds Live and Q2: “Live Webcast: Mos Def and The Brooklyn Philharmonic”

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On October 12 at 7 p.m., Q2 Music presents a live audio Webcast of the Brooklyn Philharmonic from the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center performing music by Mos Def, Frederic Rzewski, Lev Zhurbin, David T. Little and Corey Dargel. The concert, a co-presentation of WNYC’s New Sounds Live with John Schaefer, features a preview of the orchestra’s upcoming season, the first under the energized stewardship of their new conductor, Alan Pierson.


John Schaefer

The program features a fresh, multi-dimensional approach to vocal repertoire with the versatile hip hop-icon Mos Def joining the Brooklyn Philharmonic on stage for arrangements of his songs by composer-clarinetist Derek Bermel; Rzewski’s provocative setting of letters from Sam Melville, an inmate at the infamous Attica State Prison; 19th Century shape note singing; and the pop-art songs of singer-songwriter Corey Dargel. Additional performers include new-music stalwart Mellissa Hughes and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

Mos Def (arr. Derek Bermel): Life in Marvelous Times (2008) and other songs
David T. Little: excerpt from Am I Born (2011)
Lev Zhurbin: excerpt from Only Love (2008)
Frederic Rzewski: Coming Together (1972)
Corey Dargel: What Might Have Been (2010)

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From Q2 Music and New Sounds Live

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“On October 12 at 7 p.m., Q2 Music presents a live audio Webcast of the Brooklyn Philharmonic from the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center performing music by Mos Def, Frederic Rzewski, Lev Zhurbin, David T. Little and Corey Dargel. The concert, a co-presentation of WNYC’s New Sounds Live with John Schaefer, features a preview of the orchestra’s upcoming season, the first under the energized stewardship of their new conductor, Alan Pierson.


John Schaefer

The program features a fresh, multi-dimensional approach to vocal repertoire with the versatile hip hop-icon Mos Def joining the Brooklyn Philharmonic on stage for arrangements of his songs by composer-clarinetist Derek Bermel; Rzewski’s provocative setting of letters from Sam Melville, an inmate at the infamous Attica State Prison; 19th Century shape note singing; and the pop-art songs of singer-songwriter Corey Dargel. Additional performers include new-music stalwart Melissa Hughes and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

See the full article here.


From Q2 Live Concerts: “Keys to the Future: Day 1″

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Live [at]the Abrons Arts Center on May 24, 2011

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Joseph Rubenstein (www.lprnyc.com)

“With pianist Joseph Rubenstein at the helm, the Keys to the Future Festival has become a staple of the New York contemporary music scene. Boasting five seasons of sold-out concerts, this three-day festival features top-notch pianists offering a survey of modern piano repertoire. This May 24 performance presents pianists Joseph Rubenstein, Blair McMillen, Stephen Gosling, Tatjana Ranjovich and Marina Lomazov playing works by Tobias Picker, Karen Tanaka, Joe Dudell, Heather Schmidt, Bruce Stark, Jacob Ter Veldhuis, Nikolai Kapustin and Rubenstein himself.

Executive and Artistic Director Joseph Rubenstein plays quadruple duty as pianist and composer in addition to his two administrative roles. He kicks of the festival with a performance of Tobias Picker’s Old and Lost Rivers followed by the world premiere of his own work, Romance No. 5 (vertigo), an excerpt from his recently completed Romances: Book 1. Having founded the Keys to the Future Festival six years ago, Rubenstein’s festival is known to have no stylistic allegiances; programming dense, thorny works next to minimalist scores and juxtaposing post-modern works with arrangements of Radiohead. The only unifying factors throughout each concert are high-quality pianists performing new piano works for an audience with a voracious appetite for the wide possibilities available to the eighty-eight ivory keys.

Don’t forget to poke around the Q2 Music Live Concert archive for more exciting live performances at your fingertips.”

See the article here complete with four audio streams.


From Q2 and NPR/music: Q2 Live Concerts Live Webcast from the Temple of Dendur


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Remembering September 11: A Commemorative Concert from the Met Museum’s Temple of Dendur
Recorded Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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“On September 11, 2011 at 3:30 p.m., NPR Music and Q2 present a live audio Webcast of Remembering September 11: a free concert on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks from the Metropolitan Museum’s majestic Temple of Dendur. The afternoon’s program features the world premiere orchestration by Maxim Moston of William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops as well as meditative, memorial works from Ingram Marshall, Osvaldo Golijov and Alfred Schnittke, performed by the Wordless Music Orchestra under the direction of Ryan McAdams.

Hosted by NPR Music’s Anastasia Tsioulcas and WQXR/Q2′s own Helga Davis, the concert is part of the ground-breaking Wordless Music series, which presents imaginative programs that pull together musicians from the pop and classical worlds.

The concert takes place at the circa 15 B.C. Temple of Dendur, a gift to the United States in 1965 by the Egyptian government, now housed in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Aeolian sandstone monument sits in the museum’s Sackler Wing, a giant glass atrium with a reflecting pool and windows overlooking Central Park — the placement is meant to evoke the temple’s original location on the banks of the Nile River. For the concert, the musicians perform within the temple itself while the audience takes their seats on the floor of the cavernous atrium.

The program opens with pieces that consider memory, loss and remembrance: Ingram Marshall’s Fog Tropes II, Osvaldo Golijov’s Tenebrae and Alfred Schnittke’s Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled with Grief, as arranged by the Kronos Quartet. Golijov addresses what he calls the “two contrasting realities” at the origin of Tenebrae.

But the centerpiece of the program is a world premiere orchestration of William Basinski’s monumental The Disintegration Loops. The experimental composer was attempting to digitize his analog tape loops from the 1980s when he discovered that the reel-to-reel material was disintegrating as it was being transferred. That work took place in August and September of 2001 — as the music was playing and deteriorating in Basinski’s Brooklyn apartment, he and his neighbors watched that fateful morning unfold.”

The article is here. You can listen at the Q2 page’s pop-up player or bookmark a Q2 stream link in your own music player software, Winamp, iTunes, Windows Media Player.


From Q2 Live Concerts: “Remembering September 11: A Commemorative Concert from the Met Museum’s Temple of Dendur”

Live Webcast from the Temple of Dendur

“On September 11, 2011 at 3:30 p.m., NPR Music and Q2 present a live audio Webcast of Remembering September 11: a free concert on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks from the Metropolitan Museum’s majestic Temple of Dendur. The afternoon’s program features the world premiere orchestration by Maxim Moston of William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops as well as meditative, memorial works from Ingram Marshall, Osvaldo Golijov and Alfred Schnittke, performed by the Wordless Music Orchestra under the direction of Ryan McAdams.

Hosted by NPR Music’s Anastasia Tsioulcas and WQXR/Q2′s own Helga Davis, the concert is part of the ground-breaking Wordless Music series, which presents imaginative programs that pull together musicians from the pop and classical worlds.

The concert takes place at the circa 15 B.C. Temple of Dendur, a gift to the United States in 1965 by the Egyptian government, now housed in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Aeolian sandstone monument sits in the museum’s Sackler Wing, a giant glass atrium with a reflecting pool and windows overlooking Central Park — the placement is meant to evoke the temple’s original location on the banks of the Nile River. For the concert, the musicians perform within the temple itself while the audience takes their seats on the floor of the cavernous atrium.

The program opens with pieces that consider memory, loss and remembrance: Ingram Marshall’s Fog Tropes II, Osvaldo Golijov’s Tenebrae and Alfred Schnittke’s Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled with Grief, as arranged by the Kronos Quartet. Golijov addresses what he calls the ‘two contrasting realities’ at the origin of Tenebrae.

But the centerpiece of the program is a world premiere orchestration of William Basinski’s monumental The Disintegration Loops. The experimental composer was attempting to digitize his analog tape loops from the 1980s when he discovered that the reel-to-reel material was disintegrating as it was being transferred. That work took place in August and September of 2001 — as the music was playing and deteriorating in Basinski’s Brooklyn apartment, he and his neighbors watched that fateful morning unfold.

See the full article here.


From Q2 Live Concerts: “Elysian Fields”

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Elyisan Fields: Jennifer Charles, Oren Bloedow

“(Le) Poisson Rouge has become the go-to venue to host a record release party so it is no surprise that the Brooklyn-based indie band Elysian Fields booked a slot on June 14 to celebrate its newest record Last Night on Earth. Led by co-founders, Oren Bloedow and Jennifer Charles, joined by a host of stellar musicians, the band treats their (L)PR audience to an unforgettable record kick-off featuring songs off their brand-new album.

Elysian Fields first hit the stage in 1995 and has collaborated with the likes of Sean Lennon, Marc Ribot, and Bruce Springsteen. Often referred to as “noir rock”, its sound world is unique and distinct, led by the dark, haunting vocals of Charles. In addition to multiple albums featuring their original songs, the band has also released two complete albums of Sephardic songs on Tzadik, composer John Zorn’s label. Cultivating a following in both the US and Europe, Elysian Fields has toured extensively in Europe and has been featured on several popular television shows including One Tree Hill, Damages and Charmed.
SET LIST:
Sleepover
Can’t Tell My Friends
Sweet Condenser
Johnny
Church of the Holy Family
Chandeliers
Old Old Wood


From Q2 Live Concerts: “International Contemporary Ensemble Does Old and New”

Mostly Mozart Festival Welcomes New-Music Group for Focus on Modernist and Contemporary Icons
Monday, August 08, 2011

These concerts will now be recorded by WQXR for future Webcast and on-demand streaming on Q2. There will be no live streaming component.

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International Contemporary Ensemble and Matthias Pintscher (Chad Batka)

“Join Q2 for live tapings from the 2011 Mostly Mozart Festival’s Kaplan Penthouse of the adventurous International Contemporary Ensemble. On Monday, August 8 at 10:30 p.m. conductor Pablo Heras-Casado leads the ensemble through an intimate program centered around the music of Igor Stravinsky, including lesser-known works by Edison Denisov, Luciano Berio, Alfred Schnittke and more.

On Thursday, August 11 at 10:30 p.m., conductor-composer Matthias Pintscher takes up the baton against the backdrop of the New York City skyline in a program featuring New York and world premieres by Jonathan Harvey, Steve Lehman and Phyllis Chen. The program also includes John Zorn’s Chistabal and the visually compelling Mozart’s Adagio and Rondo for glass armonica, K. 617.

See the full article here. The article includes the programs for August 8 and August 11.


From Q2 Live Concerts: New Today – The Ossia Symphony Orchestra

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Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on June 27, 2011
Thursday, August 04, 2011

“The Ossia Symphony Orchestra (OSO) is a relative newcomer to the New York music scene though already it is at home both in the spotlight on stage and in the classrooms of inner-city schools. This performance on July 27 highlights OSO’s performing talents at (Le) Poisson Rouge in a concert featuring the works of Kono Michi, Michael Gatonska, Kate Bush and Theo Bleckmann. Michi and Bleckmann are featured soloists and the group is led by Orlando Alonso.

With the presence of music education dwindling in the public school system, the Ossia Symphony Orchestra saw a need and leapt to the rescue. Founded in 2008 by artistic director, Orlando Alonso, the orchestra’s goals are simple: to perform concerts and to educate youth about classical music. In addition to re-establishing orchestral and ensemble playing within schools, professional musicians in OSO provide lessons for inner-city youth with the intention of helping students gain admittance into the music school of their choice.”

See the full article and avail yourself of the audio stream here.


From Q2 Live Concerts: “International Contemporary Ensemble Does Stravinsky “

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Mostly Mozart Festival Welcomes New-Music Group for Focus on Modernist Icon
Monday, August 08, 2011

“Join us Monday, August 8 at 10:30 p.m., right here for a live videocast from the 2011 Mostly Mozart Festival of the adventurous International Contemporary Ensemble performing an intimate program of works centered around Igor Stravinsky.

Led by conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, the show takes place in Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse with its majestic views of the New York City skyline and features lesser-known works by Edison Denisov, Luciano Berio, Alfred Schnittke and more.

Program:

Igor Stravinsky: Pour Pablo Picasso
Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Stravinsky, ed. Hogwood): Selections from Four Preludes and Fugues, from the Well-tempered Clavier (New York premiere)
Igor Stravinsky: Epitaphium
Michael Finnissy: Untitled piece to honour Igor Stravinsky (U.S. premiere)
Edison Denisov: Canon in Memory of Stravinsky
Luciano Berio: Autre fois: Berceuse canonique pour Igor Stravinsky
Elliott Carter: Canon for Three Equal Instruments: In memoriam Igor Stravinsky
Alfed Schnittke: Canon in Memoriam Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky: Octet”

Now, really, folks, where else but at Q2?

See the full article here.


From Q2 Live Concerts “ICELab: Nathan Davis”

Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on May 31, 2011

[Streaming video and streaming audio currently at this web page.]

“In the third and final ICELab of the 010-2011 season, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) presents Hollow Skies, featuring the music of percussionist and composer, Nathan Davis. May 31 marked not only this final ICELab event but also the release of ICE’s Bright and Hollow Sky record on the New Focus label, the result of a three-year long collaboration with Davis who is also an ICE musician.

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Nathan Davis

Described by executive director Claire Chase as a “poet in sound”, Davis is known for his intricate exploration into sound possibilities; in typical percussionist style, he takes everyday, ordinary sounds and illustrates their vast possibilities in a beautifully organic way.

Hollow Skies opens with ICE bassoonist, Rebekah Heller performing On Speaking a Hundred Names, written for Rebekah herself and electronics. The piece is a beautiful and virtuosic exploration into the possibilities available to the bassoon, including microtones and multiphonics. The Bright and Hollow Sky is a quintet for flute, clarinet, trumpet, guitar, and percussion with electronics, which Davis wrote in 2008 for ICE. Concluding the evening is the world premiere of On the Nature of Thingness, featuring soprano, Toni Arnold and ten instrumentalists. A three-movement work, the movement titles are:

I. Study of the Object
II. DADA
III. An Outside with an Inside in it”

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From Q2 Live Concerts: “Three-City Dash: Ethel and Alarm Will Sound “

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Listen at this page for the concert Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on April 11, 2011

“Meet the Composer (MTC) has long been noted for supporting composers not just in New York but all over the world. In an effort to highlight its national presence, MTC launched Three-City Dash, a festival showcasing composers who call Boston, San Francisco and Chicago their respective homes. This performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge on April 11 features New York-based ensembles Ethel and Alarm Will Sound, performing brand new works by San Francisco-based composers Dohee Lee and Ken Ueno.

Since MTC acts as a “middleman” of sorts between composers, ensembles and audiences, it’s only natural that they have recently created Meet the Composer Studio, an online opportunity for audiences to get to know commissioned composers and steal a sneak peek into the creative process. Specific to this San Francisco-centric performance are Dohee Lee and Ken Ueno’s own studio pages, complete with video and blog posts, photos of the score, biographies and audio/visual links.

Don’t forget to poke around the Q2 Live Concert archive for more exciting live performances at your fingertips. You can access Q2 24/7 through our pop-out audio player or iTunes. “

You can also save the Q2 stream in your own player, use the Windows link for either WMP or Winamp.


From The New York Times: “Rock and Classical Collide With Bowie and a Score by Radiohead Star”

This is copyright protected, so just some notes.

By ALLAN KOZINN
May 22, 2011

Wordless Music, the concert series run by Ronen Givony when he is not overseeing the classical and new-music programming at Le Poisson Rouge, is devoted to showing fans of indie rock and contemporary classical music that the two genres have a common appeal. That argument no longer requires special pleading, partly because Mr. Givony’s thoughtful juxtapositions have made the point so persuasively but also because so many young composers (and some of their elders) draw freely on both their classical and pop antecedents.

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Ensemble Signal and Wordless Music Orchestra, led by the conductor Brad Lubman, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Saturday night. The program included work by Philip Glass and Jonny Greenwood.

Mr. Givony’s latest offering, heard on Saturday evening at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (the program was also played on Friday), was built around two works with rock connections: Philip Glass’s “Heroes” Symphony (1996), which is based on themes from David Bowie’s 1977 album “Heroes,” and “Doghouse” (2010), the latest orchestral score by Jonny Greenwood, who is best known as a member of Radiohead. Gyorgy Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto (1970), a study in energy and texture that prefigures some of Mr. Greenwood’s work, was interposed between them.”

See the full glowing article here. Another celebration of New Music in New York City.

If you want to hear the concert, jump over to Q2 and you will find the concert audio stream here, hosted by Q2′s Nadia Sirota


Nadia Sirota


From Q2 Live Concerts: “Jonny Greenwood’s “Doghouse”

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Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead

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“On Friday, May 20 at 8 pm, Q2′s Nadia Sirota host(ed) a live audio Webcast and NPR Music’s Anastasia Tsioulcas host(ed) an online chat from the New York Society for Ethical Culture. The show features the U.S. premiere of Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s Doghouse for orchestra and string trio; the New York-premiere of Philip Glass Symphony No. 4, “Heroes,” based on the music of David Bowie and Brian Eno; and game-changing modernist György Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto for 13 Instruments. This is the first of two consecutive evenings of Wordless Music Series shows with the Wordless Music Orchestra and Signal led by conductor Brad Lubman.

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Known best as a multi-instrumentalist, playing electric guitar, keyboards and sampler, and one of the driving artistic voices behind the art-rock band Radiohead, the 39-year old Greenwood is also a classically trained violinist who has become a symbol for an under-40 generation of composers who move between idioms of complex popular music and more classically-oriented Western Music. Also aware of the acute cinematic possibilities of his pieces, Greenwood has adapted Doghouse for the Anh Hung Tran’s film Norwegian Wood (based on the Haruki Murakami best-seller), just as his Popcorn Superhet Receiver from 2005 (also premiered by the Wordless Music Series) was transformed for the Oscar-nominated film, There Will Be Blood.

Rounding out the program is another versatile piece, Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 4, “Heroes” which riffs on six tracks from the 1977 David Bowie / Brian Eno album, “Heroes,” as a basis for a Twyla Tharp Dance Company production and György Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto for 13 Instruments, an iridescent piece for six wind, five string and two keyboard players with Ligeti’s characteristic mix of complex tempi overlays and dense, dark harmonies.


Nadia Sirota

The full post from Q2 is here, with – guess what??? – an audio archive stream of the whole evening!!


From Q2 Live Concerts:”Meredith Monk Live Videocast”

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Meredith Monk

On Wednesday, March 17 at 7 pm, Q2 and New Sounds Live team up once again to bring you a live audio and video Webcast from The Greene Space. Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble and the Todd Reynolds Quartet perform tracks from Monk’s newest album, Songs of Ascension. Join New Sounds’ host John Schaefer for performance and conversation with Monk and featured musicians, including Q2′s own Nadia Sirota.”

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John Schaefer

See the full article here.

Be there or be square.


From Q2 Live Concerts: ICE at LPR # 2

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Steve Lehman


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The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) launched their collaborative commissioning program ICELab in March 2011 with an evening of music written by Mario Diaz de León. The second concert of this series took place on April 19 at (Le) Poisson Rouge with a full-length work titled Impossible Flow composed by saxophonist/composer, Steve Lehman.

Steve Lehman has long been respected as a virtuosic saxophone player, firmly entrenched in the experimental jazz scene of New York. Also developing an equally strong reputation as a composer, for the 2010 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, Lehman was nominated for composer of the year, alto saxophonist of the year and record of the year for his album Travail, Transformation and Flow. Lehman’s works have been performed by the likes of the JACK Quartet, So Percussion, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin and members of the Argento and Wet Ink Ensembles. His influences are as far-reaching as performer/composer Anthony Braxton, composer Tristan Murail, basketball star Allen Iverson, electronica duo Autechre and drummer Damion Reid.

Lehman’s work for ICE, Impossible Flow is a co-commission between ICE and the Manhattan New Music Project. It is a full-length, four-movement work:

1. Impossible Flow: Prologue

2. Baltimore/Berlin

3. For McCoy Tyner, Tristan Murail, Anthony Braxton and Alexander Scriabin

4. Impossible Flow: Epilogue

Don’t forget to poke around the Q2 Live Concert archive for more exciting live performances at your fingertips.”

This concert can be viewed at the web page.


From Q2 Live Concerts: “ICELab with Mario Diaz de León “

Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on March 30, 2011

This is a videocast, thank you Claire Chase, ICE, and Q2

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“In January, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) received a $340,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which supports ICELab, the group’s program for developing and presenting new repertoire by emerging composers. The program places teams of ICE musicians in collaboration with six emerging composers each year, and the ensemble will be responsible for twenty-four world premieres over the next four years. This performance on March 30 at (Le) Poisson Rouge marks the inaugural ICELab concert featuring composer, Mario Diaz de León.

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Mr. de León

Read more about this artist/composer, ICE, ICELab, and Q2 Live Concerts here. Also, watch a very good long form video of the concert at Le Poisson Rouge.


From Q2 Live Concerts:

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On Wednesday May 11 at 7:30 pm, Nadia Sirota hosts an evening chock full of world premieres from young composer-performers live from (Le) Poisson Rouge, home of the 2011 installment of the landmark new-music commissioning series, MATA Festival. The show features performances from Corey Dargel and Dither Electric Guitar Quartet, Angélica Negrón and Cantori NY, Chris Danforth with Jeff Bina, and French-born bassist, Florent Ghys, and includes on-stage interviews with the composers themselves.

See the full post here.


From Q2 Live Concerts: “JACK Quartet Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on March 27, 2011′

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“he JACK Quartet has carved out a niche for itself by performing notoriously difficult and treacherous works. While some string quartets might tackle one of these sorts of pieces per program, JACK focuses its repertoire entirely on these demanding works, creating fiendishly challenging programs. Staying true to form, this March 27 performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge features works by Steve Lehman, György Ligeti and Horatiu Radulescu.

As can be expected from a string quartet that concentrates on new music, many of the works the JACK Quartet performs are results of longstanding relationships between the group and composers. Lehman’s Nos Revi Nella was written for JACK and it received its world premiere in April 2010 as part of the Columbia Composers Series.

Though the Ligeti and Radulescu are separated by almost thirty years, both quartets evoke a similar, outerworldly atmosphere particularly in the use of harmonics and hushed, whispered playing. Of course there are certainly moments when the two pieces take on unique characteristics; the Ligeti with furious bursts of energy and the Radulescu with recurring motives that help to ground the listener throughout the extensive work.

Don’t forget to poke around the Q2 Live Concert archive for more exciting live performances at your fingertips.


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