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From Q2 Music: “Listen Live: Mountain Goats and Anonymous 4″

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Live from Merkin Concert Hall’s Ecstatic Music Festival 2012

“On Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 pm, ET, Q2 Music presents a live audio Webcast of the sold-out Ecstatic Music Festival concert of influential, indie pioneers Mountain Goats and the acclaimed early vocal music ensemble Anonymous 4.

The show centers around a performance of Transcendental Youth, a new song cycle by songwriter John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats presented here in an imaginative arrangement by violinist-composer Owen Pallett for voices, piano and guitar. Pallett, aside from releasing numerous albums under his own name (and previously as Final Fantasy), has worked extensively with such indie-rock icons as Arcade Fire and Grizzly Bear.”

See the full article here.


From Q2 Music: “Listen Live: Dan Deacon, NOW Ensemble and Calder Quartet”

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Live from Merkin Concert Hall’s Ecstatic Music Festival 2012

On Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 pm ET, Q2 Music and New Sounds Live present a live audio webcast of composer and indie heavyweight Dan Deacon from Merkin Concert Hall’s Ecstatic Music Festival. Following on last year’s collaboration with So Percussion, Dan Deacon now teams up with NOW Ensemble and the Calder Quartet to present a series of world premiere works for chamber ensembles.”


From Q2 Music – “American Mavericks Festival: What’s Ahead”

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March Madness: Q2 Music Undergoes a Maverick Makeover

“Q2 Music celebrates America’s great iconoclastic composers this March, when San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas brings his American Mavericks tour to New York. For three full weeks (March 8–30), Q2 Music presents a wide range of special programming — from a trinity of new-music hosts to live concerts to composer profiles to treasures from the WQXR and WNYC archive— with a crowning live event American Mavericks: Music and Conversation with Michael Tilson Thomas on March 26 at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

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Maverick John Cage


“MTT”

The festival also includes Tilson Thomas hosting a weekday show, contemporary music icons such as David Byrne and Zoe Keating sharing their own “American Mavericks” playlists, and select American Mavericks concerts – including Alarm Will Sound and JACK Quartet – recorded for on-demand listening.

    AMERICAN MAVERICK HOSTS

MTT AT THE TURNTABLES
Weekdays at 10am and 5pm ET

Each weekday, Michael Tilson Thomas will host twice daily at 10am and 5pm ET. Focusing on the San Francisco Symphony’s featured line-up of 17 game-changing composers including Charles Ives, Lou Harrison, Aaron Copland, Morton Feldman, John Cage, and John Adams, Tilson Thomas’s hosted hours present the pioneering conductor’s own insights alongside exclusive archival recordings from the San Francisco Symphony’s storied history of promoting adventurous, cutting-edge American composers. Also included will be freshly-minted live concert recordings from this year’s American Mavericks tour.

PHIL KLINE
Weekdays from 8-10am (repeats 6-8pm)

MARY ROWELL
Weekdays from 12-2pm (repeats 9-11pm)

FRED SHERRY
Weekdays from 3-5pm (repeats midnight-2am)

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From Q2 Music: “Nick Zammuto & Jason Treuting: Live at Merkin Hall”

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On Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 pm ET, Q2 Music and WNYC’s New Sounds present a live audio Webcast from Merkin Concert Hall of musical cross-pollination and experimentation from composer-performers Nick Zammuto (The Books) and Jason Treuting (So Percussion). The concert is hosted by John Schaefer.

Composer, vocalist and cellist Nick Zammuto is a founding member of the eclectic electro-acoustic duo The Books and, more recently, the four-piece indie rock band Zammuto. A member of So Percussion, Jason Treuting has been a mainstay of New York’s new-music scene for over a decade, and has worked with artists such as David Lang, Paul Lansky and the electronic duo Matmos.

The two composers are joined on-stage by guitarist Grey McMurray of the ambient “classical” group itsnotyouitsme, new-music flute/viola/harp trio janus, and vocalist Daisy Press.

See the full article here.


From Q2 Music: “New Music in the Kaplan Penthouse”

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Music of Harbison, Schnittke, Kurtág, and Penderecki

“Join us Thursday, February 9 at 7 pm for an eclectic live program of works by 20th Century composers John Harbison, Alfred Schnittke, György Kurtág, and Krzysztof Penderecki as presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center last fall.

Recorded November 10, 2011 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse in NYC, New Music in the Kaplan Penthouse was presented as part of the Chamber Music Society’s ongoing New Music series, which showcases the music of contemporary composers. Hosted by composer Bruce Adolphe, the concert was bookended by two works by American composer John Harbison: Six American Painters and Songs America Loves to Sing.

The program also included Alfred Schnittke’s Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello, Kurtág’s Hommage à Robert Schumann and Penderecki’s Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello.

The performance featured pianist Gilles Vonsattel, violinist Bella Hristova, violist Mark Holloway, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, flutist Tara Helen O’Connor and clarinettist Jose Franch-Ballester.

You can hear this performance Thursday at 7 pm and again Saturday at 10 am.”

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From Q2 Music: “Jherek Bischoff & Wordless Music Orchestra: Live from Merkin Concert Hall”

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Just Announced: A Live Webcast of the Ecstatic Music Festival’s SOLD-OUT Opening Concert
Saturday, February 04, 2012

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Jherek Bischoff

“This Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 pm ET, Q2 Music presents a live audio Webcast of the Ecstatic Music Festival’s sold-out opening concert, featuring Seattle-based producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jherek Bischoff. The concert marks the first-ever collaboration between Wordless Music Orchestra and the Ecstatic Music Festival.

Saturday’s show will feature Bischoff in collaboration with a number of A-list “rock” innovators, including David Byrne, Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, Zac Pennington of Parenthetical Girls, singer/songwriter Mirah, Carla Bozulich of the influential alt-country band the Geraldine Fibbers, composer/performer Charlie Looker, and fellow Dead Science member Sam Mickens.”

Listen to Bischoff discuss Saturday’s upcoming performance in a recent interview with host Nadia Sirota.

See the full article here.


From Q2 Music: “Q2 Music Previews the Ecstatic Music Festival 2012″

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An Evening of Musical Curiosity and Cross-Pollination at The Greene Space
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

“On Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 pm in The Greene Space, Q2 Music presents a live concert and videocast with a star-studded lineup of composer-performers from this season’s hotly-anticipated Ecstatic Music Festival 2012. Hosted by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight, the show includes performances by composer-percussionist Jason Treuting of So Percussion, multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negron of Arturo en el Barco, and musical polymath Jherek Bischoff of bands including Xiu Xiu and Parenthetical Girls. The evening also features conversation with composer and Ecstatic Music Festival curator Judd Greenstein.


Terrance McKnight

At the nexus of the active, New York-centric indie-classical scene, Merkin Concert Hall’s Ecstatic Music Festival made a name for itself in its inaugural year as a ground-breaking series emphasizing vibrant, adventurous ensembles and unlikely collaborations between composers from the pop and classical realms. In this its second year, the festival returns with an exciting new line-up of artists from diverse musical backgrounds and its signature emphasis on curiosity, risk and discovery.

See the full post here.


From Q2 Music: “Celebrate Philip Glass at 75 with his Symphony No. 9″

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Celebrate Philip Glass at 75 with his Symphony No. 9
The New York Iconic Composer Tackles the Infamous Ninth Symphony


Philip Glass

On January 31, 2012 at 4 pm, Q2 Music celebrates the 75th birthday of iconic, New York composer Philip Glass with a premiere Webcast of his Symphony No. 9 with conductor Dennis Russell Davies and the Bruckner Orchester Linz. Only released today to coincide with his 75th birthday and the American Composers Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall concert celebration, Glass’s Symphony No. 9 comes during a remarkably fruitful and diverse anniversary year, which includes countless premieres, recordings and the revival of his landmark opera Einstein on the Beach.

We hope you’re excited as we are to hear how Glass has tackled the infamous ninth symphony. If you get a chance to listen in, visit the web page for this program and leave your thoughts and reactions.


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 Music: China In New York Festival

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“As part of our China in New York festival, composer Huang Ruo interviews a different Chinese-born composer who has lived in the United States and become prominent to New York City audiences. Hear these interviews Monday, January 23 to Friday, January 27 12 noon with repeats at 7 pm on Q2 Music.

Monday, January 23 at 12 noon and 7pm: Zhou Long
Tuesday, January 24 at 12 noon and 7 pm: Du Yun
Wednesday, January 25 at 12 noon and 7 pm: Lei Liang
Thursday, January 26 at 12 noon and 7 pm: Chou Wen-chung
Friday, January 27 at 12 noon and 7 pm: Min Xiao-fen “

Hosted by Huang Ruo

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Huang Ruo

See the full article here.


From Q2 Music: “Q2 Music Previews the Ecstatic Music Festival 2012″

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An Evening of Musical Cross-Pollination at The Greene Space
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

“On Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 pm in The Greene Space, Q2 Music presents a live concert and videocast with a star-studded lineup of composer-performers from this season’s hotly-anticipated Ecstatic Music Festival 2012. Hosted by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight, the show includes performances by new-music polymaths Jason Treuting, Angélica Negron, Sxip Shirey and Jherek Bischoff, as well as a conversation with composer and Ecstatic Music Festival curator and founder, Judd Greenstein.

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Terrance McKnight

At the nexus of the active, New York-centric indie-classical scene, The Ecstatic Music Festival made a name for itself in its inaugural year as a ground-breaking series emphasizing vibrant, adventurous ensembles and unlikely collaborations between composers from the pop and classical realms. In this its second year, the festival returns with an exciting new line-up of artists from diverse musical backgrounds and its signature emphasis on curiosity, risk and discovery.

See the full article here.


From Q2 Music: “The Holy Trinity of Contemporary Polish Music “

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Composer Jakub Ciupinski Curates Music by Lutoslawski, Penderecki, and Górecki

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Jakub Ciupinski

“Join Polish composer and electronic musician Jakub Ciupinski on Monday, January 16 at 7 pm for the first of two curated sets of Polish contemporary music. The first episode explores the holy trinity of 20th Century Polish new-music: Krzyztof Penderecki, Witold Lutoslawski, and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

A student of legendary Polish composer Kryzsztof Penderecki as well as the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse, Jakub Ciupinski has been performed by a wide array of A-list new-music performers, including violinist Anne Akiko-Meyers, The New Juilliard Ensemble, and Metropolis Ensemble. He’s also a regular performer of electroacoustic “gesture-based” music and a co-founder of the contemporary composer collective Blind Ear Music.

Join us for Jakub’s first show to hear music by the three titans of the 20th century whose work profoundly changed our international understanding of classical music. Tune in again Tuesday at 7 p.m. for a set that focuses on the new wave of contemporary Polish composers.”

See the full article here.


From Q2 Music – Written on the Wind: Huang Ruo and Min Xiao-fen

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Composer-Performers Huang Ruo and Min Xiao-fen Perform Live in The Greene Space

On Jan. 27 at 7 pm in The Greene Space, composer Huang Ruo joins WQXR host David Garland for Written on the Wind — an evening of conversation and premiere performances from New York and China-based composers that explore how place and tradition shape a composer’s style.

The evening includes music by New York composer/performers Min Xiao-Fen and Huang Ruo, Chen Xing-Ruo from Beijing, and Shen Ye from Shanghai, performed on traditional Chinese and western instruments.

See the full article here.


From Q2 Music: “Digging Deep “

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This Week’s Webcast: Music of Wolfe, Glass, Gordon, and Gubaidulina
Thursday, January 05, 2012

“Each Thursday at 7 pm this winter, stream Q2 Music for weekly Webcasts of new-music shows as recorded live at premiere venues around New York City. This week’s concert is taken from the first evening of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the annual Look & Listen Festival.

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Recorded May 19th, 2011 at the Chelsea Art Museum and hosted by Q2 Music Host Nadia Sirota, the performance featured JACK Quartet performing works by Julia Wolfe and Philip Glass, percussionist Doug Perkins performing Michael Gordon’s XY, and pianist Tanya Bannister presenting Sofia Gubaidulina’s Chaconne. So Percussion offers a “virtual” performance of a work dedicated to the festival, and both Wolfe and Gordon offer insights into the compositional processes behind their respective pieces.


Nadia Sirota

The Look & Listen Festival, founded in 2002 by composer Michael Gordon, is an annual event presenting cutting-edge contemporary music in New York City’s most prestigious art galleries. Each year, the festival features composer and visual artist interviews, presentations of pre-recorded electronic works by the Look & Listen Festival Composers Collective, and live performances of works by both established and emerging new-music composers.”

The full article is here.


From Q2 Music: “Nowej Muzyka: An Overview “

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A Weeklong Celebration of Contemporary Polish Music | January 16-22, 2012
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

“From January 16 to 22, 2012, Q2 Music presents Nowej Muzyka (or New Music in Polish) — an multifaceted immersion in the sounds of contemporary Polish new music, featuring two 24-hour marathons, live Warsaw Autumn Festival recordings, composer-curated shows, and a Webcast of In Memoriam Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, recorded live at Greenwich Village’s (Le) Poisson Rouge.”

See the full article for a complete listing of the events.

Hosted by Nadia Sirota


From Q2 Music: “ETHEL Quartet Performs Jacob TV “

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

“Each Thursday at 7 pm this winter, stream Q2 Music for weekly Webcasts of new-music shows as recorded live at premiere venues around New York City. This week, the adventurous ETHEL String Quartet performs the eccentric, boundary-bending music of Dutch composer Jacob Ter Veldhuis.


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A Reich-influenced Dutch composer with a political agenda, composer Jacob TV is in fact at home enough in the culture he satirizes so astutely to have won ardent champions among the highest ranks of American performers. His music is presented here by ETHEL, a celebrated post-classical string quartet that performs adventurous music of the past four decades, with emphasis on works composed since 1995.

The original webcast was the launching point for JacobTV on the Radio: an immersive 5-day festival that began March 17 and celebrated the music of JacobTV. Featuring introductions by phantom host JacobTV himself, hours of previously unheard pieces–from extensive European-only and private recordings of recent premieres, including his Piano Concerto No.2, Sky Falling, exclusive downloads and previous insightful appearances on WNYC, JacobTV on the Radio was an in-depth and far-reaching exploration of TV’s experimental sound.

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JacobTV

This concert, hosted by John Schaefer of WNYC’s New Sounds and Soundcheck, was recorded live from Merkin Concert Hall on March 11th, 2010.”

See the full article here.


From Q2 Music: “New Music Countdown”

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Please visit Q2′s New Music Countdown.

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“What are the modern-day equivalents of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Bach’s Brandenburgs and Mozart’s Requiem? Or, to put it another way, who would be elected prom king and queen in the homecoming of breathtaking, paradigm-shifting classical music composed in the 20th and 21st centuries?! It’s up to you to decide.

Join Q2 Music’s inaugural NEW MUSIC countdown by voting for your favorite classical works composed on or after 1900.

When you visit the page, “write in your selections using the entry form”, We’ll tally your votes and count down the top listener picks starting Dec. 29 and continue through New Year’s Eve.
Help us explore and give shape to the classical canon of tomorrow!”


From Q2 Music: “On Signatures, Broken Rhythms and Mutes “

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Get to Know the Brazilian-born Composer and New York Philharmonic Commission Recipient
Thursday, December 15, 2011

By Alexandre Lunsqui

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Alexandre Lunsqui

“I began to write this post only a few minutes after the first rehearsal of my work Fibers, Yarn and Wire with the New York Philharmonic, under the auspices of maestro Alan Gilbert. The rehearsals are taking place in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum.

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The score to Fibers, Yarn and Wire (Alexandre Lunsqui)

When I began to compose Fibers, Yarn and Wire, two pictures became important sources for ideas. I am quoting myself here: ‘One picture was taken from the architect Peter Vanderpoel’s essay titled Polyrhythms and Architecture and it consists of a large cloth made up of discreet strips woven individually and then assembled side by side to provide the finished garment. The other picture is a colorful staircase in the interior of a Moroccan building. Both pictures show the results of a similar working process: raw material — fiber and pigment — becoming exquisite forms. The outward complexity of these works almost conceals the highly elaborated, meticulous, and somewhat hypnotic handicraft involved. Yet, they immediately resonate as potential models for music making.”

See the rest of the composer’s essay here.


From Q2 Music: “Gloria Cheng meets the Calder Quartet “

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[Originated]Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on January 5, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Gloria Cheng and the Calder Quartet (Noriko Okabe)

“Each Thursday at 7 pm this winter, stream Q2 Music for weekly Webcasts of new-music shows as recorded live at premiere venues around New York City. This week: pianist Gloria Cheng and the Calder Quartet.

The Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet has forged an adventurous path, performing with indie rockers and experimental classical musicians. The group joins a fellow Californian, the experimental pianist Gloria Cheng for a set of pieces by Kaija Saariaho, Pierre Boulez, Olivier Messiaen and more. The show was recorded live on January 5, 2011 at Greenwich Village’s (Le) Poisson Rouge by Q2 Music.”

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Gloria Cheng

The full article is here.


From Q2 Music: “Contact! High: Composer Alexandre Lunsqui”

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Get to Know the Brazilian-born Composer and New York Philharmonic Commission Recipient

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Alexandre Lunsqui

“In anticipation of the world premiere of Alexandre Lunsqui’s New York Philharmonic-commissioned Fibers, Yarn and Wire this Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 at the Metropolitan Museum and Symphony Space, respectively, Q2 Music presents an exclusive chance to get to know the composer behind this season’s NY Phil CONTACT! new-music series. Delayed webcasts of CONTACT! can be heard on Q2 Music December 21, 24 and 29.”

See the full article here.


From Q2 Music: “Powerhouse Piano Concertos”

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Alex Ambrose

“For WQXR’s Beethoven Awareness Month, Q2 Music gets back to its “500 Years of New-Music” roots and pays homage to the genre where the many strands of the composer’s creative persona come into sharpest focus — the piano concerto. Every night at 10 pm throughout November, Q2 Music streams back-to-back piano concertos, the first from the 19th century and behind the imposing shadow of Beethoven’s own five masterworks and the second from today’s active, international repertoire.

For most performer-composers of Beethoven’s era, the piano concerto captured something to which other genres could not lay claim. It put the composer front and center as both inventor and salesman. For Beethoven, it presented the opportunity for the hammer-smashing, string-breaking, one-man-against-the-world soloist to demonstrate his technical prowess and improvisatory skills.

But Beethoven had many would-be competitors, who were also struggling to make a name for themselves, and though history may not have been as kind to such composers-pianists as Ignaz Moscheles (1794-1870), Carl Czerny (1791-1857), Friedrich Kalkbrenner (1780-1849), Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837) and many more of the early 19th century, we believe they deserve another chance to be heard. Listen in every night in November at 10 pm and judge for yourself if their music warrants this relative obscurity.

Due to uncompromising views on creativity and an awe-inspiring presence as soloist, however, Beethoven’s impact on the genre went beyond the score by transforming the concerto form into a means of illustrating an understanding of the individual’s relation to society. Epic struggles abounded and the symbolic notion of the valiant soloist battling an unsympathetic orchestra began to take shape — a conceit which continues to resonate to this day.

However as composer-performers became less standard and qualified virtuosos could perform even the most rigorous and idiosyncratic of others’ works, the concerto took on a more nuanced understanding, one that permitted both struggle and harmony and everything in between. For the second half of Q2 Music’s nightly pairings, enjoy kaleidoscopic and far-reaching versions of modern-day piano concertos, from such composers as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Bechara El-Khoury, Iiro Rantala, David Rakowski, Avner Dorman and many more.

Let us know what you think of the pairings and if have suggestions of other piano concertos from composers dead or alive, obscure or even more obscure, let us know! Join the conversation with your insights and help our understanding of how far the piano concerto has come.”

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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 Music: Nico Muhly Discusses His Catalogue

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Nico Muhly has already managed to build not one, but around three or four careers for himself as a composer. With his work on movie scores and indie-rock albums, he has one toe inching towards pop-culture recognition, while keeping one foot firmly in the classical mainstream with a substantial body of pieces composed for the likes of the New York Philharmonic and the English National Opera. And then there are his pet projects, the pieces he and a circle of close friends—folksinger Sam Amidon, singer/keyboardist Thomas Bartlett, electronic artists Ben Frost and Valgeir Sigurðsson, and violist Nadia Sirota—create together in Valgeir’s studio and on tour. But closest to Muhly’s heart is the repertoire of sacred choral music he’s created, drawing on his experiences as a boy chorister to write for music for performance in both churches and concert halls.”

Listen to Nico Muhly introduce his works.”


Nico Muhly

See the full post and listen to some of the pieces here.


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