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  • richardmitnick 5:14 PM on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Marvin Rosen’s Classical Discoveries at WPRB: “SACRED BRIDGES” IV 

    “The fourth annual program: SACRED BRIDGES Wednesday April 4, 2012
    presented during the time of important Jewish and Christian holidays, but focus is on music from multiple religious traditions rather than just two.


    Dr Marvin Rosen

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    On this program of spiritual music you will hear Four Biblical Tableau by the Russian/American Composer, Aaron Avshalomov (1894-1964), Requiem and Resurrection by the American Composer, Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000), Vous vous invitons a la Pere, Op. 58 by the Indian/English Composer, Hidayat Inyat Khan (1917- ), Miserere (2009) by Scottish Composer, James MacMillan (1959- ), Da Lamentatione Jeremiae by English Composer John Mundy (c. 1555-1630), Gurdjieff: Violin Concerto No. 2 by Australian Composer, Larry Sitsky (1934- ), Requiem by English Composer, Sir John Tavener (1944- ) plus music by Hermann Berlinski, Isabella Leonarda, Meira Warshauer and many others.

    The program will also include a number of selections by the Greek/Armenian traveller, Mystic and Composer Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1877-1949)”

    G.I. Gurdjieff
    G.I. Gurdjieff

    Listen in the Central New Jersey area at 103.3FM, or at wprb.com

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  • richardmitnick 8:51 PM on March 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Hammered! at Q2: “Lisa Moore Hosts Hammered!” 

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    Hammered! is a focused keyboard program at Q2. The program streams weekdays at 11AM and 11PM on Q2.

    Our second pianists-in-residence curating weeklong programs of piano music for American Mavericks

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    “This month on Hammered! we invite three pianists to curate episodes focused on the diverse body of keyboard music generated by some of the twentieth and twenty-first century’s most revolutionary musicians. Listen in 11 am and pm all this week for episodes hosted by the innovative Lisa Moore.

    By Lisa Moore

    ‘I’m thrilled to be curating a week of American Maverick episodes for Q2 Music’s Hammered!. My programs celebrate ‘maverick’ piano music – often with roots in song, ragtime, blues and jazz. Examples are sourced from historic live recordings, hot-off-the-press takes and composers’ private collections. There’s the straight-up 88 keys, player-pianos, prepared pianos, multiple pianos, a harpsichord, an accordion, organs and also marimbas. There’s detuned, well-tuned, and perhaps a little out of tune…(can’t blame us).

    Daily from Monday to Thursday Hammered! explores a mix of 20th century examples – from early to late. There’s some Eubie Blake, Scott Joplin, Henry Cowell, George Gershwin, Charles Ives, Conlon Nancarrow, Ruth Crawford Seeger, John Cage, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Philip Glass, John Adams, Ingram Marshall, Martin Bresnick, William Albright, Jerome Kitzke, Julia Wolfe, Annie Gosfield, Don Byron and more.

    On Friday March 23rd I wrap things up with the next new (somewhat younger) 21st century generation of voices – composer such as Daniel Wohl, Paul Kerekes, Hannah Lash and Missy Mazzoli. Alas, it was impossible to include all the beautiful and worthy examples in just 5 hours so my apologies to those not included (next time!).

    See the full article here.

    This week Hammered! is hosted by Lisa Moore
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  • richardmitnick 1:41 PM on March 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Hammered! at Q2: “Kathleen Supové Hosts Hammered!” 

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    Hammered! is a focused keyboard program at Q2. The program streams weekdays at 11AM and 11PM on Q2.

    “This month on Hammered! we invite three pianists to curate episodes focused on the diverse body of keyboard music generated by some of the twentieth and twenty-first century’s most revolutionary musicians. Listen in 11 am and pm all this week for episodes hosted by the fearless Kathleen Supové.

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    By Kathleen Supové

    ‘…When one thinks of American Mavericks, several names immediately come to mind: John Cage, Lou Harrison, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams, and a few others. In my series, I tried to focus on artists other than these, some of whom are underplayed, some young and not yet well known and some I believe to be Mavericks in ways that perhaps you don’t expect…..'”

    Read all about it here.

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  • richardmitnick 1:44 PM on March 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Music – “American Mavericks Festival: What’s Ahead” 

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    Q2 is the 24/7 New Music Stream from New York Public Radio

    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


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    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)

    I have just hit the high spots. Please visit the complete web page here to know (almost) everything that is going to happen

     
  • richardmitnick 12:50 PM on February 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Hammered at Q2: “Also Sprach A Living Composer!” 

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    Hammered! is a focused keyboard program at Q2. The program streams weekdays at 11AM and 11PM on Q2.

    Living, breathing composers introduce their piano music this week on Hammered!

    “A counterpoint of instructive voices host this week on Hammered! as we pass the mic among a collection of composers who will introduce their own works for piano. Hear their musical secrets all week at 11 am and pm.

    Really, who better to talk about a new piece than its composer? All week we’ll hear composers like Ingram Marshall, Judd Greenstein, Christopher Cerrone and Lowell Liebermann (and that’s just Monday!) talk about their music before hearing some of the most striking works being written today. Later in the week you’ll be joined by Steve Reich, Missy Mazzoli, Jacob Cooper and Paola Prestini.

    These composer introductions are a feature unique to Q2 Music and invaluable in providing a context for the great music you hear on this program. But we’re still growing our composer intro library, so, if you could hear anyone introduce their own music, who would it be?

    Also, stay tuned later in the week for information about how you can pledge support in our Winter Fund Drive, and lastly keep your eyes peeled for details on — not joking at all — a festival of American Maverick music that is absolutely not to be missed … all right here at Q2 Music.”

    Hammered! is hosted by Conor Hanick

     
  • richardmitnick 9:18 PM on February 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Cued Up at Q2: “Millennial Mavericks” 

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    Cued Up On Q2 streams Sundays at 2PM on Q2; encores Tuesdays at 8PM and Thursdays at 4PM on Q2

    Live performances by NOW Ensemble, Victoire, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and More

    “As Q2 Music prepares to go all-American Mavericks all the time next month, we’ve been doing a lot of listening to Varèse, Copland, Harrison, Cage, Monk and more. But while we’ve been excited to see the return of a concert series given in 2000 by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, we can’t help but think of the new mavericks.

    So taking as a springboard the styles of our 20th-century Mavericks, we’re looking today at in-concert recordings from composers who in this century challenge and redefine the way music is created and consumed.

    There are nods to the greats of the past (such as Sergei Prokofiev’s grandson, Gabriel Prokofiev), but the present has a mightily different face. We’ll hear from Missy Mazzoli’s rockstar quintet Victoire live at Chelesea’s Look and Listen Festival, blending the lines between rock and classical (we’ll hear more to that end with music from Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood). And we’ll hit up the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for a trio by juggernaut composer Kevin Puts.

    There will also be hints of social consciousness in by the NOW Ensemble of Judd Greenstein’s Change and Ensemble 212 of Tahrir by Mohammed Fairouz, and selections from concert series like the Ecstatic Music Festival and SONiC. All told, various threads of the contemporary zeitgeist will weave together in two hours of musical bliss.”

    This edition of Cued Up is hosted by Olivia Giovetti

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    I wish to again remind readers that rthey can still access, enjoy and learn from the original American Public Media radio project American Mavericks.

    While Minnesota Public Radio has taken down most of the audio, you can still access the text materials.

     
  • richardmitnick 7:00 AM on February 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Hammered! at Q2: “Loops, Ladders and Wind-Up Birds” 

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    Hammered! is a focused keyboard program at Q2. The program streams weekdays at 11AM and 11PM on Q2.

    Exploring Brooklyn-based composer Ryan Francis‘s box of musical toys

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    Ryan Anthony Francis

    “Among diverse cast of characters informing Brooklyn-based composer Ryan Anthony Francis’s musical language are author Haruki Murakami, artist M.C. Escher and poet Wilhelm Muller. Hear what they’ve told him this week at 11 am and pm on Hammered!.

    You can hear Escher in the interlocking motivic infinities in Francis’s Etude Jacob’s Ladder, Murakami’s polished elegance in the Wind-Up Bird Preludes, and Muller’s prophetic solemnity in Consolations.

    This is to say nothing of the musical personalities sitting on his other shoulder, a lineup of composers beginning with Frederic Chopin and filing through Henri Dutilleux and Richard D. James of Aphex Twin. Each of these voices are considered, adapted and synthesized by Francis into an aggressively original musical language that uses nuance, precision and stylistic-variance to create music that is at once lush, probing and inventive.

    Accompanying Hammered!’s week-long survey of his piano music are works that interact with Francis’s language in especially intriguing ways. You’ll hear songs by Franz Schubert, movements from Harrison Birtwistle’s Harrison’s Clocks, a recent work from Arlene Sierra and, to balance Francis’s mammoth Moonlight Fantasy, a remarkable performance from pianist Sergei Babayan of Maurice Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit.

    See the full article here.

    Hammered! is hosted by Conor Hanick

     
  • richardmitnick 11:04 AM on February 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Cued Up at Q2: “Acoustic Music That Sounds Like Electronic Music” 

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    Cued Up On Q2 streams Sundays at 2PM on Q2; encores Tuesdays at 8PM and Thursdays at 4PM on Q2

    Works by Tristan Perich, Michael Gordon, Ingram Marshall, and more.

    “It’s the 21st Century and it’s pretty safe to say that there’s no shortage of composers today who have been inspired by the sounds of electronic music, whether through the tape collages of Stockhausen and Xenakis, the electroacoustic manipulations of Pauline Oliveros, or the beat-driven textural experiments of lap-top sample-ists like Flying Lotus and DJ Shadow.

    This week on Cued Up, we’ll be exploring live performances of acoustic and electroacoustic music that take on the sonic quality of electronic music. We’ll hear works by Tristan Perich and Todd Reynolds that pair live strings with electronics, and Ingram Marshall’s seminal Fog Tropes II. Alarm Will Sound offers a startlingly fresh take on The Beatles’ Revolution #9 and the Young People’s Chorus of New York and Kronos Quartet accent the other-worldly textures of Michael Gordon’s Exalted.

    The program will also feature two brand-new live recordings that blur the lines between acoustic and electronic from So Percussion’s Jason Treuting (taken from a live show at The Greene Space in February 2012) and composer/Slow Six bandmember Christopher Tignor, recorded at this year’s Ecstatic Music Festival.

    This week Cued Up is hosted by Olivia Giovetti

    Olivia Giovetti

     
  • richardmitnick 5:27 AM on February 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Music: Composer Portals 

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    Q2 is the 24/7 New Music Stream from New York Public Radio

    Ever-Expanding Access into the Minds of Your Favorite Composers

    Q2 tells us, “We here at Q2 Music will always strive to bring you the best and brightest in new-music. But now we are beginning to explore the spaces between the music. You will now be able to hear the voices of the composers themselves as they provide exclusive, concise introductions to subsequent music.

    Q2 Music affirms its commitment to enshrining the insights and wisdom of today’s composers. We will archive these introductions online and continue to add more composers to the mix both in-stream and online. Check back as we look to add more of your favorite composers to this page!

    | Derek Bermel | Sebastian Currier | Osvaldo Golijov | Michael Gordon | Judd Greenstein | Aaron Jay Kernis | Paul Moravec | Nico Muhly | Angélica Negrón | Paola Prestini | Steve Reich | ”

    Please visit this Composer Portals page, where you will find all of the composers above in hot links to access their comments and hear their music.

     
  • richardmitnick 1:09 PM on February 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Cantaloupe Music: “Big Beautiful Dark and Scarey” Releases February 28, 2012 

    Cantaloupe Music is the recording arm of Bang On a Can, the original New Music DIY organization.

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    Bang On A Can All-Stars Big Beautiful Dark and Scarey
    Cantaloupe CA21074 releases 02/28/12

    The Bang on a Can All-Stars have recorded their first studio album in five years and is the first to include the All-Stars’ current line-up: Ashley Bathgate, cello; Robert Black, bass; Vicky Chow, piano; David Cossin, percussion; Mark Stewart, electric guitar; and Evan Ziporyn, clarinets. With Big Beautiful Dark and Scary, the Bang on a Can All-Stars show off their blazing speed, polyrhythmic virtuosity and all-world versatility in a return to the core Bang on a Can sound – an uncategorizable supermix of classical and electric instruments that is part classical ensemble, part rock band.

    The album is the first in a decade that features the All-Stars exclusively, rather than as part of a collaborative project. Each of the pieces on the double-CD calls upon a different kind of virtuosity, demonstrating the range of musical abilities and experiences arguably unique to this ensemble. Recorded in New York City, all of the music on Big Beautiful Dark and Scary (including the arrangements of the works by Conlon Nancarrow) were written for and premiered by the Bang on a Can All-Stars.”

     
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