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  • richardmitnick 2:21 PM on January 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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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.


    Michael Gordon


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    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.]

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  • richardmitnick 9:39 PM on January 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    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.”

     
  • richardmitnick 3:04 PM on December 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

     
  • richardmitnick 9:07 AM on October 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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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.

     
  • richardmitnick 3:11 PM on October 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

     
  • richardmitnick 12:51 PM on October 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

     
  • richardmitnick 7:06 AM on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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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  • richardmitnick 10:36 AM on October 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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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.

     
  • richardmitnick 2:51 PM on October 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

     
  • richardmitnick 8:58 AM on September 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

     
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