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  • richardmitnick 6:50 PM on August 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

  • richardmitnick 1:27 PM on August 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Live Concerts: “Elysian Fields” 

    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.
    Can’t Tell My Friends
    Sweet Condenser
    Church of the Holy Family
    Old Old Wood

  • richardmitnick 12:05 PM on August 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

    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.

  • richardmitnick 2:40 PM on August 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Live Concerts: New Today – The Ossia Symphony Orchestra 

    Q2 Live Concerts


    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.

  • richardmitnick 4:45 PM on July 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Live Concerts: “International Contemporary Ensemble Does Stravinsky “ 


    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.


    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.

  • richardmitnick 12:30 PM on July 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

    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”

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

  • richardmitnick 2:43 PM on June 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Live Concerts: “Three-City Dash: Ethel and Alarm Will Sound “ 


    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.

  • richardmitnick 1:51 PM on May 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

    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.

    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

  • richardmitnick 6:01 PM on May 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Live Concerts: “Jonny Greenwood’s “Doghouse” 

    Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead


    “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.


    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!!

  • richardmitnick 10:52 PM on May 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Live Concerts:”Meredith Monk Live Videocast” 

    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.”

    John Schaefer

    See the full article here.

    Be there or be square.

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