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


    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 7:19 PM on February 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Music: “Nick Zammuto & Jason Treuting: Live at Merkin Hall” 


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

    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.

  • richardmitnick 7:30 AM on February 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Hammered at Q2: “Piano Plus” 


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

    A survey of modern piano concertos from Ravel to Rakowski

    “Talk about a genre with a lot of baggage! How does a composer even think to write a piano concerto today when the masterpieces of Mozart, Brahms and Ravel are your compositional context? This week on Hammered! we hear some of the magnificent creations of this historical dare.

    We recently offered one such concerto as our Album Of The Week, Jonathan Harvey’s Bird Concerto With Piano Song performed by the exquisite pianist and Ensemble InterContemporain member, Hideki Nagano.

    In this wonderful new concerto Harvey accepts the historical baggage of the genre, in this specific case the piano and orchestra music of Olivier Messiaen, and reinvents it. This extraordinarily inventive concerto incorporates digitized bird song, recorded by the composer in California, and completely rethinks the pianist’s roll in this avian consort. Rounding out Monday’s hour of bird concertos are works by — duh — Messiaen and a “concerto” for piano and electronics by Ezequiel Vinao.

    Throughout the week we’ll insert a few modern classics, including the “Left Hand” Concerto by Maurice Ravel and the Piano Concerto of Aaron Copland, certainly one of his masterworks.

    Also on the docket is music from David Rakowski (in a stupendous performance by Marilyn Nonken), John Adams (both his Riverrun and Century Rolls), Poul Ruders (introduced by the composer!) and one of the singular creations of the genre in the last century (in history?), the Piano Concerto of Gyorgy Ligeti.”

    See the full article here.

    Hammered! is hosted by Conor Hanick

  • richardmitnick 2:14 PM on February 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Music: “New Music in the Kaplan Penthouse” 


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

    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.”

    See the full post here.

  • richardmitnick 1:45 PM on February 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From The New Canon at Q2: “Cage Match with Randy Gibson” 


    The New Canon streams Fridays at 1PM on Q2 Music; encore presentations Wednesdays at 10AM and Sundays at 8PM on Q2.

    “On The New Canon this week, we look to another centennial with the 100th birthday of John Cage, asking disciple, composer and Avant Music Festival curator Randy Gibson: Where do we see the influences of Cage today?

    Randy Gibson

    Even more than last week’s birthday boy Philip Glass, John Cage is one of those composers whose influence is undeniable—just as undeniable as how heatedly he divides fans and detractors. And as the composer’s centennial approaches, we have more than 4’33 of silence to pour out in his memory. In fact, Glass and the minimalists can owe their reputation to Cage, who once quipped, ‘If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.’

    First stop is the third annual Avant Music Festival, which opens on the Feb. 10, features an evening-long Cage marathon, and is co-curated by composer Randy Gibson. Randy takes brand loyalty to a whole new level with his tattoo, the opening to Cage’s iconic Winter Music, and makes the perfect person to break down Cage’s lasting influence.”

    See the full post here, with some interactive utilities.

    The New Canon on Q2 is hosted by Olivia Giovetti

    Olivia Giovetti

  • richardmitnick 3:03 AM on February 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Music: “Richard Reed Parry, Son Lux and yMusic: Live from Merkin Concert Hall “ 


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

    A live Webcast of the Ecstatic Music Festival

    On Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30 pm ET, John Schaefer of WNYC’s New Sounds Live hosts a live audio Webcast on Q2 Music of Son Lux, Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, and new-music heavyweights yMusic as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival‘s continued collaboration between classical and indie musicians.

    John Schaefer


    Multi-instrumentalist and composer Richard Reed Parry, of the Grammy-winning rockers Arcade Fire, is also a founding member and producer of the Montreal-based instrumental group Bell Orchestre. Ryan Lott, who as Son Lux melds elements of electronica, indie rock, and classical composition, has earned accolades for his two LPs, At War with Walls & Mazes and We Are Rising, a record composed during a single month in response to an NPR challenge.

    yMusic, a sextet of classically-trained New York-based composers, released their debut album, Beautiful Mechanical last fall. The record was rated the number-one classical release of 2011 by The New York Times and included compositional contributions from Son Lux along with indie rock luminaries St. Vincent and Shara Worden as well as from composer and Ecstatic Music Festival curator Judd Greenstein. The ensemble’s collaborative spirit is a microcosm for that of the festival: its members have collaborated with Grizzly Bear, The National, Björk and others.”

    See the full article here.

  • richardmitnick 12:31 PM on February 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Nadia Sirota at Q2: “Composers-Who-Like-Other-Composers” 


    Nadia Sirota on Q2 streams weekdays at 12:00 noon and midnight at Q2

    “We hear a lot of composers, and artists in general, bemoaning their being lumped into some category or another. Some are irate over some genre classification that sounds trite or inappropriate, or frustrated at being mentioned in the same breath as colleagues of theirs with whom perhaps they are less-than-thrilled to be associated.

    This kind of complaint is in fact so common that I find myself being curiously drawn to those composers who actively display community, associating themselves strongly with other musicians, even other composers! This week is all about composers-who-like-other-composers, and we’re devoting programming to the Composers Collective.

    Performing is inherently a community-based endeavor. I like working with other musicians and I like the kind of elegant interpretations that are only possible after hashing things out grittily in rehearsal. Composing, on the other hand, can seem to be a lonely practice; one must, at some point sit down in solitude and put notes on paper. Many, many composers are very happy to work in relative isolation (think Xenakis). From time to time, though, composers seek out or stumble upon a sort of community (think Les Six). We’ll explore a bunch of different composer collectives this week, namely Bang On a Can, the NOW Ensemble, Sleeping Giant, Ears Open!, and Common Sense.”

    See the full article here.

    Nadia Sirota

  • richardmitnick 8:30 AM on February 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Hammered at Q2: “Post-Minimalism For A Post-Celebration” 


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

    Honoring Philip Glass’s recent 75th by exploring the fertile ground of his influence
    Monday, February 06, 2012

    “The champagne may be flat but we’re still riding the celebratory wave of birthday boy Philip Glass’s 75th by exploring the fertile genre of post-minimalism that he helped inspire. Tune in this week at 11 am and pm for reworkings, reinventions and revampings of Glass-brand minimalism.

    Philip Glass

    Last week there was a nice cross-current of influence here at Q2 Music. We celebrated Glass’s birthday with a premiere Webcast of his Ninth Symphony and also hosted a preview concert for the second annual Ecstatic Music Festival live at the Greene Space. Hearing that performance at the Greene Space is in many ways hearing the far-reaching impact of Glass’s most rudimentary musical tenets, but what’s remarkable is how uniquely these tenets have been recast.

    This is the music you’ll hear this week. We’ll frame each program with a brief piano piece from Glass and quickly turn to music that is related to, but almost unrecognizable from, the Glass style. Kind of like distant third cousins. Possibly half removed. On Monday we’ll hear music of Marti Epstein, Stephen Scott (a bowed piano piece Music One for Bowed Strings that is not to be missed!) and an enormous work by William Duckworth called The Time Curve Preludes.

    Later in the week catch post-minimalist masterpieces by Ingram Marshall, Kyle Gann and John Luther Adams, along with up-and-comers Jacob Cooper, Andy Akiho and Eliot Britton.

    See the full article here.

    Hammered! is hosted by Conor Hanick

  • richardmitnick 9:44 AM on February 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Cued Up at Q2: “Welcoming Mary Rowell” 


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

    The Fierce Champion of New-Music, Violinist Mary Rowell, Joins Q2 Music
    Sunday, February 05, 2012

    “This Sunday, February 5 at 2 pm ET, the co-founder and former violinist of the string quartet ETHEL lends her voice to the internet airwaves to share two hours-worth of her favorite New York City in-concert recordings. Featured composers include Jefferson Friedman, Christine Southworth, Caleb Burhans, Julia Wolfe, among others.

    Considered by critics to be one of the most important and exciting performers on the contemporary scene today, the violinist Mary Rowell cannot be classified. Known for her work with the Grammy Award-winning Tango Project, the indie band The Silos and pop icon Joe Jackson, she has carved an indelible place in the contemporary classical music world with the post-classical quartet ETHEL.

    Rowell has appeared as violin and electric violin soloist with the National Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York Chamber Orchestra, and Warsaw Philharmonic, among others and has stunned the dance world with her solo electric violin performances of Richard Einhorn’s Maxwell’s Demon. Rowell is an ensemble member of the Tribeca New Music Festival specializing in the “Avante-Pop” and is half of the experimental Americana duo BRIM with composer/performer Eve Beglarian.

    A graduate of the Juilliard School, she is currently the concertmaster of both the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and the Palm Beach Pops.

    This edition of Cued Up is hosted by Mary Rowell.

  • richardmitnick 9:38 PM on February 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Music: “Jherek Bischoff & Wordless Music Orchestra: Live from Merkin Concert Hall” 


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

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

    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.

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