LPR Live, from New York
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LPR Live brings the excitement of the live-concert experience back to life with recordings from Greenwich Village’s Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Drawn from performances of the finest contemporary classical music alongside interviews with its composers and performers, LPR Live draws back the curtain on new music from this underground hotbed of creativity and experimentation. LPR Live is produced by Q2 Music, WQXR's online home for discovery and the finest in today's classical music.
||CleanJaga Jazzist - Starfire||Jaga Jazzist is an eight-piece Norwegian ensemble with a sound that draws from jazz, vintage funk, Krautrock and shoegaze. It adds up to a mesmerizing, exploratory and overwhelmingly energetic sound simply meant to be experienced live. Led by composer||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBruce Brubaker and Francesco Tristano - Glass Piano Versions||Bruce Brubaker and Francesco Tristano are two virtuoso pianists from very different musical backgrounds. Brubaker is an American experimentalist known for his performances of music by John Adams, Meredith Monk and, especially, Philip Glass. Brubaker's||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGABI - Whole with You / Fleece||The music of GABI is hard to pin down. Chopped vocal fragments float and cluster among classical orchestration, found sounds and abstract electronic textures. At times atmospheric, at times heart-breakingly intimate, the music takes cues from Meredith Mo||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDaniel Wohl - Holographic (Excerpts)||For composer Daniel Wohl, the distinction between a physical performer and an electronic sound is inconsequential. While his music builds on the traditions of heady electronic pioneers like Morton Subotnick and Paul Lansky, he also takes inspiration fro||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEartheater - Mask Therapy||Eartheater is the solo project of Queens-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Alexandra Drewchin. Her music exists in a world all its own, incorporating looped textures and pitch-shifted vocals alongside elements of mystical folk and ambient music.||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDan Trueman - Nostalgic Synchronic||Composer and Princeton professor Dan Trueman is the inventor of a new instrument combining man and machine: the prepared digital piano. His Nostalgic Synchronic is a series of etudes that showcase the interactive instrument's capabilities, combining ol||11/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPort St. Willow - Syncope||Port St. Willow, the project of Brooklyn-based Nicholas Principe, performed its second improvisational, atmospheric album Syncope at Le Poisson Rouge on November 17, 2015. Principe rearranged the album as a continuous live piece for himself, backed by co||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEnsemble LPR - Andrew Norman's Gran Turismo||For this episode of LPR Live, we join the ambitious chamber group Ensemble LPR for a performance by American composer, Rome Prize winner and 2016 Guggenheim Fellow Andrew Norman. His Gran Turismo for eight virtuoso violinists draws its inspiration from||10/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBing & Ruth - City Lake||For this episode of LPR Live, we join Bing & Ruth – an ensemble of classically trained musicians that emotionally blends ambient electronic music with contemporary-classical minimalism and jazz – for backstage conversation and an exclusive performanc||9/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSarah Neufeld - The Ridge||The second season of Q2 Music's LPR Live podcast launches with a performance from composer and Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld. Her album The Ridge melds elements of classical, folk and pop and at times even simulates the sounds of electronic loopi||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Adams - String Quartet||Despite being one of relatively few chamber music pieces in his catalog, John Adams’s 2008 String Quartet stands among the composer’s most significant compositions and has been solidly adopted into the chamber-music canon. This episode features a liv||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTed Hearne - Parlor Diplomacy||If you're a composer and you at least partially acknowledge the musical history that came before you, you're left in a tough position. How can you even put pen to paper when so much profound music already exists? Do you disregard it? Build upon it? Scr||4/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Lang - Memory Pieces||David Lang's music hangs beautifully in the balance between head and heart. Despite the intricate mathematical undercurrents of his musical language and the rigorous construction of his forms, Lang's music is always primarily concerned with expression.||4/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVivian Fung - Harp Concerto||Simply put, the vast majority of classical music performance features the work of dead composers. Performers don't have the chance to ask a work's creator for advice; can't inquire about phrasing, articulation, or dynamics; and almost never were these pi||3/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTerry Riley and Samuel Adams - Studies||One of America’s most revered experimentalists, Terry Riley turned 80 years old in 2015. Somehow, he remains eternally youthful and effortlessly hip, continuing to compose and perform at an invigorated pace. For decades now Riley has furthered the mus||3/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristopher Cerrone - High Windows||Christopher Cerrone is one of those “on-the-brink” artists. The Brooklyn-based composer, riding an impressive wave of accolade and acclaim for his opera Invisible Cities, can seemingly not be heard enough, accumulating important commissions and||2/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Cage and Domenico Scarlatti - Piano Sonatas||On paper John Cage and Domenico Scarlatti—the experimental American composer and the late-Baroque keyboard maverick—make for an odd juxtaposition. But where some might hear contrast in the sonatas of this unlikely couple, pianist David Greilsammer h||2/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSteve Reich - Different Trains||LPR Live, a new podcast from Q2 Music showcasing music recorded live at Greenwich Village's Le Poisson Rouge, launches with a throwback to Steve Reich's seminal 1988 Different Trains for string quartet and tape, performed by the American Contemporary M||1/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Another great podcast from Q2 Music. Love it!
Too long has "classical music" been perceived as a term of the past. This is a term for today, and for excessive moments of surprise and exploration. So excited to have large chunks of music in the clear and downloadable. Contemporary classical music deserves this podcast, and happy for both Q2 and LPR!
Excellent New Podcast
As a big fan of Q2’s Meet The Composer, and ever since that show teased LPRL with a David Lang-centric episode, I’ve been eager for LPR Live's official release. It’s sort of a cross between Carnegie Hall Live and Song Exploder, which is to say, it’s awesome. Simple, sleek, engaging, and excellent performances, at least if ACME’s “Different Trains” is any indication. More!