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LPR Live, from New York

Live-performance podcast which draws back the curtain on creativity and experimentation from Greenwich Village’s Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.

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Download: John Adams's Grooving String Quartet with Attacca 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 compelling works and has been solidly adopted into the chamber-music canon. This episode features a live performance of the titanic two-movement piece, performed live at Le Poisson Rouge by the Attacca Quartet. Joining Adams's on-stage introduction of the piece are violinist Keiko Tokunaga and violist Luke Flemming of the Attacca Quartet. You’ll hear them recount the trial-by-fire circumstances of their first performance, the details of a late-night phone call and how to temper performance anxiety and just groove.  This performance of John Adams's String Quartet by the Attacca Quartet features Amy Shroeder and Keiko Tokunaga on violin, Luke Flemming on Viola, and Andrew Yee on cello. Listen to the complete concert at www.q2music.org. John Adams’s String Quartet was featured by permission from Boosey & Hawkes. Visit Boosey on the web at www.boosey.com.

34mins

3 May 2016

Rank #1

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Christopher Cerrone's 'High Windows' Finds an Elusive Balance

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 performances across the country.   This episode of LPR Live offers a bird’s eye view of his work for string quartet and string orchestra, High Windows, and features a performance by Quartet Senza Misura, Metropolis Ensemble and conductor Andrew Cyr. Cerrone’s music strikes that elusive balance between intense emotion and meticulous craft, and combines ornamental dissonance with luminous triadic harmony in a singular language. You’ll hear from Cerrone and the Metropolis Ensemble director Andrew Cyr about High Windows’ unlikely source material, the pitfalls of writing string orchestra music, and, for Cyr, what it feels like to literally be in the middle of such intense music.  This concert was recorded live at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on April 7, 2014.  Christopher Cerrone’s High Windows was used by arrangement with Schott Music Corporation, New York.

18mins

23 Feb 2016

Rank #2

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Download: Pianist Sarah Cahill Performs Terry Riley and Samuel Adams

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 musical traditions he helped start in the '60s while serving as an inspiration to newer and younger generations of composers and performers. This episode of LPR Live tips a hat to this musical maverick with live performances by the California-based pianist Sarah Cahill. In addition to the music of Riley included on this homage to the composer at Le Poisson Rouge, Cahill intersperses works by a younger generation of kindred spirits. One of our favorites is Samuel Adams, the current composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony, who wrote Shade Studies, a piece for piano and resonators, specifically for these celebratory performances. Riley’s Keyboard Study 1 and Adams’ complementary work is preluded by Cahill and Adams describing their close relationship with the composer, the mesmerizing spell cast by Riley’s piano writing, and the uniquely resonant sounds you hear listening to music from underneath a piano. Listen to the complete show on www.q2music.org. Samuel Adams’s Shade Studies was commissioned by Russ Irwin for pianist Sarah Cahill. The first performance was given by Sarah Cahill in the recital hall at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on January 16, 2015. Thanks to Associated Music Publishers, Inc. and BMI for the use of Terry Riley’s Keyboard Studies.

22mins

8 Mar 2016

Rank #3

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Download: David Lang Distills Late Friends in '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. This episode of LPR Live features two movements from Lang's Memory Pieces for piano, one of the composer's most personal and intimate works. Each movement is a sort of musical memorial – a recollection or conversation with a close friend, distilled into a brief musical moment. But, as Lang explains, it's not all gloom, doom and nostalgia. He describes charming encounters with composer John Cage and pianist Yvar Mikhashoff, the profundity of being asked to write a memorial for someone still alive and the mystery of musical expression. Join us backstage with the composer and in the audience at Le Poisson Rouge to hear pianist Andrew Zolinsky perform the Memory Pieces "Cage" and "Spartan Arcs." Discover the dynamic best of today's classical music 24/7 on Q2 Music from New York. Download the WQXR app and hit play: www.wqxr.org/mobile/

14mins

5 Apr 2016

Rank #4

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Andrew Norman's Video Game-Inspired 'Gran Turismo' with Ensemble LPR

Join the ambitious chamber group Ensemble LPR for a performance by American composer Andrew Norman. His 'Grand Turismo' for eight virtuoso violinists, draws its inspiration from the racing-car video game of the same name. --- About the podcast: LPR Live brings the excitement of the live-concert experience back to life with recordings from Greenwich Village’s pioneering Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Drawn from performances of the finest contemporary classical music, jazz, electronic and indie-rock alongside interviews with the musicians, LPR Live explores draws back the curtain on musical cross-pollination. New episodes every other Tuesday through January. Listen to the full concert at our homepage www.q2music.org/lprliveProduced by Q2 Music www.q2music.org --- Q2 Music from New York's WQXR is your multi-platform home for dynamic and inspiring contemporary-classical music. Discover countless new artists via our 24/7 stream, hand-crafted daily to reward your curiosity. Welcome to a world of new music. Like Q2 Music on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Q2MusicFollow Q2 Music on Twitter: @Q2MusicFollow Q2 Music on Instagram: @Q2Music

15mins

11 Oct 2016

Rank #5

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Man Meets Machine on Dan Trueman's 'Nostalgic Synchronic'

Composer Dan Trueman is the inventor of a new instrument: the prepared digital piano. Last October, we joined Trueman and So Percussion's Adam Sliwinski for conversation and a performance demonstrating the interactive instrument's capabilities, which utilize old-fashioned composition techniques while looking toward the future of music performance. --- About the podcast: LPR Live brings the excitement of the live-concert experience back to life with recordings from Greenwich Village’s pioneering Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Drawn from performances of the finest contemporary classical music, jazz, electronic and indie-rock alongside interviews with the musicians, LPR Live explores draws back the curtain on musical cross-pollination. New episodes every other Tuesday through January. Listen to the full concert at our homepage www.q2music.org/lprliveProduced by Q2 Music www.q2music.org --- Q2 Music from New York's WQXR is your multi-platform home for dynamic and inspiring contemporary-classical music. Discover countless new artists via our 24/7 stream, hand-crafted daily to reward your curiosity. Welcome to a world of new music. Like Q2 Music on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Q2MusicFollow Q2 Music on Twitter: @Q2MusicFollow Q2 Music on Instagram: @Q2Music

20mins

8 Nov 2016

Rank #6

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Listen: Port St. Willow Brings 'Syncope' to Life at Le Poisson Rouge

Port St. Willow, the project of Brooklyn-based Nicholas Principe, performed its second improvisational, atmospheric album Syncope at Le Poisson Rouge this past November. Join Principe, multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dunn and drummer Tommy Crane backstage to discuss the art of performing ambient music live and bringing new life to recorded music in a live setting. --- About the podcast: LPR Live brings the excitement of the live-concert experience back to life with recordings from Greenwich Village’s pioneering Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Drawn from performances of the finest contemporary classical music, jazz, electronic and indie-rock alongside interviews with the musicians, LPR Live explores draws back the curtain on musical cross-pollination. New episodes every other Tuesday through January. Listen to the full concert at our homepage www.q2music.org/lprliveProduced by Q2 Music www.q2music.org --- Q2 Music from New York's WQXR is your multi-platform home for dynamic and inspiring contemporary-classical music. Discover countless new artists via our 24/7 stream, hand-crafted daily to reward your curiosity. Welcome to a world of new music. Like Q2 Music on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Q2MusicFollow Q2 Music on Twitter: @Q2MusicFollow Q2 Music on Instagram: @Q2Music

14mins

25 Oct 2016

Rank #7

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Bing & Ruth's Family Reunion for Cult-Classic 'City Lake'

Bing & Ruth – an ensemble of classically trained musicians – blends the colors of ambient electronic music with contemporary classical and jazz. Join us for backstage conversation with band-members and an exclusive performance. --- About the podcast: LPR Live brings the excitement of the live-concert experience back to life with recordings from Greenwich Village’s pioneering Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Drawn from performances of the finest contemporary classical music, jazz, electronic and indie-rock alongside interviews with the musicians, LPR Live explores draws back the curtain on musical cross-pollination. New episodes every other Tuesday through January. Listen to the full concert at our homepage www.q2music.org/lprliveProduced by Q2 Music www.q2music.org --- Q2 Music from New York's WQXR is your multi-platform home for dynamic and inspiring contemporary-classical music. Discover countless new artists via our 24/7 stream, hand-crafted daily to reward your curiosity. Welcome to a world of new music. Like Q2 Music on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Q2MusicFollow Q2 Music on Twitter: @Q2MusicFollow Q2 Music on Instagram: @Q2Music

32mins

27 Sep 2016

Rank #8

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Download: Vivian Fung Concerto with Harpist Bridget Kibbey

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 pieces written specifically for them. For this episode of LPR Live, however, quite the opposite is true. You'll hear the world premiere performance of Canadian-born composer Vivian Fung's Harp Concerto, the fruit of a close collaboration with New York City-based harpist Bridget Kibbey, heard here live at Le Poisson Rouge on April 6, 2014 with conductor Andrew Cyr leading the Metropolis Ensemble. Throughout the collaborative process for this tailor-made concerto, Kibbey and Fung were in constant contact, with Fung catering her writing to Kibbey's singular musicianship while Kibbey provided input for idiomatic – ;and sometimes un-traditional – approaches to the instrument. The result is a vividly colored exploration of style and sonority that showcases the virtuosity of both performer and composer. In conversation before the performance, Kibbey and Fung are joined by Metropolis Ensemble director Andrew Cyr to discuss the dynamics of their close-knit collaboration, the thrills of live performance, and what it took to turn the harp from angelic arpeggiator to virtuoso protagonist.  Discover the dynamic best of today's classical music 24/7 on Q2 Music from New York. Download the WQXR app and hit play: www.wqxr.org/mobile/

26mins

22 Mar 2016

Rank #9

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Download: LPR Live Returns with Sarah Neufeld's 'The Ridge'

The second season of LPR Live launches with composer and Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld. Her new album "The Ridge" melds elements of classical, folk and pop. --- About the podcast:  LPR Live brings the excitement of the live-concert experience back to life with recordings from Greenwich Village’s pioneering Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Drawn from performances of the finest contemporary classical music, jazz, electronic and indie-rock alongside interviews with the musicians, LPR Live explores draws back the curtain on musical cross-pollination. New episodes every other Tuesday through January. Listen to the full concert at our homepage www.q2music.org/lprliveProduced by Q2 Music www.q2music.org --- Q2 Music from New York's WQXR is your multi-platform home for dynamic and inspiring contemporary-classical music. Discover countless new artists via our 24/7 stream, hand-crafted daily to reward your curiosity. Welcome to a world of new music. Like Q2 Music on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Q2MusicFollow Q2 Music on Twitter: @Q2MusicFollow Q2 Music on Instagram: @Q2Music

16mins

13 Sep 2016

Rank #10