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Nico Muhly

EXCLUSIVE: Nico Muhly on Bedroom Whale Watching, Nadia Sirota's Friendship, Diving with Joanna

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Nico Muhly >>

With Nadia Sirota finishing up her much-anticipated residency at Symphony Space, so, too, has her latest episode of WQXR-Q2's Meet the Composer podcast just wrapped with everyone's favorite working composer, Nico Muhly. And for their parts together, Sirota and Muhly will soon be packing up to hit the road with one of our own favorite working composers' collective, Iceland's Bedroom Community--for the third iteration of their grand "Whale Watching Tour."

Exclusive Nadia Sirota Talks Symphony Space Residency Feb. 1, Donnacha Dennehy's 'Tessellatum'

EXCLUSIVE: Violist and Broadcaster Nadia Sirota Talks February Residency at Symphony Space >>

Coming to Symphony Space this February is yMusic co-founder Nadia Sirota, in a much-anticipated four-night residency. From February 1-5, Ms. Sirota will be featured alongside Nico Muhly, Liam Byrne and David Lang, performing Donnacha Dennehy's Tessellatum, as well as works by Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, The National's Bryce Dessner and more.

Iceland's Bedroom Community Embarking on Whale Watching Tour Come Spring

Iceland's Bedroom Community Embarking on Whale Watching Tour Come Spring >>

Bedroom Community, Iceland's premiere composer collective and indispensable label, is celebrating its 10th anniversary here in 2016. So, in accordance with its decade of active, at-large members will embark on the third annual Whale Watching Tour, set to take place this coming March and April.

Ad-Rock And Money Mark

[UPDATE] Ad-Rock, Money Mark of the Beastie Boys, Lucius Added to David Byrne's 'Contemporary Color' >>

Ad-Rock and Money Mark of the Beastie Boys will be joining Talking Heads founder David Byrne's new show 'Contemporary Color,' which pairs various musicians with high-school color guard teams. Indie band Lucius has also been added to the roster, which includes Kelis, St. Vincent, Dev Hynes, Nelly Furtado and Nico Muhly with Ira Glass.

David Byrne

David Byrne Pairs Musicians With High School Color Guards in 'Contemporary Color' >>

Talking Heads founder David Byrne is presenting a new show "Contemporary Color," which pairs various musicians with high school color guard teams. Kelis, St. Vincent, Dev Hynes, Nelly Furtado and Nico Muhly with Ira Glass will all be performing at the four productions.

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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Bryce Dessner's MusicNOW Fest. Collab Details Announced >>

New details surrounding the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and music director Louis Langrée's groundbreaking artistic collaboration with the MusicNOW Festival and artistic director Bryce Dessner have been announced. This year’s festival will host works by Caroline Shaw, The National, Christopher Rouse, Daníel Bjarnason, Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens and more.

Bryce Dessner and The Knights

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A Bryce Dessner on 'Black Mountain Songs' Collaboration at BAM with Richard Reed Parry >>

In 1933, John A. Rice left Rollins College amid controversy and created Black Mountain College--a liberal arts scene in North Carolina based on John Dewey's principles of progressive education. Enlightened scholars, poets and artists to come down from the mountain would include: Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Josef and Anni Albers, Jacob Lawrence, Merce Cunningham, John Cage and Cy Twombly, to name but a few.

Richard Reed Parry, yMusic, Nico Muhly

yMusic Release 'Bladed Stance' Official Video Off 'Balance Problems' on New Amsterdam Records >>

yMusic have bestowed yet another gift from their sophomore effort "Balance Problems": the official video for "Bladed Stance," composed by Marcos Balter and from New Amsterdam Records.

Nico Muhly

PHOTOS: Richard Reed Parry, Nico Muhly and yMusic Ensemble at Roulette for Ear Heart Music Series >>

Richard Reed Parry performed pieces from his solo debut LP, Music for Heart and Breath, with Nico Muhly and the yMusic Ensemble at Roulette in Brooklyn.

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UPDATE: yMusic Stream 'Balance Problems' a Day Before New Amsterdam Records Release >>

yMusic have shared the full stream of their sophomore effort, "Balance Problems," on New Amsterdam Records, featuring compositions by Classicalite faves Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly and Timo Andres, as well as works by NOW Ensemble guitarist Mark Dancigers, Chicago timbralist Marcos Balter, Andrew Norman and Jeremy Turner. Set to drop tomorrow, you can stream the full album here thanks to Pitchfork Advance.

Richard Reed Parry

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry on 'Music for Heart and Breath,' Bryce Dessner and Growing Up With Folk Musician Parents >>

We recently caught up with Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry in transit to the Hollywood Bowl for a few quick quips on his album "Music For Heart And Breath," released this summer on Deutsche Grammophon Records.

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Reich and Glass Set Aside Differences on 'Four Organs' at BAM with Muhly, Andres, Cossin for Nonesuch at 50 >>

Steve Reich’s “Four Organs” was performed Tuesday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, David Cossin, Timo Andres and Steve Reich. The performance was the first of three by Reich and Glass as part of the 50th anniversary of the Nonesuch record label.

Nico Muhly

Nico Muhly’s Internet Opera, Two Boys, Gets Live Metropolitan Opera Release via Nonesuch Records on September 30 >>

Nico Muhlys’ internet opera, Two Boys, will be released on Nonesuch Records on September 30, 2014. Two Boys was recorded live (and streamed) at the Metropolitan Opera in 2013, with production by conductor David Robertson and director Bartlett Sher. The two-act opera also features a libretto by playwright Craig Lucas and vocals by Alice Coote and Paul Appleby.

yMusic, Balance Problems

yMusic Release 'Balance Problems' on New Amsterdam Records with Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Timo Andres and More >>

yMusic have announced plans to release their sophomore effort, 'Balance Problems,' via New Amsterdam Records--featuring compositions by Classicalite faves Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly and Timo Andres, as well as well as works by NOW Ensemble guitarist Mark Dancigers, Chicago timbralist Marcos Balter, Andrew Norman and Jeremy Turner--on September 30.

Minimalist Masterworks: Steve Reich and Philip Glass Take the Stage at BAM's 2014 Next Wave Festival, Robert Plan and Iron and Wine to Also Perform

Minimal Awkwardness: Philip Glass Versus Steve Reich at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival 2014 >>

The glass will be shattered regarding who's the better minimalist--Steve Reich vs. Phil Glass--in Brooklyn, New York during a three-day performance at BAM's upcoming Next Wave Festival 2014. Alcohol will be served, too.

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