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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.

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From Nadia Sirota on Q2: “China in New York”


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New Music in New Places: Celebrating the China in New York Festival on Q2 Music

“Kung Hei Fat Choi! When I was in kindergarten, my super awesome teachers Ms. Danielson and Ms. Doane had us bring in paper bags, in which we cut holes three holes (a big one in the very bottom and two smaller ones on the sides), adorned with construction paper scales, and pulled over our heads to march down the hallway of our school as a giant, kindergartener-fueled Lunar New Year dragon. It was pretty much the best day of kindergarten.

It’s now the year of the DRAGON, an especially lucky year, and Q2 Music is going to help you ring it in with TONS of new music by Chinese and Chinese-American composers. Our parent station, WQXR, is hosting the China in New York Festival this week, and it is chock full of amazing radio events, from Greene Space concerts to the New York Philharmonic’s Chinese New Year performance. Over here, true to our goal of learning about new works straight from the artists’ mouths, we are featuring special guest, composer Huang Ruo, each weekday at the top of my show (12 to 1 pm), to interview some of his favorite colleagues. You won’t want to miss this!!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Happy New Year! Come celebrate with Q2 Music and WXQR!”

Nadia Sirota

From Nadia Sirota at Q2: “Titans of Polish Music: Past, Present, and Future “


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

“It may sound kind of obvious, but one of the perks of working at this station is constantly being exposed to new music. This week, we are celebrating Polish music from the past 50 years or so in our Muzyka Nowa festival, and I’m happy to say that aside from the heavy hitters (cough, Penderecki, Górecki, cough) this music is basically all completely new to me! Not just new, but both awesome AND new. Yay. So now that we’ve established my relative ignorance with regards to new-music from Poland, I will admit that I’ve received a TON of help from people more well-informed than myself (Polish people! And non-Polish people!) and this festival is shaping up splendidly.

There’s so much fun stuff this week! We’re having not one but TWO immersive days of Polish programming; special guest host, composer Jakub Ciupinski; EXCLUSIVE recordings of the highlights of over a decade of The Warsaw Autumn festival, music by everyone from Witold Lutoslawski to Paweł Szymański, and so much more. If you’ve ever been curious about the world of Polish new-music, boy howdy, you’re gonna want to tune in!

Jakub Ciupinski

So join me this week as we explore Polish music together! This is the kind of thing you will only find here on Q2 Music.”

See the full article here.

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From Nadia Sirota @Q2: “Composers Speak Out! “


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A Kaleidoscope of Composerly Voices Joins Nadia Sirota


“This is a really special week on the show. While I know you’ve become accustomed to my riffs on the providence of music written by people who are still alive, this week we get to hear about everything – from inspiration to circumstance to execution – right from the mouths of the creators. That’s right, this week I’ll be joined by a dozen or so composers who will guide us through the lion’s share of this week’s programming.

This is all part of a long-term Q2 Music project of gathering composer introductions. We’ve secretly been luring composers to our studios over the past couple years and asking them to contextualize all of the works of theirs we have in our database. At this point, we’ve got quite the library of voices and intros. I honestly think this is some of the most fascinating stuff on the planet! Imagine if we could listen to Beethoven describe his thinking when writing 59/1! Or Monteverdi, whilst penning the Vespers! Something about Monteverdi made me say whilst. And penning.

Ultimately, one of our goals is to have composers guiding you through their music even during un-hosted moments of the Q2 Music stream, effectively creating a sort of semi-hosted, radio-hybrid awesomeness. (There are other plans in the works, but more on that later!) For now, though, I’ll be guiding you through some of the cooler moments of our archive. You never know who may join us…

There’s a ton of amazing stuff to look forward to this week, so be sure to listen in! And let us know which other voices you’d like to hear in the coming months!”

The page is here.

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From Nadia Sirota @Q2: “Welcome to The Future!”


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

“Hey there, 2012, you’re looking mighty fine! Every time I cross the threshold of a new year, I cannot help but think of it as a mild miracle of time travel. Remember the first time, in grade school, a classmate bid you farewell for the weekend with the remark ‘see you next year?’ It was mind-blowing!

At least for me. So yes! Now it is The Future, and this inaugural week of The Future is full of things that you, the listener, have told us are your absolute favorites, and know what? You have excellent taste! All the programming this week has been derived from your favorite 50 pieces of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Thanks for making this week a breeze for me! All I have to do is sit back and listen to great music that y’all have chosen. While every piece this week made it into the top 50, we’ll be counting off the top 10 works of the past 100 years or so every day at 2 o’clock.

Oh, and speaking of time travel, this show, like Samoa, has made a small adjustment in our schedule. You can now hear repeat presentations of my show at midnight! It may in fact be undetectable, but like Samoa, we felt it was a good plan. So, Happy New Year! Here’s to more incredible music that has yet to be written! Have you heard your favorite work of 2012 yet??

From Nadia Sirota on Q2: “Let’s Make CONTACT!”


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“One of Alan Gilbert’s loveliest initiatives as the music director of the New York Philharmonic these past three seasons has been the CONTACT! series, dedicated to living composers and new works. This year’s series kicked off this past weekend with a concert devoted to the works of Alexandre Lunsqui, Phil composer-in-residence Magnus Lindberg, and HK Gruber, sixty-six percent of whom stopped by the station to chat about their music and their work (that is, Lunsqui and Gruber, not two-thirds of all three, which would be awkward. Like this sentence. Fragment.) This week will be Philtastic, with programming devoted to CONTACT!s past and present.

Maestro Gilbert

Tune in Monday at 12 for my interview with HK Gruber, which brushed on the finer points of kazoo-playing and the difference between Austrian, English, and American orchestral musicians, among other topics.

Also! Speaking of CONTACT!s, this past weekend’s show will be aired in FULL right here on Q2 Music thrice for your listening pleasure! Tune in Wednesday at 8pm, Saturday at noon, or Thursday the 29th at 8pm, or all three times! They are totally playing Frankenstein!!, a piece which shares an aesthetic similarity to the name of the concert series itself, at least insofar as mandatory and enthusiastic punctuation are concerned, which is, as they say, madcap. We’ll also re-air Nico Muhly’s hosting of music from the inaugural CONTACT! series, as well as additional concerts from all of the past seasons. CONTACT! is the secret. Is the moment. [Like, what does that mean, Sensei?]

Nadia Sirota

From Nadia Sirota on Q2: “An Interview with Composer Alexandre Lunsqui “


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

Q2 Music Host Gity Razaz fills in for Nadia Sirota from 12-1 pm on Thursday, December 15
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Gity Razaz

A Profile in Sound and Stories of Alexandre Lunsqui and the World Premiere of Fibers, Yarn and Wire

Alexandre Lunsqui

On Thursday, December 15 at 12 pm, Brazilian-born composer Alexandre Lunsqui joins host Gity Razaz to talk about his compositional aesthetic, the use of jazz and traditional Brazilian in his writing, and his excitement and anxiety surrounding the upcoming world premiere of Fibers, Yarn and Wire — this year’s New York Philharmonic CONTACT! new-music series commission.

Premiering at the Metropolitan Museum and Symphony Space on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 respectively, alongside works by Magnus Lindberg and HK Gruber, Fibers, Yarn and Wire offers the composer a moment of return to his adopted home country. Born in San Paulo, Brazil, Lunsqui spent over a decade living in the United States, first at the University of Iowa and then under the guidance of Tristan Murail, Fred Lerdahl, and others as a doctoral student at Columbia University. In 2010, he accepted a position as composition professor at the Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP in San Paulo, and, only a few weeks into the job, the New York Philharmonic called to announce that they were commissioning a work.

Though Lunsqui’s music may incorporate influences of the spectralist practices of Murail and Gerary Grisey as well as his former life as a jazz pianist in Brazil, there is a propulsive, percussive energy and a rigorous, innovative approach to structure that is all his own. Listen in Thursday, December 15 at 12 pm or stream his entire interview on-demand later in the day.”

See the full article here.

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From ALLAN KOZINN in The New York Times: “Club Kids Are Storming Music Museums”

As New Composers Flourish, Where Will They Be Heard?

This article is copyright protected, so just a couple of notes.

“…the world of young, inventive and often populist composers is exploding…These young composers may hold the key to classical music’s future, and the future they create might not be what you expect. Increasingly they have come to consider the machinations of the big-ticket musical organizations — and debates about how to get them to accommodate new music — as beside the point….”

This article is an in depth look at the new serious music universe. This universe includes the new composers themselves, their record labels (or the lack of them) and the venues which they find amenable to their musical pursuits. Among the labels mentioned are “…New Amsterdam, Cantaloupe and Tzadik, all composer run and stylistically freewheeling….” To this list, I might add Innova, from American Composers Forum, St Paul, MN.

Among the venues we find Le Poisson Rouge, Cornelia Street Café, Galapagos, The Stone, Issue Project Room, Roulette, all in New York City. Composers noted in the article include Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Du Yun, Judd Greenstein, Caleb Burhans, and Bryce Dessner. The only groups I saw noted were ETHEL and Victoire. But others which might have been included are ACME, ICE, yMusic, eighth blackbird, and itsnotyouitsme.

Not at all mentioned in the article (if I missed it, I hope that someone will correct me), is New York Public Radio’s 24/7 New Music web stream Q2. This stream takes these and other composers and musicians out to a wide world, with an international listenership. A stand-out at Q2 is the work of Nadia Sirota. She hosts a four hour program which includes several themes, e.g, Hope Springs Atonal. Her program streams at noon and midnight. Two other standout focused programs are Hammered! which is concerned with keyboard music, and The New Canon.Also important to the success of what has been called “New Music” are two programs on WNYC, New York Public Radio’s original outlet service. For thirty years, John Schaefer has been bringing new composer to the public on the nightly program New Sounds. For a somewhat shorter time, we have been able to hear them on John’s other program, Soundcheck.

Something that I personally would like to see added into the mix for New Music would be the advent of long form music videocast. The best examples I can cite for this are three videos produced by and for ICE, which were made available at Q2. Just to give one example, the music of Steve Lehman in a 46 minute video can be found here. I just actually searched this up also at Google Video here. Both of these examples are free to the public.But, I would personally like to see these videos made available at the music groups’ web sites, based upon a membership fee for a user id and password, and then some sort of fee, maybe $5 or $10 as a “ticket” price. This would greatly universalize the availability of musical experience to populations living no where near to actual concert events. To whit: ICE just did a heavily promoted concert in Chicago. But, I am in New Jersey. I might be very interested in that musical experience. So, if it were made available from a videocast archive, and if I was registered with ICE, I could pay a small “ticket” price and have that experience.

This is a huge and important article. The items I note as missing from the article do not in any way diminish its thesis or importance. See the full article here.

In Today’s New York Times: ACME at Joe’s Pub

This is copyright protected, so just a couple of notes.

Steve Smith
October 28, 2011
Gather Online, Compose Globally, Perform Locally

“…online connectivity can still manifest itself in stimulating ways. The American Contemporary Music Ensemble, a k a ACME, offered evidence in its performance on Tuesday evening at Joe’s Pub…More than 200 composers from around the world applied to have works performed by ACME….”

ACME is from left to right:Yuki Nomat, Caroline Shaw, Clarice Jensen, and Nadia Sirota

See the full article here.

Nadia Sirota is, of course, the host of Nadia Sirota on Q2, a four hour exploartion of New Music which streams Monday-Friday at noon and midnight.

Porter Anderson’s Challenge Grant for Q2


The great, mighty and awe inspiring Q2 New Music web stream is participating in the WQXR fund drive.

Second year, second fund drive. Happy birthday Q2.

Q2 has a great friend in Porter Anderson

Porter has issued Q2’s first challenge grant. Here is what Porter has to say:

On Q2 Music and writing
The living composers of WQXR’s Q2 Music play an eloquent role in a writer’s creative process. Their work functions as collaborative leverage. Their music is made from the same day-to-day stimuli in which our writers live and work. And yet it’s not pop: it doesn’t tell you how to feel or what to think. Contemporary classical music paces a writer’s own impulses. Our composers are fortunate to have Q2. Imagine Mozart able to have his live concerts heard by a worldwide audience in real time. And writers are lucky to have Q2 as a vehicle with which to scale up our own creative efforts alongside the global reach of this 24-hour stream.

Q2’s benefits to me as a writer, journalist, and critic have been enormous. I hope to use this challenge grant to draw more of my writing colleagues to this resource, unique in the family of NPR affiliates and in the world.”

Here is a story Porter sent me about one writer friend’s experience of Q2.
Roz Morris

Scoring the novel as it unfolds – the undercover soundtrack, by Roz Morris

Pledge your support for Q2 Music right now and every dollar you give will be doubled, thanks to Porter Anderson, who’s generously offered to match donations (up to $5000).

To take Porter up on his generous offer to match your donation, just click here .

Here is a direct link to the Q2 Pledge page

And please let Porter know on Twitter — @Porter_Anderson — about your contribution. The team at Q2 is tweeting, too, as @Q2music.

From Nadia Sirota at Q2: “SONiC Portrait: Bryce Dessner “


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Nadia Sirota interviews Bryce Dessner from 12-1. Olivia Giovetti fills in for Nadia from 1-4.

Straddling Pop Superstardom and the Legacy of Western Classical Music
Friday, October 14, 2011

“Featuring over 100 composers under the ago of 40, the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Festival is energizing New York with a stellar kickoff to the season – eight days of amazing new work performed by 16 extraordinary ensembles. Yay!

Here at Q2 Music we’ve got all kinds of exclusive SONiC-related goodies for you, from concert coverage to ensemble portraits, and, of course, you can always rely on Q2 Music to provide a direct line from composer to listener — five composers whose work is being featured on the festival stopped by the Q2 Music studios to talk chat about their lives, their work, and the classical landscape.

NYC-based composer and performer Bryce Dessner is probably best known as the guitarist for the acclaimed rock band The National, whose most recent record, High Violet debuted as #3 in the US Billboard chart and #4 on world album charts. On the more Classical side of things Bryce has received tons of acclaim for his work composing and performing concert music. He’s written for such new-music heavyweights as the Kronos Quartet and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, as well as the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the American Composers Orchestra. Dessner’s chamber and orchestral work shares some of the propulsive, grooving elements of his songwriting, while exploring novel orchestrations and instrumental virtuosity.”

Brice Dessner

[No mention of the score for The Social Network which only won an Oscar?? Strange.]

From Nadia Sirota at Q2: “SONiC Portrait: Susie Ibarra”


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Nadia Sirota interviews Susie Ibarra from 12-1. Olivia Giovetti fills in for Nadia from 1-4.

Navigating Among Found Sound, Electronica and Percussion

“Featuring over 100 composers under the ago of 40, the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Festival is energizing New York with a stellar kickoff to the season – eight days of amazing new work performed by 16 extraordinary ensembles. Yay!

Here at Q2 Music we’ve got all kinds of exclusive SONiC-related goodies for you, from concert coverage to ensemble portraits, and, of course, you can always rely on Q2 Music to provide a direct line from composer to listener — five composers whose work is being featured on the festival stopped by the Q2 Music studios to talk chat about their lives, their work, and the classical landscape.

Susie Ibarra aims to create a cultural dialogue through her music, via her innovative style and pan-cultural influences. As both a percussionist and a composer she works with a variety of ensembles, from the Susie Ibarra Quartet, in which she’s joined by musical luminaries Bridget Kibbey, Jennifer Choi, and Kathleen Supove, to her world electronics duo, Electric Kulintang, to her children’s world music outfit, Mundo Niños. As a composer, Susie’s music uses percussive sounds from around the world as well electronics, sampled field recordings, and acoustic instruments, to create a brand of music that is at once propulsive, unique and attractive.

Susie Ibarra

[Here is something really cool about Susie Ibarra: she is well known not only at Q2, but also in the Jazz world. The photo I used was from the great Jazz site, my friends, All About Jazz. And some time ago, upon first hearing one of Susie’s Innova recordings, a Jazz on-air host at WPRB pronounced the music “choice”, which is I understand a huge compliment in the world of Jazz.

See the full post here

From Nadia Sirota at Q2: “SONiC Portrait: Andrew Norman”


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This Member of the Composer Collective, Sleeping Giant, on Churches in Rome and Video Games

This interview airs at the top of Monday’s show (October 10, 2011). Olivia Giovetti fills in for Nadia from 1-4.
Monday, October 10, 2011


“Featuring over 100 composers under the ago of 40, the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Festival is energizing New York with a stellar kickoff to the season – eight days of amazing new work performed by 16 extraordinary ensembles. Yay!

Here at Q2 we’ve got all kinds of exclusive SONiC-related goodies for you, from concert coverage to ensemble portraits, and, of course, you can always rely on Q2 to provide a direct line from composer to listener — five composers whose work is being featured on the festival stopped by the Q2 studios to talk chat about their lives, their work, and the classical landscape.

Composer Andrew Norman uses his intimate knowledge of string instruments to write music that bubbles and pulses with propulsive energy. An avid orchestral composer, Andrew shared only his chamber music with us here at Q2 Music, due to airing restrictions associated with recording symphony orchestras (a topic eloquently blogged about by composer Nico Muhly). Using exclusively acoustic instruments as his palate, Andrew manages to create very innovative, almost electronic-sounding sonorities with decidedly un-modern equipment.”

See the full article here.

Nadia Sirota

From Nadia Sirota On Q2: “Happy Birthday 2 Us! “



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Q2 Music Celebrates (Q)2 Years of New-Music with an Encore Presentation of Maximum Reich

Nadia says, “I am pretty astonished that Q2 Music is turning two this coming Sunday! It seems like so recently that we folks sat down in a room and brainstormed about the ideal internet locale for all things new and awesome. On the other hand, looking at all of the great Q2 Music content, the hundred-some live concerts, the great shows we’ve developed and the fabulous guests we’ve had, I’m shocked we’ve been able to cram all that into a mere two years! So I guess our being age two feels just about right.

This week, we’ll celebrate our birthday with a re-airing of the first festival we ever hosted: Maximum Reich. It seems only appropriate, given Steve Reich’s 75th birthday falls on Monday, and our 2nd the following Sunday. So we’ll revisit all thing’s Reich, from It’s Gonna Rain to WTC 9/11. It’ll be a week of phasing and pulsing, not to mention old-school (um, is two years ago old school??) hosting from yours truly.”


Nadia Sirota

From Q2: Nadia Sirota Presents “Maximum Reich 2.0″

Q2 Music’s Inaugural Festival Celebrating Steve Reich Gets a 2011 Makeover


“To celebrate the 75th birthday of Steve Reich (born October 3, 1936) and the second birthday of Q2 Music (born October 8, 2009), we’re presenting a renewed and rejuvenated version of our first full festival, Maximum Reich: A Celebration of Steve Reich. With additional pieces, live performance recordings, interviews and hosted segments, Maximum Reich 2.0 promises a nexus of activity, nostalgic and forward-looking, all celebrating this major composer’s major career.

This weeklong immersion into the work of one of the most landscape-changing composers of the last 50 years will include a comprehensive presentation of his recorded works; explorations of the influences both on and of Reich, an Eight Days of Steve blog including tributes from musicians and composers he has inspired, such as Nico Muhly, Sonic Youth, and David Lang; an in-studio video; interviews and concerts from the extensive archives of sister station WNYC; and Reich’s own introductions to many of his seminal works. “

For the full palette of this project, see the full article here.

Nadia Sirota Hosts: Every day at midnight, noon, and 6pm.
Two-hour shows curated and hosted by violist and black-belt new music champion, Nadia Sirota. Hear all seven archived shows on-demand.

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From Nadia Sirota at Q2: The Return of Scarves

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Colorful Music for the New Season
Monday, September 19, 2011

“The weather, it seems, has finally broken and the Fall is truly upon us. Hooray Autumn!! All the various ensembles are starting back up post summer hiatuses, we get to enjoy un-iced coffee, and I personally can start ramping up for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. I enjoy the holidays, and I’ve just found out that two of my close friends are playing this season’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular (my not-so-guilty pleasure; the first 15 minutes of that thing truly justify its being called a spectacular. Plus: boozy slushies with light-up swizzle sticks and 3-D and live camels and the Rockettes.) Everything’s gonna be fine.

So this week, we’ll celebrate brisk weather, the return of scarves, hot drinks and new seasons with some bright, colorful pieces. Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich, David Lang, Sofia Gubaidulina! This week’ll be a good one. Let’s get back to it!

See the full article here.

From Nadia Sirota on Q2:”Remembering New York After 9/11″

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Requiems and Works of Remembrance
Monday, September 05, 2011

“It’s hard to believe that “September eleventh” was ten years ago. I moved to New York City eleven years ago basically to date, and that event still remains as vivid a memory to me as ever. This anniversary is stirring up plentiful emotions for me, and I imagine I’m hardly the only one for whom this is true.

Lights at ground zero (A. Strakey/flickr)

Mostly, I remember the fact that New York really came together after 9/11; there was a real sense of community, civic pride, and joy post that event which, I have found in trying to write this article, is particularly complicated to articulate. Whatever my feelings about political events post-9/11, I really treasure my memories of the city from late 2001.

This week we will celebrate the lives lost that day with a series of requiems, memorial pieces, and works which simply ‘helped us through.’

Q2’s own Requiem Project begins Friday, September 9 at 4 p.m. at the conclusion of this week’s Remembering New York After 9/11 with Nadia Sirota.”

Nadia Sirota

From Nadia Sirota on Q2: “Summer, Repeating “

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

Philip Glass’s Days & Nights Festival
Monday, August 22, 2011


“Summer Festivals are simply the best thing. My parents taught at BUTI when I was a little kid, and aside from two slightly horrifying summers at Girl Scout camp (where I did, incidentally, at least learn how to sail a Sunfish), I spent every summer of my life through age 24 at a music festival. It’s all about chamber music and picnicking, it really is.

Due to these music camp-y proclivities, I became super excited when I heard about Philip Glass’s new music festival in Big Sur, the Days and Nights festival. Given that their first ever concert was this past Friday, it seemed fitting to celebrate the end of festival season and the birth of a new festival with a week dedicated to the Days & Nights fest.

PHILIP GLASS: Philip Glass, for as long as I’ve been working in radio, has inspired more weighted opinions from listeners, both positive and negative, than any other composer. Hands-down. Whatever you think of his work, you must give him credit for precipitating a really interesting dialogue about art. Philip Glass has also, notably, fostered an incredibly vital community of composers and performers around him. Part of a generation notable for the fierce individualism of its composers, Philip was almost anachronistic in his support of other creatives. This week’ll feature Philip, but also the wonderful musicians in his circle, members of the Philip Glass ensemble, assistants and enthusiasts.

[Just to name one, Nico Muhly]

[Lou Harrison on Philip Glass: "...of the world of New York, the one I like best, or feel closest to, and it's likely because I know him and like him, and that's Philip Glass. He's a good composer and Dennis brought him here... I didn't like his improvisation on the piano, which was equal temperament triads till I thought I was going to scream, but nonetheless, the orchestral works were stunning. I admire him. He's an insider artist, there's no doubt about it, but I do admire him and like him, and he's a nice man, too." From an interview by Alan Baker for the American Mavericks project at Minnesota Public Radio, 2002]

From Nadia Sirota on Q2: “The Space Between”

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

positive and negative space in harmony
Monday, August 15, 2011

” ‘There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.” Can you guess which composer spoke these words? Don’t worry, I’ll wait!

4’33” later (har har. sorry)

John Cage completely disassembled the concept of music and built it back up again, exploring beauty, noise, silence, and contemplation within the construct of performed concert music.

John Cage

Good and evil, light and dark, positive and negative space. As the song goes, you can’t have one without the other. There is no sound without silence, there is no form without void. This week, we’ll calm things down a bit pay attention to the spaces between the notes. This week’s show is all about music that is friends with contemplation.

When have you found silence to be most arresting? Most captivating? What’s the most profound, or even dramatic moment of silence in music? “

See Nadia’s full post here.

From Nadia Sirota on Q2: “Much Ado about Igor “

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Nadia tells us:

“This week! This week simply rules. Are you ready for serious childhood dorkery? Here goes; I am not ashamed. When I was in ninth or tenth grade, I cut the names of three composers out of construction paper (construction paper!!) and stuck them up on the window-free walls of my room. The east was Hindemith (aw, gimme a break: I was a teen viola queen and a massive fan of Trauermusik), the north was Britten (I’d played part of the C-major quartet at camp and died), and the west was Stravinsky. Stravinsky is so good at music. My high school chorus had sung the Symphony of Psalms and I completely lost my mind. How good is that piece? Afjdkslfjdslkf!!

Well, dorky child-me was hardly the only person to flip out upon hearing Stravinsky’s music; I’ve seen people walk down the isle to Firebird and dance on lawns to Petrushka, so this week we’re taking a cue from Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and becoming hopelessly devoted to Stravinsky and his influence. A lot has happened in music over the past 100 years, and much of it has had something to do with Igor.


This week’s got polytonality, octatonic scales, ecstatic neo-classical phrases and pounding polyrhythms. This week! This week simply rules.

Nadia Sirota


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From NPR/music and WBGO: The Newport Jazz Festival


NPR/music says:

“We’re happy to announce that NPR Music is returning to the Newport Jazz Festival for a live webcast and recording Aug. 6-7, 2011.

Along with hosts, engineers and producers from WBGO (New Jersey/New York), WYPR (Baltimore) and WGBH (Boston), we’ll be presenting a live online stream of concerts from “the grandfather of jazz festivals.” You can visit for live coverage — including photos, blog and Twitter updates and the webcast — and revisit the site afterwards to explore a trove of festival recordings, including video highlights. Recordings from 2010 and 2009 are there now.
Visit NPR Music’s coverage of the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival at

Once again, founder George Wein and his team have devised a diverse lineup for his signature jazz event. Iconic musicians like Eddie Palmieri, Wynton Marsalis, Randy Weston and Charles Lloyd are scheduled to perform, while exciting younger players like Esperanza Spalding, Hiromi and Trombone Shorty will play multiple sets. Also on the lineup are bands led by Steve Coleman, Joey DeFrancesco, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green, Regina Carter, Avishai Cohen, Ambrose Akinmusire and many more. A schedule of our broadcast will appear close to the weekend of Aug. 6-7.

Esperanza Spalding

Rudresh Mahanthappa

What? No Casey Abrams? LOst opportunity.


For more information about the lineup, visit the official Newport Jazz Festival website. We hope you can join us at

From Nadia Sirota at Q2: “Roma, Roma Ma”

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

“Competitions can be infuriating. For every winner there are scores of gracious losers, angry would-have-beens and conspiracy theorists. While no award is free from this aura of bad blood and missed opportunity, the Pulitzer Prize, a recent subject of programming at both the Caramoor Festival and our very own The New Canon, ranks among the most oft-discussed and debated. For this week’s shows, I was trying to think of a sort of anti-Pulitzer, and honestly came up empty-handed. Competitions are competitions; tricks are tricks; it’s all a bit, well, competitive!

That said, the Rome Prize is pretty swell, as these things go. They aim to give their fellowships to “emerging artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who represent the highest standard of excellence.” This commitment to the not-yet-established has ensured that the artists and scholars who emerge from this process are doing real foundation work on their portfolios during the time of their fellowship. The award-self takes the form of an eleven-month sort of artist colony experience at the American Academy in Rome. Winners are given studio and living space in a communal environment with gardens and views and a canteen specializing in locally-sourced, sustainable food. Not too shabby.

There have been some pretty fab composers who’ve been fellows at the American Academy, and this week’s got a ton of ‘em, from 1931’s Roger Sessions to 2011’s Sean Friar. Listen in! There’s some great music this week. “

See the full article, plus a video, here.

Nadia Sirota

From Nadia Sirota on Q2: “Too Raucous for Radio?”

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


Fireworks and Fairy Tales, Myths and Monsters
Monday, July 25, 2011

“There must be some deep-seated, funny, psychologically-sound logic behind the release of big-budget disaster films during the hottest months. For whatever reason, there seems no more appropriate course of action these days than watching explosions and zombie-slayings, riding roller coasters and eating absurd fried things. Summer is a season of excess, and this week’s show features bombastic, over-the-top, Micheal Bay-esque music.

This week will afford us the opportunity to play all manner of things often considered “too raucous for radio.” We’ll hear from eccentric Icelandic-German-Swedish composer Jon Leifs who writes music evocative of natural disasters. We’ll hear music inspired by Greek myth (with omigod a giant ratchet) and music written as a surround-sound cautionary tale, warning of the excesses of the Roman Empire.”

From Nadia Sirota on Q2: “If You Can’t Stand the Heat”

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

Crank up the A/C and listen to Q2

Monday, July 18, 2011

Nadia says,

‘I don’t enjoy heat. To know me is to put up with incessant avoidance of sun (it is not about the sunny side of the street over here), constant opening of windows & suspicious obsession with northern countries, ergo, the summer and I have a complicated relationship. Because, summer! Summer is a great time when people are doing amazing things like packing chicken salad into tupperware and getting down with pink wine and making crazy boozy popsicles (I totally just spelled that word Boosey, I feel like I should get a prize, maybe the complete catalogue of Arnold Bax?). Summer is also fireflies and fireworks and minor league baseball and grilling. Music festivals! Sailing! Summer is a lot of great things, but summer is also really hot and that part is not ideal.

But: Air Conditioning! In New York, this season is all about extremes of temperature, and that’s what we’re exploring this week: music that has something to do with the steamy, lethargic, A/C-shivery weirdness that is the physical state of the body in summer. We’ll hear music that’s constantly toggling between serious heat (the subway platform) and air-conditioned briskness (the subway-self). This is totally great if you think about it like a schvitz and a cold plunge, or something.

I’m particularly excited to bring you Einojuhani Rautavaara’s opera The House of the Sun, which plays out like an episode of Hoarders: Finland, and details two Russian sisters freezing to death in their Finnish home after locking themselves in out of a sense of shame that they could no longer afford domestic help. Opera! And that’s just Tuesday. There’s a ton more where that came from!

Hopefully, between Q2 and those popsicles, we’ll all be able to beat the heat.

Nadia Sirota


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