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From Nadia Sirota at Q2: “Composers-Who-Like-Other-Composers”


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“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 The New York Times: yMusic Brings Its Versatility to Ecstatic Music Festival

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February 3, 2012

“Over an eight-day stretch in December members of the chamber sextet yMusic finished a Midwest tour with the folk band Bon Iver; accompanied the indie-rock acts My Brightest Diamond and the National at the Beacon Theater; played with the New York Philharmonic; performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular; and participated in recording sessions for the singer and songwriter Beth Orton, the band Dirty Projectors and Trey Anastasio, the frontman of Phish.

For yMusic the difference between hip-hop and classical music is more an issue of performance practice than of impassable boundaries, a shift of style rather than genre. As members of Generation Y — hence the group’s name — the players grew up with the Internet, whose breakdown of artistic barriers has informed the ensemble’s outlook. Its versatility serves not only unclassifiable composers like Mr. Lott but also more conventional ones who weave pop idioms into their music.


Rob Moose, violin
CJ Camerieri, trumpet
Clarice Jensen, cello
Alex Sopp, flute
Hideaki Aomori, reeds
Nadia Sirota, Viola

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This approach intersects with that of the Ecstatic Music Festival, which is in its second season at Merkin Concert Hall. Judd Greenstein, the festival’s curator, prizes yMusic’s open ears.”

See the full article here.

From Q2 Music: “Jherek Bischoff & Wordless Music Orchestra: Live from Merkin Concert Hall”


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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.

From Q2 Music: “Michael Tilson Thomas and John Adams in The Greene Space” in March 2012


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“On Monday, March 26 at 7 pm, Q2 Music welcomes San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas, composer John Adams and the St. Lawrence String Quartet to The Greene Space for an evening of music and conversation about America’s great iconoclastic composers. WQXR’s David Garland and Q2 Music’s Nadia Sirota host the event.

Michael Tilson Thomas

John Adams

David Garland

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Tilson Thomas’s appearance in The Greene Space comes during a four-city tour by the San Francisco Symphony, which focuses on American Mavericks, the orchestra’s ongoing multimedia initiative that started in 2000 with an acclaimed summer festival and later evolved into a public radio series and Web site. Composers covered in the series include John Cage, Steve Reich, Edgard Varèse, Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, John Adams and others. The series has raised questions about what — and who — exactly defines the maverick spirit in American music throughout history.

Michael Tilson Thomas became Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony in September 1995; he’s received numerous accolades including 10 Grammy Awards, a Peabody for Radio Programming in 2008 for The MTT Files (a co-production with American Public Media), and in 2010, a National Medal of the Arts from President Obama.”

See the full article here.

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!”

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


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“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.

Nadia Sirota

From Q2 Music: “Digging Deep “


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This Week’s Webcast: Music of Wolfe, Glass, Gordon, and Gubaidulina
Thursday, January 05, 2012

“Each Thursday at 7 pm this winter, stream Q2 Music for weekly Webcasts of new-music shows as recorded live at premiere venues around New York City. This week’s concert is taken from the first evening of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the annual Look & Listen Festival.


Recorded May 19th, 2011 at the Chelsea Art Museum and hosted by Q2 Music Host Nadia Sirota, the performance featured JACK Quartet performing works by Julia Wolfe and Philip Glass, percussionist Doug Perkins performing Michael Gordon’s XY, and pianist Tanya Bannister presenting Sofia Gubaidulina’s Chaconne. So Percussion offers a “virtual” performance of a work dedicated to the festival, and both Wolfe and Gordon offer insights into the compositional processes behind their respective pieces.

Nadia Sirota

The Look & Listen Festival, founded in 2002 by composer Michael Gordon, is an annual event presenting cutting-edge contemporary music in New York City’s most prestigious art galleries. Each year, the festival features composer and visual artist interviews, presentations of pre-recorded electronic works by the Look & Listen Festival Composers Collective, and live performances of works by both established and emerging new-music composers.”

The full article is here.

From Q2 Music: “Nowej Muzyka: An Overview “


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A Weeklong Celebration of Contemporary Polish Music | January 16-22, 2012
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

“From January 16 to 22, 2012, Q2 Music presents Nowej Muzyka (or New Music in Polish) — an multifaceted immersion in the sounds of contemporary Polish new music, featuring two 24-hour marathons, live Warsaw Autumn Festival recordings, composer-curated shows, and a Webcast of In Memoriam Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, recorded live at Greenwich Village’s (Le) Poisson Rouge.”

See the full article for a complete listing of the events.

Hosted by Nadia Sirota

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

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

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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.

Nadia Sirota “Notes From the Road:Wish You Were Here

“Hey friends! I’m on a plane, tapping this out mid-boarding. We’re flying from Keflavík, Iceland back to JFK. I’ve been in various locales for the past couple of weeks (South Carolina, Frankfurt, Reykjavík, Brooklyn) and will continue to travel for the next couple weeks…I’ve been sending back little audio postcards to Q2 Music every few days or so.

Visit the page and listen to the Audio Postcards.

Nadia does remind us this is the second time Q2 has participated in the pledge drive, and gives a link to Porter Anderson’s challenge.

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: 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.

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From Nadia Sirota at Q2: “SONiC Portrait: Marcos Balter”


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Sidestepping Folk Elements and Tailoring Writing to the Unique Talents of Friends

This interview airs at the top of Tuesday’s show (October 11, 2011). Olivia Giovetti fills in for Nadia from 1-4.
Wednesday, October 19, 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.

Known for conjuring an unique sound world which the Boston Globe has described as “a virtuosic equilibrium of colliding particles [with] both intricate clarity and convincing trajectory,” Marcos Balter’s music somehow manages to be at once understated and supremely energetic. Marcos loves working with close collaborators, whose personalities unfailingly become imprinted on the scores. A native of Rio de Janero Brazil, Marcos hates being pigeon-holed as a Brazilian composer, recently tweeting ‘I’ll only use ‘Brazilian elements’ in my music when all of my American friends feel they should compose works with cowboy themes #titfortat.’”

See the full article here. *The dating is a wee touch confusing, so check into the stream both days. You will always be happy with what you hear at Q2.

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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.”


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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.”

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From Nadia Sirota on Q2: “Summer, Repeating “

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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”

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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 Cued Up On Q2: “Look and Listen: Part II

Nadia Sirota hosts the second performance from the exciting Look and Listen Festival
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Nadia Sirota

“As the ripping survey in new music, a.k.a. the Look & Listen Festival, is unleashed by Cued Up through the month of August, please behold the second of its four concerts that took place this past May at the Chelsea Art Museum. Brooklyn Rider, So Percussion, Bridget Kibbey, and Split Second offer an untouchable, quiet storm of music by John Cage, Colin Jacobsen, Jason Treuting, Elliott Carter, Murray Schafer, Carlos Sanchez Gutierrez and John Musto. Artist talks are led by WNYC’s John Schaefer.



If you missed the first installment of L&L, you can stream it on demand, here, but you should definitely make yourself available this Sunday at 2 pm for the second concert, as it will be an opportunity to hear Split Second perform a world premiere by Gutierrez, and some jaw-dropping performances by harp-sorceress Kibbey plucking away at Carter’s Bariolage, and Schafer’s Crown of Ariadne.

These two in particular, along with Cage’s In a Landscape, performed by string quartet Brooklyn Ryder, are what shape this specific concert into new concert music at its best: Forward-thinking compositional/performance techniques and raw talent as contemporary alchemy, not academy.

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

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 Cued Up at Q2: “Look & Listen Festival 2011- Opening Night “

Nadia Sirota hosts the first of four concerts from the wide-ranging Look & Listen Festival
Sunday, August 07, 2011


“Recorded this past May at the Chelsea Art Museum, the 10th annual Look & Listen Festival hit the ground running with a comprehensive opening night program of contemporary art music by Michael Gordon, Phillip Glass, Julia Wolfe, Sofia Gubaidulina, Jason Treuting and Jan Radzynski. New-music Jedis JACK Quartet, Doug Perkins and Tanya Bannister took the stage along with composer-interviews by Nadia Sirota (!!).

Founded by composer David Gordon, the festival has been making its mission to present concerts in an environment of contemporary visual art. For this year, Look & Listen returned to the Chelsea Art Museum, giving audiences a chance to let its Jean Miotte artwork converse with the music (and vice versa). Recorded on May 19, 2011, this is the first of four concerts from the recent 2011 edition. The rest will stream throughout the month of August, every Sunday right here on Cued Up.

Expanding and contracting string quartets; martial, psychedelic solo percussion; and ultra expressive solo-piano virtuosity promise to confound and delight this Sunday at 2 p.m. Plus, enjoy cloak-lifting talks with Gordon and Wolfe about their music-making.”

See the full article here.

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