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  • richardmitnick 6:50 PM on August 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Live Concerts: “Remembering September 11: A Commemorative Concert from the Met Museum’s Temple of Dendur” 

    Live Webcast from the Temple of Dendur

    “On September 11, 2011 at 3:30 p.m., NPR Music and Q2 present a live audio Webcast of Remembering September 11: a free concert on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks from the Metropolitan Museum’s majestic Temple of Dendur. The afternoon’s program features the world premiere orchestration by Maxim Moston of William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops as well as meditative, memorial works from Ingram Marshall, Osvaldo Golijov and Alfred Schnittke, performed by the Wordless Music Orchestra under the direction of Ryan McAdams.

    Hosted by NPR Music’s Anastasia Tsioulcas and WQXR/Q2’s own Helga Davis, the concert is part of the ground-breaking Wordless Music series, which presents imaginative programs that pull together musicians from the pop and classical worlds.

    The concert takes place at the circa 15 B.C. Temple of Dendur, a gift to the United States in 1965 by the Egyptian government, now housed in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Aeolian sandstone monument sits in the museum’s Sackler Wing, a giant glass atrium with a reflecting pool and windows overlooking Central Park — the placement is meant to evoke the temple’s original location on the banks of the Nile River. For the concert, the musicians perform within the temple itself while the audience takes their seats on the floor of the cavernous atrium.

    The program opens with pieces that consider memory, loss and remembrance: Ingram Marshall’s Fog Tropes II, Osvaldo Golijov’s Tenebrae and Alfred Schnittke’s Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled with Grief, as arranged by the Kronos Quartet. Golijov addresses what he calls the ‘two contrasting realities’ at the origin of Tenebrae.

    But the centerpiece of the program is a world premiere orchestration of William Basinski’s monumental The Disintegration Loops. The experimental composer was attempting to digitize his analog tape loops from the 1980s when he discovered that the reel-to-reel material was disintegrating as it was being transferred. That work took place in August and September of 2001 — as the music was playing and deteriorating in Basinski’s Brooklyn apartment, he and his neighbors watched that fateful morning unfold.

    See the full article here.

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  • richardmitnick 2:52 PM on November 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Q2’s Helga Davis’ Essay for Thanksgiving Week 

    When Nadia is away, we are delighted to hear Helga Davis. Like Nadia, Helga brings more than the music. She brings her personality and her perspective.
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    Helga

    So, here is Helga’s essay:

    “I finally know what it is…

    The birds are gone.

    It was their song that welcomed me into each Spring day and the absence of their melodies has finally caught my attention.

    I take up the camera and without imposing an agenda, I walk and think about the music for this week; what melodies can accompany the silence left by Spring?

    Slowly, I begin to see what I cannot yet hear: A street vendor’s grilled onions and stained indigo handwritten sign thanking customers for tips; a partially eaten doughnut with pink frosting and red and green Christmas sprinkles beckons me from the window of a kindergarten class; a freed shopping cart makes off with his expectant lover — an oversized silver suitcase, open and exposing its insides to passersby; an American flag waving its proud head from the ground where it was planted right next to a tree that sits dangerously close to the hind leg of the approaching terrier; the homeless man who patiently holds his sign and his humanity between his hands while I snap a picture…

    These signs of the times tell me that there is a new song at play here. I hear it now as this week’s music begins to reveal itself. At times I feel totally unfamiliar with these melodies. I am anxious for some part of them to repeat so that i may begin to learn. But perhaps we’re in the throes of some celestial improvisation…

    and there is nothing to do,

    but let go.
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    Helga Davis and Harold McClendon at Union Square (Elettra Bottazzi)

    Thank you, Helga.

     
  • richardmitnick 7:20 PM on June 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    “Cued Up on Q2” 

    “Cued Up on Q2

    A Summer Festival of New Music Concerts Recorded Live in NYC

    Q2 News brings us the future happenings, recorded and presented on the web stream.

    Here is what Q2 News tells us
    “From Juilliard to (Le) Poisson Rouge, the World Financial Center to Lincoln Center, Cued Up on Q2 brings New York’s vibrant New Music scene to you, with full-concert performances by Bang on a Can All-Stars, eighth blackbird, Gabriel Kahane, the JACK Quartet, Maya Beiser, Missy Mazzoli and many many more.

    Read further at these links on Q2
    June 27, 2010 Bang On A Can Festival
    July 4, 2010 GVSU Music Ensemble In C Remixed
    July 11, 2010 Maya Beiser

    Also,

    July 18, 2010 | MATA Festival
    July 25, 2010 | New York City Opera’s VOX Festival
    August 1, 2010 | Look & Listen Festival
    August 8, 2010 | Yale Composers
    August 15, 2010 | Chamber Music Society’s New Music Series
    August 22, 2010 | Elizabeth & the Catapult, Gabriel Kahane
    August 29, 2010 | Missy Mazzoli and Victoire
    September 5, 2010 | New Juilliard Ensemble
    September 12, 2010 | JacobTV and Ethel

    Cued Up on Q2 streams Sundays at 2 p.m. with encore presentations Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 4 p.m.

    “Cued Up on Q2 connects listeners with New York City’s vibrant New Music scene. With New York Public Radio voices John Schaefer, Jad Abumrad, Nadia Sirota and Helga Davis, the summer festival series crystalizes the great strides in innovative, contemporary music-making and offers a way for local audiences to re-experience and international audiences to discover the dynamic music of today.

     
  • richardmitnick 12:51 AM on April 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    A Little You, A Little Me Helga Davis fills in for Nadia Sirota this week on Nadia Sirota on Q2 

    A Little You, A Little Me Helga Davis fills in for Nadia Sirota this week on Nadia Sirota on Q2
    Helga
    The one, the only, Helga Davis

    WQXR tells us, “…Vocalist and performance artist Helga Davis mixes rock, jazz, soul, and funk to create her own unique brand of music that defies boundaries. From her early days with Greg Tate’s band Women in Love to her role as Hilarion in the Robert Wilson/Bernice Johnson Reagon staging of Flaubert’s The Temptation of St. Anthony, Davis has made artistic choices that push boundaries and draw her listeners into ecstatic exploration with her. She has hosted Overnight Music since 2007…..”

    Helga tells us, “…The streets of my Harlem village offer me the sights and sounds of the world. On my block alone, there’s a Mosque, a Baptist church, a Pentecostal church, a Masonic Temple, and The Church of Latter Day Saints right there on Lenox Avenue. The Senegalese drummers wake me at dawn each Monday morning with their dance, and their offerings give rise to the incense vendors who pause five times a day and offer the most beautiful music through the hum of traffic and cries of the sliced mango vendors from Mexico. In the evening, the homeboys of the lowest slung jeans ilk rock the block from an old-school boom box carried in the jaws of a pitbull terrier named Doobie. We traverse through myriad genres: musical, cultural, linguistic to complete a holistic emotional journey each day. At night we marvel at the wonder of our union in this seemingly, un-sharable bed. From this place, I am as moved by Abbey Lincoln’s heavenly view of mortal life, Down Here Below, as I am by measures fifty-eight through sixty-two of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. For me they are not and must never be separate conversations…
    Haarlem street scene
    Harlem street scene

    “…This week on Q2, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to catch Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue when you’re actually feeling kind of blue, or dissolve into the steady rhythm of your own heartbeat inside the music of Steve Reich. Either way, you won’t have to choose. You won’t have to make one better or worse. You can, for a moment, have it all…..”

    When I saw MDD would be presented, I asked for two pieces. Concierto de Aranjuez from Sketches of Spain,
    MDD SKetches

    and My Funny Valentine from Cookin/With the Miles Davis Quintet
    Cookin with

     
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