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  • richardmitnick 12:31 PM on February 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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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.

    Nadia Sirota

  • richardmitnick 9:54 AM on January 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Nadia Sirota on Q2: “China in New York” 


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


    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

  • richardmitnick 11:09 AM on January 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

    Nadia Sirota

  • richardmitnick 8:07 PM on January 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Nadia Sirota @Q2: “Composers Speak Out! “ 


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

    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

  • richardmitnick 4:54 PM on January 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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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??

  • richardmitnick 7:24 PM on December 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Nadia Sirota on Q2: “Let’s Make CONTACT!” 


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

    “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

  • richardmitnick 9:16 AM on December 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

    Nadia Sirota

  • richardmitnick 1:04 PM on December 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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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.

  • richardmitnick 8:04 AM on October 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

  • richardmitnick 3:11 PM on October 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

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