Winamp Logo
Meet the Composer Cover
Meet the Composer Profile

Meet the Composer

English, Classical, 1 season, 89 episodes, 1 day, 10 hours, 13 minutes
From WQXR's Q2 Music, Meet the Composer is a podcast that takes listeners into the minds and creative processes of the composers making some of the most innovative, compelling and breathtakingly beautiful music today. At the convergence of interview, music and sound design, Meet the Composer aims to show the listener who the composer is as a person, as a thinker and as an artist.
Episode Artwork

Paul Simon’s Curious Mind

Paul Simon has always been attracted to new kinds of sounds. From his early band Simon & Garfunkel in the 1960s through solo albums like Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints in the '80s and '90s, up through his recent albums So Beautiful or So What and Stranger to Stranger, Simon has made music that does what the very best art can do: it resonates with our experience, re-frames it, and introduces new timbres and ideas.Recently, Simon’s curious mind has brought him into the world of contemporary classical music, mining the microtonal sound world of Harry Partch for his last record, and, just last month, collaborating with 10 composers and the ensemble yMusic on a set at the Eaux Claires music festival. On this episode of Meet the Composer – the final of Season Three – we hear Simon's perspective on his career and his most recent projects, as well as exclusive audio from the festival collaboration itself. Heard a piece of music on this episode that you loved? Find out what it was here: 0:18—Andrew Norman: Music in Circles | Listen2:23—Paul Simon: Insomniac’s Lullaby | Listen5:04—Simon & Garfunkel: Mrs. Robinson | Listen6:09—The Penguins: Earth Angel | Listen7:05—Tom & Jerry: Hey Schoolgirl | Listen7:48—Simon & Garfunkel: Sound of Silence | Listen8:13—Simon & Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water | Listen8:48—Paul Simon: Still Crazy After All These Years | Listen9:09—Paul Simon: Hearts and Bones | Listen10:00—Boyoyo Boys: Son Op | Listen10:41—Paul Simon: Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes | Listen11:03—Paul Simon: Boy in the Bubble | Listen11:30—Paul Simon: Homeless | Listen11:58—Paul Simon: Graceland | Listen12:53—Ladysmith Black Mambazo: The Alphabet | Watch13:22—Paul Simon: Under African Skies | Listen14:50—Paul Simon: Crazy Love, Vol. II | Listen15:38—Eddie Palmieri: Ay Que Rico | Listen15:53—Various Artists: Hausa Street Music | Listen  16:06—Various Artists: Oru Para Todos Los Santos | Listen16:12—Various Artists: Songhay Gulu Drummers | Listen16:24—Paul Simon: Further to Fly | Listen17:08—Paul Simon: Obvious Child | Listen18:58—Marcos Balter: Bladed Stance | Listen20:56—Timo Andres: Safe Travels | Listen23:40—Harry Partch: Cloud-Chamber Bowls | Listen24:33—Harry Partch: The Bewitched, Scene One | Listen25:14—Paul Simon: Insomniac’s Lullaby | Listen26:27—Vincenzo Bellini: Casta Diva, from Norma | Listen27:58—Sergei Prokofiev: Cello Sonata in C major, op. 119 | Listen29:15—Paul Simon: Another Galaxy | Listen31:44—Paul Simon: Kathy’s Song | Listen32:14—Paul Simon: Train in the Distance | Listen32:44—Paul Simon: Train in the Distance [acoustic demo] | Listen35:08—Bob Dylan: The Ballad of a Thin Man | Listen35:34—Gabriel Kahane: Veda (1 Pierce Dr.) | Listen36:10—Paul Simon [arr. Gabriel Kahane]: Train in the Distance37:32—Danny Brown: Ain’t It Funny | Listen40:14—Paul Simon [arr. Robert Sirota]: America42:32—Simon & Garfunkel: Sound of Silence | Listen44:17—Simon & Garfunkel: America | Listen46:15—Paul Simon [arr. Rob Moose]: Sound of Silence  
7/10/201752 minutes, 50 seconds
Episode Artwork

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's 'Clouds Forming Over Mount Baker'

We began last week’s episode digging into the music of one particular electronic musician - the synthesist, producer and composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. Today we’re thrilled to bring you a song that you won’t hear on any of Kaitlyn’s albums. Clouds Forming Over Mount Baker was commissioned by the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery to accompany a landscape photograph by Eliot Porter. It’s a fitting collaboration, as Kaitlyn grew up on Orcas Island, where Mt. Baker is a visible feature. Join us for this rich, synthesized soundscape, bringing sonic life to Porter’s beautiful photograph.   Clouds Forming over Mt. Baker (Eliot Porter)  
6/12/201715 minutes, 39 seconds
Episode Artwork

The Producer

What happens when a composer writes music without pen and paper, using machines? How does that change the creative process? How does it morph the art itself?  Today on Meet the Composer, our producer Alex Overington — usually behind the studio glass — takes us on a road trip to unravel the creative process of those composers who write without a score. We meet the synthesists, the samplers, the electronic musicians, and dive deep into the tools they’ve adopted to define their craft.  Join us as we uncover what it means to be a composer who sculpts directly with sound, through conversations with such artists as Matmos, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Tyondai Braxton, Laurie Anderson, Morton Subotnick and more.   Heard a piece of music you loved? Discover it here! 0:21—Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Rare Things Grow | Listen 2:27—Terry Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air | Listen 3:16—Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor | Listen 4:03—Gustave Mahler: Symphony No. 4, IV. Adagietto | Listen 4:33—Oneohtrix Point Never: Problem Areas | Listen 6:02—Matmos: Ultimate Care II | Listen 6:30—Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: First Flight | Listen 7:41—Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Envelop | Listen 11:29—Matmos: Mister Mouth | Listen 12:59—Morton Subotnick: Silver Apples of the Moon | Listen 13:48—The Vogues: Five O'Clock World | Listen 14:42—Arthur Smith: Banjo Boogie | Listen 15:26—Morton Subotnick: Silver Apples of the Moon | Listen 15:51—Stephen Foster: Camptown Races | Watch 16:04—Johannes Pachabel: Canon in D | Listen 16:55—Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Sundry | Listen 18:25—Morton Subotnick: Silver Apples of the Moon | Listen 20:28—Tyondai Braxton: Opening Bell | Listen 20:56—Tyondai Braxton: Gracka | Listen 22:43—Tyondai Braxton: Scout1 | Listen 24:39—Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Wetlands | Listen 28:30—Pierre Schaeffer & Pierre Henry: Orphée 53 | Listen 29:25—Mistinguett: Mitsou | Listen 29:38—Pierre Schaeffer & Pierre Henry: Orphée 53 | Listen 29:57—The Sugarhill Gang: Apache [Jump On It] | Listen 30:20—Kanye West: A "Dope Ass Beat" | Watch 30:39—Matmos: Very Large Green Triangles | Listen 31:26—Matmos: Ur Tchan Tan Tse Qi | Listen 32:49—Jingle Cats: Jingle Bells | Listen 33:22—Matmos: California Rhinoplasty | Listen 34:28—Matmos: Lipostudio... And So On | Listen 34:37—Matmos: L.A.S.I.K. | Listen 35:20—Matmos: L.A.S.I.K. | Listen 37:27—Matmos: You | Listen 39:14—Matmos & So Percussion: Aluminum | Listen 40:50—Matmos: Ultimate Care II | Listen 47:46—Matmos: Ultimate Care II | Listen 49:14—Laurie Anderson: Another Day in America | Listen 53:04—Laurie Anderson: Sharkey's Day | Listen 53:59—Edward Grieg: Lyric Pieces for the Piano, op. 43, "Butterfly" | Listen 54:27—Laurie Anderson: My Right Eye | Listen 55:31—Laurie Anderson: Another Day in America | Listen 57:35—Laurie Anderson: The Lake [Instrumental] | Listen   
6/5/20171 hour, 39 seconds
Episode Artwork

Bryce Dessner's 'Wires,' Performed by Ensemble Intercontemporain

For today’s Bonus Track, we’re thrilled to bring you the world-premiere recording of Bryce Dessner’s Wires, performed by Ensemble Intercontemporain! Last week, we dug into a particularly contentious moment in classical music’s history. This week, however, we’re looking at where we are NOW, a place of, well… niceness.   “I think right now is a really good time to be a composer,” says composer John Adams. “And I tell young composers that. They don't believe me, but they don't know how difficult it was back when I was in my 20s and 30s.” We'll hear how David Lang’s group Bang on a Can helped to shape a newfound culture of support and generosity, and how the next generation of composers - including Bryce Dessner - can find creative freedom in this new landscape. Finally, we hear from Bryce what it’s like to write for “the Rolls Royce … of New Music,” with his new piece, Wires, for Ensemble Intercontemporian, led by Matthias Pintscher.   Bryce Dessner's Wires is provided courtesy of Chester Music, part of the Music Sales Group, Ensemble Intercontemportain and SPEDIDAM (Société de Perception et de Répartition des Droits des Artistes-Interprètes.)
5/22/201721 minutes, 48 seconds
Episode Artwork

New Music Fight Club

It was composer pitted against composer: uptown vs. downtown, tonal vs. atonal, left brain vs right brain, and these musicians were NOT pulling any punches. Composers were antagonizing each other, questioning each other's validity, and bad-mouthing one another; it was like the second half of the 20th century was when Western Music went through middle school, and it was brutal! “If you weren't being a constructivist composer, if the music wasn't indeed about its own structure, and its own structure wasn't complicated, then you were a pariah, you were rejected. You didn’t get tenure. You didn’t get a job.” That’s Robert Sirota - Nadia’s Dad - one of many composers who came of age in the midst of this feud and struggled - for years - to find a voice. On this episode of Meet the Composer, we unravel one of the most contentious periods in classical music’s history. How did this fight begin? How did it play out? Who were the contenders?  We hear from composers on both sides of this battle, and discover how, on all ends of the aesthetic spectrum, we can find value in differences.   Heard a piece of music you loved? Discover it here! 0:00—The Yorks: Love Without Reason, written by Barry Flicker2:14—Robert Sirota: Pange Lingua Sonata | Buy 3:30—Robert Sirota: Pange Lingua Sonata | Buy 5:23—Philip Glass: Music in Twelve Parts | Listen 6:31—Ruth Crawford Seeger: Study in Mixed Accents | Listen 7:08—David Lang: orpheus over and under | Listen 8:53—Richard Wagner: Overture from Tristan und Isolde | Listen 9:36—Julia Ward Howe: Battle Hymn of the Republic | Watch 11:27—Arnold Schoenberg: Klavierstüke, Op. 33 | Listen12:04—Pierre Boulez: Piano Sonata No. 2 | Listen  13:05—Pierre Boulez: Sur Incises | Listen 13:47—Lewis Nielsen: Oerknal! "...the crisis of conscience..." | Listen 14:50—Charles Wuorinen: Two Part Symphony | Listen 15:57—David Lang: the so-called laws of nature: part III | Listen 17:59—Jr. Walker and the All-Stars: Shotgun | Listen 18:47—Bob Dylan: Maggie's Farm | Buy 19:09—Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 2 | Listen 19:45—Steve Reich: Violin Phase | Listen 21:05—Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 2 | Listen 21:16—Charles Wuorinen: Second Piano Quintet | Listen 22:10—John Adams: Phrygian Gates | Listen 23:31—John Adams: Death of Klinghoffer | Listen 24:08—David Lang: child, II. sweet air | Listen 25:21—David Lang: almost all the time | Listen 28:53—Brian Ferneyhough: La chute d'Icare | Listen 30:58—Brian Ferneyhough: no time (at all) | Listen 32:09—Brian Ferneyhough: Superscriptio | Listen 33:36—J.S. Bach: Invention No. 15 in B minor | Listen 34:26—J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor, "Crucifixus" | Listen 38:49—David Lang: breathless | Listen 
5/15/201744 minutes, 2 seconds
Episode Artwork

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid, Live at the Village Vanguard

Henry Threadgill’s music and community can’t be separated; there is no boundary: challenge and failure and growth in music are the same as challenge and failure and growth in life. This Meet the Composer bonus track shares an exclusive performance by Henry Threadgill's Zooid ensemble of I Never, recorded live by Q2 Music at the Village Vanguard on Oct. 2, 2016. Throughout his career, Threadgill has led countless ensembles with diverse instrumentations and personalities. And in each of them, he finds a way to unearth a type of asymmetry – a blend of unease and transcendence that comes across in his remarkably structured compositions. He unites musicians in the same way as he composes: with affection for the mysterious, embrace of the unexpected, and spontaneity guided by a rigorous intellect. As Threadgill has said, “Improvisation is a way to live your life and solve problems.” Music is one outlet, one way to activate this philosophy, which is something we hear echoed often from his collaborators. In this recording, we hear the 2016 Pulitzer Prize laureate leading his longest standing chamber ensemble, Zooid, in a live performance inside the legendary New York City underground jazz venue, the Village Vanguard. Performers: Henry Threadgill, alto saxLiberty Ellman, tresChristopher Hoffman, celloJosé Davila, tubaElliot Humberto Kavee, drums, percussion This live recording was produced by Curtis Macdonald and engineered by Edward Haber (technical director and remix), Irene Trudel, Duke Markos, Bill Moss and Curtis Macdonald.
5/8/201720 minutes, 15 seconds
Episode Artwork

Henry Threadgill: Dirt, and More Dirt

1967, Fort Riley, Kansas. Henry Threadgill is 23 years old. Knowing he’s going to be drafted into the military, he joins the Army Concert Band, hoping to focus on his passion: writing music. As he surrounds himself with new ideas, he works his influences into the music that he's arranging. Then one day, the band plays one of his arrangements of a patriotic song for an inauguration of big-wigs, and from the calm of a quietly confused crowd comes a cry from a cardinal in attendance: “Blasphemy!” One day later, he’s told to gather his things. Thirty days later, he’s on his way to Vietnam. Fifty years later, he wins the Pulitzer Prize for music composition. This is only the beginning of the story of how the energy, hunger and curiosity of Henry Threadgill have influenced and changed the people around him. In spite of the failure and rejection he’s faced, Threadgill is perpetually driven toward new ideas, new challenges and new opportunities to pursue and grow stronger in his improvisational creative vision. His music is the product of the community he builds in the moment. This is the story of Henry Threadgill, told by the people whose lives he has touched. Heard a piece of music that you loved? Discover it here! 1:32—Samuel Ward: America the Beautiful | Listen 1:47—Cecil Taylor: Air Above Mountains | Listen 1:51—Igor Stravinsky: Rite of Spring | Listen 1:57—Thelonious Monk: Solo Monk | Listen 2:58—The Star-Spangled Banner, re-imagined by Meet the Composer3:29—Henry Threadgill: Someplace | Buy 3:47—Henry Threadgill: Higher Places | Buy 5:24—Henry Threadgill: Little Pocket-Sized Demons | Buy 6:00—Nico Muhly: Mothertongue: I. Archive | Listen 6:20—Henry Threadgill: The Devil is on the Loose and Dancing with a Monkey | Listen 6:58—Henry Threadgill: Try Some Ammonia | Listen 9:00—Edward Ciuksza: Basia | Listen 9:07—Demiran Cerimovic: Laca's Proud Cocek | Listen 9:17—Sallie Martin Singers: Jesus | Listen 9:28—Howlin' Wolf: Back Door Man | Listen 10:20—Ernest Tubb & Red Foley: Hillbilly Fever | Listen 10:33—Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, op. 107 | Listen 10:39—Big Maybelle: Do Lord | Listen 10:52—Meade Lux Lewis: Honky Tonk Train Blues | Listen 12:17—Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life | Listen 13:11—Bishop Samuel Kelsey & Others: Tell Me How Long Has The Train Been Gone | Listen 14:19—Henry Threadgill: Where's Your Cup | Listen 16:10—Muhal Richard Abrams: Wise in Time | Listen 18:02—Muhal Richard Abrams: Marching With Honor | Listen 18:09—George Lewis: Voyager Duo 4 | Listen 18:16—Amina Claudine Myers: African Blues | Listen 18:24—Roscoe Mitchell: A Game of Catch | Listen 18:30—Wadada Leo Smith: Lake Michigan | Listen 18:31—Henry Threadgill: Old Locks & Irregular Verbs | Listen 28:03—Henry Threadgill: Old Locks & Irregular Verbs | Listen 29:15—Henry Threadgill: Subject to Change: This | Buy 34:08—Henry Threadgill: In for a Penny, Out for a Pound | Listen 37:27—Henry Threadgill: Old Locks & Irregular Verbs | Listen 
5/1/201741 minutes, 39 seconds
Episode Artwork

Bonus Track: John Adams' 'Coast,' Unplugged

Today's bonus track is an exclusive arrangement of a nutso, sci-fi-y electronic piece John Adams wrote in 1993. Originally part of a larger work, Hoodoo Zephyr, Coast was never intended to be performed live. However, the 20-person chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound has often been tempted by electronic works. Violinist, composer, and Alarm Will Sound member Caleb Burhans, who cut his teeth arranging works by Aphex Twin for the group, adapted Adams' work. While Alarm Will Sound has performed this piece several times, we're proud to bring this you exclusive recording! 
3/21/201713 minutes, 20 seconds
Episode Artwork

Splitting Adams: John Adams' Chamber Symphonies

What happens when the composer shows up to the first rehearsal of his brand-new piece? Would a living Beethoven sue for intellectual property? Are you the hit, or are you in the hole? For this episode, we collaborated with the 20-member chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound and its conductor Alan Pierson – with whom we're partnering on the upcoming podcast album Splitting Adams (out April 21 on Cantaloupe Music) – to take a close look at the music of John Adams, specifically his two insanely difficult chamber symphonies. This episode offers unprecedented access to not only to the creative process, but the weird, woolly procedure of putting these massive pieces together. Heard a piece of music you loved? Discover it here! 1:48—John Adams: Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 2:12—Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Mondestrunken | Listen | Buy 2:29—Richard Strauss: Five Piano Pieces, op. 3: IV, allegro molto | Listen | Buy 3:08—Ray Noble: The Midnight, The Stars and You | Listen | Buy 3:13—Busby Berkeley: Hooray for Hollywood | Listen | Buy 3:55—Louis Armstrong: You're Lucky to Me | Listen | Buy 4:37—George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue | Listen | Buy 5:20—John Adams: Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 5:58—John Adams: The Death of Klinghoffer | Buy 7:30—Arnold Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 8:53—John Adams: Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 19:10—John Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 20:46—Danny Elfman: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, The Breakfast Machine | Listen | Buy 21:10—John Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 22:19—John Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 24:25—Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, mvt. I | Listen | Buy 24:51—Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, mvt. II | Listen | Buy 25:00—John Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 26:01—Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, mvt. II | Listen | Buy 26:28—John Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 31:33—John Adams: Fellow Traveler | Listen | Buy 31:42—John Adams: Nixon in China | Listen | Buy 31:56—John Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 32:24—John Adams: Fellow Traveler | Listen | Buy 32:33—John Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 
3/20/201736 minutes, 19 seconds
Episode Artwork

Bonus Track: Pauline Oliveros' 'Tuning Meditation'

Today's Meet the Composer Bonus Track is an extended cut of Pauline Oliveros' Tuning Meditation, recorded live at the Fuentidueña Chapel at the Met Cloisters on Jan. 20, 2017. Recorded in 3D-sounding binaural audio, it's an immersive experience in which we would love you to think about participating while listening. For optimal audio quality, please listen with headphones!
3/16/201724 minutes, 53 seconds
Episode Artwork

The Performer: Part Two, Pauline

Meet the Composer continues its investigation of the odd, wrong-side-of-the-tv-set role of The Performer with a deep dive into the Sonic Meditations of pioneering American composer Pauline Oliveros. Oliveros manages to smudge at the distinction between composer, performer and audience with these simple, text-based pieces, which somehow pack an emotional wallop far larger than their few lines might suggest. Heard a piece of music that you loved? Discover it here! 0:49—Pauline Oliveros: Lear | Listen | Buy 4:15—Henry Francis Lyte: Abide with me | Listen | Buy4:37—Pauline Oliveros: Nike | Listen | Buy 5:10—Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 in A flat, op. 110 | Listen | Buy 7:20—Pauline Oliveros: Continuing Variations8:05—Pauline Oliveros: Nike | Listen | Buy 8:16—Pauline Oliveros: Sound Patterns8:47—Pauline Oliveros: The Well and the Gentle | Listen 10:37—Pauline Oliveros: Who Said What12:11—Pauline Oliveros: Ione | Listen | Buy 14:50—Pauline Oliveros: Bye Bye Butterfly | Listen | Buy 15:27—Pauline Oliveros: I of IV | Listen | Buy15:33—Pauline Oliveros: Something Else | Listen | Buy15:38—Pauline Oliveros: Tara's Room | Listen | Buy15:41—Pauline Oliveros: Silence15:43—Pauline Oliveros: River of Folk Dance | Listen | Buy15:46—Pauline Oliveros: Lear | Listen | Buy 16:37—Pauline Oliveros: Ione| Listen | Buy 18:55—Pauline Oliveros: Sonic Meditation XII: One Word25:14—Pauline Oliveros: Tuning Meditation
3/14/201733 minutes, 7 seconds
Episode Artwork

Bonus Track: JACK Quartet Performs Georg Friedrich Haas' String Quartet No. 9

Meet the Composer is thrilled to bring you a world-premiere recording as our first bonus track of Season Three! Our previous episode The Performer: Part One featured, among other things, a really fascinating conversation with the Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas (if you haven’t heard the episode yet, go check it out!). As we are a talk show about music, we are always dying to simply play some music, and so today we bring you our exclusive, first recording of Haas’ 9th String Quartet. The whole thing! Featuring the fantastic JACK Quartet. The JACK Quartet has spent years performing and championing an older piece of Haas’, his 3rd String Quartet. They played it so well, in fact, Haas decided to write his 9th quartet specifically for the JACKs, taking full advantage of their superpower: just intonation. So we figured, what could be better than having the JACKs over to Q2 Music to bring this piece to life? Like his 3rd String Quartet, this piece comes with an unusual stipulation: it is to be performed in complete, india ink, can’t-see-your-hand-in-front-of-your-face darkness. So turn out the lights and join Meet the Composer and the JACKs for the first-ever recording of this spectacular piece of oddly-tuned awesome. –Nadia Sirota
3/7/201751 minutes, 34 seconds
Episode Artwork

The Performer: Part One

We're kicking off Season Three of Meet the Composer with a look beyond the composer to the performer, that unusual intermediary between the artist and the audience. How do performers from different cultures, who speak different languages, come together to perform the same piece? What happens when an ensemble completely messes up... and the audience loves it? How does a piece change when it’s played nonstop for twelve hours? We explore these questions and more, taking a seat on stage as we find out what it’s like to experience music from the inside-out. Hear a piece of music you loved? Discover it here! 0:59—David Lang: Just | Listen | Buy 4:51—Kayhan Kalhor: Silent City | Listen 6:04—Kayhan Kalhor: Silent City | Listen 9:30—Robert Schumann: String Quartet No. 3 in A minor | Listen | Buy 11:13—Evan Ziporyn: Sulvasutra | Listen | Buy14:39—Kayhan Kalhor: Silent City | Listen 15:09—The xx: Lips | Listen | Buy17:08—Georg Friedrich Haas: Limited Approximations | Listen 18:13—Georg Friedrich Haas: String Quartet No. 3 | Listen 19:44—Georg Friedrich Haas: Morgen und Abend | Listen 20:59—W.A. Mozart: The Magic Flute | Listen | Buy 23:05—Georg Friedrich Haas: Hyperion | Listen 24:00—Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D. 804 | Listen | Buy 24:22—Georg Friedrich Haas: In Nomine | Listen | Buy 27:13—Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata No 21 in C minor, D 958 | Listen | Buy  34:36—The National: Sorrow | Listen | Buy 37:09—W.A. Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro, "Contessa perdono" | Listen | Buy 44:33—Nico Muhly: Mothertongue, "I. Archive" | Listen | Buy 
3/6/201746 minutes, 9 seconds
Episode Artwork

From the Vaults, Part Five: Meet the Composer With Leonard Bernstein

Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota – Q2 Music's podcast about the musical creative process – returns for its third season on Monday, March 6. Pre-game for the new season with a week of clips from the original WNYC radio program. Meet the Composer is available on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. We conclude the week-long ramp-up to our next and third season with an interview with the legendary, charismatic Leonard Bernstein. Though mostly known for his work as a composer (West Side Story) and conductor (New York Philharmonic), Leonard Bernstein was also a consummate evangelist for classical music. This conversation focuses on Bernstein's efforts as a music educator and the role that education played for host Tim Page in his music criticism. Hear a piece of music you loved? Discover it here! 0:05—Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring | Listen | Buy 0:49—Leonard Bernstein: Overture from Candide | Listen  | Buy1:13—Leonard Bernstein: "Maria," from West Side Story, feat. Jose Carreras | Listen | Buy 2:33—Gioachino Rossini: Overture from William Tell | Listen | Buy2:49—Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story | Listen | Buy 3:44—Leonard Bernstein: Serenade after Plato's "Symposium" | Listen | Buy 6:11—Leonard Bernstein: Suite from Candide | Listen | Buy 7:16—Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront | Listen | Buy 9:12—Leonard Bernstein: Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety" | Listen | Buy 10:37—Leonard Bernstein: Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety" | Listen | Buy 
3/3/201713 minutes, 15 seconds
Episode Artwork

From the Vaults, Part Four: Meet the Composer With Libby Larsen

Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota – Q2 Music's podcast about the musical creative process – returns for its third season on Monday, March 6. Pre-game for the new season with a week of clips from the original WNYC radio program. Meet the Composer is available on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. A blast from the past featuring the composer Libby Larsen. Larsen explains how living in Minneapolis facilitated her success as a composer, and how federal regulations in Title IX provided an uplift to women composers in the U.S. This week, we're revisiting interviews conducted in the 1980s by the influential music critic and educator Tim Page. His show, which aired from 1981 until 1992, was called Meet the Composer and featured some of the most towering musical figures of the previous century. Join us tomorrow for one more throwback episode, and stay tuned on Monday for the premiere of Meet the Composer's third season. Hear a piece of music you loved? Discover it here! 0:05—Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring | Listen | Buy 1:05—Aaron Copland: Hoedown | Listen | Buy 1:09—Paul Simon: I Know What I Know | Listen | Buy 1:27—Kaija Saariaho: Nymphea | Listen | Buy 1:39—Julius Eastman: Stay On It | Listen | Buy 1:48—Libby Larsen: Barn Dances | Listen | Buy 4:34—Virgil Thomson: Autumn, Promenade | Listen 6:47—Libby Larsen: Full Moon in the City | Listen | Buy 
3/2/201710 minutes, 48 seconds
Episode Artwork

From the Vaults, Part Three: Meet the Composer With Otto Luening

Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota – Q2 Music's podcast about the musical creative process – returns for its third season on Monday, March 6. Pre-game for the new season with a week of clips from the original WNYC radio program. Meet the Composer is available on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. Today's blast from the past features the composers and electronic experimentalists Alvin Lucier and Otto Luening. Page introduces us to Lucier's seminal tape piece, I am sitting in a room, and Luening tells the story of his first foray into electronic composition. Luening also wonders at the interest a younger generation has taken in his very earliest music, decades after its conception. Hear a piece of music you loved in the show? Discover it here! 0:05—Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring | Listen | Buy 0:55—Alvin Lucier: I am sitting in a room | Listen | Buy 3:37—Otto Luening: String Quartet No. 2 | Buy 3:48—Otto Luening: Low Speed | Listen | Buy 5:27—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 1 in G, K. 313 | Listen | Buy 5:43—Otto Luening: Fantasy in Space | Listen | Buy 6:29—Otto Luening: Incantation | Listen | Buy 6:46—Benjamin Britten: Missa Brevis in D, Op. 63 | Listen | Buy 7:39—Otto Luening: String Quartet No. 2 | Buy 
3/1/201711 minutes, 4 seconds
Episode Artwork

From the Vaults, Part Two: Meet the Composer With John Cage

Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota – Q2 Music's podcast about the musical creative process – returns for its third season on Monday, March 6. Pre-game for the new season with a week of clips from the original WNYC radio program. Meet the Composer is available on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. We continue the week-long ramp-up to our next and third season with an interview with the widely influential patriarch of 20th-century experimental music John Cage. In this conversation with host Tim Page, Cage explains how his strenuous connection with music precipitated his experiments with silence, ambient noise and spirituality. Page offers his own straightforward critique of Cage's discoveries and reiterates the need for objectivity and seclusion in music criticism. Hear a piece of music you loved? Discover it here! 0:05—Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring | Listen | Buy 0:48—John Cage: Suite for Toy Piano | Listen | Buy 1:54—John Cage: Quartet (Santa Monica, California 1936), II. Very Slow | Listen 3:03—John Cage: Sonata VII | Listen8:20—John Cage: Bacchanale | Listen | Buy 10:24—John Cage: Six | Listen | Buy 
2/28/201712 minutes, 20 seconds
Episode Artwork

From the Vaults, Part One: Meet the Composer With Tim Page

Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota – Q2 Music's podcast about the musical creative process – returns for its third season on Monday, March 6. Pre-game for the new season with a week of clips from the original WNYC radio program. Meet the Composer is available on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. As we build up to the launch of our third season next Monday, March 6, we thought we'd look back at the original WNYC radio program Meet the Composer from the mid-'80s, hosted by the illustrious music critic Tim Page, currently a professor of music and journalism at USC. We'll share excerpts of his interviews with some of the most exciting figures in contemporary music, but before that we wanted to check in with Tim himself, a man for whom music has played an enormous force in his life, in his career, and even for his psychological well-being. We ask him how he found his way into music criticism, where that first Meet the Composer radio program came from, and what role music has played in his recovery after a recent traumatic brain injury. Hear a piece of music you loved? Discover it here! 0:05—Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring | Listen | Buy 1:15—Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring | Listen | Buy 2:58—Maurice Ravel: La Valse | Listen | Buy3:20—Luciano Berio: Sinfonia, mvt. III | Listen | Buy3:22—Philip Glass: Music in Changing Parts | Listen | Buy4:36—Dizzy Gillespie: Night in Tunisia | Listen | Buy 7:18—Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2, mvt. III | Listen | Buy 8:05—Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì | Listen | Buy 8:24—Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2, mvt. III | Listen | Buy 8:48—Elliott Carter: Of Rewaking | Listen 9:02—Elliott Carter: Retrouvailles | Listen 9:08—Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2, mvt. III | Listen | Buy
2/27/201711 minutes, 38 seconds
Episode Artwork

Watch 360-Degree Video: Meet the Composer at the Met Cloisters

On Friday, Jan. 20 at 3 pm, Meet the Composer and host Nadia Sirota welcomed audiences to the Met Cloisters for an afternoon of radio- and music-making. Over one hundred people gathered to sing Pauline Oliveros's Tuning Meditation in the illustrious Fuentidueña Chapel. Watch a 360-degree video of performance below.  On that afternoon, we followed Oliveros's performance instructions: “Inhale deeply; exhale on the note of your choice; listen to the sounds around you, and match your next note to one of them; on your next breath make a note no one else is making; repeat. Call it listening out loud.” Oliveros, who passed away this past year at 84, was a shining light in the musical world and the creator of “Deep Listening,” work that smudges the edges between listener, performer and creator. We at Meet the Composer could think of no better way to celebrate the great composer Pauline Oliveros than by performing her work in deep communion with our friends, colleagues and fans. Oliveros's Tuning Meditation is for musicians and non-musicians alike, and the gist of the work is: Listen to what is going on around you and find a way to positively contribute. Watch a 360-degree video of a Tuning Meditation below. Use your mouse to move around the space. For mobile users, please watch and explore on the YouTube app or on Q2 Music's Facebook page. We recorded the audio in binaural sound, which mimics how the human brain places sound in space. Please use your headphones for optimal enjoyment.
Episode Artwork

Kickstart Season Three of Meet the Composer

Hi, I’m Nadia Sirota, host of Meet the Composer (MTC). MTC is a podcast that confronts the artists and art that move us, using radio storytelling to tease out what makes these pieces and people tick. We aim to share the music we love with anyone who is down to listen. Music can be tricky to talk about, so when words fail, Meet the Composer uses all of the tools in our arsenal – sound design, phrasing, underscoring, and sonic embroidery – to share what we love about music with our audience. MTC is art and artists, exposed. Just a few weeks ago, we were blown away to hear that MTC won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting's highest honor, praise which put us in the heady company of Radiolab and This American Life. The Peabody committee described MTC as “Fascinating, intelligent, enlightening podcasts devoted to the work of current classical composers. The show integrates music with thoughtful conversation about it without distracting from either.” We've been humbled by the overwhelming reception from our listeners. Since the show launched in June 2014, listeners from 183 countries have downloaded MTC more than 540,000 times! We've also had big shout-outs from The Guardian and The New York Times with the headlines “Meet the Composer: the podcast that's demystifying classical music” and “With ‘Meet the Composer,’ Nadia Sirota Illuminates New Music.” Both seasons were funded in large part by your contributions via Kickstarter, so, honestly, we could not have made this happen without your support. We hope we have rewarded your trust with beautiful, composed radio, and we want to start making you more.  With our upcoming third season, we are excited to take on new formats for the show and to follow creative themes past individual composers to stranger and more exotic conclusions. An emphasis on the driving forces that compel composers to put pen to paper will be a key component of Season Three. We will continue to profile composers but also unpack breakthrough pieces and dig into those moments when musical styles clashed, flirted and mutated between all types of composers, both living and dead! We will continue to compose radio with probing interviews, expert commentary and through-composed sound design. Learn about our current and critical Kickstarter campaign and help today to make Season Three a reality. 
5/10/20163 minutes, 27 seconds
Episode Artwork

Download: 'Viola Concerto: Part II' by Nico Muhly

I'm so excited to share today's Meet the Composer bonus track with you. Last October, I traveled to Detroit to perform the US premiere of Nico Muhly's viola concerto with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Leonard Slatkin. The orchestra has graciously agreed to let us use the second movement of the viola concerto for our show for three months, so this is our first ever LIMITED-TIME bonus track.  Nico wrote the concerto in 2014, and in a lot of ways it's the fruit of 10 years of our working together. The piece is in three movements, and this movement, Part II, is sort of the emotional heart of the piece. It's soulful and colorful and I adore playing it.  At the end of the movement the viola line suffers a sort of massive emotional breakdown, which is then answered by a huge orchestral explosion, featuring a giant tam-tam (gong) and all sorts of low-brass rumbles. In the aftermath, individual members of the orchestra play small phrases independently of each other, finally reuniting in a wounded coda.  This is my favorite part of the concerto to play.  Many, many thanks to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin for making this bonus track possible!
12/28/20159 minutes, 54 seconds
Episode Artwork

Nico Muhly: Playlist

Movement I: Trial By Fire 0:00—Nico Muhly: Skip Town | Listen | Buy0:44—Nico Muhly: Balance Problems | Listen | Buy4:13—Nico Muhly: Mothertongue | Listen | Buy4:27—Nico Muhly: Etude1A | Listen | Buy6:06—Nico Muhly: A Hudson Cycle | Listen | Buy7:41—William Byrd: O magnum mysterium | Listen | Buy9:47—Igor Stravinsky: Mass | Listen | Buy12:24—Nico Muhly: Motion | Listen | Buy14:00—Nico Muhly: score from Margaret | Listen16:22—Bjork: Oceania | Listen | Buy18:37—Nico Muhly: Clear Music (live) | private recording19:51—Nico Muhly: Clear Music (studio) | Listen | Buy20:16—Nico Muhly: Mothertongue | Listen | Buy Movement II: Working Together22:41—Jonsi: Go Do (Nico Muhly piano arrangement) | Watch23:45—Jonsi: Go Do (album version) | Listen | Buy24:09—Jonsi: Go Do (Nico Muhly piano arrangement) | Watch24:39—Doveman: The Best Thing | Listen | Buy25:12—Van Dyke Parks: Palm Desert | Listen | Buy26:23—Neil Diamond: Sweet Caroline | Listen | Buy26:39—Antony and the Johnsons: I Fell In Love with A Dead Boy | Listen | Buy26:58—The National: Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks | Listen | Buy27:07—Passion Pit: Love Is Greed | Listen | Buy27:12—Sam Amidon: You Better Mind | Listen | Buy27:24—Usher: Climax | Listen | Buy27:56—Joanna Newsom: Anecdotes | Buy28:13—Grizzly Bear: Foreground | Listen | Buy29:27—Nico Muhly: Benjamin Millepied dance score | Listen32:42—Nico Muhly: Two Boys, Act I | Buy34:07—Nico Muhly: Two Boys, Act II | Buy34:58—Nico Muhly: A Good Understanding | Listen | Buy35:32—Nico Muhly: Two Boys, Act I | Buy Movement III: “u”38:17—Nico Muhly: Mothertongue | Listen | Buy41:02—Nico Muhly: Fast Twitchy Organs | Listen45:54—Nico Muhly: Slow Twitchy Organs | Buy49:43—Nico Muhly: Viola Concerto | Watch51:07—Nico Muhly: Doublespeak | Listen | Buy54:12—Orlando Gibbons: This is the Record of John | Listen | Buy54:36—Phillip Glass: Einstein on the Beach, Spaceship | Listen | Buy55:42—Nico Muhly: Duet No. 1 Chorale Pointing Downwards | Listen | Buy57:16—Nico Muhly: Viola Concerto | Watch1:00:47—Nico Muhly: Mothertongue | Listen | Buy
Episode Artwork

Nico Muhly: Community Theater

First, a disclaimer. I wanna make something clear right off the bat here: I'm completely in the tank for Nico Muhly. We went to college together and he has been one of my best friends and most frequent collaborators ever since. But! He is deeply gifted creator, and honestly I'd feel insane not featuring him just because we're close. Okay. Nico is a composer with a very specific point of view – a rabid communicator whose personality factors massively in his work. Nico works extremely well with others; his collaborators live and create in an environment that is just foreign enough to instigate surprising, brilliant results. He curates community on a grand scale, corresponding with dozens of people a day, and is the hardest working person I have ever met. Nico lives his life out loud, and his music is stunning, hilarious, touching, and brilliant. - Nadia Sirota
12/11/20151 hour, 2 minutes, 31 seconds
Episode Artwork

Nico Muhly: III. "u"

Nico's community is a massive factor in his life. He is very much "in touch," sending emails from the profane to the profound to literally hundreds of people a day. Nico values his friends dearly. Nico recently published a very candid blog entry wherein he discussed his mental state. Last year, Nico realized, all of a sudden, that the medication he had been taking for ten years was numbing him to a number of very important moments in his life. He changed doctors and changed prescriptions, and changed his attitude about pride. - Nadia Sirota
12/11/201524 minutes, 21 seconds
Episode Artwork

Nico Muhly: I. Trial By Fire

Nico grew up in Providence, but spent odd corridors of his youth abroad, acquiring languages quickly and setting the tone for his current, punishing travel schedule. He was a child chorister who became deeply obsessed with the American minimalists in high school. He attended Columbia and Juilliard concurrently and studied as many things as he could, while working creative part-time jobs. Nico is very, very funny, which fact, coupled with his insatiable appetite for any and all interesting information, sets the stage for his completely unique, frenetic, densely-packed, fantastic scores. - Nadia Sirota
12/11/201522 minutes, 7 seconds
Episode Artwork

Nico Muhly: II. Working Together

Nico has worked with film directors, librettists, clarinet players and choreographers, and has written arrangements for an impressive roster of bands and songwriters. His love of communication in all forms, warts and all, lends itself beautifully to collaborative projects, and his operas, ballets and song arrangements are brilliant testaments to this.
12/11/201514 minutes, 59 seconds
Episode Artwork

Download: Anna Thorvaldsdottir's 'Scape' Performed by Pianist Cory Smythe

This week’s Meet the Composer Bonus Track is a world premiere recording of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s piano work Scape. Scape, like many of Anna’s works, uses extended techniques to create unique, otherworldly textures. For this piece, Anna demands quite a bit of playing INSIDE the instrument, as well as a few somewhat unconventional preparations to the instrument itself. Prepared piano basically means a piano with stuff in it, screws, thimbles, tin foil, pieces of paper, the type of thing that’ll make a piano technician start to sweat. The first couple people to do this type of thing were crazy Americans, Henry Cowell and John Cage. Definitely take a moment to check those guys out, if you have a sec. Anna, very much in keeping with her timbral language, uses these techniques to carve out massive swaths of sonic texture, creating a huge universe in a relatively limited time frame. A couple weeks ago, Cory Smythe, pianist for the International Contemporary Ensemble, stopped by the Q2 Music studios to create the beautiful world premiere recording. –Nadia Sirota
11/24/201511 minutes, 46 seconds
Episode Artwork

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Composing Is Second Nature

Anna Thorvaldsdottir is an Icelandic composer whose work conjures entire environments of sound, surrounding the listener in a dark and forbidding landscape. Anna thinks sonically; her music comes from a deeply non-verbal place, and she has developed a brilliant workflow which allows these ideas to remain mostly whole and unmolested through her creative process. Anna often favors massive ensembles, writing delicate and detailed parts for every player, but even when she is writing for smaller forces, she somehow summons these massive sonorities — detailed, elegant tapestries with a seductive gravity, which pull the listener in with their gradually revolving color and texture. - Nadia Sirota
11/9/201555 minutes, 47 seconds
Episode Artwork

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Playlist

Movement I: Small Town Living0:05—Nico Muhly: Mothertongue | Listen | Buy0:50—Anna Thorvaldsdottír: In the Light of Air | Listen | Buy3:10—Anna Thorvaldsdottír: Dreaming | Listen | Buy7:49—Ísland, Farsælda Frón (traditional) | Listen8:48—Tenth century organum | Listen9:14—Ísland, Farsælda Frón (traditional) | Listen10:10—Anna Thorvaldsdottír: Transitions | Listen | Buy10:58—Squarepusher: The Body Builder | Listen | Buy11:55—Anna Thorvaldsdottír: Heyr þú oss himnum á | Listen13:38—Anna Thorvaldsdottír: Streaming Arhythmia | Listen | Buy Movement II: Composing a Space18:46—Ben Frost: O God Protect Me | Listen | Buy21:09—Elizabeth Asmr (via YouTube) | Listen23:52—Anna Thorvaldsdottír: Hrim | Listen | Buy25:27—Anna Thorvaldsdottír: In the Light of Air | Listen | Buy30:43—Anna Thorvaldsdottír: Dreaming | Listen | Buy33:29—Anna Thorvaldsdottír: Shades of Silence | Listen | Buy  Movement III: Heima er Best (Home Sweet Home)38:41—Samaris: Góða Tungl | Listen | Buy44:57—Anna Thorvaldsdottír: Aeriality | Listen | Buy48:51—Anna Thorvaldsdottír: Aeriality | Listen | Buy51:12—Anna Thorvaldsdottír: Tactility | Listen | Buy53:19—Anna Thorvaldsdottír: Aeriality | Listen | Buy54:11—Nico Muhly: Mothertongue | Listen | Buy
Episode Artwork

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: II. Composing a Space

Icelandic is a language of whispers and sub-audible subtlety. It is a sort of an ancient thing, it feels like it wasn’t workshopped as extensively as other European languages. There are some ideas that simply cannot be translated. Anna’s music often seems to grow out of some similar, unknowable logic. It feels at once organic and incredibly alien. Anna pulls this logic through all aspects of concert-presentation, carefully controlling the audience’s distance from the performers and often adding extra-musical elements like lighting design, elements that make her music into a three-dimensional object, something that surrounds and engulfs you. - Nadia Sirota
11/9/201519 minutes, 27 seconds
Episode Artwork

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: III. Heima er Best (Home Sweet Home)

For all that Icelanders yearn to see the world, there is some deep tug that brings them home, time after time. No matter where Anna is on the planet, she feels tied to the seasons and solar cycles back in Iceland. That counterpoint is the source of a lot of her music’s power. She is able to wield incredible forces nimbly, inspired by the landscape where she grew up. She is in awe of nature, aware of its blind power, and her music effervesces with its energy. - Nadia Sirota
11/9/201517 minutes, 7 seconds
Episode Artwork

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: I. Small Town Living

Anna grew up in a tiny town surrounded by incredible beauty — mountains, ocean — studying music under the guidance of her music-teacher mother and aunt. Growing up in a small town is hard as a kid, and Anna yearned to be around more people, to go to Reykjavik, and to see the world. When, at age 12, she started studying the cello, Anna found her voice. She pursued college in Reykjavik as a cellist, and it was there that she first started notating the musical phrases she had always thought about. Composition became a necessary, undeniable calling in her life. Anna continued to pursue it in grad school, moving to San Diego to study with Rand Steiger. - Nadia Sirota
11/9/201518 minutes, 13 seconds
Episode Artwork

Download: The Lost Movement of Ingram Marshall's String Quartet, "Voces Resonae"

Today’s MTC bonus track is a WORLD PREMIERE! Or, apropos of its October release, we might call it a movement brought back from the dead. This undead movement was born back in 1981, when Ingram Marshall wrote a string quartet for the Kronos Quartet called Voces Resonae. The piece employed, among other things, very complicated choreography for a sound engineer operating delay units (big physical boxes about the size of say a DVD player), a task which, at the time, was completed by Ingram himself. However, when the third movement of this work, "Turbulent but flowing," proved too logistically complex to be performed, it was essentially put in a drawer, where it has remained for the last thirty-some years.  That’s where we come in! MTC has enlisted the fabulous Parker Quartet to help us rescue this lost movement, with the help of MTC producer Curtis Macdonald playing the role of, as Ingram put it, “the mad scientist in the middle.”  Except in our contemporary take on the piece, all the delays and echoes are created with software instead of hardware.  The Parker Quartet is: Daniel Chong, violin Ying Xue, violin Jessica Bodner, viola Kee-Hyun Kim, cello We hope you enjoy the Lost Movement! - Nadia Sirota Special thanks to publisher Peermusic Classical for allowing this usage.
10/13/201513 minutes, 7 seconds
Episode Artwork

Ingram Marshall: I. Sine Waves and Tape Loops

Ingram found composition late, only beginning to write in grad school, and almost immediately found electronic music. The genre was in its infancy and Ingram and his fellow students, along with their instructors, were all pioneers together, creating new sounds and new ways of manipulating sound every day. Everyone was a colleague; the student-teacher barrier was virtually non-existent. - Nadia Sirota Immerse yourself in Ingram Marshall's music with our weeklong pop-up stream. 
10/5/201522 minutes, 2 seconds
Episode Artwork

Ingram Marshall: II. Gamelan, Sacred Harp and Other Lovely Things

After grad school and a few years of nomadic existence, Ingram found a new tribe in the students of the newly-formed California Institute of the Arts, a sort of hippie creative haven where students were free to find inspiration from wherever they could. This was where Ingram really dove into world music, and how he found himself in Indonesia for the first time.  That trip would change his music forever. - Nadia Sirota Immerse yourself in Ingram Marshall's music with our weeklong pop-up stream. 
10/5/201521 minutes, 12 seconds
Episode Artwork

Ingram Marshall: III. Finding a Path, Finding Morels

Nowadays, Ingram is a teacher, among other things, and is the type of pedagogue that inspires almost spiritual reverence from his students. His lessons often stretch beyond the typical hour to include hikes in the woods, or mushroom hunts. He is the type of teacher who believes the best lessons come from observation and exploration. His music allows the listener to do the same. - Nadia Sirota Immerse yourself in Ingram Marshall's music with our weeklong pop-up stream. 
10/5/201523 minutes, 18 seconds
Episode Artwork

Ingram Marshall: A Connecticut Hippie In California

Ingram Marshall is often called a California Minimalist, a title which, while not exactly geographically accurate, allies him with a loose cadre of artists writing ambient, visceral scores. It’s a title he’ll happily wear, but it only vaguely describes they art he makes. Ingram is kind of a throwback – a free-thinker making music on his own, music that accesses a deep, emotional place. His music leaves the listener gutted, keyed into something beyond consciousness. It’s ambience with a purpose, slowly inevitably unfolding towards a climax. - Nadia Sirota Immerse yourself in Ingram Marshall's music with our weeklong pop-up stream. 
10/5/20151 hour, 7 minutes, 32 seconds
Episode Artwork

Ingram Marshall: Playlist

Movement I: Sine Waves and Tape Loops 1:15—Ingram Marshall: Hidden Voices | Listen | Buy3:53—MTC logo (feat. Mothertongue by Nico Muhly). Arranged by Chris Thompson and performed by Alarm Will Sound.4:28—Ingram Marshall: Piano Quartet, “In My Beginning Is My End” | Listen | Buy5:37—Milton Babbitt: String Quartet No. 4 | Listen | Buy6:18— Phillip Glass: Koyaanisqatsi, Prophecies | Listen | Buy7:16—Ingram Marshall: Piano Quartet, “In My Beginning Is My End” | Listen | Buy8:32—Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story, Prologue | Listen | Buy9:40—Morton Subotonick: Silver Apples of the Moon | Listen | Buy10:07—Otto Luening & Vladimir Ussachevsky: Incantation | Listen | Buy10:33—Vladimir Ussachevsky: Sonic Contours | Listen | Buy11:51—Otto Luening: Low Speed | Listen | Buy13:17—Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story, Prologue | Listen | Buy14:08—Charles Mingus: Boogie Stop Shuffle | Listen | Buy17:42—Morton Subotonick: Silver Apples of the Moon | Listen | Buy18:33—Count Five: Psychotic Reaction | Listen | Buy19:41—Country Joe and the Fish: Death Sound | Listen | Buy20:27—Ingram Marshall: Cortez | Listen | Buy Movement II: Gamelan, Sacred Harp and Other Lovely Things 20:36—The United States of America: Coming Down | Listen | Buy22:13—Gamelan Semar Pgulinga: Gambangan | Listen | Buy24:46—Claude Debussy: Estampes, Pagodes | Listen | Buy25:30—Colin McPhee & Benjamin Britten: Balinese | Listen | Buy26:26—Ingram Marshall: Woodstone | Listen | Buy27:43— Ingram Marshall: The Fragility Cycles (Gambuh) | Listen | Buy31:28—Jean Sibelius: Swan of Tuonela | Listen | Buy32:53—Ingram Marshall: Dark Waters | Listen | Buy37:39—Word of Mouth Chorus: Kedron | Listen | Buy39:07—Word of Mouth Chorus: Soar Away | Listen | Buy40:25—Ingram Marshall: Hymnodic Delays, 1. Bright Hour Delayed | Buy Movement III: Finding a Path, Finding Morels 45:16—Timo Andres: Antennae | Listen | Buy47:05—Christopher Cerrone: Invisible Cites | Listen | Buy49:16—György Kurtág: Stele | Listen | Buy49:34—Boards Of Canada: Wildlife Analysis | Listen | Buy50:37—Ingram Marshall: Authentic Presence | Listen | Buy54:29—Ingram Marshall: Kingdom Come | Buy1:00:02—MTC logo (feat. Mothertongue by Nico Muhly). Arranged by Chris Thompson and performed by Alarm Will Sound.1:00:46—Nico Muhly: Mothertongue | Listen | Buy1:02:40— Sam Amidon: Kedron | Listen | Buy
Episode Artwork

Listen: Ingram Marshall Pop-Up Stream

On Thursday, Oct. 1, Q2 Music launches a weeklong pop-up stream timed to celebrate the release of the latest episode of Meet the Composer, featuring the New Haven, CT-based composer Ingram Marshall. Listen to hours of his music, including commercial and live recordings featured on the show, exclusive introductions to many of his most arresting works, and the episode of Meet the Composer as well, all through Oct. 7. Delve into the expressive soundscapes of this unheralded composer. PLAY THE MEET THE COMPOSER STREAM Read our profile on Marshall, 73, from two years ago, and listen to him discussing his music:   Some of Ingram Marshall's earliest recordings are of solo, semi-improvised performances, playing an Indonesian flute and singing falsetto to an accompaniment of prerecorded electronics and live tape delays. They are mesmerizing—thick, swelling, fragrant clouds of music. His music has evolved over the decades, but the sweetest ingredients are still there. The love of Indonesian music survives in luminous, overlapping, diatonic melodies, inspired by Marshall's immersion in the gamelan, in pieces like Peaceable Kingdom for orchestra and tape (1990), and the lush atmospherics have expanded into landscapes of Romantic grandeur, inspired by Marshall's lifelong infatuation with the symphonies of Bruckner and Sibelius. And core techniques remain the same, as in Hymnodic Delays for voices with electronics (1997), composed for Paul Hillier's Theatre of Voices, where Marshall uses loops to turn melody into canon and canon into a great wash of sound. Perhaps most importantly, he has retained an improvising performer's sense of timing.  He listens long and deeply, and organizes his music according to a mysterious, intuitive, but undeniable logic.  Even when he ventures into writing music totally free of electronic augmentation, his compositional voice is strong and clear, as in his surprisingly moving Authentic Presence for solo piano (2001). Perhaps the greatest mystery of Marshall's music is why it isn't better known. Despite performances by the Kronos Quartet (Fog Tropes II, 1994) and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (2006), his music has never been taken up by the classical mainstream. But its genius is recognized by a handful of connoisseurs.  John Adams, Marshall's ex-roommate from his West Coast days, remains a steadfast champion of the composer, and with good reason—it's hard to imagine Adams writing a piece like On the Transmigration of Souls without Marshall's influence.  The New Albion record label, one of the essential independent voices in modern music, was founded largely for the purpose of putting out a recording of Marshall's Fog Tropes for brass and tape (1982).  And a generation of younger music lovers, studying under Marshall, or just downloading his records, is spreading the word: here is a major American composer, even a central one, writing mystifyingly beautiful music like nobody else. Have you heard this stuff?
Episode Artwork

Download: LPR Live Preview and 'Memory Pieces' by David Lang

I’m thrilled this week to give you a sneak peek of a new Q2 Music podcast called LPR Live coming out this Fall. It’s hosted by Conor Hanick, a longtime friend and radio colleague, a brilliant pianist and all-around sensitive and insightful advocate for new music. The performances will come from Greenwich Village's Le Poisson Rouge, a stalwart showcase for new music in New York City and a trendsetting venue that's been “serving art and alcohol since 2009.” Here’s a quote from Conor about the show: This is not your typical pre-concert hosting, and the content is not your typical pre-concert banter. Each episode of LPR Live will weave together a variety of voices that bring you into the heart of the beast of this dynamic downtown, underground performance space and into the personal aspects of the music’s creation and presentation. This is a podcast that will let this exciting new music take its first (digital) breath. Production will create a sonic space where each strand is able to “converse” with its surroundings, and the richness and multi-dimensionality of the voices themselves will create the form, almost like eavesdropping on a conversation in the performer’s greenroom. Join me in welcoming LPR Live into the podcasting family, and stay tuned for more Meet the Composer goodies in the weeks to come.  -Nadia Sirota
8/26/201515 minutes, 26 seconds
Episode Artwork

Download: Kaija Saariaho's 'Light and Matter' from the Library of Congress

I am so thrilled to bring you this Meet the Composer Bonus Track! We are extremely lucky to present this recording of Kaija Saariaho's piano trio Light and Matter, taped live at the Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress, just this past May 22 by the world-class ensemble of violinist Jennifer Koh, cellist Anssi Karttunen and pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute. It's lovely, colorful, and you are some of the first people to hear it... after Justice Ginsburg, of course! The composer’s program note is below: "The starting point for the music is light kinetic energy, which is then developed into more dramatic gestures and rapid exchanges among the three instruments. The piece advances in spinning motion, moving from the original luminous fabric into more thematic patterns or towards the inertia of slow choral textures, 11 before returning into the original weightlessness and starting a new flickering spin. As a result, we hear three musical elements–kinetic texture, thematic motives and slowly moving choral material–in constantly changing combinations and orchestrations. I wrote this piece in New York, while watching from my window the changing light and colors of Morningside Park. Besides providing me with the name for the piece, perhaps that continuous transformation of light on the glinting leaves and the immobile trunks of the solid trees became the inspiration for the musical materials in this piece." I hope you enjoy!-Nadia Sirota Light and Matter (2014) is published by Chester Music, Ltd. Commissioned by the Library of Congress Dina Koston and Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music (in honor of the 90th anniversary of Concerts from the Library of Congress), Britten Sinfonia and Norrbotten NEO, and co-commissioned by the Aeolian Chamber Players in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Engineering credits: Michael E. Turpin
8/11/201518 minutes, 43 seconds
Episode Artwork

Kaija Saariaho: III. Love from Afar

To date, Kaija has written four operas, each with a strong, female protagonist. She has a clear voice for feminism and femininity, and her work doesn’t pull punches. In a recent speech at McGill University, Kaija said, “Today, thirty years after my own battles, young women still have to experience much the same every day discrimination I went through.” She uses her art to explore these ideas and in fact to explore her own reactions to life and love. More than anything else, Kaija’s music is intimate, personal and raw. She writes honestly, and that makes her work beautiful.
7/30/201519 minutes, 55 seconds
Episode Artwork

Kaija Saariaho: II. Never a Machine-Freak

Kaija and her colleagues knew that to find their compositional voices, they would need to look outside of Finland. Kaija moved to Germany and eventually to Paris, where she spent hours toiling over electronic sounds deep under the Centre Pompidou at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, also known as IRCAM. Kaija, who was in her own words, “never a machine-freak," was the only woman in a sea of programmer-type men. She thrived in this environment, finding her voice during this era, a combination of subtle electro-acoustic manipulations and her own, intuition-based take on spectralism.
7/30/201522 minutes, 37 seconds
Episode Artwork

Kaija Saariaho: I. Finding Her Music

Kaija wasn’t born into a musical family, in fact, her parents never made it to a single concert of hers. She was always pulled by composition, and spent hours in her room with a guitar trying to “find her music.” She nearly gave up at age 11, after reading a biography of Mozart and feeling woefully under-accomplished. Kaija imagined she would be a church organist in some remote town in Finand, and set off to study performance at the Sibelius Academy. Composition kept calling her, however, and she eventually found herself embedded within an impressive group of composer colleagues who pushed each other to discover newer, weirder, more innovative stuff.
7/30/201519 minutes, 58 seconds
Episode Artwork

Kaija Saariaho: Ears Open

Kaija Saariaho's music evokes all sorts of natural sounds, the kinds of complex, white noise-y sounds that we often tune out. She's able to take the instruments of the orchestra and pull out of them the sound of wind rustling through trees, or waves hitting the shore. She's got this ear that can hear the music everything, but in not in a John Cage way — she's not putting all sounds on an equal playing field. Instead, she teases harmonies out of these sounds, finding notes that were aaaalmost there to begin with. Kaija is famous for writing moving, visceral works full of difficult new instrumental techniques. She often writes for acoustic instruments with almost subliminal electronic manipulation — it's hard to tell where the performer leaves off and the electronics begin, and she's written full scale operas, often with strong, historically-inspired female protagonists, grappling with huge themes, love and death, that kind of thing. - Nadia Sirota
7/30/20151 hour, 3 minutes, 32 seconds
Episode Artwork

Kaija Saariaho: Playlist

Hear a piece of music you loved in the show? Find below a complete breakdown of all the music in Season Two, Episode Two – Kaija Saariaho: Ears Open. Movement I: Finding Her Music 0:00—Kaija Saariaho: Noa Noa | Listen | Buy2:29—Nico Muhly: Mothertongue, I. Archive | Listen | Buy2:42—Kaija Saariaho: Vent Nocturne, I. Sombres Miroirs | Listen | Buy4:45—W.A. Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 8 | Listen| Buy6:24—W.A. Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 8 | Listen | Buy7:33—The Beatles: Saw Her Standing There | Listen | Buy7:57—Jimi Hendrix: Foxy Lady | Listen | Buy8:09—Billie Holiday: All Of Me | Listen | Buy8:33—Aulis Sallinen: Preludes & Fugues Opus 95b | Listen| Buy9:03—Aulis Sallinen: Preludes & Fugues Opus 95b | Listen| Buy10:20—Paavo Heininen: Kaukametsä | Listen 11:34—Joonas Kokkonen: Viimeiset kiusaukset | Listen 14:33—Alban Berg: Violin Concerto | Listen | Buy14:58—Bernt Alois Zimmermann: Cello Concerto | Listen| Buy17:57—J.S. Bach: Invention No. 8 | Listen | Buy18:07—Kaija Saariaho: Orion | Listen | Buy Movement II: Never a Machine-Freak 19:59—Karlheinz Stockhausen: Kontakte | Listen | Buy21:20—Gerard Grisey: Les Espaces Acoustique, Partiels | Listen | Buy22:45—W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter” | Listen| Buy23:47—Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” | Listen | Buy24:12—Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, “Prelude and Liebestod” | Listen | Buy24:42—Arnold Schoenberg: Moses and Aaron | Listen | Buy24:54—Alban Berg: Violin Concerto | Listen | Buy25:46—Kaija Saariaho: Lichtbogen | Listen | Buy26:59—The Human League: Don’t You Want Me | Listen | Buy27:34—Kaija Saariaho: Du Cristal | Listen | Buy27:47—Kaija Saariaho: L’amour De Loin Act I, Traversée | Listen | Buy30:23—Kaija Saariaho: Jardin Secret | Listen | Buy34:01—Kaija Saariaho: Maa, Mvt IV. “Forest” | Listen | Buy35:20—Kaija Saariaho: Lichtbogen | Listen | Buy36:36—Kaija Saariaho: Nymphea | Listen| Buy39:15—Kaija Saariaho: Noa Noa | Listen | Buy41:02—Kaija Saariaho: Noa Noa | Listen | Buy42:07—Olivier Messaien: Tableau I, St. Francois D’Assise | Listen | Buy Movement III: Love from Afar 42:08—Jaufré Rudel: "When the days are long in May"43:38—Kaija Saariaho: Lonh | Listen | Buy44:19—Kaija Saariaho: L’amour De Loin Act IV, Songe | Listen| Buy49:03—Kaija Saariaho: L’amour De Loin Act IV Songe | Listen | Buy50:26—Kaija Saariaho: La Passion De Simone | Listen | Buy53:46—Kaija Saariaho: Chateau De L’ame | Listen | Buy1:00:09—Nico Muhly: Mothertongue, I. Archive | Listen | Buy
Episode Artwork

Bonus Track: 'Stringsongs' by Meredith Monk

I am absolutely THRILLED to present this week’s bonus track, an exclusive in-studio performance of Meredith Monk’s transcendent string quartet Stringsongs. Stringsongs is Meredith’s first string quartet. Written in 2005, the piece was premiered by the Kronos Quartet. I am extremely proud to share this piece now, in a performance by the inimitable ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble) in the Q2 Music studios. In the Meet The Composer: Meredith Monk episode, we spent a considerable amount of time focusing on the fascinating processes Meredith has employed constructing some of her vocal music — namely, her using her vocal ensemble to workshop ideas in the air. Stringsongs is an example of a completely different working style; these days, Meredith has been writing more and more scored, instrumental music, and Stringsongs was developed very much that way. The piece is in four movements: "Cliff Light," "Tendrils," "Obsidian Chorale," and "Phantom Strings." This work is a gorgeous example of Meredith lending her gilded aesthetic to a very Classical format. The composer’s program note is below: In Stringsongs, my first piece for string quartet, I explored using instruments to create unexpected textures and sounds in much the same way that I have worked with the voice over many years.  I was inspired by the profound musicianship and passionate commitment of the Kronos Quartet. During the rehearsal period, as I got to know the players, the music came to life in surprising ways, colored by the distinctive "voice" of each musician.   Stringsongs is published by Boosey & Hawkes. This recording session was engineered by Irene Trudel.
7/14/201524 minutes, 29 seconds
Episode Artwork

Meredith Monk: Playlist

Movement I: Learning Her Body Through Music 0:00—Meredith Monk: Strand (Inner Psalm) | Buy 1:56—Spandau Ballet: True | Listen2:40—Meredith Monk: Panda Chant II | Listen | Buy3:48—Nico Muhly: Mothertongue: Movement 1, Archive | Listen | Buy4:00—Meredith Monk: Particular Dance | Buy5:41--Anton Belov and Lydia Brown: Russian Songs by Mikhail Glinka | Listen6:30—Gene Austin: My Blue Heaven | Listen | Buy7:20—Audrey Marsh with the Ray Arthur Quartet: Choo’n Gum [Private Recording]8:06—Audrey Marsh: I’m Stepping Out with a Memory Tonight [Private Recording]10:35—Meredith Monk: Last Song | Listen | Buy12:00—Gabriel Faure: Requiem | Listen | Buy13:21—Pete Seeger: If I Had a Hammer | Listen | Buy13:55—Burl Ives: Wayfaring Strangers | Listen | Buy15:36—Meredith Monk: Porch | Listen | Buy17:22--Charles Mingus: Boogie Stop Shuffle | Listen | Buy18:07--La Monte Young: Pre-Tortoise Dream Music, Part II | Listen19:34--John Cage: Water Walk | Listen  Movement II: Choreographing Sound 25:50--Meredith Monk: Clusters 1 | Buy32:04--Meredith Monk: Basket Rondo: Basket A, High Basket | Listen | Buy 34:10--Meredith Monk: Clusters 1 | Buy35:23--Chiara Quartet: Brahms -- String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111, Movement 3 | Listen | Buy37:58--Meredith Monk: American Archaeology #1: Roosevelt Island | Listen40:13--Meredith Monk: Strand (Inner Psalm) [Private Recording]41:52--Meredith Monk: Hocket from "Facing North" | Listen | Buy 44:07--Meredith Monk: Dolmen Music | Listen | Buy46:20--Meredith Monk: Do You Be | Listen | Buy Movement III: Becoming Whole 50:30--Meredith Monk: Clusters 1 / Clusters 2 | Buy 53:01--Meredith Monk: Cloud Code | Buy54:09--Meredith Monk: Summer Variation | Buy 55:55--Meredith Monk: Vow | Listen | Buy59:05--Meredith Monk: Winter Variation | Buy61:22--Meredith Monk: Ascent | Buy 66:13—Nico Muhly: Mothertongue: Movement 1, Archive | Listen | Buy
Episode Artwork

Meredith Monk: II. Choreographing Sound

Meredith rarely writes traditional scores. Many of her pieces live primarily in the heads of their performers, often members of Meredith's own vocal ensemble. Sometime she creates maps, sometimes she notates cells, but mostly these exists as a kind of mnemonic device. The real music exists as sound recalled, not notes on a page. For Meredith, the rehearsal process is all about experimentation. She uses her vocal ensemble like a massive, workshopping brain, trying things out on particular voices like a choreographer working through steps on bodies. Enjoy some videos of Meredith Monk's music in performance below.       
6/30/201523 minutes, 59 seconds
Episode Artwork

Meredith Monk: III. Becoming Whole

When Meredith first encountered Buddhism in the 1970s, a whole lot of things clicked into place. She learned to accept the moment for what it is, "in all it's rawness, ugliness, pain, pleasure." Meredith found that she had always known this as Meredith the Artist, but not as Meredith the Person. Buddhism allowed her to become whole, through all the twists and turns of a hard life pursuing art.
6/30/201517 minutes, 27 seconds
Episode Artwork

Meredith Monk: I. Learning Her Body Through Music

From an extremely young age, music and movement were braided together for Meredith. Her earliest musical instruction was in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, which teaches students concepts of rhythm, structure, and musical expression through the motion of their own bodies. Born into a musical family, music came easily to Meredith, but movement didn't. For Meredith, instead of learning music through movement, Dalcroze taught her her body through music. Once these two arts were fuzed together, Meredith never unstuck them, creating sophisticated works that existed in that liminal space from the get-go.
6/30/201525 minutes, 14 seconds
Episode Artwork

Meredith Monk: Creation as Spiritual Practice

Living legend Meredith Monk is a composer, vocalist, dancer,choreographer and filmmaker. While all of these descriptors are technically on point, none quite gets to the bones of who she is as an artist. Meredith seamlessly blends these media into arresting performance pieces that feel like rituals -- rites from another dimension. While most of her music has no text, it somehow communicates volumes. For Meredith, words are too "pointy," and can never get at the spaces between emotions. Meredith has been crafting these meticulous works for over fifty years now, and she's never satisfied unless she's pushing herself to find something new, something special.  Watch an episode of Q2 Spaces in Meredith's Tribeca home-studio:  
6/30/20151 hour, 7 minutes, 41 seconds
Episode Artwork

Announcing Season Two of Meet the Composer

Hi, I'm Nadia Sirota, host of Q2 Music's Meet the Composer (MTC). We set out to create something really different with MTC – a look into the minds and creative processes of composers making some of the most innovative, strange and breathtakingly beautiful music today. And we wanted to make these audio portraits feel like a musical experience. Because you supported our Season One Kickstarter, we were able to bring to life our first five hour-long, fully sound-designed episodes. We couldn't have done it without your help. We're so proud of how Season One turned out and so thrilled that MTC spoke to you.  You listened to Meet the Composer over 200,000 times from over 70 countries, via iTunes, and Tens of thousands heard MTC on terrestrial radio in New York (WNYC), but also in Los Angeles and soon Chicago. We got some great coverage for Season One, including from Radiolab, the BBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Vogue plus a wealth of comments and social media posts you can check out here. Here's what Jad Abumrad of WNYC's Radiolab had to say: "Compelling and beautifully produced. One of the best things I've heard in a long time... Talking about music in a way that's compelling can be hard. And so when people do it well, I just feel like you gotta give them props." Help us make Season Two a reality. Learn about our five featured Season Two composers and support Meet the Composer today on Kickstarter. 
4/7/20158 minutes, 58 seconds
Episode Artwork

Bonus Track: 'Intercepting a Shivery Light' by Marcos Balter

Building on a long-standing collaborative relationship, Marcos Balter wrote Intercepting a Shivery Light for the Anubis Quartet, a saxophone ensemble, in 2012. The piece's title is an anagram for Everything in its Right Place, a Radiohead song, which Marcos admits is an important song for him "and many members of [his] generation." The saxophone quartet is a particularly pliable medium, in that the four members can blend seamlessly in a way that's impossible for other instrument groups (gauntlet thrown!). As a result, this piece is an excellent example of one of the hallmarks of Marcos' music: turning a group of people into one thing (for the record, he also likes to turn one person into a whole group of people; check out his Memória for solo cello). This month's Bonus Track is a live recording of the Anubis Quartet performing Intercepting a Shivery Light, from the world premiere at the Music Institute of Chicago in 2012. The Anubis Quartet is Allison Balcetis, David Wegehaupt, Sean Patayanikorn, and Ryan Muncy.
11/12/201417 minutes, 38 seconds
Episode Artwork

Marcos Balter: III. Failure Is An Option

During and after his doctoral work at at Northwestern, Marcos fell in with a crowd of talented musicians hell-bent on creating a new standard for new music in Chicago. Marcos came-of-age with groups like ICE and Dal Niente, and together they created a real community, presenting new music to new audiences with an almost evangelistic zeal. Through the practical triumphs and failures of a heavy commission schedule dotted with personal projects and freebies, Marcos learned that, for every truly great idea, there are many, many lesser ideas, and they need to be worked through! The best way to be good at something is to have done terribly for long enough. Listen to movement three of Meet the Composer Episode Five, Marcos Balter: Failure Is An Option.
10/30/201420 minutes, 12 seconds
Episode Artwork

Marcos Balter: I. Reading, Reich & Rio

As a four-year-old, Marcos discovered the piano at his aunt's house and it was love at first sight. He could entertain himself for hours making up melodies on that piano, but it wasn't until he saw a composer on television that he knew for certain, without quite understanding what a composer actually DID, that he wanted to be one. Restless, curious and persuasive, Marcos acquired an extensive music education in and around Rio de Janeiro, often despite pedagogical methods intended for much older kids. Along the way, several mentors introduced him to the mind-expanding works of Berio, Reich and Ligeti. Listen to movement one of Meet the Composer Episode Five, Marcos Balter: Failure Is An Option.
10/30/201422 minutes, 1 second
Episode Artwork

Marcos Balter: II. Libraries are Magic

After winning a piano scholarship, attracted to the exotic city made famous by the TV show Dallas, Marcos moved the Fort Worth, TX to attend Texas Christian University. This was one of the first times Marcos, always whip-smart and often at the top of his class, realized just how much music he'd never heard or seen. Obsessed with maps, tablature and smart scores, Marcos took to the music library and fell deeply for notation. Listen to movement two of Meet the Composer Episode Five, Marcos Balter: Failure Is An Option.
10/30/201421 minutes, 6 seconds
Episode Artwork

Marcos Balter: Failure Is an Option

For Marcos Balter, stellar composition requires the dedicated, daily practice of an athlete. He doesn't think it possible to unearth and hone brilliant musical ideas without slogging through a whole bunch of failures along the way, nor does he believe that the compositional demigods we revere so highly – Bach, Beethoven, Mozart – birthed only masterpieces. He worries too many creatives get tongue-tied attempting consistent genius, and that their work suffers for it. Marcos has learned to embrace failure, and that these failures can lead to incredible breakthroughs. Marcos is a composer whose manic energy and relentless work ethic effuse from everything he touches: friendships, pedagogy, and especially his music. His fast-talking, whip-smart style is easy to detect in his intricate scores. His music reverberates and pulses with energy, sometimes in such a small container, or in such a demure dynamic that the score feels almost radioactive. Marcos Balter's point of view is singular; he can roll with the modernists and the minimalists with ease, and yet his music doesn't really fit any particular rubric. His carefully constructed works have fine grammar, well-planned architecture and often astonishing material. He is a master at finding unexpected timbral rhyme that delights and surprises.
10/30/20141 hour, 4 minutes, 4 seconds
Episode Artwork

Marcos Balter: Failure is an Option: Playlist

Hear a piece of music you loved in the show and want to learn or hear more? Scroll down for a complete breakdown of all the music used for scoring and illustration in episode five – Marcos Balter: Failure is an Option– along with buy links to the albums. Movement One: "Reading, Reich and Rio" 0:01—Marcos Balter: Pessoa | Watch | Buy2:24—Marcos Balter: Bladed Stance | Listen | Buy4:33—Os Mutantes: A Minha Menina | Listen | Buy6:10—Steve Reich: Six Pianos | Watch | Buy10:35—Charles Mingus: Work Song | Listen | Buy12:06—Marcos Balter: Preludio No. 4 14:14—Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gesang der Junglinge | Listen | Buy15:37—Luciano Berio: Sinfonia, III. In ruhig fliessender Bewegung | Listen | Buy18:22—Marcos Balter: Memoria | Watch Movement Two: "Libraries are Magic" 22:02—Jerrold Immel: Theme from Dallas | Listen | Buy23:31—George Crumb: Black Angels, 10. God-music | Listen | Buy26:57—Tristan Murail: Gondwana | Listen | Buy28:55—Jay Alan Yim: neverthesamerivertwice | Listen | Buy31:22—Marcos Balter: Descent from Parnassus | Watch35:34—Marcos Balter: Codex Seraphinianus 38:10—Marcos Balter: Ut | Listen | Buy Movement Three: "Failure is an Option" 43:07—Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Born in Chicago | Listen | Buy44:35—Marcos Balter: Codex Seraphinianus48:12—George Crumb: Black Angels, 10. God-music | Listen | Buy48:58—Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Op. 74, "Harp" | Watch | Buy51:41—Marcos Balter: Chambers | Listen | Buy57:24—Marcos Balter: Bladed Stance | Listen | Buy
Episode Artwork

Bonus Track: 'Its Motion Keeps' by Caroline Shaw

In 2012, the Grammy award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus commissioned the the future Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw to write a new work for their upcoming Benjamin Britten centenary celebration concert at Carnegie Hall. The result, "Its Motion Keeps," is a swirling piece for SSA choir and viola that employs at once the familiar (repetitive, calming ostinati) with the strange (extended techniques, clashing dissonance). On September 16th, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus (under the direction of conductor Dianne Berkun-Menaker), joined us in the Jerome L. Greene Space to perform for a live recording alongside Caroline Shaw herself on the viola. As part of an exclusive Meet the Composer Bonus Track, download "Its Motion Keeps" by Caroline Shaw.
10/14/201413 minutes, 49 seconds
Episode Artwork

Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully

Caroline Shaw began her love affair with music at the age of two, when her mom started teaching her violin. Throughout her childhood, Caroline had a lesson every Wednesday afternoon, and sang and played in school and at music camps, falling for chamber music by Mozart and Clara Schumann. Caroline always made things; when she was bowled over by a Brahms sonata, she'd try and figure out how to construct her own sonatas. As a young adult, she continued on a rigorous, violin-centric path, earning both undergrad and masters degrees in violin performance from Rice University and the the Yale School of Music. But after Yale, her life took a slight detour; Caroline had never stopped writing, and despite having never had a formal lesson in her life, Caroline was accepted to Princeton University's PhD program in composition. Just two years later, at age 30, she became youngest person ever to win the Pulitzer Prize in music. Tune in to find out how Caroline synthesizes old forms with new techniques to create her arresting, beautiful music.
9/30/201458 minutes, 30 seconds
Episode Artwork

Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully: II. Sacred and Profane

After earning her masters degree in violin performance at Yale School of Music, Caroline spent a few years singing in professional church choirs, improvising in dance classes, and playing on the New York City contemporary classical circuit. At 28, having never had a composition lesson in her life, Caroline takes another left turn and decides to apply for a PhD in composition at Princeton University (spoiler: she gets in). Listen to movement two of Meet the Composer Episode Four.
9/30/201416 minutes, 26 seconds
Episode Artwork

Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully: Playlist

Hear a piece of music you loved in the show and want to learn or hear more? Scroll down for a complete breakdown of all the music used for scoring and illustration in episode four – Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully  – along with buy links to the albums. Movement One: "Garden Variety" 0:01—Caroline Shaw: Partita for 8 Voices: II. Sarabande | Listen | Buy2:09—Caroline Shaw: Partita for 8 Voices: II. Sarabande | Listen | Buy4:58—Caroline Shaw: Limestone and Felt7:12—J.S. Bach: Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Sarabande | Watch7:27—Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata: E Strano Sempre Libera | Watch | Buy7:59—Traditional: O Sacred Head Surrounded | Watch8:28—W.A. Mozart: String Quartet No. 3 in G, K. 156 | Listen | Buy9:17—Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G, Op. 78 | Listen | Buy10:15—Clara Schumann: Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17 | Listen | Buy11:50—Ben Folds Five: Brick | Watch | Buy12:18—Madonna: Like a Prayer | Watch | Buy12:40—Gilbert and Sullivan: The Mikado: Three Little Maids From School Are We | Watch | Buy14:05—F.J. Haydn: String Quartet in G Major, Op. 20, No. 3 | Watch | Buy16:01—Caroline Shaw: Entr'acte | Listen Movement Two: "Sacred and Profane" 20:23—Caroline Shaw: Limestone and Felt21:57—Robert Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 121 | Watch | Buy22:51—Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium | Listen | Buy23:25—William Byrd: O Magnum Mysterium | Listen | Buy24:45—Thomas Tallis: Motet in Manus Tuas | Listen | Buy25:07—Caroline Shaw: in manus tuas | Watch30:03—Caroline Shaw: dance class improv32:47—Dan Trueman: A Cow Call (Please o please come home) | Listen | Buy34:54—J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Part II | Listen | Buy Movement Three: "Teethfull of Awesome" 37:19—Caroline Shaw: Partita for 8 Voices: III. Courante | Listen | Buy39:19—Judd Greenstein: AEIOU | Watch | Buy42:07—Gioachino Rossini: Barber of Seville: Una Voce Poco Fa | Watch | Buy42:59—Akkordion Duo: Tanzliedli | Buy43:17—The Cranberries: Zombie | Watch | Buy43:38—Traditional Tuva: Dyzmzhuktaar47:00—Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares: Trenke, Todorke | Buy47:43—Caroline Shaw: Partita for 8 Voices: IV. Passacaglia | Listen | Buy50:50—Caroline Shaw: Partita for 8 Voices: I. Allemande  | Listen | Buy56:45—Nico Muhly: Mothertongue: I. Archive | Listen | Buy
Episode Artwork

Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully: III. Teethful of Awesome

At the pre-telecast award ceremony for the 56th annual Grammy Awards, Cyndi Lauper famously announced the winner of the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category: "more like teethfull of awesome!"  Caroline Shaw's background and pedigree as a performer informs the very fabric of her compositional output and the piece she wrote for Roomful of Teeth is no exception. Listen to movement three of Meet the Composer Episode Four as Caroline discusses her inspirations and challenges while writing Partita for 8 Voices, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music.
9/30/201421 minutes, 4 seconds
Episode Artwork

Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully: I. Garden Variety

Caroline Shaw came from a violin-centric household — her mom was a violin teacher, her older brothers played violin — and so every Wednesday from age six to eighteen she took lessons. She even attended Rice University's prestigious Shepard School of Music to earn her bachelors in violin performance. But after college, Caroline took a left turn and embarked on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to spend a year alone wandering Europe studying Renaissance landscape gardens.  It was during this time abroad when Caroline began writing her first sting quartets and started to discover her own compositional voice. Listen to movement one of Meet the Composer Episode Four.
9/30/201419 minutes, 50 seconds
Episode Artwork

Bonus Track: Excerpts from The Hunger by Donnacha Dennehy

In 1844, Asenath Nicholson, a school teacher, reformer and proprietor of an all-vegetarian boarding house in New York City, travelled to Ireland to "personally investigate the condition of the Irish poor." Upon her arrival, she saw the beginnings of the Great Famine, a seven-year period of mass starvation and disease in which it is estimated over one million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland. Nicholson's writings and first-hand observations from the time are stitched together to form the narrative backdrop of The Hunger, a multi-media opera by Donnacha Dennehy. Commissioned by Alarm Will Sound, The Hunger provides an overtly emotional and personal account of the devastation created by the famine. Interwoven into the live performance are vintage recordings of sean nós (old style) Irish folk tunes as well as video clips of economists and historians discussing the social-political causes and ramifications of the disaster. As part of an exclusive Meet the Composer Bonus Track, download movements one, two and five of The Hunger, a work-in-progress that was performed at the Sheldon Hall in St. Louis by Alarm Will Sound and mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway. 
9/9/201414 minutes, 54 seconds
Episode Artwork

Donnacha Dennehy: I. "Mine is not the standard childhood"

Donnacha Dennehy found his calling at an early age, recording 25-minute recorder sonatas into cassettes when he was nine and discovering Stockhausen a year later. Now, he's a heavyweight in the world of contemporary music. With his unique use of overtones and deep understanding of the mechanics of sound, his compositional voice stands out. Listen to movement one of Meet the Composer Episode Three.
8/26/201417 minutes, 46 seconds
Episode Artwork

Donnacha Dennehy: Playlist

Hear a piece of music you loved in the show and want to learn or hear more? Scroll down for a complete breakdown of all the music used for scoring and illustration in episode three – Donnacha Dennehy: Composing with Frequency  – along with buy links to the albums. Movement One: "Mine is not the standard childhood" 0:19—Donnacha Dennehy: The Hunger | Listen1:36—Donnacha Dennehy: Grá agus Bás | Watch | Buy3:24—Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Mvt. 1 | Watch | Buy4:29—Karlheinz Stockhausen: Stimmung | Listen | Buy4:54—Gérard Grisey: Les Espaces Acoustiques, II. Périodes | Listen | Buy6:43—Gérard Grisey: Les Espaces Acoustiques, IV. Modulations | Listen | Buy7:20—La Monte Young: Dream House | Listen7:48—Donnacha Dennehy: Stainless Staining | Watch | Buy10:39—Donnacha Dennehy: Bulb | Watch | Buy11:25—Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in B Major, op. 8 | Listen | Buy12:24—György Ligeti: Atmosphères | Listen | Buy13:17—Donnacha Dennehy: Bulb | Watch | Buy Movement Two: Grisey, Andrissen & Gender Confusion 18:23—Alban Berg: Violin Concerto | Listen | Buy19:17—Gérard Grisey: Les Espaces Acoustiques, II. Périodes | Listen | Buy19:48—James Tenney: Critical Band | Listen | Buy21:06—Brian Ferneyhough: La Terre est Une Homme | Listen22:42—Louis Andriessen: De Staat | Listen | Buy24:20—Donnacha Dennehy: Streetwalker | Buy25:20—Donnacha Dennehy: Junkbox Fraud | Listen | Buy28:03—Donnacha Dennehy: Stainless Staining | Watch | Buy28:49—Pierre Boulez: Piano Sonata No. 2, I. Extrêmement rapide | Listen | Buy29:13—Donnacha Dennehy: Elastic Harmonic | Listen | Buy Movement Three: Irish Upon A Star 34:43—Donnacha Dennehy: That the Night Come | Listen | Buy38:28—W.B. Yates: The Lake Isle of Innisfree | Listen | Buy38:49—Donnacha Dennehy: That the Night Come | Listen | Buy40:45—Donnacha Dennehy: That the Night Come | Listen | Buy41:36—Donnacha Dennehy: Grá agus Bás | Watch | Buy43:16—Sean-nós, traditional: A dhonncha, is lean liom 43:59—Donnacha Dennehy: Grá agus Bás | Watch | Buy44:34—Sean-nós, traditional: Aisling Gheal (Bright Vision) | Listen47:02—Donnacha Dennehy: Grá agus Bás | Watch | Buy
Episode Artwork

Donnacha Dennehy: III. Irish Upon a Star

In Ireland, "the poet" claims a different role in society than it does in many other parts of the world: one of respect, visibility and wider influence. Dennehy's music is beautifully influenced by the written word, his father being an author, and some of his most known compositions integrate poetry and vocals. In movement three of Episode Three, hear about the background of his piece That the Night Come, which was written for Dawn Upshaw and the Crash Ensemble, that sets W.B. Yeats poems, and his groundbreaking Grá agus Bás with Irish Sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird.
8/26/201418 minutes, 1 second
Episode Artwork

Donnacha Dennehy: Composing With Frequency

Donnacha Dennehy is an Irish composer who thought he was going to study with spectral icon Gérard Grisey in Paris. When he showed up, however, it was apparent that Grisey had accepted him into his study under the mistaken notion that he was not, in fact, a gentleman but a lady. A bit put off by Grisey's visible disappointment with his gender, as well as the strikingly uninteresting uniformity in the style of his students work, Donnacha headed to Amsterdam, where he met Louis Andriessen, who changed his life. Donnacha's music fuses the old (sean-nós and other Irish styles) and the new (just intonation, pulse-based textures) to create something all his own. It's a music that is at once satisfying and supremely strange.
8/26/201452 minutes, 37 seconds
Episode Artwork

Donnacha Dennehy: II. Grisey, Andrissen and Gender Confusion

After grad school, Donnacha Dennehy wrote to French composer Gérard Grisey asking if he could study with him. Upon receiving a yes, he packed his bags, only to be received with disappointment: Grisey had though Donnacha was a woman. The odd and dissatisfying time that followed led him to study instead with Louis Andriessen, whose passion inspired Dennehy. He received a teaching position, but he was worried he would lose the ability to flex his creative muscles. Then came the Crash Ensemble, the group he founded in 1997 which was "vital" in developing his voice. It was with Crash, Dennehy says, that he found musical freedom. 
8/26/201416 minutes, 3 seconds
Episode Artwork

Andrew Norman: Better Living Through Architecture

Andrew Norman was a well-feted kid composer, a precocious pre-adolescent who wrote works with grand, filmic gestures for his middle school orchestra and had the local newspapers filling their style sections with profiles invoking Mozart. Then he went to college. All of a sudden, Norman's musical world exponentially widened; he was exposed to styles and practices so far outside of his previous experience that he stopped composing altogether. How could he write what he had been writing in a world rich with Lachenmanns, Xenakises and Carters, who were manipulating, torquing and stifling sound to create a whole different world of music? Norman almost left music entirely for architecture, but in flirting with this other career, he actually found his way back to composition, ultimately birthing a style that stunningly weds texture and drama in a unique and wonderful way.
7/29/201456 minutes, 55 seconds
Episode Artwork

Andrew Norman: II. A Whole New World (of Timbre)

Once Andrew Norman began to find his modern musical identity, he fully embraced extended techniques on the instruments he writes for—light fingerings on stringed instruments, producing empty, gritty timbres or vertical bow bouncing on the strings, for example—and it contributed to the sonic personality for which he's now known. In movement two of Episode Two, hear Norman and host Nadia Sirota demonstrate some of his newest experiments on the viola and listen to some of his Music in Circles performed by yMusic. 
7/29/201418 minutes, 44 seconds
Episode Artwork

Andrew Norman: I. The Kid Is Alright

For a pre-teen Andrew Norman, composing was pretty straightforward. Understandable, natural. When it came to college, though, he had the familiar freak-out, leading him to embrace architecture in order to comprehend the "modernist" composers who shattered his previous understanding of music-making. Listen to the first movement of Episode Two to hear how Norman went from prodigious kid composer to the matured voice he is today, using Roman Catholic churches as inspiration along the way. 
7/29/201421 minutes, 38 seconds
Episode Artwork

Andrew Norman: Playlist

Hear a piece of music you loved in the show and want to learn or hear more? Scroll down for a complete breakdown of all the music used for scoring and illustration in episode two – Andrew Norman: Better Living Through Architecture  – along with buy links to the albums. Movement One: The Kid is Alright 0:12—Andrew Norman: Play | Info2:48—Andrew Norman: Sabina | Info8:54—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony in A Minor, K. 16a Odense | Listen9:34—Andrew Norman: Play | Info10:20—Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F II. Assez vif - Tres rythme | Listen | Buy12:00—Pierre Boulez: Repons | Listen | Buy14:25—Milton Babbitt: Septet But Equal | Listen | Buy15:04—Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30 | Listen | Buy15:34—Milton Babbitt: Septet But Equal | Listen | Buy17:04—Andrew Norman: Sabina | Info Movement Two: A Whole New World (of Timbre) 22:11—Andrew Norman: Music in Circles | Listen | Buy22:59—Richard Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries | Listen | Buy23:14—Andrew Norman: Music in Circles | Listen | Buy25:20—Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004 V. Chaconne | Listen | Buy26:43—Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004 V. Chaconne | Listen | Buy32:36—Andrew Norman: Music in Circles | Listen | Buy39:18—Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue in C Major, BWV 953 | Listen | Buy40:14—Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 | Listen | Buy Movement Three: "Let's do it all."  41:14—Andrew Norman: Gran Turismo | Listen 42:00—Andrew Norman: Try | Listen 42:43—Andrew Norman: Music in Circles | Listen | Buy44:14—Andrew Norman: Play | Info45:39—Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 | Listen47:39—Andrew Norman: Play | Info51:59—Andrew Norman: Play | Info
Episode Artwork

Andrew Norman: III. "Let's do it all."

In movement three of Meet the Composer Episode Two, join host Nadia Sirota in opening up the universe that is Andrew Norman's Play for orchestra. He wrote the piece in 2013 for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and it's a sprawling, 47-minute work that acts as his Symphony No. 1. Like so much of his music, Play comes from countless layers of inspiration, knowledge and philosophical ideas, including those found in your average video game. 
7/29/201415 minutes, 44 seconds
Episode Artwork

Bonus Track: The Wind in High Places by John Luther Adams

Gordon Wright, the Alaskan composer, conductor, professor and environmentalist, was John Luther Adams's best friend. When he died suddenly in 2007, Adams wrote three pieces for solo violin titled Three High Places, vignettes representing moments Adams and Wright shared while camping. These pieces eventually led Adams to write his first string quartet, at age 59, called The Wind in High Places. In a process that Adams likens to "primitive man discovers fire," he approached the traditional music form in a way that felt true to his compositional identity. The entire work is built on natural harmonics and open strings, allowing an airy, breathy timbre.  John Luther Adams wrote his first string quartet at age 59 as vignettes representing moments he and Gordon Wright shared while camping, and likens his approach to the traditional music form as "primitive man discovers fire." Download The Wind in High Places as Meet the Composer's first Bonus Track with John Luther Adams. The above audio is an exclusive live recording of this currently unavailable piece, performed recently in the Q2 Music Studios by the dynamic JACK Quartet. A studio recording of The Wind in High Places will come out in January 2015, again with JACK Quartet, on the label Cold Blue Music.
7/7/201424 minutes, 7 seconds
Episode Artwork

Bonus Track: Meet the Composer Launch Party and Concert

Q2 Music celebrated the launch of its inaugural podcast, Meet the Composer, on Tuesday, June 24 at 7 pm with a music party and live video webcast in The Greene Space at WQXR.  Hosted by Nadia Sirota, the evening included interviews with all five members of Season One of Meet the Composer, including the two most recent Pulitzer Prize winners, John Luther Adams (2014) and Caroline Shaw (2013), as well as fellow innovators Andrew Norman, Marcos Balter, and Donnacha Dennehy. The concert featured a star-studded array of dynamic, award-winning performers: flutist and International Contemporary Ensemble artistic director Claire Chase performs Balter's Pessoa; Hotel Elefant performs Adams's Red Arc/Blue Veil; Attacca String Quartet performs excerpts from Norman's Peculiar Strokes; Cellist Hannah Collins performs Shaw's in manus tuas; and Bang on a Can All-Star pianist Vicky Chow, cellist Ashley Bathgate and violinist Todd Reynolds perform Dennehy's Bulb. Watch video of the entire show: Q2 Music’s Meet the Composer pays homage to the landmark show of the same name hosted by Tim Page for WNYC in the mid to late '80s. Thanks to New Music USA for their flexibility with the use of the “Meet The Composer” name, which became famous though their legacy organization founded by composer John Duffy.
7/1/20141 hour, 21 minutes, 45 seconds
Episode Artwork

Launch Party and Concert: Donnacha Dennehy

The Meet the Composer Launch Party, hosted by Nadia Sirota in The Greene Space, opened with an all-star performance of Donnacha Dennehy's piano trio Bulb and a Skype interview with the composer, who was in Dublin. After listening to the layered, mysteriously forceful trio or watching the video below, hear Dennehy speak about turning the usually-traditional piano trio into a "massive, sonic machine" using overtones based on G.
7/1/201419 minutes, 10 seconds
Episode Artwork

Launch Party and Concert: Caroline Shaw

Caroline Shaw, who "triangulate(s) between violin, singing and composing" and is featured in Meet the Composer Episode Four, wrote her piece in manus tuas for solo cello about a neo-gothic church in New Haven, Connecticut. Listen to her interview with Nadia Sirota at the Meet the Composer Launch Party and Concert before hearing the piece performed by cellist Hannah Collins.
7/1/201413 minutes, 39 seconds
Episode Artwork

Launch Party and Concert: John Luther Adams

Did you know John Luther Adams moved to New York City? Adams says that, while he and his wife "may have to come and go," they're enjoying the urban alternative to Alaska. Hear more about the transition in his interview with Nadia Sirota, and listen to members of Hotel Elefant perform his Red Arc / Blue Veil for piano, mallet percussion and processed sounds at the Meet the Composer launch party in The Greene Space.  
7/1/201417 minutes, 23 seconds
Episode Artwork

Launch Party and Concert: Andrew Norman

As a composer who is often known for writing grand, voracious pieces, Andrew Norman brings a tangible intensity to each sound in his Peculiar Strokes for string quartet, a piece of miniature works that each display new bowing techniques that he created. Hear each Stroke performed by the Attacca Quartet after listening to Nadia Sirota interview Norman about his viola-centered compositional inspiration.  
7/1/201415 minutes, 45 seconds
Episode Artwork

Launch Party and Concert: Marcos Balter

Marcos Balter, the subject of Meet the Composer Episode Five, knew it was love at first sight when he heard flutist Claire Chase perform for the first time. This resulted in friendship and collaboration, his piece Pessoa for bass flute and electronics being a result. Hear Chase perform the eerie piece on the stage of The Greene Space for the launch party and hear Nadia Sirota interview Balter about the inspiration for the piece and being labeled as a "Brazilian composer."
7/1/201413 minutes, 42 seconds
Episode Artwork

Internet Wall of Gratitude

Dear friends, We just wanted to thank you again for your amazing support of Meet the Composer. Because of you, we have really been able to sink our teeth into the project and produce something we are very proud of. And now, to show our thanks, (and to fulfill our promises...) we are pleased to unveil the Meet the Composer Internet Wall of Gratitude! Go bask in your own generosity, you deserve it!  Seriously, though, you are awesome. We are so psyched to be able to make this show the best it can be.  Keep your eyes peeled for more MTC content in your inbox and help us spread the word!  Many, many thanks, – Nadia Sirota and the MTC team    Meet the Composer's Internet Wall of Gratitude Adam Marks, Alec Hanley Bemis / Brassland, Alex Freeman, Alexander, Alexander Svyazin, Alexandra Stewart, Amy Jaine Wielunski, Anders Nilsson, Andrew Conkling, Andrew Edwards, Andrew P. DeJoseph, Andrew Yen, Andy Hanson-Dvoracek, Ann DuHamel, Arlene and Larry Dunn, Armond Netherly, Barbara H. Gray, Ben Melsky, Bernard de Lepinay, Brad Balliett, Brandon William Sackett, Bryan Silverthorn, Chad Michael Lawson, Chris Ford (Baltimore School for the Arts), Conrad Tao, Craig Cruz Jr., Damon Coffman, Dan Moroz (, Dan Ruccia, Daniel Diffin, David Herman, David M. Bynog, Doctor Whom, Dr Simon Ng, Eric M. Gewirtz, Erik Neumann, Evan P. Cordes, Frederick Kemp, Gabriel Kahane, Gavin Chuck, Georgia Ressmeyer, Guy Limb, Haley Shaw, Harry L Levinson, Ivan Chiarelli, Jahi Gist, Jamie Klenetsky Fay, Jason S. Ladd, Jeff Harding, Jeffrey Potter, Jesse Irons, Jessica Troy, Jill Strominger, Jim McElroy, John Russell, Jory Herman, Joseph Dugan, Justin D. Wright, Justin Tierney, Kate Sheeran, Keats Dieffenbach, Kim Nowacki, Kurt Doles, Laura Gluhanich, Loraine Schroeder, Luke Rinderknecht, M. Finegold, Madelene Pario, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Mary Murphy, Michael D. Snyder, Michelle Lee, Mikel Ellcessor, Molly Bidwell, Nathan Hamer, Nicholas Phillips, Nick Morandi, Noah Pollaczek, Patrick Castillo, Peter A Ruane, Esq., Peter B. Kay, Rich O'Meara, Robert and Susan Ambrose, Robert Leyden, Robert M. Revay, Roger Ressmeyer, Ruston Ropac, Ryan Kailath, Samuel N. Dorf, Scott Calvin, Shannon McCormick, Shareef Jackson, Shawn conley, Shea Rogers, Stephanie Bodoff, Tawnya Popoff, Timo Andres, Vincent P, Wayde Grinstead, William Demetriou, Zack Cuellar
Episode Artwork

John Luther Adams: I. Frank Zappa as Gateway Drug

John Luther Adams didn't start as a composer of vast, powerful swaths of sound. In fact, as a member of a teen rock cover band in New Jersey, his musical roots clash with his current sonic identity. Through Frank Zappa, though, he and his friends discovered the sounds of Edgard Varèse and other maverick composers, beginning his winding path towards an obsession with silence. 
6/24/201415 minutes, 37 seconds
Episode Artwork

John Luther Adams: II. "From the moment I arrived, I knew I'd found home."

Where do you go when you don't feel at home in Mississippi, New Jersey, Los Angeles or seemingly anywhere? For John Luther Adams, you go off the grid. Far away, to the great white open spaces of Alaska.  After moving north in the 1970's, Adams's musical world expanded. The new location inspired the development of the musical fingerprint that has made his pieces so influential and distinctive. He's not all calm, though—listen to the second movement of Episode 01 to dive into the "Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde personality" of his work. 
6/24/201417 minutes, 27 seconds
Episode Artwork

John Luther Adams: III. Weather, Wind and Being Brave

Music isn't always constrained to the sonic world. In Adams's work, installations have played a large roll, bringing his sounds to life via geologic activity, weather systems and physical space. In the third movement of episode one, learn about his composing methods and hear the JACK Quartet play part of an unreleased string quartet—Adams's first—called The Wind in High Places.  The Wind in High Places will be released in a studio recording in January 2015 on Cold Blue.
6/24/201418 minutes, 44 seconds
Episode Artwork

John Luther Adams: Bad Decisions and Finding Home

John Luther Adams made all of the wrong career decisions. He got kicked out of multiple high schools, went to the "wrong" college, never finished his master's degree, and ultimately moved as close as he could to the edge of society, to a cabin, in Alaska. Somehow, though, all of these unconventional moves crystallized his creative voice into something singular, instantly recognizable, and emotionally mature. Adams's music is fast and slow at the same time, unraveling in fractal patterns that mimic great vast landscapes as well as tiny variations in the snow.
6/24/201452 minutes, 39 seconds
Episode Artwork

John Luther Adams: Playlist

Movement One: Frank Zappa as Gateway Drug 0:19—John Luther Adams (JLA): Qilyuan  Listen | Buy1:50—JLA: In the White Silence  Listen | Buy3:21—Frank Zappa: Peaches En Regalia  Listen | Buy4:31—Edgard Varèse: Integrales  Listen | Buy6:38—Frank Zappa: Love Story  Listen | Buy7:46—John Cage: HPSCHD Listen | Buy9:37—James Tenney: Harmonium #2  Listen | Buy11:01—James Tenney: Collage #1 (Blue Suede)  Listen | Buy12:51—JLA: Songbirdsongs  Listen | Buy Movement Two: "From the moment I arrived, I knew I'd found home." 16:12—JLA: The Light That Fills the World  Listen | Buy17:42—JLA: Songbirdsongs  Listen | Buy18:48—JLA: The Light That Fills the World  Listen | Buy20:36—JLA: In the White Silence  Listen | Buy22:51—JLA: The Farthest Place  Listen | Buy26:35—JLA: The Place Where You Go To Listen  Listen | Buy30:37—JLA: "Thunder" from The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies  Listen | Buy Movement Three: Weather, Wind and Being Brave 33:57—JLA: Dark Waves for orchestra | (Private Recording of Radio Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra)36:03—JLA: "Thunder" from The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies  Listen | Buy36:37—JLA: Symphony No. 4  Listen | Buy41:46—JLA: The Wind in High Places | (Private Recording of Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State University)