Nadia Sirota hosts regularly for Q2 Music. Before Q2 Music, she hosted Overnight Music on WNYC and WQXR. Her program was awarded an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Radio and Internet Broadcast in 2010, and has been described by Alex Ross of The New Yorker as “radio we can believe in.” Nadia is also a highly sought-after violist known for her compelling energy and unique ability to interpret new scores.
Backstage with Meredith Monk
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 06:20 PM
Over the past year and a half or so, I've had the incredible privilege of working with Meredith Monk and her vocal ensemble on her new performance piece, Songs of Ascension.
This work developed as a collaboration between Meredith and the visual artist Ann Hamilton. Songs of Ascension has flexed and evolved as we have toured it to different locales. The most striking location was Ann Hamilton's Acoustic Tower on the Oliver Ranch in Geyserville, California. The tower is eight stories high and has a set of staircases in a double helix pattern. We performed on one set of stairs while the audience inhabited the other.
This week, our work culminated with a set of performances at BAM's Harvey Theater.
Meredith is a wonderfully inspiring artist and musician, and she chatted with me about the piece and its origins.