Alexander Overington

Composer and producer Alexander Overington was born and raised in New York City. He is responsible for the sonic footprint of Q2 Music's Meet the Composer podcast, which he co-produces along with host Nadia Sirota. MTC counts among its fans Radiolab's Jad Abumrad, who featured their John Luther Adams episode on his show, explaining to his listeners "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."

After double-majoring in both acoustic and electronic music composition at Oberlin Conservatory, he apprenticed under composer/producers Valgeir Sigurðsson and Ben Frost at Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik, Iceland. Alex now lives and composes back in New York, where he has opened his own studio and co-founded the record label, Rest Assured.

Alex can be found teaching sound design at The New School, on twitter at @alexoverington, or in left field, playing for New York Public Radio’s softball team.

Alexander Overington appears in the following:

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

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I’m thrilled this week to give you a sneak peek of a new podcast called LPR Live coming out this Fall. It’s hosted by friend and colleague Conor Hanick and you should check it out!


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

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Kaija Saariaho composed her piano trio "Light and Matter" in 2014. Enjoy this performance featuring violinist Jennifer Koh as recorded live at the Library of Congress this past May.


Kaija Saariaho: III. Love from Afar

Thursday, July 30, 2015

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.

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Kaija Saariaho: II. Never a Machine-Freak

Thursday, July 30, 2015

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.


Kaija Saariaho: I. Finding Her Music

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kaija wasn’t born into a musical family. She was always pulled by composition though, and spent hours in her room with a guitar trying to “find her music.”


Kaija Saariaho: Ears Open

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kaija Saariaho's music evokes all sorts of natural sounds, the kinds of complex, white noise-y sounds that we often tune out - wind rustling through trees, or waves hitting the shore.

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Download: 'Stringsongs' by Meredith Monk

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Written in 2005, "Stringsongs" is Meredith Monk’s first string quartet. Meet the Composer is offering the first available in-studio performance of the piece. 

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Meredith Monk: II. Choreographing Sound

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Meredith rarely writes traditional scores. Many of her pieces live primarily in the heads of their performers, often members of Meredith's own ensemble. Listen to part two of the show.

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Meredith Monk: III. Becoming Whole

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

When Meredith first encountered Buddhism in the 1970s, a whole lot of things clicked into place. Listen to part three of the show.

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Meredith Monk: Creation as Spiritual Practice

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Living legend Meredith Monk is a composer, vocalist, dancer and filmmaker. While all of these descriptors are on point, none quite gets to the bones of who she is as an artist.

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Meredith Monk: I. Learning Her Body Through Music

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

From an extremely young age, music and movement were braided together for Meredith. Listen to part one of the show. 


Announcing Season Two of Meet the Composer

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Announcing five more episodes of the radio show about today's exciting, dynamic and all-around inspiring composers, with host Nadia Sirota. Help fund Season Two today via Kickstarter.

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Kickstart Season Two of Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota

Monday, April 06, 2015

Support five more episodes of the radio show about today's exciting, dynamic and all-around inspiring composers, with host Nadia Sirota. Help fund Season Two today via Kickstarter.



Thursday, December 18, 2014

For the 18th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download "Behold," a track influenced by Handel's "Messiah" by Meet the Composer producer, Alexander Overington.


Coventry Carol

Monday, December 15, 2014

For the 15th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download an electro-acoustic arrangement of Coventry Carol, by Nadia Sirota and Alexander Overington.

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'Knee Xmas'

Friday, December 12, 2014

For the 12th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download Phillip Glass-inspired "Knee Xmas," from Meet the Composer producers Nadia Sirota and Alexander Overington.


'Christmas Phase'

Friday, December 05, 2014

For the fifth day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a Christmas treat called Christmas Phase, inspired by one of the grandfathers of minimalism, Steve Reich.

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'In Christmas'

Monday, December 01, 2014

Download In Christmas, based off Terry Riley's In C, as part of Q2 Music's 2014 Advent Calendar.

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Free Download: 'Intercepting a Shivery Light' by Composer Marcos Balter

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Building on a long-standing collaborative relationship, Marcos Balter wrote Intercepting a Shivery Light for the Anubis Quartet, a saxophone ensemble, in 2012. Download the full track.


Marcos Balter: III. Failure Is An Option

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Marcos settles into his Chicago new-music community and figures out that some of his best work comes from allowing himself to fail.

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