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:

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: 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. 

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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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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.

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'Behold'

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.

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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.

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'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.

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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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Marcos Balter: II. Libraries are Magic

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Marcos Balter discovers the library and falls in love with maps, tablature and smart scores.

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Marcos Balter: I. Reading, Reich & Rio

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Marcos Balter grows up a precocious kid in Rio de Janeiro plying piano at his aunt's house. Everything changes when he's introduced to the mind-expanding works of Berio, Reich & Ligeti.

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Marcos Balter: Failure Is an Option

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Called "whimsical" and "surreal" by The New York Times, Marcos Balter is writing music that has made its way into the repertoires of some of the most influential musicians today.

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Free Download: 'Its Motion Keeps' from Composer Caroline Shaw

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw shares "Its Motion Keeps," written for and performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus under the direction of Dianne Berkun-Menaker.

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Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully: III. Teethful of Awesome

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Caroline talks about her influences while writing Partita for 8 Voices, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music, and on her involvement with Roomful of Teeth.

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Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully: II. Sacred and Profane

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Caroline Shaw spent practically all her life studying & playing the violin. But then, two years after enrolling in grad school for composition, she won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

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Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully: I. Garden Variety

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Caroline Shaw took violin lessons all her life. But after college, she spent a year alone wandering around Europe on a Watson Fellowship and began following a slightly different path.

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