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: 'Viola Concerto: Part II' by Nico Muhly

Monday, December 28, 2015

I'm so excited to share today's Meet the Composer bonus track with you. It's Part II of Nico Muhly's viola concerto, that I traveled to Detroit this past October to premiere. 

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Nico Muhly: II. Working Together

Friday, December 11, 2015

Nico has worked with film directors, librettists, clarinet players and choreographers, and has written arrangements for an impressive roster of bands and songwriters.

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Nico Muhly: Community Theater

Friday, December 11, 2015

Composer Nico Muhly is a rabid communicator whose personality factors massively in his work. Nico lives his life out loud, and his music is stunning, hilarious, touching, and brilliant.

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Nico Muhly: I. Trial By Fire

Friday, December 11, 2015

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.

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Nico Muhly: III. "u"

Friday, December 11, 2015

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. 

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

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

This week’s Meet the Composer Bonus Track is a world premiere recording of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s "Scape," performed by pianist Cory Smythe of the International Contemporary Ensemble.

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir: II. Composing a Space

Monday, November 09, 2015

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.

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir: I. Small Town Living

Monday, November 09, 2015

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. 

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

Monday, November 09, 2015

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 Iceland.

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Meet The Composer: Anna Thorvaldsdottir's Landscapes

Monday, November 09, 2015

Anna Thorvaldsdottir is an Icelandic composer whose work conjures entire environments of sound, surrounding the listener in a dark and forbidding landscape. Listen to the complete show.

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Download: The Lost Movement of Ingram Marshall's String Quartet

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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, thanks to the fantastic Parker Quartet.

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Ingram Marshall: I. Sine Waves and Tape Loops

Monday, October 05, 2015

Ingram Marshall found composition late, only beginning to write in grad school, and almost immediately found electronic music. Listen to the first act of our Ingram Marshall episode.

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

Monday, October 05, 2015

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. Listen to our second act.

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Ingram Marshall: III. Finding a Path, Finding Morels

Monday, October 05, 2015

Nowadays, Ingram is a teacher, among other things, and is the type of pedagogue that inspires almost spiritual reverence from his students. Listen to the final act.

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Ingram Marshall: A Connecticut Hippie In California

Monday, October 05, 2015

Ingram Marshall is often called a California Minimalist, a title which, while not exactly accurate, allies him with a loose cadre of artists writing ambient, visceral scores.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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