Gity Razaz

Q2 Music Host / Composer

Recently hailed as "ravishing and engulfing" by The New York Times, Gity Razaz's music ranges from concert solo pieces to large symphonic works. She is a collaborator involved in projects across disciplines from modern dance to electro-acoustic soundscapes. 

Gity's music has been commissioned and performed by the New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, the All-American Cello band (The Amsterdam Cello Biennale), The Albany Symphony Orchestra, Metropolis Ensemble, The Juilliard Orchestra, The Sirius String Quartet (ACO), and Arte Symphonie among others. A Pre-Medicine major in another life, Gity received her Bachelor's in composition from The Juilliard School. She is in her final year of graduate studies in composition at Juilliard. Gity enjoys painting and freestyle writing.

You can find out more about Gity Razaz at www.gityrazaz.com.

Gity Razaz appears in the following:

The Madness Behind the Scenes

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Composers find their inspiration in pretty much anything—from an architectural shape to subway noise. Join us on Cued Up this Sunday at 2 pm to hear Gavin Bryars, Jacob T.V., Nico Muhly, and more share the madness "behind the scenes" of their creative processes.

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The Art of Intimacy

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Chamber music carries a unique charm that's not always as easily experienced while listening to a large-scale orchestral work. The intimate setting of performance creates a close bond between performers and the listener. This week on Cued Up we'll keep warm from the cold winter weather with compelling chamber music by an assortment of contemporary composers. 

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Cueing Up 2012

Sunday, December 25, 2011

This year was filled with countless, captivating moments of music-making, nonetheless we're getting excited about the New Year! Join us for the last Cued Up of 2011 as we pay homage to some of the most memorable performances recorded live in venues across New York City.

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A Cause for Commission!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

For young composers, getting commissioned is a momentous occasion that calls for celebration. This Sunday at 2 pm, we celebrate commissions large and small and the performers that have sought new music from adventurous composers.

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An Interview with Composer Alexandre Lunsqui

Thursday, December 15, 2011

On Thursday, December 15 at 12 pm, Brazilian-born composer Alexandre Lunsqui joins host Gity Razaz to talk about his compositional aesthetic, the use of jazz and the traditional music of his homeland in his writing. He also discusses the excitement and anxiety surrounding the upcoming world premiere of Fibers, Yarn and Wire -- this year's New York Philharmonic CONTACT! new-music series commission. 

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Facts and Fables

Sunday, December 11, 2011

This week’s Cued Up revolves around fables and tales. Whether fictional or factual, these stories have stayed with us through years and across cultures. Dozens of these stories have come to define our persona, culture, and perhaps even our race.

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Underneath Nature's Skin

Sunday, December 04, 2011

This 
Sunday
 at 
2
 p.m., 
we 

welcome 
December
 and
 the 
end 
of 
the 
year 
with
 music 
inspired
 by
 nature’s
 graceful 
and 
sometimes
 unyielding power.

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Timothy Andres: Bringing the Virtuoso Composer-Performer Tradition into the 21st Century

Monday, November 21, 2011

As part of WQXR's Beethoven Awareness Month, Q2 Music honors the spirit of arguably the most iconic and paradigm-shifting composer of all time with four weeklong portraits of some of today's most distinct and inventive compositional voices. Featuring insights provided by the composers themselves to their key works, this month draws back the curtain with exclusive, direct composer commentary on what it means to write music in the 21st century. This week: Sleeping Giant's co-founder and composer/pianist Timothy Andres.

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Tyondai Braxton: Blazing New Paths in New-Music

Monday, November 14, 2011

As part of WQXR's Beethoven Awareness Month, Q2 Music honors the spirit of arguably the most iconic and paradigm-shifting composer of all time with four weeklong portraits of some of today's most distinct and inventive compositional voices. This week, indie-rock luminary Tyondai Braxton

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The Electric and Kinetic Sound World of Michael Gordon

Monday, November 07, 2011

As WQXR presents Beethoven Awareness Month, Q2 Music spotlights today's most distinct and inventive compositional voices. This week Nadia Sirota focuses on the music of Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon

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Primal Counterpoint

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Rhythm is often experienced in a very primal way, and perhaps it is because of its organic presence within our own existence. It may first go unnoticed, yet underneath the deafening chaos of life, one cannot help but notice the soft, undying murmur of a certain pulse, carrying on like an agent of order. This week's Cued Up orbits around the rhythms of composers Andy AkihoJohn AdamsDaniel WohlJulian Day and Filippo Perocco.

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Adams and Eve-ntualities

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Concert music is perhaps one of the few art forms that is born purely of abstraction. Each composition demands the composer construct a new world with its own set of rules and regulations. The composition becomes the sole portal into this new sonic universe, through which we get a glimpse of the artist’s vision. However, some pieces come with a history, and, while entirely original and independent, connect with the audience somewhat differently. The experience of listening becomes filled with discovery of the new and surprises of sensing familiar traces.

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Voice and Vox in the 21st Century

Sunday, October 23, 2011

It’s probably safe to assume that the human voice is the oldest of all musical instruments (and one with a slow, but unstoppable development). One of the conspicuous characteristics of the contemporary music scene is the radically diverse ways composers incorporate and alter the human voice and language in their music. This Sunday on Cued Up, we'll be having an hour-long exploration of the versatility and adaptability of this oldest of instruments. 

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Sonic Landscapes

Sunday, October 16, 2011

This Sunday at 2 p.m. on Cued Up, we'll be examining the notion that one can “feel” a natural or architectural space, and “see” the shadows and changing lights while listening to a piece of music. We naturally relate to most art forms through recognizing connections to elements of our surroundings -- we don’t need to see every single leaf of a tree to recognize one in a Van Gogh painting, for example.

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‘Tis a Season of Birthdays

Sunday, October 09, 2011

To close off our week-long Maximum Reich 2.0 festival, on Sunday at 2 p.m., Cued Up is raising the champagne glass to some of the composer's most compelling and blissful chamber music.

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MATA Festival: Closing Night

Sunday, October 02, 2011

This Sunday at 2 p.m., Cued Up presents the last concert of the 2011 MATA Festival, which held three evenings of adventurous music by a bevy of youthful voices this past May. Its closing night offers a program or world premieres by Ryan Carter and the tag-team of Brad Balliett and Elliot Cole, and US premieres by Marko Nikodijevic and Remmy Canedo.

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MATA Festival, Part II

Sunday, September 25, 2011

On the second night of the 2011 MATA festival, composer/performers rule the evening. Corey Dargel joins Dither Electric Guitar Quartet; Angelica Negron teams up with the 40-member chorus Cantori NY; and Florent Ghys flies solo, looping-out with double bass.

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MATA Festival, 2011: Opening Night

Sunday, September 18, 2011

This week, we visit the annual MATA festival. The opening night program features the New York-based ACME as well as L’arsenale, the Italian new music ensemble, for an evening of premieres and some unmistakably fresh music by eight composers from seven countries.

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Memory Pieces

Monday, September 05, 2011

This week’s Hammered! offers a dedication to the 9/11 anniversary with David Lang’s Memory Pieces, Yiannis Konstantinidis’s Eight Greek Island Dances, as well as works by Caleb Burhans, and Bohuslav Martinu.

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Primal Counterpoint

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rhythm is often experienced in a very primal way, and perhaps it is because of its organic presence within our own existence. This week's Cued Up orbits around the rhythms of composers Andy Akiho, John Adams, Daniel Wohl, Julian Day and Filippo Perocco.

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