Helga Davis

Q2 Music Host

Helga Davis is a principle actor in the 25th anniversary re-staging of Robert Wilson and Philip Glass's seminal work Einstein on the Beach. In 2012, Ms. Davis appeared twice in the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, in both Einstein on the Beach and Maya Beiser's Elsewhere with music by Missy Mazzoil.

She will have her second appearance at the Barbican in 2012 when she returns in May to star in an opera written for her by Paola Prestini, Oceanic Verses, with libretto by Donna DiNovelli and video by Ali Houssani (Voom Portraits, Robert Wilson). After London, Ms. Davis will travel in the summer of 2013 to Antwerp and Hamburg to work on a new opera by Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) with libretto by Andrew Ondrejcak.


Ms. Davis’s  past work has included The Blue Planet (2008), a multi-media theater piece written by Peter Greenaway and directed by Saskia Boddeke, and was co-star in The Temptation of St. Anthony directed by Robert Wilson, with libretto and score by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock.
In February 2008,  Davis conducted a special feature interview with artist Kara Walker for the  WNYC program Morning Edition on the eve of Ms. Walker’s Whitney Museum retrospective. David Keenan, of Wire Magazine, describes Ms. Davis as “a powerful vocalist with an almost operatic range and all the bruised sensuality of Jeanne Lee.”


Helga Davis appears in the following:

Watch Live: Bang on a Can All-Stars Unveil 'Field Recordings'

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

On Wednesday, May 13, watch a complete performance of "Field Recordings," the latest album from new-music trailblazers Bang on a Can All-Stars. Live from The Greene Space at WQXR.


Raised Voices: 24 Hours to Satisfy Your Choral Fixation

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Join us all day today (Jan 30) for an encore presentation of Raised Voices:  24 hours of today's wild and ravishingly beautiful music for vocal and choral ensemble.

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Finn-to-Finn: 24-Hour Marathons of Einojuhani Rautavaara and Kaija Saariaho

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

All day today, we celebrate the upcoming birthday of influential Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho with a 24-hour survey of her music, hosted by Phil Kline.

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On-Demand Video: Become Ocean Listening Party with J.L. Adams

Monday, September 08, 2014

Watch the archived webcast from The Greene Space, of John Luther Adams's Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean in engulfing 5.1 surround sound.


Listen: Arvo Pärt and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

On June 2 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presented a live webcast of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir performing Arvo Pärt's epic Kanon Pokajanen. Listen to the entire concert on demand. 

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A World Apärt: 24-Hour Arvo Pärt Marathon

Thursday, May 15, 2014

All day today, we're repeating A World Apärt: a 24-hour sonic celebration of the music of Arvo Pärt, one of the most revolutionary voices of the 21st century. The marathon culminates with a 7 p.m. live stream of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir at the MET Museum.

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On-Demand Video: Kronos Quartet 40th Birthday Celebration

Monday, March 24, 2014

Watch the archived video webcast of the Kronos Quartet performing key works from their contemporary canon in The Greene Space, recorded live on Monday night.

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Hospitality and Face the Music Kick Off the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival®

Friday, January 31, 2014

Jan. 31, Brooklyn-based indie trio Hospitality, teamed up with the new-music wunderkinds Face the Music to kick off the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival live in The Greene Space at WQXR. Watch the entire performance on demand.

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Ecstatic Music Festival Curator Judd Greenstein Previews 2014 Lineup

Monday, January 27, 2014

Today at 1 pm, Q2 Music presents a one-hour special hosted by Helga Davis outlining the upcoming 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival with commentary by festival curator Judd Greenstein.


On-Demand Audio: Krzysztof Penderecki at Symphony Space

Thursday, October 31, 2013

On Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music presents a live audio webcast of music by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki with performances by Ensemble Pi, Penderecki Quartet and others. Host Helga Davis interviews Penderecki from the stage at Symphony Space.


Celebrating Poland: An Overview

Thursday, October 10, 2013

This year marks the centenary of Polish composer Witold Lutosławski, and the 80th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki. Today, join Q2 Music for an all-day marathon examining the diversity of contemporary classical music from Poland.

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Meitar Ensemble Opens the 2013 MATA Festival

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Israeli new-music ensemble Meitar opens the 2013 MATA Festival with adventurous works by an international array of composers, from Poland's Marcin Stanczyk to Israel's Ofer Pelz.


Helga Davis Escapes from Sharks and Jumps from Cars

Friday, April 05, 2013

The Best for the Worst concludes with its final episode as host Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) presents the soundtrack for survival stories about . Today at 3 pm on Q2 Music.


Helga Davis and When the Worst Could Actually Happen

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Best for the Worst continues with its penultimate episode as host Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) presents the soundtrack for survival stories of when the worst actually happens. Today at 3 pm on Q2 Music. 


Helga Davis Finds Broken Things in 'The Best for the Worst'

Friday, March 22, 2013

Our five part series "The Best for the Worst" presents readings from The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook and insights from Einstein on the Beach principal Davis herself along with a soundtrack of illustrative, dynamic new music. Listen to episode 3: "Broken Things" today at 3 pm.


Helga Davis Gets Lost After Leaping in 'The Best for the Worst'

Friday, March 15, 2013

In episode two of the five-part series The Best for the Worst, host Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) talks what happens when you get lost after your leap of faith. Music by Martin Bresnick, Timothy Andres and Lois V Vierk. 


Helga Davis Talks Survival in 'The Best for the Worst'

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Vocalist and Einstein on the Beach principal Helga Davis hosts The Best for the Worst – a five-part series that offers a soundtrack to the hugely popular, absurdist Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. Fridays at 3 pm on Q2 Music. 


Watch: Shara Worden and Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Friday, January 25, 2013

Q2 Music helped open the 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival recently with a special show featuring the songwriter Shara Worden and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

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Notes from the Beach with Einstein's Helga Davis

Friday, August 31, 2012

About a week ago I got on the subway at 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue and saw it — the advertisement for Einstein on the Beach which will be part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival.

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On-Demand Webcast from the Temple of Dendur

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Wordless Music Orchestra marked the 9/11 anniversary at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday with a reflective program of Schnittke, Golijov, Ingram Marshall and William Basinski. Listen to the full concert here.