Nadia Sirota

Nadia Sirota hosts regularly for Q2 Music. Before Q2 Music, she hosted Overnight Music on WNYC and WQXR. Her program was awarded an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Radio and Internet Broadcast in 2010, and has been described by Alex Ross of the New Yorker as “radio we can believe in.” Nadia is also a highly sought-after violist known for her compelling energy and unique ability to interpret new scores.

She has premiered and commissioned works by some of the most prominent composers today, and her 2009 debut solo record, “Beautiful Mechanical” was a New York Times album of the year. Sirota is a founding member of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, yMusic and the Wordless Music Orchestra. She teaches in the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music.

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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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Preview: Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Preview the fourth episode of Meet the Composer featuring Caroline Shaw, the youngest-ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize in music. The podcast will be available September 30 via iTunes.

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Free Download: 'The Hunger' from Composer Donnacha Dennehy

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy shares excerpts from his forthcoming opera, The Hunger, based on writings about the Great Famine.

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Donnacha Dennehy: III. Irish Upon a Star

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dennehy's music is beautifully influenced by the written word. Featured here are settings of W.B. Yeats poems, and his groundbreaking Grá agus Bás.

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Donnacha Dennehy: I. "Mine is not the standard childhood"

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Donnacha Dennehy played the tin whistle in grade school and began composing sonatas. But upon turning ten years old, he met Karheinz Stockhausen—and everything changed.

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Donnacha Dennehy: Composing With Frequency

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

After a slightly weird start to his study with Gérard Grisey in Paris, Donnacha Denney moved to Amsterdam, where the composer Louis Andriessen changed his life forever.

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Donnacha Dennehy: II. Grisey, Andrissen and Gender Confusion

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dennehy's attempt to study with French spectral composer Gérard Grisey didn't turn out as planned. Enter Dutch post-minimalist Louis Andriessen. 

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Preview: Donnacha Dennehy: Composing With Frequency

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Preview the third episode of Meet the Composer featuring Donnacha Dennehy, a recently appointed professor at Princeton. The podcast will be available August 26 via iTunes.

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Free Download: 'Sabina' from Composer Andrew Norman

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Composer Andrew Norman wrote a series of nine miniatures for string trio called The Companion Guide to Rome each inspired by a different Roman church. Download the movement "Sabina."

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Andrew Norman: II. A Whole New World (of Timbre)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It's not just the ideas and final products that make Andrew Norman's music enthralling. Extended techniques, such as bowing a viola near the bridge, contribute to his unique timbre. Listen to the second movement of Meet the Composer Episode Two to hear demonstrations and explanations. 

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Andrew Norman: III. "Let's do it all."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Play for orchestra is a massive, inspired work. In movement three of Meet the Composer: Andrew Norman, discover the history of Norman's piece and hear how video game-inspired philosophy came to fruition in a 47-minute symphonic cloud. 

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