Nadia Sirota

Nadia Sirota appears in the following:

Battle of the Piano Titans

Monday, April 12, 2010

This week, to gear up for the launch of our new show Hammered, which will feature all sorts of fabulous keyboard works, we are focusing on colossal piano works of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Speak Up

Monday, March 08, 2010

I’ve been fascinated with the idea of “speech melody” ever since I first heard Steve Reich’s Different Trains performed outdoors by the Kronos Quartet during one of many adolescent summers at music camp. There’s something hyper-human about re-contextualizing the basic cadences of speech into a melodic arc that struck me then, as now, as incredibly moving and, not coincidentally, communicative.

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Collaboration! And Meet Helga Davis!

Monday, March 01, 2010

So! I'm playing too much viola this week to host Nadia Sirota on Q2 (literally! Perennially a punch line, the word "viola" always threatens to suck seriousness out of sentences), but you are being left in the very capable hands of Ms. Helga Davis.

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Iannis Xenakis: New Music Rockstar

Monday, February 22, 2010

Iannis Xenakis was a brilliant composer who has an almost cultish following. When I was in college, mentions of the word Xenakis were often accompanied by Ozzy Ozbourne-esque fists of rock and tongue-waggling. Why would a post-war, Greek-French composer, mathematician and architect be the source of such rabid devotion?

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Just Us Folk

Monday, February 15, 2010

In my opinion, the influence of folk music on classical music is often underrepresented. Music History is taught as a linearly-evolving thing, perhaps diverging along French and German lines (Ned Rorem famously divided all Classical Music into “French,” and “German,” regardless of the composer’s nationality). There’s more to composers, however, than their arty predecessors.

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Dance Music

Monday, February 08, 2010

The connection between music and dance is maybe as old as the genres themselves. People were compelled to move from the minute rhythm appeared on the scene and compelled to make music since the inception of purposeful artistic movement. Weirdly, the daily lives of Classical musicians and dancers too often rarely intersect.

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Video Crazy

Monday, February 01, 2010

There’s no doubt that electronics, indeed electricity has had a huge impact on classical music; the recording industry alone has revolutionized the way we play, interface with, listen to, and share music. Similarly, the impact of electronics and electronic instruments on the composition of classical music has been monumental; in fact we are only just beginning to understand the possibilities of these new technologies.

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Composer Caleb

Monday, January 25, 2010

You may have noticed we've got a thing for composers over here at Q2. It was, ergo, really only a matter of time before we started our new Composer Intoduction series.

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The Q2 Awards

Monday, January 18, 2010

A hot tip: If you ever find yourself in sophomore Music History class, arm yourself with the following information, as it can be referenced for approximately one-half of the questions on your mid-term.

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What's Up, Chamber Music?

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Music is flush with chamber music these days! Small ensembles of virtuosic musicians are popping up left and right. But how does an ensemble of saxophone, electric guitar, piano, and percussion fit into the classical canon?

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Maximum Reich: Nadia Sirota Hosts

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Q2 artist-in-residence, violist and black-belt new music champion, Nadia Sirota takes center stage on Maximum Reich with a 2-hour daily exploration of that day’s particular theme and featured music. The seven daily features of Maximum Reich cover the breadth of his output, from the early days to his recent Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet, from percussion to choral music, from solo tape to large ensemble. If you’re Dante, and you need a Virgil in the musical universe of Steve Reich, this is for you.

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Rock, Bach and Bees

Monday, November 23, 2009

This past month, I’ve been involved in a particularly lovely version of my freelance life, working on some fantastic projects all over the world.

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Backstage with Meredith Monk

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Over the past year and a half, WQXR's Nadia Sirota has been working with Meredith Monk and her ensemble on her new performance piece, Songs of Ascension. Sirota interviewed Monk as they prepared to perform as part of this week's Next Wave Festival at BAM. 

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Finnish Magic

Thursday, October 15, 2009

So the Finns now have healthcare, dental, Rautavaara, saunas and BROADBAND. I'm having jealousy issues.

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New York MusiCity

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Yeah, New York is pretty great. We've all heard the spiel a million times: bustle, energy,  culture, sleep deprivation.... As well-worn as this notion may be, it's also true! Eight million individuals living so close to one another spawn cultural evolution with unbeatable depth and speed. But, you know, this is all super biased. I love this city hard...

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Nico Muhly's Keep in Touch

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Nico Muhly's piece Keep in Touch is performed with the composer on piano and Overnight Music host Nadia Sirota on the viola. The composer describes the work as "a lament, a sort of chaconne divided up into sections by more freely composed cadenzas for the viola."

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