Nadia Sirota appears in the following:
Monday, December 13, 2010
This week Nadia Sirota explores the far corners of vocal music, from secular choral music to songs of lament.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
If you think of Ireland, contemporary art music probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe you should. When it's gross and cold out this Sunday, snuggle up to two live concerts of warm post-minimalism that were plucked from right under the noses of New York audiences at (Le) Poisson Rouge. We present a globe-trotting alloy of composer-performers that include Evan Ziporyn and the Irish new music heavyweights, Crash Ensemble.
Monday, December 06, 2010
This week, in celebration of some of the longest nights of the year, Q2 is exploring music about the stars, planets, celestial bodies and other glittery, wintry nighttime things.
Monday, November 29, 2010
In honor of New York’s late-fall finery, this week Nadia Sirota is exploring music that is orchestrationally decked-out, using the glockenspiel, celeste, harp, electronics and plenty of things that sparkle.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Last Monday, November 15, we had the great pleasure of streaming Lincoln Center's White Light Festival: Credo, a truly inspiring show featuring world premieres by Kjartan Sveinsson and Jónsi Birgisson, members of the Icelandic art-rock band Sigur Rós, performed by a stellar roster of international ensembles, including the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National Choir and the Wordless Music Orchestra led by Jeffrey Milarsky.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Tonight at 7pm, join me for a special pre-concert feature in anticipation of tonight's White Light festival concert, featuring music composed by Sigur Rós members Jón Þor "Jónsi" Birgisson and Kjartan Sveinsson, performed by the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National chorus, and the Wordless Music Orchestra.
Monday, November 15, 2010
As I've said before, electronics, from recording technology to the theremin to looping pedals to Max/MSP, have had the largest and widest-spanning impact on music since polyphony.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Gearing up for the New York Philharmonic's venturesome annual series in November and December, CONTACT!, Cued Up on Q2 broadcasts highlights from the NY Phil's 2010 season. Conducted by music director Alan Gilbert, listen in on Sunday, November 14 at 2 p.m. to hear the NY Phil blaze through some new music that captured the ears and imaginations of music fans from the last 100 years.
Monday, November 08, 2010
You have to love wind players. As a member of the string team myself, I must admit to some low-grade mocking of their obsession with reeds, swabbing and chapstick, but let's face it: when the turn of a phrase is mapped to the length of a breath, stunning things can happen.
Sunday, November 07, 2010
One of the conspicuously binding forces between the music of concert halls and dance halls in the past fifty years has been the use of electronically generated sounds. In other words, if there was a Venn diagram that included Stockhausen and Lady Gaga, or David Tudor and N.W.A., the overlap would be electronics. This Sunday, November 7 at 2 p.m on Cued Up on Q2, listen to some of host Nadia Sirota's favorite electroacoustic performances from New York City.
Monday, November 01, 2010
What do Meredith Monk, Jón Þor “Jónsi” Birgisson, the Hilliard Ensemble, Antony Hegarty and Gidon Kremer have in common? They are all being featured on Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. This is a festival with a bit of a hard-to-pin-down unifying theme: spiritual music, deeply introspective music.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Nadia Sirota gets you in the Halloween spirit by presenting unsettling masterpieces by such composers as Crumb, Ligeti and Penderecki. Tune in and tell us which pieces you find creepy!
Monday, October 18, 2010
As far back as I can recall, the string quartet has resonated with me on an almost spiritual level, and I really do mean as far back as I can remember. When I was old enough and accomplished enough to participate in performing string quartets, well, that's when casual flirtation morphed into full-on obsession.
Monday, October 11, 2010
For some reason, I’ve been late to the party on saxophones. I had a good, saxophone-playing friend in college who was so frustrated by what he termed “the musical limitations” of his instrument that I developed an ‘over it’ attitude towards an instrument I was barely familiar with. Ah the folly of youth! In the years since those heady, saxophone-prejudiced days, and as I’ve been slowly adding sax to my listening diet, I’ve come to a realization: I like the saxophone!
Monday, October 04, 2010
Every once in a while, when, say, I kick off a week by getting on a boat to row row row to the sweet sounds of Iannis Xenakis’ percussion music, I get in a sort of seasonal, celebratory mood. There’s something about a boat. And Xenakis. Ergo I feel it’s only appropriate that we kick off summer with programming inspired by the great outdoors!
Monday, September 27, 2010
These shows originally aired the week of June 7, 2010. For the original show page, click here.
I am so happy (finally!) to be back from my ash-extended hiatus. To celebrate (and partly to facilitate a smooth radio re-entry), I thought it might be fun to feature music by northern European and Scandinavian composers this week.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
This Sunday, September 26th at 2pm, Q2 invites you to listen to the collaboration of Baltimore's head-bopping experimentalists, Matmos, and Brooklyn's avant-classical percussion mainstay, So Percussion. Recorded at a concert at Le Poisson Rouge on June 8th, they present material from their recent album, Treasure State, which pairs uncompromised sonic creativity with primal rhythmic expression.
Monday, September 20, 2010
These shows originally aired the week of February 22, 2010. For the original show page, click here
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?
Monday, September 20, 2010
Q2 presents an evening devoted to Chou Wen-chung — one of the legendary composers of our time. Host Nadia Sirota and Mr. Chou welcome some of today's leading musicians, who will honor his profound contributions to contemporary music with a live performance from the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.
Monday, September 06, 2010
So, WQXR is spending the whole month of September in praise of the violin. Of course I'm a violist at heart, but I thought this would be a great jumping-off point for this week's show. Thus! This week we'll study great Acts of Violins in the 20th and 21st Centuries.