Nadia Sirota

Nadia Sirota appears in the following:

Zoë Keating and Todd Reynolds

Sunday, March 20, 2011

This week, Cued Up on Q2 presents a concert of tech-savvy classical intimacy with Zoë Keating and Todd Reynolds, along with an interview with the artists led by Radiolab's Jad Abumrad.

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Vox Box Redux

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sacred, secular, set to poetry or neutral syllables, vocal music can be found in most every corner of the New Music world. The voice is perhaps the most flexible and expressive instrument out there; everything from oboes to guitars is compared to it. There is something instantly rousing and sort of, well, human about vocal music. It translates emotion in a very visceral way.

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New Music Fright Fest

Monday, March 07, 2011

I cannot over-represent how much I enjoy the holiday season. The months between Halloween and New Years contain the right weather, amazing performances and so much festivity! I like festvity. Ergo, this week, leading up to the big holiday kickoff that is Halloween, we'll be as festive as possible. Get ready for some S-C-A-R-Y music on Q2.

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Shhh... Secret News

Sunday, March 06, 2011

This Sunday, Q2 offers live performances by two high-impact bandsembles from New Sounds Live and the Ecstatic Music Festival: the politically conscious Newspeak and Darcy James Argue's left-field big band Secret Society.

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Large-Scale Awesomeness

Monday, February 28, 2011

I am still reeling from the incredible spectacle and absurdly musically-satisfying event that was Inuksuit at the Armory last week. While many pieces written on this scale can be at best a fun gimmick, this was a moving, compositionally pristine work that happened to be absolutely massive. When I was excitedly recapping the event with a participating piccolo player, we found ourselves comparing Inuksuit to The Gates in Central Park: something that could well have been graceless and unwieldy that was executed so well as to be really, really wonderful.

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Aaron Siegel, LIVE

Sunday, February 27, 2011

By way of a live concert at Brooklyn's ISSUE Project Room, Q2 brings composer and percussionist Aaron Siegel's slowly evolving monolith of sparkling drone, Science is Only a Sometimes Friend to our listeners this Sunday, February 27 at 2 p.m.

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Zoë Keating and Todd Reynolds: Live Web cast and Online Chat

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

On Sunday, March 6 at 7 p.m., EST, Q2 presents a live audio Web cast of experimental musician and technophile Zoë Keating in a sold-out concert from Greenwich Village's (Le) Poisson Rouge. Joining Keating for a voltaic, electroacoustic double bill is New Music stalwart Todd Reynolds. The evening is hosted by Radiolab's Jad Abumrad who will interview the musicians on stage before joining Q2 host Nadia Sirota in the open online chat embedded below.

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Lighting, Lighting, Lighting

Monday, February 21, 2011

How do you take your coffee? What's your favorite time of day? What's your favorite part of the Chicken? What's your favorite part of the Tofurky? With whom do you identify in Star Wars?

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Fireside with Gloria Cheng and the Calder Quartet

Sunday, February 20, 2011

This week, (Le) Poisson Rouge offers listeners an ultra-intimate concert featuring contemporary piano queen Gloria Cheng, and the Calder Quartet performing works by Messiaen, Saariaho, Stravinsky and Boulez

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Powerful vs. Powerless

Monday, February 14, 2011

Stravinsky famously said: "Music is, by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all." Q2's Nadia Sirota doesn't buy it: "It seems totally out of place given the way his music moves me."

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Ecstatic Salad

Monday, February 07, 2011

There is so much Q2 on Q2 this week! Monday, Tuesday, and Friday on the show, we explore music that was written during composers’ salad days. We focus on the early works that catapulted some of our favorite composers into their careers. For some, these are voice-defining pieces, and for others, these works were composed in styles long discarded.

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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Sunday, February 06, 2011

This week on Cued Up on Q2, we continue to celebrate the uncompromising vision of the late Milton Babbitt with a New York premiere of one of his most mesmerizing and compelling string works, Transfigured Notes (1986), along with premieres by Elliott Carter, Joan Tower and So Percussion's Jason Treuting.

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We're Listening

Friday, February 04, 2011

In this special show, Q2 explores the work of the composer Milton Babbitt, who passed away on Jan. 29 at age 94. Included are many longtime Babbitt colleagues, students and fellow composers whose lives he's touched.

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No Cheaper Way to Travel

Monday, January 31, 2011

As numerous ads for sunny getaways in the subway temptingly imply, let's face it: there's no better time of year to get out of town than February. But if your wallet won't have it, here's a modest solution, let Q2 take you on a quick trip to some of New Music's hot spots around the world.

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School Daze

Monday, January 24, 2011

For some reason, my brain functions exclusively on an academic calendar. This is perhaps due to my parents’ working in academia or to the nature of the concert season?  However it came to pass, I truly look forward to the fall. It’s nearly September! It’s nearly time for this heat to finally break! It’s nearly time for new seasons and new rep and new festivals, and my Pavlovian response is to buy PENS.

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Genre Fishing

Monday, January 17, 2011

Discussions of genre tend to cause bristling, bad moods and miscommunications. Genre identifiers are such ludicrously loaded terms that I tend to be shy even bringing them up (and I’m not, as they say, too terribly shy)! Yet here we are: a week devoted to composer/band leaders and those who tend to be not so category-specific.

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music with video

Monday, January 10, 2011

It's mid-January. It's cold. It's dark. There's no holiday in sight. We need to listen to some big, moving works to get the blood flowing again! There is no better way to combat the January blahs than exposure to massive, multimedia works. (Not an FDA approved treatment for SAD, don't sue me! This is more like a, um, suggestion.) This week, we're exploring what is surely an ill-advised theme for a radio show: music with a strong, visual component.

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The Best is Yet to Come

Monday, January 03, 2011

Whoa, it would appear that the future is literally now! Congrats, all, we're here. This Winter and Spring look unbelievably tempting for the local New Music enthusiast. There are Music festivals! The Ecstatic Music Festival & Tully Scope, to be specific. The Met is doing Nixon! There will be Wozzeck! The New York Phil is getting Hungary!

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Bush via Bleckmann

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Kicking off the winter season of Cued Up on Q2, we're proud to honor Kate Bush by way of Theo Bleckmann. Bush -- an unrelenting experimentalist -- blew Madonna out of the water in the UK’s charts in 1985, forever changing the world's perception of a female solo artist. Always warming and delightfully eyebrow-raising, vocal wizard Theo Bleckmann interprets songs by the iconic British songstress in this week’s episode.

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Best of Oh-Ten

Monday, December 27, 2010

What was your favorite Q2 moment of '10? Was it one of our live shows? A composer portrait? Did you discover any new favorites this past year? Let us know!

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