Helga

New episodes every Monday in season.

Helga with host Helga Davis (You Us We All, BAM Next Wave Festival 2015; Einstein on the Beach, BAM 2012) is a probing conversation podcast which explores the provocative issues surrounding what it means to be an artist and a citizen in the 21st Century. These issues would be explored through the lens of personal narrative, lively, unafraid discussion, and a genuine sense of shared mission between guest and host - a vocalist and performance artist with feet planted on the most prestigious international stages and with firm roots in the realities and concerns of her local community. From the victorious highs to the poignant, character-building lows, Helga delves into the mixed emotions that arise when grappling with realities of class, culture, race and gender, and draws out insights that illuminate how artistic leaps for an individual can offer connection among audiences.

Helga goes beyond the circuit of rote interviews that promote a music tour, exhibition opening, or book release, and reveals the shimmering personalities behind artists in diverse fields. Guests are those who put themselves out on the edge of their commitment, who dare to change their art form and their world.

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Writer Hilton Als Talks Ruthlessness and Freeing Your Art-Making

Hilton Als is an intellectual omnivore who roots his art and criticism in reality and truth. Als talks with Helga Davis about being comfortable owning your anger and art-making.

Stage Actress Sarah Jones Talks Dignity and Finding Home in Everyone

Monday, January 09, 2017

In Sarah Jones's one-woman shows, she seamlessly slips into characters of different classes, races and genders. Jones and Davis talk self-love in a culture that teaches self-alienation.

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Soprano Julia Bullock Talks Finding Your Voice and Place in the World

Monday, January 02, 2017

The young Juilliard-trained soprano Julia Bullock is making waves for her stunning performances and bold choice of roles. She talks with Davis about finding her place in today's culture.

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Conductor Hernandez-Valdez Channels the Power of Choral Singing

Monday, December 19, 2016

For conductor Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, an attentive and hungry audience is one of the essential parts of creating a transcendent musical experience. He talks with host Helga Davis.

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Conductor Alan Gilbert on Building Bridges and Letting Go Together

Monday, December 12, 2016

Alan Gilbert is in his final season as music director of the New York Philharmonic. He talks with Helga Davis about serving a community and the moments in performance he lives for.

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Singer-Songwriter Solange on Her Journey, Owning Her Body and Art

Monday, December 05, 2016

The pop star singer-songwriter Solange talks with Helga Davis about finding autonomy in the music business and about being black and beautiful in contemporary America.

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Violinist Jennifer Koh Discusses Determination and Empathy

Monday, November 28, 2016

Violin soloist Jennifer Koh has never cancelled a gig. Even when she had swine flu. Host Helga Davis speaks with Koh about determination and empathy in this episode of the Helga podcast.

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Jazz Icon Henry Threadgill Lets His Imagination Run Wild

Monday, November 21, 2016

Recently awarded the Pulitzer Prize, jazz composer Henry Threadgill talks with Helga about giving license to your imagination and pushing yourself to go beyond excellence to greatness.

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My Brightest Diamond's Shara Nova Leans into Vulnerability

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Singer, composer and My Brightest Diamond's frontwoman Shara Nova talks to Helga about choosing a new city, leaning into vulnerability, and how her new names translates to "new song."

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'Helga' Podcast Premieres with Opera Director Peter Sellars

Monday, November 14, 2016

Q2 Music's new podcast, Helga, features probing conversations with artists who have a unique voice and a stake in the matter of social change. The first guest is director Peter Sellars.

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New Podcast 'Helga' Spotlights Diverse Voices

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Get an advance listen today to Q2 Music's newest podcast, Helga, a show featuring conversations with diverse, uncompromising and socially conscious artists across the creative spectrum.

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