Meet the Composer

Available as a Podcast on Q2 Music and iTunes

Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota

Meet the Composer is a podcast from Q2 Music that takes listeners into the minds and creative processes of the composers making some of the most innovative, compelling and breathtakingly beautiful music today. The show is hosted by critically-acclaimed violist Nadia Sirota and funded in part by a second successful Kickstarter campaign.

At the convergence of interview, music and production, Meet the Composer aims to show the listener who the composer is as a person, as a thinker and as an artist. The listener, in turn, gets richer context for new work than is provided by your average program note, CD liner or digital booklet, and hopefully an engaging entry point into the exciting world of new music.

<p><strong>Season One Schedule</strong>:</p>
<p>Episode 1 | June 24 &nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;<strong>John Luther Adams</strong><br />Episode 2 | July 29 &mdash;&nbsp;<strong>Andrew Norman</strong><br />Episode 3 | August 26 &mdash;<strong>&nbsp;Donnacha Dennehy</strong><br />Episode 4 | September 30 &mdash;&nbsp;<strong>Caroline Shaw</strong><br />Episode 5 | October 28 &mdash;&nbsp;<strong>Marcos Balter</strong></p>

Thanks to New Music USA for their flexibility with the use of the "Meet The Composer" name, which became famous through their legacy organization founded by composer John Duffy.

SEASON TWO: 6 - Meredith Monk | 7 - Kaija Saariaho | 8 - Ingram Marshall | 9 - Anna Thorvaldsdottir | 10 - Nico Muhly

SEASON ONE: 1 - John Luther Adams | 2 - Andrew Norman | 3 - Donnacha Dennehy | 4 - Caroline Shaw | 5 - Marcos Balter

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Download: LPR Live Preview and 'Memory Pieces' by David Lang

I’m thrilled this week to give you a sneak peek of a new podcast called LPR Live coming out this Fall. It’s hosted by friend and colleague Conor Hanick and you should check it out!

Download: Kaija Saariaho's 'Light and Matter' from the Library of Congress

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Kaija Saariaho composed her piano trio "Light and Matter" in 2014. Enjoy this performance featuring violinist Jennifer Koh as recorded live at the Library of Congress this past May.

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Kaija Saariaho: III. Love from Afar

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To date, Kaija has written four operas, each with a strong, female protagonist. She has a clear voice for feminism and femininity, and her work doesn’t pull punches.

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Kaija Saariaho: II. Never a Machine-Freak

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kaija and her colleagues knew that to find their compositional voices, they would need to look outside of Finland. Kaija moved to Germany and eventually to Paris.

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Kaija Saariaho: I. Finding Her Music

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kaija wasn’t born into a musical family. She was always pulled by composition though, and spent hours in her room with a guitar trying to “find her music.”

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Kaija Saariaho: Ears Open

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kaija Saariaho's music evokes all sorts of natural sounds, the kinds of complex, white noise-y sounds that we often tune out - wind rustling through trees, or waves hitting the shore.

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Kaija Saariaho: Playlist

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hear a piece of music you loved in the show? Click for a complete breakdown of all the music in Season Two, Episode Two – Kaija Saariaho: Ears Open.

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Download: 'Stringsongs' by Meredith Monk

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Written in 2005, "Stringsongs" is Meredith Monk’s first string quartet. Meet the Composer is offering the first available in-studio performance of the piece. 

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Meredith Monk: Playlist

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hear a piece of music you loved in the show? Click for a complete breakdown of all the music in Season Two, Episode One – Meredith Monk: Creation as Spiritual Practice.

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Meredith Monk: II. Choreographing Sound

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Meredith rarely writes traditional scores. Many of her pieces live primarily in the heads of their performers, often members of Meredith's own ensemble. Listen to part two of the show.

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Meredith Monk: Creation as Spiritual Practice

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Living legend Meredith Monk is a composer, vocalist, dancer and filmmaker. While all of these descriptors are on point, none quite gets to the bones of who she is as an artist.

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Meredith Monk: III. Becoming Whole

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

When Meredith first encountered Buddhism in the 1970s, a whole lot of things clicked into place. Listen to part three of the show.

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Meredith Monk: I. Learning Her Body Through Music

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

From an extremely young age, music and movement were braided together for Meredith. Listen to part one of the show. 

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Announcing Season Two of Meet the Composer

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Announcing five more episodes of the radio show about today's exciting, dynamic and all-around inspiring composers, with host Nadia Sirota. Help fund Season Two today via Kickstarter.

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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: 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: 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: Failure is an Option: Playlist

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The complete breakdown of all the music used for scoring and illustration in Meet the Composer's episode five – Marcos Balter: Failure is an Option.

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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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