Meet the Composer with host Nadia Sirota

Available as a Podcast on Q2 Music and iTunes

Meet the Composer is a new 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 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.

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» Episode One: JOHN LUTHER ADAMS: Bad Decisions and Finding Home

» Episode Two: ANDREW NORMAN: Better Living Through Architecture

» Episode Three: DONNACHA DENNEHY: Composing With Frequency

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Free Download: 'The Hunger' from Composer Donnacha Dennehy

Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy shares excerpts from his forthcoming opera, The Hunger, based on writings about the Great Famine.

Donnacha Dennehy: Playlist

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The complete breakdown of all the music used for scoring and illustration in Meet the Composer's episode three – Donnacha Dennehy: Composing with Frequency.

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Donnacha Dennehy: III. Irish Upon a Star

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dennehy's music is beautifully influenced by the written word. Featured here are settings of W.B. Yeats poems, and his groundbreaking Grá agus Bás.

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Donnacha Dennehy: Composing With Frequency

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

After a slightly weird start to his study with Gérard Grisey in Paris, Donnacha Denney moved to Amsterdam, where the composer Louis Andriessen changed his life forever.

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Donnacha Dennehy: II. Grisey, Andrissen and Gender Confusion

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dennehy's attempt to study with French spectral composer Gérard Grisey didn't turn out as planned. Enter Dutch post-minimalist Louis Andriessen. 

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Donnacha Dennehy: I. "Mine is not the standard childhood"

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Donnacha Dennehy played the tin whistle in grade school and began composing sonatas. But upon turning ten years old, he met Karheinz Stockhausen—and everything changed.

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Preview: Donnacha Dennehy: Composing With Frequency

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Preview the third episode of Meet the Composer featuring Donnacha Dennehy, a recently appointed professor at Princeton. The podcast will be available August 26 via iTunes.

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Free Download: 'Sabina' from Composer Andrew Norman

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Composer Andrew Norman wrote a series of nine miniatures for string trio called The Companion Guide to Rome each inspired by a different Roman church. Download the movement "Sabina."

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Andrew Norman: I. The Kid Is Alright

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Andrew Norman's teenage years were already filled with composing, but it took a college freak-out and some initially scary interactions with modernism to develop his current voice. Listen to the first movement of Meet the Composer Episode Two. 

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Andrew Norman: Playlist

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The complete breakdown of all the music used for scoring and illustration in Meet the Composer's episode two – Andrew Norman: Better Living Through Architecture.

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Andrew Norman: III. "Let's do it all."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Play for orchestra is a massive, inspired work. In movement three of Meet the Composer: Andrew Norman, discover the history of Norman's piece and hear how video game-inspired philosophy came to fruition in a 47-minute symphonic cloud. 

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Andrew Norman: II. A Whole New World (of Timbre)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It's not just the ideas and final products that make Andrew Norman's music enthralling. Extended techniques, such as bowing a viola near the bridge, contribute to his unique timbre. Listen to the second movement of Meet the Composer Episode Two to hear demonstrations and explanations. 

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Andrew Norman: Better Living Through Architecture

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Andrew Norman has followed a winding artistic path that nearly landed him in the architecture world. Lucky for us, he kept writing music. Tune in Tuesday at 7 pm on Q2 Music to find out why.

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Preview: Andrew Norman: Better Living Through Architecture

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Preview the second episode of Meet the Composer, featuring guest Andrew Norman. The podcast will be available on July 29 and stream on Q2 Music at 7 pm. 

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Bonus Track: The Wind in High Places by John Luther Adams

Monday, July 07, 2014

John Luther Adams wrote his first string quartet at age 59 as vignettes representing moments he and Gordon Wright shared while camping, and likens his approach to the traditional music form as "primitive man discovers fire." Download The Wind in High Places as Meet the Composer's first Bonus Track with John Luther Adams.

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Launch Party and Concert: Marcos Balter

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Composer Marcos Balter knew it was love at first sight when he heard flutist Claire Chase perform for the first time. After becoming friends, Balter wrote Pessoa for Chase, a piece for bass flute and electronics that opens a cavern of dark sound. Check out his on-stage interview with Nadia Sirota and Chase's expert performance of the work from the Meet the Composer launch party. 

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Launch Party and Concert: John Luther Adams

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Red Arc / Blue Veil by John Luther Adams, the subject of the first episode of Meet the Composer, is a piece that defies its small instrumentation. For piano, mallet percussion and processed sounds, the piece occupies space with gradually-evolving sonic sheets. Before listening to the piece, hear about Adams's move to New York after 40 years in Alaska in his on-stage interview with Nadia Sirota. 

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Launch Party and Concert: Caroline Shaw

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Caroline Shaw, the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, ACME violinist and Roomful of Teeth vocalist, is featured in Meet the Composer Episode Four. Listen to Nadia Sirota interview Shaw about her multi-faceted musician life and her piece in manus tuas for solo cello and hear cellist Hannah Collins perform the work. 

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Launch Party and Concert: Donnacha Dennehy

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Donnacha Dennehy's piano trio Bulb opened the Meet the Composer Launch Party and Concert on Tuesday, June 24. Pianist Vicky Chow, cellist Ashley Bathgate and violinist Todd Reynolds performed the overtone-directed piece before host Nadia Sirota spoke with Dennehy via Skype. 

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Launch Party and Concert: Andrew Norman

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Andrew Norman's Peculiar Strokes for string quartet, a series of miniatures with titles like "Up," "Down" and "Spread," contrast his somewhat-signature, grand tangles of sound for large ensembles. They exhibit the same focused energy, though—hear excerpts performed by the Attacca Quartet as well as Norman's explanation of their experimental inception. 

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On-Demand Video: Meet the Composer Launch Party and Concert

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Q2 Music celebrated the launch of its inaugural podcast, Meet the Composer, on Tuesday, June 24 at 7 pm with a music party in The Greene Space at WQXR. Watch on-demand video of the show. 

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