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: 'Viola Concerto: Part II' by Nico Muhly

I'm so excited to share today's Meet the Composer bonus track with you. It's Part II of Nico Muhly's viola concerto, that I traveled to Detroit this past October to premiere. 

Nico Muhly: Playlist

Friday, December 11, 2015

Hear a piece of music you loved in the show? Click for a complete breakdown of all the music in Episode Ten – Nico Muhly: Community Theater.

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Nico Muhly: I. Trial By Fire

Friday, December 11, 2015

Nico grew up in Providence, but spent odd corridors of his youth abroad, acquiring languages quickly and setting the tone for his current, punishing travel schedule.

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Nico Muhly: Community Theater

Friday, December 11, 2015

Composer Nico Muhly is a rabid communicator whose personality factors massively in his work. Nico lives his life out loud, and his music is stunning, hilarious, touching, and brilliant.

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Nico Muhly: II. Working Together

Friday, December 11, 2015

Nico has worked with film directors, librettists, clarinet players and choreographers, and has written arrangements for an impressive roster of bands and songwriters.

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Nico Muhly: III. "u"

Friday, December 11, 2015

Nico's community is a massive factor in his life. He is very much "in touch," sending emails from the profane to the profound to literally hundreds of people a day. 

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Download: Anna Thorvaldsdottir's 'Scape' Performed by Pianist Cory Smythe

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

This week’s Meet the Composer Bonus Track is a world premiere recording of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s "Scape," performed by pianist Cory Smythe of the International Contemporary Ensemble.

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Meet The Composer: Anna Thorvaldsdottir's Landscapes

Monday, November 09, 2015

Anna Thorvaldsdottir is an Icelandic composer whose work conjures entire environments of sound, surrounding the listener in a dark and forbidding landscape. Listen to the complete show.

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir: II. Composing a Space

Monday, November 09, 2015

Icelandic is a language of whispers and sub-audible subtlety. It is a sort of an ancient thing, it feels like it wasn’t workshopped as extensively as other European languages.

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir: III. Heima er Best (Home Sweet Home)

Monday, November 09, 2015

For all that Icelanders yearn to see the world, there is some deep tug that brings them home, time after time. No matter where Anna is on the planet, she feels tied to Iceland.

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Playlist

Monday, November 09, 2015

Hear a piece of music you loved in the show? Click for a complete breakdown of all the music in Episode Nine – Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Composing Is Second Nature.

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir: I. Small Town Living

Monday, November 09, 2015

Anna grew up in a tiny town surrounded by incredible beauty — mountains, ocean — studying music under the guidance of her music-teacher mother and aunt. 

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Download: The Lost Movement of Ingram Marshall's String Quartet

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Today's MTC bonus track is a world premiere! Or, apropos of its October release, we might call it a movement brought back from the dead, thanks to the fantastic Parker Quartet.

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Ingram Marshall: I. Sine Waves and Tape Loops

Monday, October 05, 2015

Ingram Marshall found composition late, only beginning to write in grad school, and almost immediately found electronic music. Listen to the first act of our Ingram Marshall episode.

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Ingram Marshall: II. Gamelan, Sacred Harp and Other Lovely Things

Monday, October 05, 2015

After grad school and a few years of nomadic existence, Ingram found a new tribe in the students of the newly-formed California Institute of the Arts. Listen to our second act.

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Ingram Marshall: III. Finding a Path, Finding Morels

Monday, October 05, 2015

Nowadays, Ingram is a teacher, among other things, and is the type of pedagogue that inspires almost spiritual reverence from his students. Listen to the final act.

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Ingram Marshall: A Connecticut Hippie In California

Monday, October 05, 2015

Ingram Marshall is often called a California Minimalist, a title which, while not exactly accurate, allies him with a loose cadre of artists writing ambient, visceral scores.

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Ingram Marshall: Playlist

Monday, October 05, 2015

Hear a piece of music you loved in the show? Find below a complete breakdown of all the music in Episode Eight – Ingram Marshall: A Connecticut Hippie In California.

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Listen: Ingram Marshall Pop-Up Stream

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

On Thursday, Oct. 1, Q2 Music launches a weeklong pop-up stream to celebrate the arrival of the Ingram Marshall episode of Meet the Composer. Hear his music and from Ingram himself.

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

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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!

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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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