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

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

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Meredith Monk: Creation as Spiritual Practice

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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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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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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Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully: III. Teethful of Awesome

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Caroline talks about her influences while writing Partita for 8 Voices, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music, and on her involvement with Roomful of Teeth.

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Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully: I. Garden Variety

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Caroline Shaw took violin lessons all her life. But after college, she spent a year alone wandering around Europe on a Watson Fellowship and began following a slightly different path.

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Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully: Playlist

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The complete breakdown of all the music used for scoring and illustration in Meet the Composer's episode four – Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully.

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Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully: II. Sacred and Profane

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Caroline Shaw spent practically all her life studying & playing the violin. But then, two years after enrolling in grad school for composition, she won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

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Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Caroline Shaw spent practically all her life studying & playing the violin. But then, two years after enrolling in grad school for composition, she won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

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Free Download: 'The Hunger' from Composer Donnacha Dennehy

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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

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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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