Alex Ambrose

Senior Producer

Alex Ambrose is the senior producer for New Sounds, New York Public Radio's online station and website devoted to discovery, curiosity and vibrant 21st-century music.

Alex is proud to be a native New Yorker, but nevertheless moved to France after college to study the songs of composer Gabriel Fauré and Senegalese-born rapper MC Solaar. An obsessive collector and Ultimate Frisbee fanatic, Alex is a Peabody Award-winning executive producer and founder of WQXR's Q2 Music, and has served as Overnight Music host and Evening Music producer for WNYC.

During his time at WNYC as the associate producer for Evening Music with hosts Terrance McKnight and David Garland and executive producer Limor Tomer, he produced the daylong, ASCAP Deems Taylor Award-winning 24:33: A John Cage Celebration.

As the supervising producer of WQXR's Q2 Music, he also served as executive producer for three seasons of the podcast Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota, a show that mined the brains of today's leading composers and musical thinkers, and Helga with host Helga Davis, a conversation podcast with unique, uncompromising artists who have a stake in the matter of social change.

Alex currently lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his wife, the composer Gity Razaz, and cat, Peanut, where he is an enthusiastic member of the food co-op and a laptop-toting regular at cafés.

Alex Ambrose appears in the following:

Terrance McKnight 3.0

Thursday, March 03, 2011

At 7 p.m. on March 3, 2008, WNYC listeners heard Lou Bell Johnson's confident, impassioned rendition of the African American spiritual "Stand by Me" slowly morph into the opening strains of the final movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, and knew something special was in the air. The two pieces, initially wary of one another and reluctant to coexist, soon settled into willing accomplices in the creation of beautiful, transformative moment. Seconds later, newly arrived Evening Music host Terrance McKnight announced himself to WNYC audiences and to New York. 

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Alan Pierson to Lead the Brooklyn Philharmonic

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Finally!! Brooklyn lives up to its hipper-than-hip image! Alan Pierson, the 36-year old conductor of the groundbreaking New Music ensembles Alarm Will Sound and Dublin-based Crash Ensemble, is bringing his prodigious talents and badass programmatic instincts to the Brooklyn Philharmonic as their new Artistic Director, effective immediately. Pierson has made a name for himself as a tireless advocate of innovative music through collaborations with composers such as Steve Reich, Aphex Twin, Michael Gordon and Donnacha Dennehy.

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So Percussion on Q2

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

You've hopefully heard Q2's "stings" countless times by now. Stings are the pre-recorded, station-identifying short bits of music used as segues between songs. In radio jargon, they're also referred to as sweepers, stingers, radio/station imaging, bumpers, shotguns... admittedly, the radio industry has some eccentric terminology.

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Making Music with Helium Tanks and Suspension Coils

Friday, October 08, 2010

Kraft has finally come to New York, carrying with it the local, found-object flavor that composer Magnus Lindberg requires when installing this legacy-defining piece.

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Junkyard Orchestra

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On a sweltering Friday afternoon, a group of musicians including the Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg piled into a van bound for a Staten Island junkyard. Their task? To find ingredie...
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