WQXR’s Q2 Music Launches Third Season of “MEET THE COMPOSER”

WQXR’s Q2 Music Launches Third Season of “MEET THE COMPOSER”

Peabody Award-Winning Podcast Hosted by NADIA SIROTA
Returns with Expanded New Format

Guests Include Composer JOHN ADAMS, Electronic Duo MATMOS, Composer and Guitarist BRYCE DESNER, Flutist CLAIRE CHASE, Jazz Composer and Multi-Instrumentalist HENRY THREADGILL, and Alarm Will Sound Conductor ALAN PIERSON, among others

Episode One Available Here

(New York, NY – March 6, 2017) — Starting today, Q2 Music – WQXR’s online music channel dedicated to dynamic modern music – launches the third season of Meet the Composer, the Peabody Award-winning podcast hosted by Nadia Sirota, which brings audiences up-close and personal with groundbreaking composers and musical thinkers.

Following two seasons of in-depth portraits, Meet the Composer continues to push the envelope with a re-imagined format, fusing its innovative sound design with a thematic storytelling approach, and giving the listener backstage access to one of the most dynamic and brilliant arts scenes in the world.

Episode One – out today – examines the strange role of the performer, that unusual intermediary between the artist and their audience. How do performers from different cultures, who speak different languages, come together to perform the same piece?  What happens when an ensemble completely messes up and the audience loves it? How does a piece change when it’s played nonstop for twelve hours? Meet the Composer explores these questions and more, as it probes the performer’s perspective, letting the listener experience music from the inside-out.

Featured guests include:

  • Georg Friedrich Haas, composer
  • David Lang, composer and co-founder of Bang on a Can
  • Mollena Williams-Haas, sex educator
  • Bryce Dessner, guitarist for The National
  • Kevin McFarland, cellist, formerly of the JACK quartet
  • Sandeep Das, tabla player, member of Silk Road Ensemble
  • Wu Man, pipa player, member of Silk Road Ensemble
  • Ragnar Kjartansson, performance artist
  • Johnny Gandelsman, violinist, member of Silk Road Ensemble

Episode Three of the new season, available March 20 – a collaboration between Meet the Composer and the 20-member chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound – takes a close look at the music of John Adams, specifically his two notoriously difficult chamber symphonies, and gives the listener unprecedented access to not only the creative process, but also the multi-faceted, wooly process of putting massive works such as these together. The episode includes insights from John Adams, Alarm Will Sound conductor and artistic director Alan Pierson, members of the ensemble, and Meet the Composer host (and AWS violist) Nadia Sirota.

Additional episodes will continue to expand in format and theme from previous seasons, by exploring larger, sometimes contentious, sometimes embryonic concepts central to music-making, while maintaining the experimental sound-design for which Meet the Composer is known. Subsequent episodes will include conversations with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and musician Henry Threadgill, electronic duo Matmos, composer John Adams, flutist Claire Chase, jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, among others.

“There has never been a more vibrant new music scene than there is today, in 2017,” said Nadia Sirota. “It's teeming with genius composers, virtuosic performers and brilliant artists, though they are only known to a small and fierce group of fans. I am thrilled to lift the curtain and show new listeners some of the most creative and talented minds in the world.”

“Season Three is Meet the Composer’s most far-reaching and ambitious season yet,” said Alex Ambrose, Managing Producer, Q2 Music. “Not only does it offer conversations with composers, but also virtuoso performers, fine artists, art-rockers and sex educators. Through its probing interviews, expert commentary, and bleeding-edge sound design, Meet the Composer brings the listener through-composed radio that sings.”

As a preview for the new season, Meet the Composer presented five shorts with host Nadia Sirota incorporating original interviews with seminal music critic Tim Page and excerpts from his show Meet the Composer which aired on WNYC in the mid-1980s. These shorts include rarely heard, exclusive insights from such legendary composers as Leonard Bernstein, Otto Luening, and John Cage.

All episodes of Meet the Composer will be available on www.q2music.org, iTunes, and all other places where podcasts may be downloaded.



Q2 Music is WQXR’s online music channel dedicated to dynamic modern music, innovative ensembles and musical discovery. Its programming includes immersive festivals, insightful commentary from hosts such as John Schaefer and composer Phil Kline, full-length album streams, live webcasts and exclusive concert audio from local and national venues, and special events in front of live audiences at The Greene Space at WQXR. Q2 Music produces Meet the Composer with host Nadia Sirota, the Peabody Award-winning podcast which mines the brains of today’s leading composers, as well as LPR Live, a podcast which shares dynamic new-music performances from Greenwich Village’s Le Poisson Rouge, and Helga, a podcast with host Helga Davis that features conversations with uncompromising artists with a stake in the matter of social change. Q2 Music is streamed live 24/7 at www.wqxr.org/q2music and is also available via the free WQXR App.