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Helga Davis

Q2 Music Host

Helga Davis is a principle actor in the 25th anniversary re-staging of Robert Wilson and Philip Glass's seminal work Einstein on the Beach. In 2012, Ms. Davis appeared twice in the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, in both Einstein on the Beach and Maya Beiser's Elsewhere with music by Missy Mazzoil.

She will have her second appearance at the Barbican in 2012 when she returns in May to star in an opera written for her by Paola Prestini, Oceanic Verses, with libretto by Donna DiNovelli and video by Ali Houssani (Voom Portraits, Robert Wilson). After London, Ms. Davis will travel in the summer of 2013 to Antwerp and Hamburg to work on a new opera by Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) with libretto by Andrew Ondrejcak.

 

Ms. Davis’s  past work has included The Blue Planet (2008), a multi-media theater piece written by Peter Greenaway and directed by Saskia Boddeke, and was co-star in The Temptation of St. Anthony directed by Robert Wilson, with libretto and score by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock.
In February 2008,  Davis conducted a special feature interview with artist Kara Walker for the  WNYC program Morning Edition on the eve of Ms. Walker’s Whitney Museum retrospective. David Keenan, of Wire Magazine, describes Ms. Davis as “a powerful vocalist with an almost operatic range and all the bruised sensuality of Jeanne Lee.”

 

Helga Davis appears in the following:

Finn-to-Finn: 24-Hour Marathons of Einojuhani Rautavaara and Kaija Saariaho

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

For Q2 Music's September 24 on the 24th, we're presenting back-to-back 24-hour marathons of music by Finnish composer-powerhouses: Einojuhani Rautavaara and Kaija Saariaho.

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'Become Ocean' Listening Party with John Luther Adams

Friday, September 12, 2014

8:00 PM

Fri, Sept. 12 | Experience the Pulitzer Prize winner's expansive work in this exclusive event, featuring engulfing surround-sound, just as the composer meant for it to be heard. 

Watch Live: Become Ocean Listening Party with John Luther Adams

Monday, September 08, 2014

Join Q2 Music and Cantaloupe Music on Friday, Sept. 12 at 8 pm in The Greene Space, to experience John Luther Adams's Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean in engulfing 5.1 surround sound.

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Listen: Arvo Pärt and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

On June 2 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presented a live webcast of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir performing Arvo Pärt's epic Kanon Pokajanen. Listen to the entire concert on demand. 

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A World Apärt: 24-Hour Arvo Pärt Marathon

Thursday, May 15, 2014

All day today, we're repeating A World Apärt: a 24-hour sonic celebration of the music of Arvo Pärt, one of the most revolutionary voices of the 21st century. The marathon culminates with a 7 p.m. live stream of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir at the MET Museum.

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On-Demand Video: Q2 Music Presents Kronos Quartet 40th Birthday Celebration

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Kronos Quartet, one of the most renowned and influential new-music groups of our time, celebrated its 40th anniversary with an exclusive evening of music and conversation in The Greene Space on March 24.

 

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On-Demand Video: Kronos Quartet 40th Birthday Celebration

Monday, March 24, 2014

Watch the archived video webcast of the Kronos Quartet performing key works from their contemporary canon in The Greene Space, recorded live on Monday night.

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Q2 Music Presents: Kronos Quartet 40th Birthday Celebration

Monday, March 24, 2014

7:30 PM

One of the most renowned and influential new-music groups of our time celebrates 40 years with an exclusive evening of music and conversation. Watch a live video webcast at 7:30pm ET.

On-Demand Video: New Tech City's Tech, Music & the Brain with Laurie Anderson and Guests

Thursday, February 06, 2014

It was an evening of music and mind during a live event in The Greene Space on Tuesday, February 4.

New Tech City’s Manoush Zomorodi and Q2 Music’s Helga Davis talked tech, music and the brain with iconic performance artist, composer and musician Laurie AndersonMary Farbood, Assistant Professor in the Music Technology program at New York University, and Mari Kimura, Director of the Future Music Lab at the Atlantic Music Festival and an instructor at Juilliard.

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New Tech City: Tech, Music & the Brain

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

7:00 PM

Join Q2 Music’s Helga Davis and New Tech City’s Manoush Zomorodi for an evening of music and mind. With iconic performance artist, composer and musician Laurie Anderson and Mary Farbood, assistant professor in the Music Technology program at New York University. Watch the live video webcast here at 7pm ET!

Hospitality and Face the Music Kick Off the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival®

Friday, January 31, 2014

Jan. 31, Brooklyn-based indie trio Hospitality, teamed up with the new-music wunderkinds Face the Music to kick off the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival live in The Greene Space at WQXR. Watch the entire performance on demand.

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Ecstatic Music Festival® 2014 Kick-Off

Friday, January 31, 2014

7:00 PM

Fri, Jan. 31 | Q2 Music presents Brooklyn-based indie trio Hospitality, teamed up with the new-music wunderkinds Face the Music, to kick off the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival. Watch a live video webcast of this sold-out show at 7pm ET.

Ecstatic Music Festival Curator Judd Greenstein Previews 2014 Lineup

Monday, January 27, 2014

Today at 1 pm, Q2 Music presents a one-hour special hosted by Helga Davis outlining the upcoming 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival with commentary by festival curator Judd Greenstein.

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On-Demand Audio: Krzysztof Penderecki at Symphony Space

Thursday, October 31, 2013

On Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music presents a live audio webcast of music by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki with performances by Ensemble Pi, Penderecki Quartet and others. Host Helga Davis interviews Penderecki from the stage at Symphony Space.

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Celebrating Poland: An Overview

Thursday, October 10, 2013

This year marks the centenary of Polish composer Witold Lutosławski, and the 80th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki. Today, join Q2 Music for an all-day marathon examining the diversity of contemporary classical music from Poland.

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EMANCIPATION 150: Pianist Donal Fox performs Variations on Brahms' 'Die Trauernde'

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Donal Fox is an internationally acclaimed pianist, composer and improviser known for his striking musical collages that blend elements of jazz, Latin and classical.

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Chuchito Valdés Live in The Greene Space!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

7:00 PM

The Cuban piano master joins us for a two-part evening. Accompanied by a 14-piece Latin jazz band, he pays homage to his late grandfather's music from the Tropicana of the '40s and '50s and performs his own energetic blend of music. Watch on-demand video of both shows here. 

 

Meitar Ensemble Opens the 2013 MATA Festival

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Israeli new-music ensemble Meitar opens the 2013 MATA Festival with adventurous works by an international array of composers, from Poland's Marcin Stanczyk to Israel's Ofer Pelz.

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Helga Davis Escapes from Sharks and Jumps from Cars

Friday, April 05, 2013

The Best for the Worst concludes with its final episode as host Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) presents the soundtrack for survival stories about . Today at 3 pm on Q2 Music.

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Helga Davis and When the Worst Could Actually Happen

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Best for the Worst continues with its penultimate episode as host Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) presents the soundtrack for survival stories of when the worst actually happens. Today at 3 pm on Q2 Music. 

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