I’m really proud to feature Max Richter for this week’s download. Max is my favorite film composer. He writes these beautiful small pieces that take you into the emotional depths of a moment or a character.
I use him as a guide for scoring this show. Constantly. Like: when I’m stuck scoring a piece and I just can't get the mood or feeling right (which is often) what I’ll do, to hit the reset button, is listen to Max Richter’s 24 Postcards In Full Colour and ask myself, what would Max do here? Sparse piano cords? Subterranean strings?
His music seems to live in the place our stories are always striving to get to – awe, mystery, transformation, illumination. Yeah, I’m pretty much a Max Richter-hack.
"Infra 1" is the first track from an album he released last year called Infra. It’s on the quieter, more fragile end of his spectrum, which is the stuff of his I tend to like most. I hope you enjoy this piece.
Zoe Keating is a friend of the show. We've performed live with her around a dozen times, give or take. And on our last tour (Symmetry), Zoe would often play this piece, Optimist, which she wrote for her son Alex when he was negative four months old. Every time, the audience fell into a trance. Those are the moments from the tour I really remember, getting to sit quietly on stage and watch the audience watch Zoe.
When I first heard this song, I went into one of those strange deliriums that happen to me once a decade, and I played the song fifteen times in a row, no joke. I’ve since heard from a few other people who’ve had the same reaction. There’s something narcotic about the way the song builds, and about what’s being described – people trying to fake their way to being good. But I won’t bore you with my thoughts. Just listen to it. Let me know if this song does to you what it does (still does, now 7 years later) to me.
This week, Q2 launches the 13-week Spring 2011 season of our flagship show, Cued Up, with the first encore presentation of one of the more mesmerizing evenings in our recent live Webcast history.
This week, Cued Up on Q2 presents a concert of tech-savvy classical intimacy with Zoë Keating and Todd Reynolds, along with an interview with the artists led by Radiolab's Jad Abumrad.
On Sunday, March 6 at 7 p.m., EST, Q2 presents a live audio Web cast of experimental musician and technophile Zoë Keating in a sold-out concert from Greenwich Village's (Le) Poisson Rouge. Joining Keating for a voltaic, electroacoustic double bill is New Music stalwart Todd Reynolds. The evening is hosted by Radiolab's Jad Abumrad who will interview the musicians on stage before joining Q2 host Nadia Sirota in the open online chat embedded below.
Radiolab's Jad Abumrad hosts a night of remixes with Todd Reynolds and Michael Lowenstern of Slow Boys and Bill Ryan's Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble.
AWE-MAGEDDON will be a curiosity cabaret featuring one or two of the world's most creative scientists, musicians, philosophers, actors and folks who can’t even really be pegged in a single word. We'll be transported to a place where we are confused, amazed, confounded, inspired or flabbergasted.
Hello everyone. Jad here. I wanna tell you real quick about my experience hallucinating the sound of bees. And Fleetwood Mac.
Just wanted to let you know: Robert and I were interviewed for The Sound of Young America, a great public radio show hosted by Jesse Thorne. He's got a good radio voice, that one. And he uses that radio voice to ask insightful radio questions.
Painter Bob Ross died nine years ago. But many people don't realize this, because his 403 episodes of The Joy of Painting continue to air worldwide. Jad Abumrad discovered that Ross's legacy of art-teaching has extended way beyond those television shows and into places like the back of ...
Painter Bob Ross died eight years ago. But many people don't realize this, because his 403 episodes of The Joy of Painting continue to air worldwide. Jad Abumrad discovered that Ross's legacy of art-teaching has extended way beyond those television shows and into places like the back of ...
The mystery novelist Laurie King picks up the Sherlock Holmes story where Arthur Conan Doyle left off. In The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, King pairs the famed detective with a sharp young female partner and raises skepticism about Holmes' superhuman genius.
The internet is perpetually throbbing with new data and images and ideas in endless new permutations. Artists Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin are trying to see and hear what all that adds up to.