Nadia Sirota

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A Few Irrelevant Questions

Monday, August 06, 2012

Last week we talked a little about jockishness in music, while sort of casually mentioning beauty. Maybe this topic is too nuts/obvious/irksome, but what are the categorical elements of composition? In addition to the sports of performing difficult material and gut-wrenching beauty, what are the constituents of a plush musical idea?


Amazing Physical and Mental Feats

Monday, July 30, 2012

Over the past few days, my obsessive Olympics-watching has been mostly gymnastics-focused. Watching these young human people execute the virtually impossible in an extremely high-pressure situation is RIVETING. I think there's DEFINITELY some element of this in our love of virtuosi. 


Greetings from Camp

Monday, July 23, 2012

I was so excited when Alarm Will Sound asked me to sub with them in Missouri for two weeks for their annual Mizzou New Music Summer Festival. In grand summer camp tradition, we have the crazy luxury of rehearsing together for six or seven hours a day for two weeks.


Clapping Music

Monday, July 16, 2012

For me, a serial weeper from a long line of weepers, curtain calls are perhaps the most consistently moving element of performances. Works of art that address the behavior of a crowd or manipulate the very way in which masses of people move in space or react to something or even each other are compelling to me, even if they sometimes make me uncomfortable.


Using the Room: Music and Spacialization

Monday, July 09, 2012

Inspired by The New York Philharmonic's groundbreaking "Philharmonic 360" show, Nadia Sirota presents week of music in which a sense of space, or "spacialization," is as crucial to the performance as the music itself.


Video Made The Radio Star

Monday, July 02, 2012

Probably as a result of sitting on the couch at age twelve or so for HOURS soaking in music videos from MTV and VH1, music and video will forever be tied together for me. From a quick glance across the landscape of new music promotional materials, I know that I am not alone in this connection. Classicalmusicvideos (I’m inventing a German word for them) are more and more common, and they’re getting really, really good!


On Language

Monday, June 25, 2012

One of the more provocative concepts introduced to me by a music teacher in my youth had to do with the Hungarian language and accent patterns in the music of Bartok. This week we consider whether a composer's spoken language affects his/her musical language.


Controversies and a Conversation

Monday, June 18, 2012

Living legend Elliott Carter discusses his musical legacy, including his recently premiered commission at the Met Museum with Nadia Sirota, who also offers recordings of past CONTACT! performances.


Spring for (New) Music

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This week on Q2 Music's Cued Up, we present Spring for (New) Music — two hours of contemporary music highlights from WQXR's six broadcasts of the second annual Spring for Music festival from Carnegie Hall. Today at 3 pm and again Thursday at 7 pm with host Nadia Sirota.



Traveling Music, A Man Out Of Time

Monday, June 11, 2012

This has been one of the raddest years for me in terms of travel, as well as one of the weirdest years yet in terms of time travel. I've spent more days on planes this I ever have before, and as such more hours in suspended animation, more hours in a rosy, unplugged, in-between state which demands the consumption of novels and movies and music and snack boxes. Traveling playlists, in my experience, are best when slightly comfort-tinged.

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The Modern Multitasking Artist

Monday, June 04, 2012

The path from student to "professional musician" is notoriously poorly-paved. Composers, vocalists, instrumentalists and songwriters have supplemented the early stages of their careers with everything from arts admin to (in Philip Glass' notable case) plumbing and taxi driving.

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Let me tell ya 'bout the birds and koalas

Monday, May 28, 2012

Nadia Sirota checks in from her tour of Australia with a week of music inspired by the sounds of the natural world.

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Video Made The Radio Star

Monday, May 21, 2012

A child of the MTV generation, music and video will forever be tied together for Nadia Sirota. This week on her show, a look at pieces that have either been adapted visually or incorporate a visual element in performance.


Q2 Music Spring Pledge Drive

Monday, May 14, 2012

It’s that time again! Tuesday marks the beginning of our Spring pledge drive. As you’ve probably noticed, we’re making some pretty rad changes over here at Q2. We’ve brought you more hosts, more weekly programs, more live events, more streaming albums and more mobile listening, and we’d LOVE to continue this rad trajectory, but we simply cannot do this without your help!


Lousy With Microtones

Monday, May 07, 2012

Yep, it’s that time again! Time to explore the placed between notes, the tunings that have existed on earth before we even existed, the non-Western-oriented, and the just plain weird. This week, my show will be lousy with microtones!


On Language

Monday, April 30, 2012

One of the more provocative concepts introduced to me by a music teacher in my youth had to do with the Hungarian language and accent patterns in the music of Bartok. This week we consider whether a composer's spoken language affects his/her musical language.


From Massive to Miniscule

Monday, April 23, 2012

This week we'll make our way through some stunning organ works, focusing on its ability to produce sounds massive and miniscule. There will be Messiaen, obviously, but also David Lang and Nico Muhly and a ton of surprises. Tune in and crank up the subs for the earth-shaking organ!

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A Massive Can of Worms

Monday, April 16, 2012

How do we get pieces which translate so beautifully from stage to audience member to translate as comprehensibly to the intimacy of recorded media? This week, I play pieces that are not only musically well-suited to the radio, but are recorded in a way that suits the format as well.


Memory Pieces

Monday, April 09, 2012

Nothing brings to relief the joy of life more clearly that loosing a loved one. This is one of the hardest lessons of being human, and, not surprisingly, a rich ground for creative material. If you think about it, the Classical tradition, such as it is, has everything to do with revering the dead. We deify composers posthumously, lauding everything they have created in an ecstatic, ongoing memorial.

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The Greene Space

American Mavericks: Music and Conversation with Michael Tilson Thomas

Monday, March 26, 2012

7:00 PM

Q2 Music celebrated America’s great iconoclastic composers when San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas brought his “American Mavericks” tour to New York. In anticipation of their Carnegie Hall concerts, composer John Adams and Meredith Monk, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, pianist Jeremy Denk, and other guests joined Tilson Thomas ...