Nadia Sirota appears in the following:
Monday, January 31, 2011
As numerous ads for sunny getaways in the subway temptingly imply, let's face it: there's no better time of year to get out of town than February. But if your wallet won't have it, here's a modest solution, let Q2 take you on a quick trip to some of New Music's hot spots around the world.
Monday, January 24, 2011
For some reason, my brain functions exclusively on an academic calendar. This is perhaps due to my parents’ working in academia or to the nature of the concert season? However it came to pass, I truly look forward to the fall. It’s nearly September! It’s nearly time for this heat to finally break! It’s nearly time for new seasons and new rep and new festivals, and my Pavlovian response is to buy PENS.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Discussions of genre tend to cause bristling, bad moods and miscommunications. Genre identifiers are such ludicrously loaded terms that I tend to be shy even bringing them up (and I’m not, as they say, too terribly shy)! Yet here we are: a week devoted to composer/band leaders and those who tend to be not so category-specific.
Monday, January 10, 2011
It's mid-January. It's cold. It's dark. There's no holiday in sight. We need to listen to some big, moving works to get the blood flowing again! There is no better way to combat the January blahs than exposure to massive, multimedia works. (Not an FDA approved treatment for SAD, don't sue me! This is more like a, um, suggestion.) This week, we're exploring what is surely an ill-advised theme for a radio show: music with a strong, visual component.
Monday, January 03, 2011
Whoa, it would appear that the future is literally now! Congrats, all, we're here. This Winter and Spring look unbelievably tempting for the local New Music enthusiast. There are Music festivals! The Ecstatic Music Festival & Tully Scope, to be specific. The Met is doing Nixon! There will be Wozzeck! The New York Phil is getting Hungary!
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Kicking off the winter season of Cued Up on Q2, we're proud to honor Kate Bush by way of Theo Bleckmann. Bush -- an unrelenting experimentalist -- blew Madonna out of the water in the UK’s charts in 1985, forever changing the world's perception of a female solo artist. Always warming and delightfully eyebrow-raising, vocal wizard Theo Bleckmann interprets songs by the iconic British songstress in this week’s episode.
Monday, December 27, 2010
What was your favorite Q2 moment of '10? Was it one of our live shows? A composer portrait? Did you discover any new favorites this past year? Let us know!
Sunday, December 26, 2010
In this performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge, pianist Bruce Brubaker gives the New York premiere of a piece by Nico Muhly in addition to works by John Cage, Alvin Curran and Philip Glass.
Monday, December 20, 2010
This holiday week, we are going to delve deep into 20th and 21st century opera, listening to some wonderful, large-scale works. Highlights include Rautavaara's The House of the Sun, Reich's The Cave, Nyman's Love Counts and many more.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Nadia Sirota reflects on Phil Kline's downtown boombox caroling parade, Unsilent Night. "Of all the holiday activities in which I have participated this is among my favorite," she writes.
Monday, December 13, 2010
This week Nadia Sirota explores the far corners of vocal music, from secular choral music to songs of lament.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
If you think of Ireland, contemporary art music probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe you should. When it's gross and cold out this Sunday, snuggle up to two live concerts of warm post-minimalism that were plucked from right under the noses of New York audiences at (Le) Poisson Rouge. We present a globe-trotting alloy of composer-performers that include Evan Ziporyn and the Irish new music heavyweights, Crash Ensemble.
Monday, December 06, 2010
This week, in celebration of some of the longest nights of the year, Q2 is exploring music about the stars, planets, celestial bodies and other glittery, wintry nighttime things.
Monday, November 29, 2010
In honor of New York’s late-fall finery, this week Nadia Sirota is exploring music that is orchestrationally decked-out, using the glockenspiel, celeste, harp, electronics and plenty of things that sparkle.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Last Monday, November 15, we had the great pleasure of streaming Lincoln Center's White Light Festival: Credo, a truly inspiring show featuring world premieres by Kjartan Sveinsson and Jónsi Birgisson, members of the Icelandic art-rock band Sigur Rós, performed by a stellar roster of international ensembles, including the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National Choir and the Wordless Music Orchestra led by Jeffrey Milarsky.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Tonight at 7pm, join me for a special pre-concert feature in anticipation of tonight's White Light festival concert, featuring music composed by Sigur Rós members Jón Þor "Jónsi" Birgisson and Kjartan Sveinsson, performed by the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National chorus, and the Wordless Music Orchestra.
Monday, November 15, 2010
As I've said before, electronics, from recording technology to the theremin to looping pedals to Max/MSP, have had the largest and widest-spanning impact on music since polyphony.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Gearing up for the New York Philharmonic's venturesome annual series in November and December, CONTACT!, Cued Up on Q2 broadcasts highlights from the NY Phil's 2010 season. Conducted by music director Alan Gilbert, listen in on Sunday, November 14 at 2 p.m. to hear the NY Phil blaze through some new music that captured the ears and imaginations of music fans from the last 100 years.
Monday, November 08, 2010
You have to love wind players. As a member of the string team myself, I must admit to some low-grade mocking of their obsession with reeds, swabbing and chapstick, but let's face it: when the turn of a phrase is mapped to the length of a breath, stunning things can happen.
Sunday, November 07, 2010
One of the conspicuously binding forces between the music of concert halls and dance halls in the past fifty years has been the use of electronically generated sounds. In other words, if there was a Venn diagram that included Stockhausen and Lady Gaga, or David Tudor and N.W.A., the overlap would be electronics. This Sunday, November 7 at 2 p.m on Cued Up on Q2, listen to some of host Nadia Sirota's favorite electroacoustic performances from New York City.