Alex Ambrose

Senior Producer

Alex Ambrose is the senior producer for New Sounds, New York Public Radio's online station and website devoted to discovery, curiosity and vibrant 21st-century music.

Alex is proud to be a native New Yorker, but nevertheless moved to France after college to study the songs of composer Gabriel Fauré and Senegalese-born rapper MC Solaar. An obsessive collector and Ultimate Frisbee fanatic, Alex is a Peabody Award-winning executive producer and founder of WQXR's Q2 Music, and has served as Overnight Music host and Evening Music producer for WNYC.

During his time at WNYC as the associate producer for Evening Music with hosts Terrance McKnight and David Garland and executive producer Limor Tomer, he produced the daylong, ASCAP Deems Taylor Award-winning 24:33: A John Cage Celebration.

As the supervising producer of WQXR's Q2 Music, he also served as executive producer for three seasons of the podcast Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota, a show that mined the brains of today's leading composers and musical thinkers, and Helga with host Helga Davis, a conversation podcast with unique, uncompromising artists who have a stake in the matter of social change.

Alex currently lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his wife, the composer Gity Razaz, and cat, Peanut, where he is an enthusiastic member of the food co-op and a laptop-toting regular at cafés.

Alex Ambrose appears in the following:

Leonard Bernstein’s Black America

Friday, August 24, 2018

Leonard Bernstein marched in Selma with Harry Belafonte, and his campaign for racial justice involved empowering black conductors and soloists. Host Terrance McKnight tells this story.
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Remixing Matt Marks

Thursday, August 16, 2018

New Sounds and Alarm Will Sound announce Remixing Matt Marks: an ongoing, crowdsourced musical tribute celebrating the irrepressible imagination of the late composer-performer.
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Author Jacqueline Woodson

Monday, May 07, 2018

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson sits down with host Helga Davis to talk about the power of family – the so-called alternative ones she was born into and made for herself.

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Leonard Bernstein’s Black America

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Leonard Bernstein marched in Selma with Harry Belafonte, and his campaign for racial justice involved empowering black conductors and soloists. Host Terrance McKnight tells this story.

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Gender Is Not a Genre: Amplifying Women Who Compose

Thursday, March 08, 2018

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Listen to 24 hours (or more) of music by composers, both emerging and established, who happen to be women. Yes, it is also International Women's Day. Listen on our stream all day.
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Watch: Luna Lab's Inaugural Year Highlights Music of Young Female Composers

Monday, September 25, 2017

Founded by composers Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid, the Kaufman Music Center's Luna Lab supports the work of young female composers. Watch performances of music from the inaugural season.

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Holding Gentrification: Toshi Reagon on What it Means to Build and Unbuild Brooklyn

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Singer-songwriter Toshi Reagon's "Brooklyn Bound" offers a honest and poetic musical look at gentrification in Crown Heights. Watch the second of our "Silent Voices" documentaries.

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My Body as Me: Kamala Sankaram Shows Us How to Keep the Look Loose

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus recently created space for conversation about social justice through commissioning ten new works. We dive into one: Kamala Sankaram's "Keeping the Look Loose."

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Watch: Alvin Lucier Talks Brain Waves, Marching Bands and John Cage

Monday, May 22, 2017

In this talk at the Red Bull Music Academy Festival, pioneering composer Alvin Lucier recalls definitive and anecdotal moments over his storied career in electronic music and sound art.

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Watch: 'Saturn' from Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly's 'Planetarium'

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sufjan Stevens, The National's Bryce Dessner and composer Nico Muhly will soon release an album version of their solar-system inspired song cycle. Watch the video for 'Saturn' today.

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Writer Hilton Als Talks Ruthlessness and Freeing Your Art-Making

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hilton Als is an intellectual omnivore who roots his art and criticism in reality and truth. Als talks with Helga Davis about being comfortable owning your anger and art-making.

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Stage Actress Sarah Jones Talks Dignity and Finding Home in Everyone

Monday, January 09, 2017

In Sarah Jones's one-woman shows, she seamlessly slips into characters of different classes, races and genders. Jones and Davis talk self-love in a culture that teaches self-alienation.

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Soprano Julia Bullock Talks Finding Your Voice and Place in the World

Monday, January 02, 2017

The young Juilliard-trained soprano Julia Bullock is making waves for her stunning performances and bold choice of roles. She talks with Davis about finding her place in today's culture.

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Conductor Hernandez-Valdez Channels the Power of Choral Singing

Monday, December 19, 2016

For conductor Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, an attentive and hungry audience is one of the essential parts of creating a transcendent musical experience. He talks with host Helga Davis.

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Conductor Alan Gilbert on Building Bridges and Letting Go Together

Monday, December 12, 2016

Alan Gilbert is in his final season as music director of the New York Philharmonic. He talks with Helga Davis about serving a community and the moments in performance he lives for.

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Singer-Songwriter Solange on Her Journey, Owning Her Body and Art

Monday, December 05, 2016

The pop star singer-songwriter Solange talks with Helga Davis about finding autonomy in the music business and about being black and beautiful in contemporary America.

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Violinist Jennifer Koh Discusses Determination and Empathy

Monday, November 28, 2016

Violin soloist Jennifer Koh has never cancelled a gig. Even when she had swine flu. Host Helga Davis speaks with Koh about determination and empathy in this episode of the Helga podcast.

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Jazz Icon Henry Threadgill Lets His Imagination Run Wild

Monday, November 21, 2016

Recently awarded the Pulitzer Prize, jazz composer Henry Threadgill talks with Helga about giving license to your imagination and pushing yourself to go beyond excellence to greatness.

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My Brightest Diamond's Shara Nova Leans into Vulnerability

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Singer, composer and My Brightest Diamond's frontwoman Shara Nova talks to Helga about choosing a new city, leaning into vulnerability, and how her new names translates to "new song."

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'Helga' Podcast Premieres with Opera Director Peter Sellars

Monday, November 14, 2016

Q2 Music's new podcast, Helga, features probing conversations with artists who have a unique voice and a stake in the matter of social change. The first guest is director Peter Sellars.

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