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:
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.
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.
Thursday, March 08, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Despite being one of relatively few chamber-music pieces in his catalog, John Adams’s String Quartet is one of the composer’s most compelling works.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Brooklyn-based composer Ted Hearne and pianist Timo Andres highlight their longstanding relationship with old and new music alike, and the challenges of "messing" with it.