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"Meet The Composer" is a radio show from Q2 Music that mines the brains of today’s most dynamic composers. Read more

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"Meet The Composer" is a radio show from Q2 Music that mines the brains of today’s most dynamic composers.

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                Stretch Goal: Fund Two Additional Episodes! 

We're getting close but still need your help to get us to our first stretch goal of $18k. There are only a few days left in our campaign, so become a backer now if you want to be part of our vision for new-music radio! If we succeed, we'll be able to finish all of the episodes for season one! That's five episodes of Meet The Composer, folks! – delivered right to your doorstep (err, inbox). 

We here at MTC really appreciate your generous support thus far. With your wonder-funding, we've ensured that we'll be able to finish at least three episodes from season one. But in order to go all the way, we still need your help!

So tell your friends and your foes! Spread the word so that we can add more diverse and dynamic voices to fold of MTCeason1.

                     MTC PREVIEW : Season 1, Episode 1 – feat. John Luther Adams

Hi, I'm Nadia Sirota, host of Meet The Composer. This is an amazing time for Classical music. Composers living today have access to an unprecedented archive of musical information to synthesize, reject, recombine or subvert. Many of these influences are as universal as the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey or the music of the Beatles. New Music is often viewed as intimidating or part of an insular world, when, weirdly, it's the new stuff that shares more cultural currency with more people. Meet The Composer is a new radio show with an old name. We aim to use the narrative power of the radio to put amazing thinkers into context. Inspired by such vivid radio programs as Radiolab and This American Life, Meet The Composer aims to crack open composers' brains and see what's happening inside. Each episode of the show is a deep-dive into what makes its subject tick. What did the composer listen to as a kid? Whose music did they despise in college? What did their middle school band sound like? What piece of music did they hear that completely changed everything? Each hour-long show is an exploration of one composer's world and point-of-view. Equal parts interview, music, and production, Meet The Composer aims to show the listener who the composer is as a person, as a thinker, and as an artist. The listener, in turn, gets way more context for new work than is provided by your average program note, CD liner or digital booklet, and hopefully an engaging entry point into the world of New Music.

Q2 Music is proud of this project and wants to make Meet The Composer the best version of itself it could possibly be. In order to do that, we need a little cash to get things going. By donating money for this project, you'll help ensure this amazing show sees the light of day. In return, you'll get some cool rewards. Downloads! Exclusives! Q2 MERCH. It's all available now, for a couple bucks. Get in on the ground floor and be able to say you made this show happen!

Thanks to New Music USA for their flexibility with the use of the "Meet The Composer" name, which became famous through their legacy organization founded by composer John Duffy.

Q2 Music is WQXR's online music station dedicated to contemporary classical composers, innovative ensembles, and vibrant, live webcasts from New York City's leading new-music venues. Q2 Music, a live 24/7 music stream available at www.wqxr.org/q2music, includes immersive festivals, insightful commentary from hosts and composers, full-length album streams, in-depth interviews with trend-setting artists, and special live events at The Greene Space at WQXR. Q2 Music is also available via the free WQXR app.

                    MTC PREVIEW : Season 1, Episode 2 – feat. Andrew Norman

So here's the deal. We set our initial goal at $8k because that's how much cash we'd need to finish our first three episodes. We reached that goal on Friday, November 29th, and now we're working toward our first stretch goal of $18k to finish our first full season with 5 episodes. More composers, more insight, more crazy anecdotes. The more diverse the roster of artists in our season, the better we can represent a snapshot into the state of the modern classical composer. 

And, if that's not enough for you new-music mega fans, then there's good news! Because if we hit our second stretch goal of $30k, you will be ensuring the longevity of Meet The Composer, as we will then have enough funds to start working on season two! So just to recap:

$8k  = First three episodes of season one - COMPLETED on 11/29

---> $18k = All five episodes of season one <---

$30k = All five episodes of season one + begin working on season two

Please give what you can, grab some awesome rewards (those postcard pieces are just too cool), and share this campaign with your friends. Hopefully, with your help, we can make Meet The Composer a lasting force on the new music scene!

Luther Adams, Balter, Dennehy, Norman, Shaw
Luther Adams, Balter, Dennehy, Norman, Shaw

John Luther Adams :: made all of the wrong career decisions. He got kicked out of multiple high schools, went to the "wrong" college, never finished his masters degree, and ultimately moved as close as he could to the edge of society, to a cabin, in Alaska. Somehow, though, all of these unconventional moves crystallized his creative voice into something singular, instantly recognizable, and emotionally mature. John's music is fast and slow at the same time, unraveling in fractal patterns that mimic great vast landscapes as well as tiny variations in the snow.

Marcos Balter :: is a composer whose manic energy and relentless work ethic effuse from everything he touches: friendships, pedagogy, and especially his music. His fast-talking, whip-smart style is easy to detect in his intricate scores. Marcos' music reverberates and pulses with energy, sometimes in such a small container, or in such a demure dynamic that the score feels almost radioactive. His point of view is singular; he can roll with the modernists and the minimalists with ease, and yet his music doesn't really fit any particular rubric. His carefully constructed works have fine grammar, well-planned architecture and often astonishing material.

Donnacha Dennehy :: is an Irish composer who thought he was going to study with spectral icon Gerard Grisey in Paris. When he showed up, however, it was immediately apparent that Grisey had accepted him into his study under the mistaken notion that he was not, in fact, a gentleman but a lady. A bit put off by Grisey's visible disappointment with his gender, as well as the strikingly uninteresting uniformity in the style of his students work, Donnacha headed to Amsterdam, where he met Louis Andriessen, who changed his life. Donnacha's music fuses the old (sean-nós and other Irish styles) and the new (just intonation, pulse-based textures) to create something all his own. It's a music that is at once satisfying and supremely strange.

Andrew Norman :: was a well-feted kid composer, a precocious pre-adolescent who wrote works with grand, filmic gestures for his middle school orchestra and had the local papers filling their style sections with profiles invoking Mozart. Then he went to college. All of a sudden, Andrew's musical world exponentially widened; he was exposed to styles and practices so far outside of his previous experience that he stopped composing all together. How could he write what he had been writing in a world rich with Lachenmanns, Xenakises and Carters, who were manipulating, torquing and stifling sound to create a whole different world of music? Andrew almost left music entirely for architecture, but in flirting with this other career, he actually found his way back to composition, ultimately birthing a style that stunningly weds texture and drama in a unique and wonderful way.

Caroline Shaw :: a violinist, singer and composer, thought she was "having a psychotic break" when, at age 30, she was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in music. Caroline sees composition as a logical extension of her musicianship, and in fact, prefers to be known as a musician than a capital-c Composer. Caroline's music is gorgeous, lyrical, virtuosic, and smart. She approaches construction with the pragmatism of a performer as well as the creativity of an auteur.

"Baroque" by Nadia Sirota
"Baroque" by Nadia Sirota

For only $25, you can get a signed copy of Nadia's latest album, produced by legendary Icelandic engineer, Valgeir Sigurðsson. The record features six brand new pieces from composers Judd Greenstein, Shara Worden, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Paul Corley, and Daniel Bjarnason. 

This is a mosaic of our swag (T-shirt, flash drive, tote). Whoa!
This is a mosaic of our swag (T-shirt, flash drive, tote). Whoa!

Nadia Sirota, producer/host; Alexander Overington, producer/sound designer/mixing engineer; Thea Chaloner, producer/editor.

Q2 Music's executive producer is Alex Ambrose.

Risks and challenges

Starting a radio show from scratch is actually pretty hard! Especially for a show that weaves together interviews with sound design and music – there are a lot of moving parts. From story-boarding to script writing, from scheduling phone interviews to production meetings, from editing our massive 100+ track Pro Tools sessions to recording foley for sound effects, we pull out all the stops to give you a high production value, immersive sonic experience as you dive into brains of living composers. This project is a massive undertaking that requires dedicated work from passionate people.

What makes it even more challenging, is that we currently only have a part-time staff of 3 people, so we're all working crazy overtime to make this show happen. With your support, we'll be able to turn the corner and really give this show the shot in the arm we need to finish season one.

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    Donnacha Dennehy will write you a piece of brand-new music on the back of a postcard and send it to your home [ + ] "Assistant Producer" credit on one season one episode [ + ] Your choice of T-Shirt, tote, or flash drive [ + ] We'll send you EACH episode of our first season ONE MONTH before it airs.

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    Do You Like Viola? Good! Because Nadia Sirota is coming to your home or workplace to perform a concert for you and your special guests [ + ] "Assistant Producer" credit on one season one episode [ + ] Your choice of T-Shirt, tote, or flash drive [ + ] We'll send you EACH episode of our first season ONE MONTH before it airs {performance must be in NYC}

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    All 5 composers of season 1 will collaborate on a exquisite corpse graphic score. Perform it at home with your friends! One of a kind, totally rare [ + ] "Assistant Producer" credit on one season one episode [ + ] All three: T-Shirt, tote, AND flash drive [ + ] We'll send you EACH episode of our first season ONE MONTH before it airs.

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