Today on the season finale of Q2 Music’s Peabody Award-winning ‘Meet The Composer’ podcast, host Nadia Sirota sits down with songwriting legend Paul Simon. This episode follows a season that saw ‘Meet The Composer’ host discussions with Henry Threadgill, John Adams and Pauline Oliveros, as well as debuting works by Bryce Dessner and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.
The interview was taped at the Q2 Music studios earlier this year, but also features music and conversation from the Eaux Claires Festival, where Nadia played alongside Paul Simon as part of her ensemble yMusic.
Nadia Sirota is an acclaimed, Juilliard-educated violist who’s performed solo works by the likes of Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, and Donnacha Dennehy, and who’s performed with groups such as Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Jonsi, and Arcade Fire. She is a member of yMusic, and her solo work has received acclaim from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and more.
Alongside hosting the new season of ‘Meet The Composer,’ Nadia has had a busy summer. She performs on ‘Planetarium,’ the new collaboration between Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister, and she is prepping a new solo album entitled ‘Tessellatum’ (out August 11th on Bedroom Community) which features composition from Donnacha Dennehy and an accompanying animated film from Steven Mertens (Dan Auerbach, Nickel Creek, Regina Spektor).
Nadia Sirota will be performing ‘Tessellatum’ at The National’s Guilty Party event at Basilica Hudson on July 14th and 15th. See more upcoming performances here: https://nadiasirota.com/events/
Q2 Music is WQXR’s online music channel dedicated to contemporary classical composers, innovative ensembles and musical discovery. Its programming includes immersive festivals, insightful commentary from hosts such as composer Phil Kline and vocalist Helga Davis, full-length album streams, live webcasts and exclusive concert audio from local and national venues, and special events in front of live audiences at The Greene Space at WQXR. Q2 Music produces Meet the Composer with host Nadia Sirota, the Peabody Award-winning podcast which mines the brains of today’s leading composers, as well as Helga, a conversation podcast with uncompromising artists who dare to transform our world. Q2 Music is streamed live 24/7 at www.wqxr.org/q2music and is also available via the free WQXR app.