WQXR’s Q2 Music Offers 4-day Program of 2016 Ojai Music Festival Performances

WQXR’s Q2 Music offers 4-day program of 2016 Ojai Music Festival performances hosted by 2016 Music Director Peter Sellars at q2music.org/ojai 

Q2 Music’s 2016 Ojai Festival Series begins Monday, June 5 prior to the 71st Ojai Music Festival (June 8-11)

OJAI, CA – June 1, 2017)  The 71st Ojai Music Festival (June 8-11) with Music Director Vijay Iyer celebrates diverse communities of music, artists, and collaborations in a weekend of stimulation and reflection.  Prior to the upcoming Festival, WQXR’s Q2 Music launches immersive access to select new-music concerts from the 2016 Festival beginning Monday, June 5 at q2music.org/ojai.  This four-day series is hosted by Ojai’s 2016 Music Director Peter Sellars.

Q2 Music, WQXR’s online home for new music, will offer on-demand audio from concerts from the 2016 Festival, including performances of works by a number of composers, including Kaija Saariaho, Caroline Shaw, Tyshawn Sorey, and many more.

Imagined as a multi-year collaboration, the Ojai Music Festival and Q2 Music aim to celebrate a shared artistic aesthetic, build audiences and connect respective communities.  In addition to this series hosted by Peter Sellars, Ojai Music Directors Mark Morris (2014) and Steven Schick (2015) have hosted the series in prior years. Past festival shows can also be found at q2music.org.

A highlight of Ojai’s partnership with Q2 Music is the annual spring event in New York at The Jerome  L. Greene Performance Space which advances the Ojai Music Festival through an evening of performance and discussion with Ojai music directors and artists.   On April 13, the Festival and Q2 Music presented an evening of discussion and performance at the Greene Space. Q2 Music’s Helga Davis hosted Ojai’s 2017 Music Director Vijay Iyer, alongside collaborators, violinist Jennifer Koh, composer/trombonist George Lewis, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, and composer/percussionist Tyshawn Sorey in conversation and performance.

This marks the second year of Ojai Music Festival events presented by Q2 Music at The Greene Space. Last spring’s event featured Ojai’s 2016 Music Director Peter Sellars, guitarist Dan Lippel of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), soprano Julia Bullock, and vocalist/pianist Leila Adu. The Greene Space’s mission is to galvanize conversations around the life, arts, and politics of New York and our world.

Part of WQXR, New York City’s classical music station, Q2 Music is a listener-supported, online home dedicated to contemporary classical composers, innovative ensembles, and live webcasts from the City’s leading new-music venues. The 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.

The 71st Ojai Music Festival (June 8-11, 2017)

The 71st Ojai Music Festival (June 8-11) celebrates diverse communities of music, artists, and collaborations in a weekend of stimulation and reflection. Music Director Vijay Iyer will be joined by 2015 Music Director Steven Schick, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam, flutist Claire Chase, and composer/percussionist Tyshawn Sorey – returning members of the Ojai Music Festival family. Mr. Iyer also introduces Ojai to master musicians from various backgrounds and communities: Brentano Quartet; violinist Jennifer Koh; vocalist/composer Jen Shyu; Vijay Iyer Trio; Vijay Iyer Sextet; Tyshawn Sorey Double Trio; tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain; saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa; trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith; and The Trio featuring Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, and Roscoe Mitchell. Highlights of the 2017 edition include the world premiere of Vijay Iyer’s Trouble, written for and performed by Jennifer Koh; the American premiere of Iyer’s Emergence for trio and ensemble; RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi with music by Iyer and film by Prashant Bhargava; the west coast premiere of Afterword, an opera by George Lewis; and Yet Unheard (world premiere of chamber version) by Courtney Bryan. Ojai at Berkeley follows the 2017 Ojai Music Festival and will take place from June 15-17 in Berkeley, CA. For more information visit CalPerformances.org.

Live video streaming of the 2017 Ojai Music Festival

The Ojai Music Festival continues to draw thousands of curious and engaged music enthusiasts from across the country. As tickets remain in high demand, Ojai includes free access to the Festival experience through live and archived video streaming at OjaiFestival.org. This year’s live streaming will begin on Thursday, June 8 through June 11. The live streaming includes guest interviews throughout the webcast. Hosting this year will be Director of Publications for National Sawdust and longtime journalist Steve Smith, Classical KUSC Alan Chapman, and LA-based composer/musician Thomas Kotcheff. Festival concert archives can also be heard on media partner Q2 Music’s website at WQXR.org. 

About the Ojai Music Festival

From its founding in 1947, the Ojai Music Festival has created a place for groundbreaking musical experiences, bringing together innovative artists and curious audiences in an intimate, idyllic setting 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The Festival presents broad-ranging programs in unusual ways with an eclectic mix of rarely performed music, refreshing juxtapositions of musical styles, and works by today’s composers. The four-day festival is an immersive experience with concerts, free community events, symposia, and gatherings. Considered a highlight of the international music summer season, Ojai has remained a leader in the classical music landscape for seven decades.

Through its unique structure of the Artistic Director appointing an annual Music Director, Ojai has presented a “who’s who” of music including Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, Olivier Messiaen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano, Pierre Boulez, John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, David Robertson, Eighth Blackbird, George Benjamin, Dawn Upshaw, Leif Ove Andsnes, Mark Morris, Jeremy Denk, Steven Schick, and Peter Sellars.  Following Patricia Kopatchinskaja in 2018, Ojai will welcome Music Director Barbara Hannigan (2019).

Ojai at Berkeley

Marking the seventh year of artistic partnership, Ojai at Berkeley celebrates the dynamic nature of the Ojai Music Festival and of Cal Performances. As two distinct communities, Ojai and Berkeley are both known for intrepid artistic discovery, spirited intellect, and enduring engagement in the arts. Inaugurated in 2011, Ojai at Berkeley is a joint force that enables co-commissions and co-productions and allows artists to achieve more than could be imagined by each organization separately. Ojai at Berkeley will take place from June 15-17 in Berkeley, CA, following the Ojai Music Festival. For more information, visit CalPerformances.org

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