Maggie Molloy

Second Inversion, Saturdays: 10–11pm

Sundays: 11am–4pm

Maggie Molloy’s favorite classical music is still being written.

She’s the host of Second Inversion, KING FM’s weekly show dedicated to contemporary classical and experimental music. Every Saturday night at 10pm, she explores the expansive world of “new music,” zeroing in on a different theme or trend in contemporary music each week.

Maggie’s wide-ranging musical tastes were shaped, in part, by her eclectic musical upbringing. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, she was a public school orchestra student by day and a rock ‘n’ roll concertgoer by night. Whatever the genre, Maggie has always been thrilled by new sounds, new colors, and new dimensions in music.

The excitement of exploring new musical terrain coincides with Maggie’s deep love of travel. So far, she has set foot on five continents, and in her travels, she has been fortunate enough to experience firsthand the rich musical traditions of Argentina, Chile, France, England, Ireland, Japan, Thailand, and South Africa.

Maggie graduated summa cum laude from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano, and she expanded her ears as a student of experimental composition in Paris at the renowned IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) founded by Pierre Boulez.

She spent a year playing the handmade microtonal instruments of Harry Partch in the Partch Ensemble at the University of Washington, and has served as a host and pre-concert lecturer at events ranging from the Seattle Opera Gala to the John Cage Musicircus. As a journalist, she has covered international music festivals in New York, Massachusetts, and Tennessee, and her work has been featured in New Sounds, The Stranger, City Arts Magazine, and Critical Read.

When she’s not playing or writing about classical music, Maggie is the keyboardist in an ’80s synth-pop band called Familiars — as always, a classical music student by day and a rock ‘n’ roll concertgoer by night.

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