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The mission of this podcast is to create discussion on a variety of topics in music, culture, and arts. In my discussions there will be many questions, answers, comments, critique and ideas. For far too long many in the media, musicians, and artists from all backgrounds have been hesitant in their approach to criticism. As Wole Soyinka said, “The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.” Alongside my observations I will invite guests from a variety of artistic backgrounds to tell their story, ideas and perspective on all things in the world of music.

Hope you join me on this journey and raise awareness to topics that have been buried for decades.

Past guests include: Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington, Christian McBrideGeorge WalkerRobert Dick, Ian PaceMartin Bresnick, Project Trio bassist Peter Seymour, Andrey KasparovCraig Sheppard,  Adrienne AlbertJuan Maria SolareMarc YeatsMark Rowan-HullStanford ThompsonThe Villiers QuartetDr. Haig MardirosianFrances WilsonJames GardnerDaniel RosenboomSylvia HinzJoan Arnau Pàmies,  among others.

Jul 17, 2019

Ep. 75: George Jackson, conductor
George Jackson is a London-born conductor who has worked distinguished orchestras such as the Philharmonie de Paris, Hamburg State Opera and many others.
In this episode we discuss the role of a conductor in the 21st century, importance of community engagement,...

Jun 12, 2019

Ep. 74: Angela Drăghicescu, pianist 
Angela Drăghicescu is a collaborative pianist who has worked around the world, teaches the art of collaborative piano and is actively promoting women composers and new music.
On this episode we spoke about her collaboration with Jennifer Higdon, Women Who Score, music...

Apr 16, 2019

Ep. 73: Gregg Belisle-Chi, guitarist and composer
Gregg Belisle-Chi is a Brooklyn, NY based guitarist and composer. He recently released his latest album called the Book of Hours. 
In this podcast we discuss: his early start in music, inspirational teachers and musicians, the release of his latest album,...

Aug 12, 2018

Ep. 72: Gavin Borchert, journalist and composer
Gavin Borchert is a Seattle based journalist and composer. He currently works for the Seattle Weekly and has a doctoral degree in composition.
In this podcast we discuss: his career as a journalist, the importance of journalism, change in approach to...

Aug 12, 2018

Episode 71 feature video games composer and guitarist Steve Kirk.

Kirk has composed music for video games, including the Zynga Facebook game FarmVille, the BioWare online game Star Wars: The Old Republic, the Disney game for The Princess and The Frog feature film, and the full soundtrack of Voodoo Vince for the...