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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.

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...

Aug 6, 2018

Episode 70 features pianist and health performance mentor, Daniel Roberts.

Daniel Roberts helps the future generation of pianists perform without tension. Inspired by the methods of his late mentor Peter Feuchtwanger, Roberts helps pianists through his lessons in Brazil and virtually around the world.

In this podcast...

Aug 6, 2018

Episode 69 features composer and saxophone player Dorone Paris.

Dr. Paris is an Israeli-born contemporary composer and a professional saxophone player, living & working in Ireland.

In this podcast we discuss:

We discuss her passion for music, philosophy and work as a political composer. She speaks about the...