Scott Haskin is a composer, author, audio book director, and podcast producer. We talk about his life in Las Vegas, his varied career, and his work as a composer of relaxation music. Scott has just released a new CD, Mental Sauna III: Christmas Inflections, and an iPhone/iPad app called Mental Sauna Relaxation.
Paul Jennings has performed in over 25 countries, played a sell-out run on Broadway & has appeared on prime time television shows including ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly. He has received rave reviews for his work in publications including The New York Times & The Boston Globe.
The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet is a one-of-a-kind chamber ensemble that plays original music for bassoon quartet with comedic performance elements. Dancing, pop culture references, skits, and accessory instruments set the joyous and sometimes surreal tone at BWBQ shows. The BWBQ began playing together in 2008 as undergraduate classmates at the Eastman School of Music, and since then they have developed a busy schedule of appearances at concert halls, schools, pubs, and community spaces throughout the United States. Their active Youtube channel has garnered a million views.read more
Besides his work as a composer, Ryo Ishido has designed GUIs (graphic user interfaces) for just about every sample library company out there. He has also made quite a mark designing album art. Ryo and I discuss his view on learning the tools you already have, the importance of artwork for music related products, and more. He opens up about a project that didn’t work out and the importance of staying true to our strengths as creative people.read more
In this second part of a two part discussion, Deane and I talk about his early years, how being a drummer shapes his approach to composition, his transition out of L.A., and the making of his first album, Eastern Chronicle. We also talk quite a bit about his partnership with Warner Music Group.read more
Deane Ogden is a musical nomad. A sonic chameleon. An itinerant creative Bohemian of sorts. As an American recording artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer, his music has been described as “a well-established aesthetic of evocative world textures and compelling pristine pop rhythms.” (The Village Voice) He has written, recorded, and performed in over three-quarters of the known countries on the mapped globe. As a broadcaster and creative advocate, Deane has been called “an underrated voice in the music community” and someone who “understands the inside baseball of the business better than anybody.” (iTunes)read more
David Weiss, a New York City based musician, specializes in performing on flutes and woodwinds from many different cultures. Currently, Mr. Weiss performs with Disney’s “The Lion King” for which he is a featured orchestral soloist, performing on thirteen different woodwinds. He co-composed much of the flute music for that production, which has received numerous awards, including a 1999 Grammy.read more
From 6 seasons on Fox’s hit series Glee, to the latest release from Tyler the Creator, Tim’s collaborations as studio singer, vocal contractor, and arranger/producer span the music industry in seemingly every direction. In fact, it’s hard to escape Davis’s musical mark. If you’ve been to a Disney theme park, played a video game, bought a pop album, seen a tv show, commercial, or film in the last 20 years, it’s likely your interest has been piqued by Tim’s personal vocal stylings, or his innovative vocal arrangements, delivered by the army of LA’s best and brightest vocalists filling his roster.read more
Jim Neglia is a percussionist, music coordinator, contractor, personnel manager of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and author of Onward and Upward. My conversation with Jim will reveal a man with a lot of optimism and ingenuity. He has carved out a life for himself as a professional musician, following a winding path that has always included working as a percussionist. We discussed his views about the decline in attendance at classical concerts and some of the things the orchestra he works for, the NJSO, is doing to remedy the situation. We also talk about Jim’s book, Onward and Upward, which was published in 2012. Enjoy the conversation!
Philip Galinsky is a percussionist and ethnomusicologist specializing in Brazilian music. He founded Samba New York! in 2003 and is the group’s Director and principal percussionist. He has performed in the Rio Carnaval since 1999 with some of the world’s most renowned samba schools.read more
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