Brooks and I chat over Skype about his compositional work and approach to being an artist as well as his time working in the belly of the beast w/ So Percussion
My mom and I sit in the basement of my mom’s house where I grew up and chew the fat on what it was like to live with someone who had Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). She’s a beast, and so was my dad, and I love her, and him. You will too.
This is a story about a couple who’s life got turned upside down and they fought like hell. The tale ends, or currently sits, I should say, in a way you’d never expect, but it will make you want to get up and cheer.
Take a listen. The only trigger warning is this: You will get the truth. If you’re ok with the truth, then come on in with us, and I’ll bet you’ll think differently about something when we’re done. Love you mom.
Dan and I sit in in the back area of the restaurant he helps to run called District Social and chat about drinks of the world. This is a co-release for his brand new podcast called Fancy Drunks. Enjoy!Read More
Michael and I chat over Skype about life as a percussionist, conga and bata player, and master teacher (my words, not his). He’s someone who is a big reason I’m doing what I’m doing. What he taught me about Cuban music (ie. the WAY he learned and approaches it) is how I approach Trinidadian steel drumming. He’s a good man and someone you should talk to if you can. You won’t regret it.Read More
Jacqueline and I sit in her kitchen and talk life and being a professional baker in New York City. She’s a former student of mine from NYU and I couldn’t be prouder of the work she’s doing. www.vauclusenyc.comRead More
Wally was in Australia. I was in New York. We chat about life and composing and using personal struggle as the catalyst for work. Wally is one of my favorite people in the world. He always has cookies.
Vicious Children, by Wally Gunn, performed by Mobius Percussion, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEK08ddre9Q
Wally Gunn - Can You Hear Me (Part I), performed by Passepartout Duo, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQJSZMLWQKg
Gil and I sit in his living room and talk about life as a pianist and dealing with self-doubt as an artist and student. He’s a world-renowned concert pianist, accompanists, collaborator, and soloist.
He’s also a good man, and someone I thoroughly enjoy talking to about pretty much anything he wants to talk about.
Olivier Messiaen Amour oiseau detoile—w/ Dawn Upshaw, voice
Charles Ives—Songs My Mother Taught me—w/ Jan DeGaetanRead More
Michael is the author of the book, “Our Band Could Be Your Life”. It’s changed the lives of many artists including Dan Deacon. We sit in the So studio and talk about his work with Nirvana and working with artists.Read More
We sit in Kendall's living room with their friend Shane McDonald and talk about growing up around steel bands and the intricacies of teaching by rote. Marc is a real advocate for the steel band community in Brooklyn. You should listen to him.Read More
Steve and I sit in his office at Princeton and talk about his life as a composer, professional skier, father and son. We talk about the cosmos, his compositional process, and how mortality and time is at the center of much of his work.Read More