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26 minutes | Sep 27, 2015
083 –“The Secret Interview” with Skiye Sounds
https://www.gofundme.com/skiyesounds Skiye is a computer programmer by trade and avid musician by passion. He is currently in the planning stages of a brand new instrument that will incorporate more notes than the traditional 12 note chromatic scale to which we're accustomed in Western music. In our interview, Skiye shares a little bit about his vision for the instrument, how it will be used and how it can potentially change the way we listen to Music. If you are interested in learning more about Skiye's project or even contributing towards the costs involved in it, you can contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!
27 minutes | Sep 23, 2015
082 –“Balancing Music and Business” with Mark Asquith
Mark is the founder and host of the Excellence Expected podcast, and the founder of Podcast Websites, the platform of which is used for www.outsidethemusicbox.com. Mark is also a fairly accomplished amateur musician. In our conversation, Mark describes his relationship with Music: how it is a motivating force for him and how his first business venture was actually a musical venture. I'm sure you'll enjoy this conversation, as well as the opening song, Red Tarmac, which was written by Mark!
29 minutes | Sep 20, 2015
081 –“Hold it Up to the Sun” with Kenzie Slottow
Visit http://www.kenzieslottow.com to access Kenzie's Kickstarter Campaign! Check out Lindsey Stirling here: Check out Zoe Keating here: Flutist-composer Kenzie Slottow adds classical virtuosity to a colorful dreamscape of celtic-inspired and cinematic melodies. Her layered loops of percussive flute effects, melodies and harmonies are accentuated by narrative movement and dance. Kenzie began composing in earnest in March of 2013, sensing that the flute had potential in the realms of popular and alternative music that had not yet been harnessed by her contemporaries. Her explorations in contemporary classical and electroacoustic music contributed to her unique percussive and rhythmic style, lending her music qualities of hip-hop, house, and progressive electronic music. A graduate of music programs at the University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Austin, Kenzie maintains her ties with the classical flute world as a proponent of contemporary, electroacoustic, and beatbox music for the flute, performing at conferences such as the SEAMUS Conference, National Flute Association Convention, and Root Signals Electronic Music Festival. Kenzie is a traveler at heart; she loves languages and nature, and hopes to travel much more in the near future, picking up stories and melodies as she goes.
30 minutes | Sep 15, 2015
080 –“Lovin’ Life in the ATL” with Paul Poovey
Paul is an in-demand teacher and freelance trumpet player in the Atlanta area. In this conversation, he shares how he made the switch from a career in engineering to his true calling as a musician, how he got his start as a freelancer - and why if you have a "take it or leave it" attitude towards Music, you're better off leaving it. Enjoy!
32 minutes | Sep 14, 2015
079 –“Everything is Cool” with Giacomo Gates
www.giacomogates.com Giacomo Gates does more than sing "a bunch of songs." He is truly an entertainer, for all ages and styles, as audiences enjoy the music, the interaction on the bandstand between him and his musicians, the spontaneity, the humor, the stories about the music and composers, along with their relation to everyday life. People are smiling, having a good time, while thoroughly enjoying the music. What usually lacks in most of today's performances is obviously present... fun!
31 minutes | Sep 10, 2015
078 –“New Beginnings” with Josh Phillips
http://thejoshphillips.com Josh Phillips is a Chicago native who, after attending the Berklee College of Music, moved to his adopted and current home of Nashville. He has been called a modern throwback: a pop/Americana singer/songwriter with a refined ear for the nuances of both composition and performance. He grew up listening to the classics of Bob Dylan and James Taylor, while also embracing the more modern sounds of artists like John Mayer. Their influence can be heard throughout his music, combining the best of both old and new into a unique, refreshing sound. The episode begins with "Steal Me Away" and ends with "Inspired," both of which are written and performed by Josh.
49 minutes | Sep 8, 2015
077 –“Jazz’s True Foundation” with Glenn Zottola
www.glennzottola.com Enjoy my conversation with Glenn Zottola! Glen was a child prodigy on the trumpet, and was mentored by the great Louis Armstrong in the 1950's. In our conversation, Glenn and I discuss his history in music, his experiences studying with "Satchmo" and the key element jazz educators are missing today. The cherry on top is Glenn performing "But Not For Me" with Chick Corea at the very end of the episode.. I loved this interview, and am sure you will as well!
21 minutes | Sep 6, 2015
076 –“Finding the Way” with Ayron Jones
www.ajandtheway.com Seattle guitarist and frontman Ayron Jones (Eh-Rahn), has become one of Seattle’s hottest up-and-comers with his brand of Seattle Rock. Jones has taken a hybrid style of guitar playing, in which the chord and solo are played at the same time, and infused the raw energy of punk with the inner-city attitude of Hip-Hop. The result is a soulful reincarnation of that iconic Seattle sound. Think, Stevie Ray Vaughan meets Nirvana.
42 minutes | Sep 3, 2015
075 –“Politics in Music” (part 2) with Courtney Brown
www.courtneybrown.com Courtney Brown, professor of political science at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, was my guest on Episode 70. In that interview, we discussed some of the ways music was intertwined with politics from historical composers, namely Beethoven, Wagner and even Bob Marley. We did a follow-up interview to discuss more modern music and its use in political propaganda and/or agitation. The episode begins with Jimi Hendrix's infamous performance of the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock in 1969. Courtney explains how this is one of the most patriotic renditions of the national anthem in history and goes on to explain the political significance of modern genres such as rap, hip hop and more.
47 minutes | Sep 1, 2015
074 –“Deliquescent Ivory” with Utsav Lal
http://www.indianragapianist.com At 22 yrs of age, pianist Utsav Lal is a musician extraordinaire who has set a precedent in the world of music with his rendition of Ragas on the Piano. Choosing to perform on an instrument that has traditionally been considered unsuitable for Hindustani Classical Music, Utsav’s innovative handling of a raga blends his diverse musical influences and has left listeners spellbound. His soulful renditions in traditional Alap jod jhala style are expressed with simplicity, sincerity and depth and have won him fans in every corner of the world. Bestowed with the unique title of “Raga Pianist”, the musician is a delight to watch as he loses himself to his music, fingers follow the pace of the mind , as he unfolds the notes of the Raga to create a captivating musical experience. Lal’s playing with rhythmic intelligence and unfailing clarity of technique veers from delicately decorative to dazzling moments of improvisations. One of Lal’s most exciting projects have been to collaborate in exploring the symbiosis of sound with Brighton-based pianist, composer & inventor, Geoff Smith who unveiled his creation, the Fluid Piano™ in 2009. In 2012, Lal also collaborated to perform with percussionist Talvin Singh at Kings Place-London, Pt. Samir Chaterjee at Asia Music Society-Hong Kong and Scottish fiddler-Adam Sutherland at the Strings of the World Festival. In Dec 2012, Utsav Lal made history with a live telecast on National TV of his two hour long solo concert, the first ever performance of ragas on the piano at the 137th edition of Harivallabh Sangeet Samelan, India’s oldest classical music festival. In 2015, he was invited to perform at the prestigious classical music festival “Saptak” held annually in Ahemdabad which draws large number of national & international music lovers each year.
26 minutes | Aug 30, 2015
073 –“Symphonic Groove Looping” with Kendall Burks
kendallburks.com “You’re looking for something new? Something yet unheard of? Kendall Burks delivers.” (Blend FM). Described as producing “…almost cinematic audio landscapes” and “…sounds to day-dream to and inspire” (The SounpyGato Show), multi-instrumentalist and composer Kendall Burks incorporates a wide variety of influences into his nearly symphonic, guitar and percussion-based music. Whether it’s the contrapuntal flow of Bach, the interlocking patterns of Balinese Gamelan music, or the energetic sophistication of Radiohead, he manages to weave an original yet accessible sound world. As a live artist, Kendall Burks primarily utilizes looping Technology. These performances have been variously described as "symphonic groove looping" and "baroque jazz", combining polyrhythmic grooves with contrapuntal layering and dramatic dynamic shifts. In the summer of 2013, he completed a 14 week tour of Western Europe, where he played in 10 different countries, and was featured in the European music publications BLEND FM and the SoupyGato Show.
23 minutes | Aug 17, 2015
072 –“New Chamber Music” with Michael Mikulka
Michael Mikulka founded www.newbandmusic.com and www.newchambermusic.org as a means of helping composers of band and wind ensemble music fill a void in distribution by the big publishing companies. Composers are enabled to list their works free of charge. Interested parties may peruse these websites and find new and innovative music that can suit a wide variety of instrumentation and levels of difficulty.
21 minutes | Aug 13, 2015
071 – The Perfect Game
What do Baseball and Music have in common?
51 minutes | Aug 12, 2015
070 –“Politics in Music” (part 1) with Courtney Brown
Courtney Brown is a mathematician and social scientist who teaches in the Department of Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Independent of his work at the university, he is also the leading scholar on the subject of "remote viewing" as it is done using procedures that were developed by the United States military and used for espionage purposes, or procedures that are derivative of those methodologies. Courtney is also the author of Politics in Music: Music and Political Transformation from Beethoven to Hip-Hop, which served as the basis of our conversation. For more information about Courtney's work, visit www.courtneybrown.com Are you secretly afraid of Music Theory? Here is the Answer. Ross Trottier, the featured guest of Ep. 67 of Outside the Music Box has just published Music Theory in One Lesson. If you purchase the book and leave a review on Amazon from now until Sunday 16 August, and mention Outside the Music Box in the review, Ross will give you a FREE half-hour lesson on music theory via Skype! Visit musictheoryinonelesson.com for more information.
28 minutes | Aug 10, 2015
069 – A Tribute to Eva Cassidy
This is a tribute to Eva Cassidy, the American singer who passed away in November, 1996. It begins with Eva's rendition of Oh, Had I a Golden Thread, then some commentary about Eva's life, followed by her song, I Know You By Heart. evacassidy.org
19 minutes | Aug 4, 2015
068 –“The Modern Musician”
I was recently interviewed by Colin Thomson of the Modern Musician Podcast. Colin is a previous guest of Outside the Music Box and I literally interviewed him 15 minutes after he interviewed me. Colin and I have slightly different angles on our podcast's but the end result is the same: to help people share Music with the world in a way that reflects our own authentic self.
34 minutes | Aug 3, 2015
067 –“Loungin’ in the Springs” with Ross Trottier
http://rosstrottiermusic.com Download Ross' book, Music Theory in One Lesson here. Music Theory in One Lesson Ross began to study music in his teens and developed an intense love for the guitar early on in these studies. He attended CU Boulder as a Classical Guitar Performance major, attaining the highest possible scores for both performance and theoretical studies, under the tutelage of virtuoso Jonathan Leathewood. In our conversation, Ross told me how he left his studies at CU and moved to Portland, OR to get into the music scene there. After finding that the scene was fairly crowded there in Portland, he left a well-paying job with the Intel Corp. and moved to Colorado Springs, CO to start his own studio. Although he had to overcome some initial challenges, he is now doing well and really has a fascinating story for us.
31 minutes | Jul 30, 2015
066 –“Classical Guitar for Dummies” with Sean O’Connor
Sean is a guitar instructor, classical and electric guitarist, and Director of the Sacramento Guitar Society Orchestra, who performs solo Classical and fingerstyle guitar at weddings, private parties, galleries, cafes, and restaurants throughout the greater Sacramento area. Although I did not plan this initially, Sean ended up giving us kind of a chronological history of the guitar. It was fascinating to listen to Sean describe the evolution of the guitar from the baroque era to today. We still managed to learn a little bit about him and his work in the Sacramento area as well as the "lightning round." Enjoy!
30 minutes | Jul 29, 2015
065 – The Batrano Brothers
BATRANO is a music project comprised of Chris & Michael Batrano. Chris creates & programs the music even thought he’s paralyzed from living with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Chris still produces the music with his eyes and one finger. Michael, a lyricist & vocalist, helped produce the debut effort “Off the Wall”. Chris has also produced an all instrumental CD called “oasis”. Batrano Music Project is a not for profit that raises funds for handicapped musicians and artist… to get the needed gear to help them continue to contribute to their craft of creating. Both Batrano CD’s proceeds are going to the Batrano Music Project mission. Help support the effort by pre-ordering the CD(s) or simply donate to the cause. CD’s will be released End of August 2015
30 minutes | Jul 26, 2015
064 –“Oud Have to See it to Believe It” with Mac Ritchey
Once referred to as a "musical Swiss army knife", multi-instrumentalist Mac Ritchey has been plucking strings for decades. Studying electronic music at Oberlin College and anthropology at Brandeis University, Mac has been influenced by a vast palette of musical traditions and genres. His primary focus for the past 10 years has been on the oud, otherwise known as the Arabic lute. He has studied the Turkish and Armenian music traditions extensively with the late Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian. Mac is also a music producer and the proprietor of Possum Hall Studios in Carlisle MA. Working with clients whose projects run the gamut of genres, he brings a wealth of experience to both the studio and the stage.
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