Raquel Cion

MikeyPod 288 | Writer/Performer Raquel Cion

When I last spoke to Raquel Cion, it was 2015 and she was in the early years of her long running, ever-evolving solo performance, Me and Mr Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie. Since then, he has continued to perform the show in NYC and beyond through Bowie’s death, and Cion’s own life changing cancer diagnosis. We talk about the show, where it’s going, where it’s been, and how the show how evolved with her own experiences of the world.

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ES Wex

MikeyPod 287 | Musician ES Wex

ES Wex is a queer musician, songwriter, teacher, activist based here in Brooklyn, NYC. I knew I liked her music and her thoughtful social media presence, but I was not prepared for the absolutely joyful and spiritual journey our conversation would take! We talked about her work, building community with art, and the decidedly unique path she took to creating her latest single, “Surrender.”

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Amber Rollo

MikeyPod 286 | Comedian Amber Rollo

This week’s guest is comedian Amber Rollo who talks with me about the events leading up to her confronting Harvey Weinsten at Actor’s Hour last October. I loved chatting with her, too, about her comedy, her music, her recovery and so much more. Another great guest this week I know you’ll love!

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MikeyPod 285 | Comedian Tanael Joachim

I had the pleasure of chatting with comedian Tanael Joachim at the exact perfect moment in time. My annual holiday self pity party was in full swing and had extended itself into creative despair. TJ’s humor and perspective was just the re-boot I needed to remember that, holy shit, everything is okay. We talked about his path to comedy, the balance between being genuine as an artist and taking care of your audience, and why it’s important to love what we do. A damn fine convo.

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MikeyPod 284 | Writer/Performer Kim Katzberg

Award winning queer writer/performer Kim Katzberg and I went deep in this conversation! We talk about her latest solo show, Dad in a Box, which follows her struggle to gain access to her emotional core, while she attempts to process the just-announced impending death of her abusive father. Kim and I talked over-sharing, healing grief through making theater, and holy smokes, so much more!

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MikeyPod 283 | Director T Cooper

I’m so excited to welcome T Cooper back to the podcast this week to discuss his award winning documentary film, Man Made, which traces the lives of four transgender men as they prepare to step on the stage at the only trans bodybuilding competition in the world. T and I discuss his motivation toward making the film and the path that led him from author to director, and his experience making his first feature length film.

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Nathalie Joachim

MikeyPod 282 | Composer Nathalie Joachim

This is an exciting time for composer, performer, and flutist Nathalie Joachim! She is touring and promoting her magnificent new album Fanm d’Ayiti, which just received a Grammy nomination for best world music album. I was absolutely thrilled to talk with her on the podcast about her work, her process, and how she has learned to let go and follow the lead of the work itself while creating.

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Beloved Binge

MikeyPod 281 | Beloved Binge

Eleni and Rob, collectively known as indie pop duo Beloved Binge, combine some of my favorite qualities in an artist: originality, melody, grit, a keen awareness of the world around them, and a passion for making that world a better place with their work. I loved talking with them about their latest album Signals, their veganism, their tour, and how they balance it all together.

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Jon Tedd

MikeyPod 280 | Musician and YouTuber Jon Tedd

I first encountered Jon Tedd about 11 years ago when I went vegan and discovered him as the face of The Vegan Zombie YouTube channel. Their videos went a long way toward helping me to discove what I would be eating as a brand new vegan. A lot has changed for him since then, including the fact that he has co-founded Mockingbird Farm Animal Sanctuary.

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Brooklyn-based composer and performer Michael Harren combines elements of classical composition with experimental electronics and storytelling to create hypnotic and boldly intimate work that walks the line between Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Dead Can Dance. He is artist-in-residence at Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary where he created The Animal Show, a solo multi-media theater piece which he began touring in the Summer of 2017.

In his first solo show, Tentative Armor, he combined piano, synthesizers, various electronics, and live musicians with his unique storytelling, resulting in a deeply moving, highly entertaining performance. Through his resonant, powerful, very personal stories, Harren envelops the audience in a funny, poignant, highly intimate tour of his own self-discovery through spirituality, sexuality, and grief. Music, text and photos from the show were released in an album and book of the same name.

Michael Harren has toured as pianist with Sandra Bernhard, is the musical director for Cabaret for a Cause, and has performed at Dixon Place, (le) poisson rouge, Joe’s Pub, Judson Memorial Church, Manhattan Theater Source, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman Theater as well as numerous venues around the country. Michael is a Moogfest artist who presented No Permission Needed: Create with Senator Jaiz at Moogfest 2017.

“Michael Harren brings you brilliant piano stylings, a firm sense of the absurd, and a genuine originality that is refreshing and honest, and he’s a very lovely man.”
Sandra Bernhard

“Harren’s work takes the science of a composer like Eno, and the spirit of a composer like Oldfield, and combines the two in a bold display of human dichotomy.”
Replicant Ears Magazine

“Magical!”
Eve Beglarian

“Awesome writing and very cool music and approach. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this.”
Christopher Willits

“There are few artists out there presenting their work with such a wonderful mix of courage and care, with a never ending eye toward giving the audience a wonderful experience and a sublime uniqueness of voice.”
Adam Fitzgerald

“When Michael Harren’s writing isn’t smart and hilarious, it’s emotionally devastating. He is both a gifted musician and a great man. I am lucky to have worked with him.”
Steven Strafford

“…a beautiful sound artist and musician.”
Gardiner Comfort

“Fuck! You were great!”
Ed Asner