Emmett Jack Lundberg is the creator of the fantastic Brothers, the first narrative series about a group of transgender masculine friends. Emmett and I talked about the history of the show, and then dug deeper into a discussion about gender roles and how we are each affected by them. I really enjoyed discussing our shared experiences as transgender and cisgender men, and I always dig talking creativity with artists who make work I love. I am so thrilled to bring you this ridiculously spectacular interview and I can’t wait for you to hear it. Continue reading →
Ben Rimalower‘s solo show, Bad With Money, made such a big impact on me when I saw it at The Duplex that I tracked him down on Facebook the moment I got home to send him the greatest fan letter of all time. Ben’s work hits the perfect combination of poignant, hilarious, and courageous in way that makes for perfect theater. I loved chatting with Ben about his path from director to solo performer. We talk inspiration, fear, addiction and everything in between. Continue reading →
Daaimah Mubashshir and I first met in Houston in the mid-nineties. An always-present friend, we ran in the same circles, worked together as servers at a popular restaurant, and even explored spirituality together as angsty yet passionate twenty-year-olds. More than that, though, Daaimah was (and remains) a tremendous influence on my creative life. She was the first to introduce me to Julia Cameron’s The Aritst Way, a book and practice which inspired me to honor my creativity and musicianhood after many years of being afraid. I am really excited to have her on the podcast this week! Continue reading →
I met Ariel Hyatt soon after I started this podcast in 2006. She was one of the first publicists to realize the potential that podcasting had for independent artists, so she was quick to start promoting her artists to music podcasters like me. Ariel has been a fierce entrepreneur for 20 years and runs Cyber PR, a boutique PR company based right here in Brooklyn, NY. Her agency places clients on blogs & podcasts, establishes their online brands, and coaches them to create authentic relationships. She has spoken in 12 countries and is the author of four books on social media for artists, two of which have hit number one on Amazon. Cyber PR handled the release of my album and book, Tentative Armor, and what I learned during that process continues to shape how I create and share my work. Continue reading →
Steven Fales and I have been talking forever about chatting on the podcast, and we finally got around to it this week. A well established playwright and solo performer, I met Steven when I was just on the verge of summoning the courage to start creating my own solo work. Discovering his successful Mormon Boy Trilogy and passion for creating and performing was a real point of inspiration for me. I was so pleased to talk with him here about his work, his process of creating it, and the joys and challenges of being a solo artist. I hope you enjoy our conversation!
Eliot Glazer first hit my radar with his Shit New Yorkers Say video which went viral back in 2012. He’s an LA-based writer and performer who currently serves as an Executive Story Editor on New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel. He has served as creative consultant and recurring character on Comedy Central’s Broad City, and has contributed to Billy on The Street, Difficult People and Odd Mom Out. Eliot starred in and produced several digital shorts in support of the HBO series Looking and hosted the show’s official podcast.
I’ve been a fan of his Haunting Renditions for some time now, so I was excited to catch up with him before his most recent show here in Brooklyn at The Bell House. Thanks for listening! Continue reading →
Michael Harren has been podcasting about art, music and activism for over ten years. Since the launch of the podcast, Michael has lived in Houston, then rural Georgia at the intentional community Koinonia to his current home in Brooklyn, NY. Each Monday(ish) Michael presents interviews with fellow creatives and presents his perspective as a professional musician and performance artist in New York City. Notable guests include musician Jane Siberry and Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller.
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 is creating The Animal Show, a solo multi-media theater piece which will be performed at Dixon Place in NYC on October 27, 28, and 29.
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.
Learn more about Michael Harren at his main website.