I stayed for several days this summer with JP Novic at the Center for Animal Protection and Education and really just had a glorious time. She put me up in a tiny cabin on the property and so kindly brought me coffee and breakfast every morning before we went to work with the animals.
I interviewed The Vegan Mos, Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman way back in May just as their brilliant NYC Vegan: Iconic Recipes for a Taste of the Big Apple cookbook was released. Well, the tour happened, then more shows happened, and sadly this recording fell into the great podcast abyss. I listened to the interview this weekend, and it holds up so nicely I just had to share it. Ethan and Michael are among my closest friends, so I am really so happy to share this interview. We chat about veganism (of course), the intersection between queerness and veganism, and eat lots of food made from the recipes in their book. Continue reading →
I met Donald Vincent AKA Mr. Hip a few weeks ago at the Compassion Arts and Culture & Animals Festival here in NYC. He approaches and expresses his art with a humbleness and curiosity that I find especially beautiful and inspiring. I was so thrilled to talk to him about his work, his openness to sharing his process, and how his art is part of everything he does. Mr. Hip is a vegan, jazzy, hip-hop artist, poet, painter, and avid lover of all things art now based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Washington, DC, his music blends an eclectic mix of rap, style, swag, and music for the hipsters as well as the streets. His poems can be found online in a variety of literary magazines. Continue reading →
This week I talk with Karl Larson and Matt Evans, two of the members of the piano trio, Bearthoven, about their most recent album, Trios. Though their third member Pat Swoboda was unable to join us, we dug deep in their process of creating the album, the commissioning of pieces for the album, and the current new music landscape. We talked a great deal about Bang on a Can, who you should absolutely investigate as well. Continue reading →
I’m back in Brooklyn, and back in the New York groove! This week I talk to two of the most passionate animal activists I know, Dietz (Unparalleled Suffering) and Lia (The Evidence Box). Both are fantastic photographers who are especially adept at documenting the experience of non-human animals and the horrifying abuses they are subjected to by humans. I got to spend some time staying with them during my tour, so of course I busted out my trusty recorder for an interview. Continue reading →
I have been looking forward to my stay with Ren Hurst for months, and the experience absolutely did not disappoint. Ren is a former horse trainer turned activist, author of Riding on the Power of Others, and founder of The New World Sanctuary Foundation. Our conversation came at the end of the six days I spent with her and her horses, camping out in gorgeous Northern California without electricity or plumbing. In spite of my general distaste for the outdoors, my experience was simply glorious, and I know this interview will inspire and open you, just like my time with Ren did me. Enjoy! Continue reading →
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 will begin 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.”
“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
“Awesome writing and very cool music and approach. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this.”
“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.”
“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.”
“…a beautiful sound artist and musician.”
“Fuck! You were great!”