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.Continue reading →
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.Continue reading →
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.Continue reading →
Emily Rainbow Davis creates a wide variety of stuff — theater, blogs, podcasts, music, and so much more. I’ve been following her work for quite a while now, but was especially intrigued by a recent blog post about popularity and its relationship to the quality of a piece of art. There’s way more to it than that, so you just gotta check it out.Continue reading →
Playwright/actor/comedian Chloe Koser is my guest on this week’s episode of the podcast. Chloe wrote and stars in the hilarious, lewd, and soul-baring, one-woman show Never A Boy which tells the story of Chloe coming out as a woman while maintaining a public persona as a working comedian and actor. She shares her story in a way that is equal parts touching and riotously funny.Continue reading →
I first learned about Styngvi through my gurl Honey LaBronx. Styngvi is an Icelandic artist who uses his talents to inspire and educate others. His designs are simple, and yet powerfully engaging. I’ve been really inspired by the sheer volume of his work and the way he spreads the word about animals and the environment in such an accessible way. I know you’ll love this interview!Continue reading →
I have been wanting to invite poet and educator Gretchen Primack on the podcast for way too long, and I am so happy to have her here now to discuss her latest book of poems, Visiting Days. We talked about her work as an educator in prisons, the path that led her to create this collection of poems, and so much more!Continue reading →
Author Camille DeAngelis, returns to the podcast to follow up on our discussion from episode 275. This conversation goes deep into ego, self doubt, creating from a place of abundance, and success vs. satisfaction. I was absolutely invigorated by our conversation! Let me know how it resonates with you!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 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.”
“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!”