I was inspired to invite musician Brett Gleason to be my guest on the podcast when I read his new year’s day post on Patreon, How We Beat My Imposter Syndrome in 2018. Brett is a real inspiration to me as an artist, and this post was a real great example of why.Continue reading →
Picture it: exhausted, I am saying my last goodbyes at the closing party for Patrecon. There’s my pal Science Mom chatting in the stairway. I decide to quickly interrupt to say a quick goodbye, only to realize that the person she is talking to is cartoonist Jason Porath, whose creative work celebrates “women of history and myth who were too awesome, awful, or offbeat for the animated princess treatment.” We need to talk.Continue reading →
My friend Mr.Hip just released a new album entitled Vegan Paradise, which was just the excuse I needed to bring him back on the podcast. We talk about the album, his inspiration behind it, and coping with the holidays as a vegan. Hip is a constant source of inspiration in my life, so I know you’ll love this interview! Continue reading →
I was thrilled to talk with queer femme filmmakers Chelsea Moore and Erica Rose about their film, Girl Talk. We talked a good bit about why storytelling is such a powerful tool for social change, the need for underrepresented people to tell their own stories. and so much more. I know you’re going to love this conversation!
I met Keith Knight at Patrecon a couple of weeks ago after his panel on navigating financial independence as a creator. I loved what he had to say on the panel, and of course love the way he uses his art to address racism. We talk here about his work, his music, his exciting news with Hulu, and how he has put together his career as an independent artist. Continue reading →
Allison Argo and I just missed each other at the Compassion Arts Festival in Boston, but that didn’t stop us from finding the time to chat about her absolutely magnificent film, The Last Pig. The film is a intimate journey into the life of a pig farmer as he grapples with death, searches for compassion, and finally finds the courage to change. Continue reading →
I met Sharon Catherine Brown during the intermission of Broadway’s Head Over Heels and was absolutely blown away by her kind and beautiful energy. I was, of course, thrilled to discover that she is also a fellow vegan. I’m so excited to share this conversation with you here where we talked about everything from her experience on the Broadway stage to her belief that we all must be activists for each other. 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!”