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MikeyPod Podcast 199 | Cello Rocker Noah Hoffeld Interview

I was thrilled to interview cellist Noah Hoffeld on this week’s podcast. Noah has performed with Rene Fleming and Phillip Glass, and recorded solo cello for films including A Walk In the Woods and The Skeleton Twins. His debut solo album, Play Human, has been heralded by Baebel Music as “cello rock you never knew you needed.”

We talked a good bit about Noah’s fantastic album, Play Human, and I was especially interested in talking to Noah about the role that meditation plays in his creativity and productivity. This is an area I have been wanting to add into my life for some time, so this was a particularly timely topic for me.

Role of Rock
Flirting With Disaster
(Both selections are from Noah’s album, Play Human. Check it out on iTunes)

Learn more about Noah on his website and take a peak at his Twitter while you’re at it.

Thanks as always for listening and if you like what you hear tell a friend and leave a review on iTunes.

Ryan Rumery - Riverside

MikeyPod Podcast 198 | Composer Ryan Rumery Interview

On this week’s podcast, I interview composer/producer/drummer Ryan Rumery about his latest album, Riverside. We chat a bunch about our mutual love for Ableton Live music production software, and the process of creating work.

I’ve still got some ello shirts to give away, listen to the podcast for details on that.

So, listen, subscribe, review, like…all the things. Thank you, as always, for listening.


The Piano Interlude

All tracks are from Ryan’s latest album Riverside, which you should purchase here on his Bandcamp page. You can also find Ryan on his website, Soundcloud, and Twitter.

I mentioned Drip a couple times on the podcast, check that out here, and let me know if you’d like a free month.

I Am Snow Angel

MikeyPod Podcast 197 | Musician Julie Kathryn


Julie Kathryn is the electronic artist, producer and multi-instrumentalist behind the project I Am Snow Angel who has been heralded as “enchanting alt-pop that fans of Imogen Heap and Enya will lap right up.” She’s the co-founder of a new musical collective, Female Frequency, which is dedicated to empowering women and girls in the music industry through the creation of media that is entirely female generated.

You can financially support Female Frequency via their crowdfunding campaign and, of course, purchase I Am Snow Angel music on iTunes and all fine digital music retailers.

If you’d like to know more about me, check out my website and sign up for my Drip!

Walking on Wires – I Am Snow Angel
Losing Face – I Am Snow Angel

Photo by Jeff Sugg

MikeyPod Podcast 196 | Performance Artist Cynthia Hopkins

Cynthia Hopkins‘ The Alcoholic Movie Musical is running now until November 6th at The Bushwick Starr here in Brooklyn, NY. I first fell in love with Cynthia’s work a few years ago when I saw This Clement Worldand I have been following her ever since. I was really thrilled to get to have this conversation with her and to share it with you.

Get yourself out to see this show. It’s getting some great reviews, including this one from the New York Times.

Click here for ticket info! 

Science Is Amazing
The Long View


MikeyPod Podcast 195 | Author Sherry F. Colb

Sherry F. Colb is Professor of Law and Charles Evans Hughes Scholar at Cornell University, where she teaches and writes about animal rights, criminal procedure and evidence. She has written the fantastic book Mind If I Order The Cheeseburger. I really love the conversation we had here. Sherry’s positive take on animal advocacy really gave me a fresh take and gave me fresh inspiration to continue to find my way as an effective advocate for animals. We gave some time to her fantastic article, “Singling Out Jewish Kaporos for Criticism,” which I highly recommend, as well.

You can read more from Sherry at Verdict and Dorf on Law. She is @SherryColb on Twitter.

Stop Slow Down – Noah Hoffeld
Echoes – Colonies

gardiner comfort 2

MikeyPod Podcast 194 | Actor Gardiner Comfort

I met Gardiner Comfort a couple of years ago when he invited me to perform at his fantastic writer’s salon New Work New York. Through the magic of social media, we’ve stayed connected and I remain a fan of his work. I was thrilled to chat with him on the podcast about his new show, The Elephant in Every Room I Enter, which details his week attending the Tourette Syndrome Association National Conference in Washington, DC. Gardiner talks his life as an actor with Tourette Syndrome and the process of putting this show together with his director, Kel Haney. The show opens next week at La MaMa.

I need to give a big shout out to this show’s sponsor, Ability Shirts. Ability Shirts is a nonprofit corporation that supports individuals with “unique abilities.” Adam Farris, Director of Ability Shirts, prefers to use the term to categorize those who are considered to have disabilities. Adam is a former student and a good friend, so I am proud to share with you guys about his work. Go get yourself some shirts!

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Headfirst – Secret Someones
Backyard – Module One

I was having some technical issues with Skype during the last part of the show and had to cut a portion where Gardiner was talking about his creative team for the show. I listed them below so they wouldn’t go unmentioned!

Gardiner’s Creative Team
Kel Haney- Director and co-creator
Gardiner Comfort- Performer and co-creator
Elisheba Ittoop- Sound designer
Daisy Long- Lighting designer
Dan Safer- Choreographer
Summer Lee Jack- Costume Designer
Caite Hevner Kemp and Lianne Arnold- Scenic and projection designers

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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 Thursday 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.

Learn more about Michael Harren at his main website.