Inna Barmash: Yiddish Lullabies & Love Songs

January 12th, 2014

Inna Barmash portraitInna Barmash immigrated to the United States from Vilnius, Lithuania, where she first started singing in a song and dance collective. Her explorations of the repertoire of Russian and Romanian gypsies led to her co-founding of Romashka, a gypsy band based in New York.

In this podcast we talk with Inna about her musical journey, performing traditional folk songs in unexpected places and her recent release, Yiddish Lullabies & Love Songs. She’ll be performing at several festivals including the Golden Festival on January 18 and the Chutzpah Festival in Vancouver.

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Ravi Jain: A Brimful of Asha

January 5th, 2014

Ravi Jain and his motherRavi Jain is a multi-award-winning actor, director, producer and Artistic Director of Why Not Theatre in Toronto, Canada.

In this podcast we talk with Ravi about his entry into the world of theatre and how he worked with his mother to develop the upcoming production at the PuSh Festival – “A Brimful of Asha”.

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David Pay: Music On Main

December 23rd, 2013

Gabriel Kahane & Timo AndresMusic on Main’s artistic director David Pay loves sharing great music in casual but stimulating environments, with top-flight musicians. He is one of today’s leading-edge classical and contemporary music programmers.

In this podcast we talk with David about why he founded Music on Main, the exciting new work he is presenting at the 2014 PuSh Festival, and why people should stop wringing their hands about the future of classical music.

Photo Credit: Michael Wilson and Josh Goleman

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Adam Rudolph: Sonic Mandala

December 16th, 2013

Adam RudolphFor the past three decades composer, improviser and percussionist Adam Rudolph has been hailed as a pioneer in world music. His Go: Organic Orchestra is an 18 to 54 piece group for which he has developed an original music notation and conducting system.

In this podcast we talk with Adam about his mentors, the system he has developed for the orchestra, and thoughts on his latest release, Sonic Mandala.

Photo credit: Judi Komala

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Floxy Bee: YeYe Asa

December 2nd, 2013

Floxy BeeSinger and cultural ambassador Floxy Bee headlines the YeYe Asa Festival at Symphony Space in New York City on December 7th. Floxy Bee was made a Chief-YeYe Asa (Mother of Culture) in 2012 for her advocacy and promotion of African music and culture.

In this podcast we talk with Floxy about her musical inspirations, the festival and the role of African women in the 21st Century.

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