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We are out of the cold and into the warmth with a stop in St. George, Utah. Here, we will marvel at the red dirt and the many bluffs looking over the Virgin River, and talk with an incredible singer/arranger/song writer Logan Kendell. In this episode, we will talk about living in Boston, music you think is amazing when you’re a kid but you don’t understand the double meanings until you’re an adult, Twilight, Logan’s albums, his influences, handmade instruments, and his latest tasty endeavor. Check out his amazing arrangements and original songs.

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Today we travel to Tallinn, Estonia, and we have the honor of speaking to the wonderfully humble and fascinating composer known for his choral, and string works, Tõnu Kõrvits. We talk to him about how he started creating his style of music, favorite rock bands, growing up in the USSR, being an Estonian composer, and highlighting some of his music!

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Our episode today is coming to you from New York City! Today we meet Jonathan Scales! He is a master steel pan performer and has changed the way people think about the instrument. What is usually thought of as a Caribbean instrument for resorts, something to listen to while sipping pina coladas, or samba music of Trinidad, Scales takes the instrument and reinvents the entire genre. We talk to him about his musical background, stalking Bela Fleck, discuss his album “Pillar” and highlight a few of his works!

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We are in the “Red Stick” today; Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Not only is it home to the LSU Tigers (GEAUX TIGAHS) and Southern University Panthers, but it is also home to our next guest: Mara Gibson. She is originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, and eventually went on to Bennington College and then SUNY Buffalo where she completed her Ph.D. She has received grants and honors from the American Composer’s Forum, The Banff Center, Louisiana Division of the Arts, ArtsKC, Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP, the MacDowell Colony, and Yale University. Her music has been performed throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Asia, and Europe. She previously worked at the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory, and now works at Louisiana State University as Associate Professor of Music Composition. In the summer of 2020, she released her third CD project featuring Secret Sky performed by the Athens Philharmonic Orchestra. Today we are going to talk to her about her life, her music, and the intersections of art and music.

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Today we are in Asheville, North Carolina, to talk with saxophonist, composer, music historian/theorist, and scotch/whisky lover, Alan Theisen. We discuss his early life as the only musically inclined person in his family, studying at Southern Mississippi and Florida State, musical theater, failing up, avant punk music, over analyzing yourself, Hamilton, and the top 5 Scotch or Whiskies under $100!! This was a lot of fun and Alan is such an easy person to talk with. Get ready to laugh, be inspired, and to fall head first into projects.

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In today’s episode, we are in the “Windy City”, the “City of Big Shoulders”, or more commonly Chicago! He is originally from Reno, Nevada, but now lives in Chicago where he attends the University of Chicago in pursuit of his PhD in Music Composition. I met Paul when he was just in high school and he blew me away with his musical knowledge and insanely deep musical intuition. He is a brilliant composer and we know he will be a big star very soon. He was recently the recipient of the American Composers Orchestra’s 2020 Underwood Commission for a new work that will premiere in Carnegie Hall. Paul also traveled to Burapha, Thailand, as part of the Thai Experimental Laboratory for Young Composers where he collaborated with Thai musicians and composed a new piece for traditional Thai instruments. He currently has several commissions from ensembles including the Boston New Music Initiative, KINETIC Ensemble, and Willinger Duo. In our episode today, we talk about Scriabin, harmonic melody, the erhu, the idea of “ma”, and having a life changing experience by having a pieced performed as a young person.

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In today’s episode, we travel to the “Land Down Under” but not before we make a short pit-stop in Kiev, Ukraine. Catherine Likhuta comes from Kyiv, Ukraine, but currently lives in Brisbane, Australia. She received her bachelor’s degree in jazz piano from the Kyiv Gliere University and a post-degree in music composition from the Kyiv Conservatory. She has since gone on and recently finished her PhD at the University of Queensland. Her music has been performed all over the world including Canada, the US, Brazil, Europe, and Australia. She is also a performing including on the premiere and CD recording of ‘Out Loud’, her piano concerto commissioned by the Cornell University Wind Ensemble. She has performed with numerous collaborators on some of the biggest stages including the World Saxophone Congress, twice at the International Horn Symposium, Eastman, Northwestern, and the University of Michigan. Today we are going to be talking about her life, music, inspirations, and the world of wind band literature. We hope to find out more about her Ukrainian past and how that influences her music as well.

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Today’s guest comes to us from Hong Kong. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Contemporary Percussion Performance from Stony Brook University in New York where he studied with Eduardo Leandro, and a Master of Music degree from NYU where he studied with Jonathan Haas, Simon Boyar, and James Saporito. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Hong Kong Baptist University and maintains a private teaching studio. He was also the winner of the 2018 Hong Kong Arts Development Award for Young Artist and a finalist in the 2016 Italy Percussive Arts Society Competition in the Vibraphone Category. He has performed around the world with performances in Moscow, Russia, Perth, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Buenos Aires, New York City, and so many more. When he isn’t traveling the world performing, he is promoting new music as the co-founder and artistic director of the contemporary percussion group The Up:Strike Project. When he isn’t swamped with these obligations and travel, he is an avid knitter and certified as a Level 1 Master Knitter by The Knitting Guild Association.

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Today we travel to Connecticut to talk with a young and inspiring composer. Joshua Trentadue enjoys exploring philosophical and spiritual views on humanity, nature, and life itself. He balances contemporary and evocative textures with unconventional and experimental soundscapes. He has been performed by the Zenith Saxophone Quartet, Sputter Box, and The ____ Experiment. He is a founding member and current board member of the Millennium Composers Initiative. We talk about piano living in the concert/wind band world, working with living composers, getting into composing, and how to be flexible as a composer in a Covid world.

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Today we are in the wonderfully beautiful Long Beach, California. We speak with an inspired musician/composer/producer, Bryan McAllister, about finding your way in life, working on cruise ships, meme music, human rights, baseball, GIF culture, and making cultural changes while not self-hating. We also discuss his album “Very Stable Genius”. I’ve known Bryan for many years and his abilities at the keyboard are some of the best I have ever heard and seen in my life. In fact, the only real issue I find with him is his love for the World Champion Dodgers.