July is high summer here in the northern hemisphere. The season marks a threshold to cross over. Time and space to recreate and reflect is essential. The month is our family's annual dive deep into new, creative and sometimes uncertain experiences. We head off to...
In 2007 the Alphabet Rockers was formed by Tommy Soulati Shepard and Kaitlin McGaw to make music that makes change. Their work uses hip hop to create a more equitable world. In this conversation with Tommy and Kaitlin, we talked about their artistic journeys from...
Cellista was trained as a classical cellist but detached herself from that label while in graduate school at San Francisco State. There, she was inspired to collaborate with other art forms such as movement and visual artists. While studying musicology she found...
Many of us believe in deity. I believe the omnipresence of music and sound gives us all a means to connect with a similar kind of thing: a force, or forces, greater than ourselves. It's because of my listeners, guests and supporters that I'm excited to be heading...
As we get ready for the 2023 Grammy awards, this episode dives into Michelle Jacques' story of working with the organization behind the Grammys, The Recording Academy, San Francisco/Colorado chapter and its work helping performing artists. As Vice President of the...
An endangered species of parrot--right in San Francisco?! I talked to Frida the parrot as she was on exhibit as part of a larger an immersive art experience. This Agile Vocalist episode dives into animal sounds and share a one-of-a-kind recording of my interactions...
Moira Smiley's mystical, soulful music will tug at your heartstrings. Her roots as a folk musician with training in classical music (her first instrument was the piano) have been broadened by her world travels and she is as much a composer and an arranger as she is a...
Diva Marisa is in search of opportunities to offer audiences music in context. As a conservatory-trained opera singer and community member of Death Guild Thunderdome (performances happen at Burning Man), she talks about Burning Man's impact on experiential art...
Agile Vocalist is a podcast featuring sound creator stories that will inspire you to look to the arts to navigate today’s challenges. In light of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on women’s rights to an abortion and freedom of prayer and expression, you likely feel strong emotions. These artists stories will inspire with questions to ask to get through these challenging times.
Using the arts to heal and unite us, as well as catalyze action around climate change, Dr. Makiko Hirata is on a mission as Dr. Pianist! Listen to her incredible artist story.
Betsy Blakeslee has been working with refugees for over 20 years. She’s been witness to the power of music and sound’s power to transform and shift people who have gone through trauma. This episode dives into the brain science behind that and the shifts in people’s lives she’s witnessed.
Cars, showers and the future of the arts. First year podcast anniversary themes for the Agile Vocalist, along with other anniversary activities are out and ready for you to come be edutained.
Agile Vocalist’s highlights on one year in existence including more than 1600 listens across podcast and YouTube platforms. This labor of love and tribute to the arts is growing!
The craft of being a DJ means understanding what motivates people to loosen up, have a good time and bathe in music. Justin James shares some of the secrets as well as demonstrates his techniques in this episode.
Focus your giving on the arts for Giving Tuesday in 2021. This is a list of the organizations that support the guest artists of Agile Vocalist, the podcast about sound and the arts.
Opal Louis Nations is a British singer, author, illustrator and passionate fan of American gospel music. In this podcast he shares decades of wisdom promoting and supporting gospel music (soul). Listen for the history of the African American experience you may not know.
Vidya Srinivasan shares her life growing up in India and learning Carnatic music – as well as how to perform it from a very early age. At a career crossroads in graduate school she chose science over the arts for reasons you might not expect.
Vidya Srinivasan learned a love of music and performing so well at an early age that she had equal interests in pursuing music vs. technology once it came time to choose a career. Her journey as a female Indian classical music singer, always narrated by music, as she left India to study the sciences and live in the U.S. is an inspiring story about the power of music as a tool to process life and transitions.
Agile Vocalist can now be listened to as a podcast. Hear your favorite, or soon to be favorite, sound creator and artist stories in JUST your ears. No visuals necessary…unless you want them!
Sound artists that create for dance floors, refugee camps, on trapeze, on stage at tech conferences, and in clubs in the early ’60s is where these Fall 2021 Agile Vocalist episodes will take us! Come listen to the stories of Vidya Srinivasan, Betsy Blakeslee, Justin James, Opal Louis Nations and Diva Marisa’s, plus other sound and creativity stories.
Mary Ford found music when her life nearly ended. In this interview, she talks about the power of singing on the body and how she is a midwife for her own vocal gifts when performing. As an accomplished gospel and a capella singer for over 30 years, Mary’s wisdom is a singer and psychologist’s view into the power of sound.
A playlist honoring my Mom and a story about what it was like to own vinyl records back when I was a young child.
How do you make music together in a global pandemic? JackTrip technology has existed for nearly 20 years and has finally found its time, thanks to the global pandemic, for musicians, singers and anyone collaborating together to rehearse and perform via the internet.
How music thanatology can be effective both at the beside of dying patients as well as in person. Harp lady Jennifer Hollis shares her wisdom and and insights on the labor of saying goodbye to loved ones and the deep work escalating mortality from Covid has put the world through in the past year.
Music thanatology is a little known field where harp and vocal music are played at the bedside of dying patients. In this interview with harp lady, Jennifer Hollis she shares highlights of her career as a music thanatologist and insights about the power of music on our bodies.
How women, especially black women brought us the blues. Part 2 of my conversation with vocalist Pamela’s Rose whose life work is dedicated to recognizing women in music.
After a year living with the Coronavirus, do you still need to scream? A lot of people do. We’re not over this yet! Let’s talk about your need to scream and where you go to do it to process stress and frustration. Screaming gets a bad rap for being a negative thing. This voicecast may cause you to think differently about it.
Jazz and blues vocalist, Pamela Rose shares how she has championed women composers and performers throughout her long and varied career in jazz and blues, including her touring shows: Wild Women of Song and Blues is a Woman.
Sound lovers who enjoy Song Exploder, a series about music by Hrishikesh Hirway will also enjoy his graphic novel, Cookie Exploder about his work in sound, along with his relationship with his father.
Award-winning actor, comic, writer, beatboxer, and educator, Joshua Silverstein shares his sound artist story with Agile Vocalist. Joshua used beatboxing as a way to stage on stage at a young age, eventually using it to conquer a speech impediment and help him become an inspiring artist and educator for others.
Our obsession with cover songs has roots in our young adult years. If the tune is familiar, you’ll likely realize that even in an elevator you lean in when you hear a familiar song (even done badly). Learn why you can’t help but listen.
What sounds narrated your child or young adulthood? For me, taking back space for myself came when I learned how to zaghareet (use sound to fight back against an embarrasing father).
Agile Vocalist is an exploration of sound and sound artists like you’ve never heard, or read before. Born from an idea in the shower, this blog turned podcast will inspire, educate, and entertain you as we dive into the lives and work of anyone who works in sound.
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