On today’s podcast, my travel producer, Woodsie and I continue our Edinburgh Festival Fringe experience with Sarah Knittel and the gas lighting fever dream that is Nightmare Fuel. We talk about the origins of this piece and its layers and the overall festival experience. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT NIGHTMARE FUEL
A brutal clown show that asks the tough questions like ”Where were you last night?” and ”How come you‘re being such a cunt?” NIGHTMARE FUEL will slide into your DMs and leave you quivering and anxious. NIGHTMARE FUEL will look right into your eyes and tell you you‘re fucking crazy!
On today’s podcast, I caught up with clarinetist, Kinan Azmeh, a Syrian transplant, lives in Brooklyn, NY whose talents grant the opportunity to work with the likes of Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma. Live Connections, her in Philadelphia, will play host to an intimate presentation with Kinan Azmeh and the Aizuri String Quartet On May 31st at World Cafe Live. We discuss Kinan’s artistic journey and a temporary derailment as he was caught up in the current administration’s travel ban. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT KINAN AZMEH
Hailed as a “Virtuoso” and “Intensely Soulful” by the New York Times and “Spellbinding” by the New Yorker, and “Incredibly Rich Sound” by the CBC. His utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres has gained him international recognition as clarinetist and composer. Kinan was recently named composer-in-residence with Classical Movements for the 2017-2018 season.
Kinan is a graduate of New York’s Juilliard school as a student of Charles Neidich, and of both the Damascus High institute of Music where he studied with Shukry Sahwki, Nicolay Viovanof and Anatoly Moratof, and Damascus University’s School of Electrical Engineering in his native Syria. Kinan earned his doctorate degree in music from the City University of New York in 2013.
“LiveConnections turns 10 years old in May, and this concert kicks off a full year of 10th Anniversary programming,” says Executive Director Melinda Steffy. “It’s the first of our ‘10 Collaborations for 10 Years’ — a series of innovative, community-based projects that engage in important social conversations through music.”
The collaboration draws on the artists’ inventive and thought-provoking approaches to music-making, featuring works by Armenian priest Komitas Vartaped, Russian composer Yevgeniy Sharlat, and a world premiere of a work by Kinan Azmeh.
In addition, students from LiveConnections’ “Immigrant Songs” after-school program will open the show with their original stories and songs. LiveConnections’ program engages refugee teenagers who have been in the U.S. for less than 3 years in story-telling and song-writing aimed at boosting English language skills and helping students build connections in their new community. The program takes place at Northeast High School in collaboration with HIAS Pennsylvania.
On today’s podcast, Philadelphia Theatre Company played host to 6 influential voices who were brought together to discuss Arts Journalism in conjunction with “Mike Daisey’s This Is Not Normal & The End of Journalism”. Stay Tuned!
A panel discussion, moderated by award-winning playwright Jackie Goldfinger, featuring Michael Riedel, New York Post columnist and author of Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway; John Timpane, Media and Fine Arts Editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer; John Moore, Senior Arts Journalist for Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Chris Jones, Chief Theatre Critic for the Chicago Tribune; and Wendy Rosenfield, Editor-in-Chief for the Broad Street Review.
On today’s podcast, we meet Almanac, an interdisciplinary theatre group whose production of “Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes” runs through Fringe Arts at the Painted Bride Arts Center. I have been aware of Almanac for a while now, often in the building they are performing in for another production. Now, we get a chance to find out more about their work, process, practices and inspirations. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT LEAPS OF FAITH AND OTHER MISTAKES
From the company behind Exile 2588 comes a re-envisioning of Almanac’s acclaimed tale of sublime human idiocy, isolationist seafarer cults, & the absurdity of believing too hard. Breathtaking acrobatics & earnest theatricality combine with brand new live music. What do people do when they find themselves lost at sea?