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A Musical Life with Hugh Sung

Pianist Hugh Sung shares stories about making music and what moves our souls. Featuring interviews with musicians from a wide variety of genres, including Classical, Folk, Rock, Jazz, and beyond. Visit http://amusicallife.com for all episodes and show notes. New episodes coming every Monday.
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Mar 27, 2016
Crystal Mangano, Composer for the Documentary

Crystal Mangano is the composer for “Asperger’s Are Us”, a new documentary that follows the story of the first comedy troupe made up of people with Asperger’s syndrome. What makes Crystal’s education unique is the fact that she actually double majored in both film and composition, giving her a deep perspective when it comes to providing music to film and television projects.

With the 2016 SxSW festival behind us, we’re wrapping up our look at some wonderful composers who contributed to some amazing films that premiered there. Crystal currently resides in Los Angeles, and works as a music editor for several films and television shows. What does a music editor do? Well, you’re about to find out!

Links

Crystal Mangano's Website: http://www.crystalmangano.com/

Asperger's Are Us on IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4109268/

Legativity Music: http://www.legativity.com/Home.html

 

 

Mar 21, 2016
Sage Lewis, Film and Virtual Reality Composer

Sage Lewis is a composer who uses his music to explore multiple relationships between electronic and acoustic sounds, virtual and physical reality, as well as cultural divides and bridges. Sage is the composer for the new film, “Operator”, as well as the groundbreaking virtual reality piece “The Surrogate”, both of which just premiered at the 2016 SXSW festival in Austin, TX.

SXSW is one of the biggest festivals for film, music, technology, and interactive media, held every mid-March in Austin, TX. My guest, Sage Lewis, has composed music for two projects that explore different facets of our relationships with technology. In addition, Sage has written music for Google, Facebook, and Maiyet, a New York based fashion brand. He also has a passion for Cuba, and has stated in his bio that he hopes to eventually become the ambassador to Cuba, after he’s finished scoring films for 20 more years.

Links

Sage Lewis' Website: http://sagelewismusic.com/

"Operator": https://twitter.com/operatorfilm

"The Surrogate": http://www.flahertypictures.com/surrogate/

South by SouthWest (SxSW): http://www.sxsw.com/

Maiyet Italy Shows Video: https://vimeo.com/37256736

"Far Away" collaborative/virtual performance with Cuban and American childrens' choirs: http://sagelewismusic.com/#!far-away-performance

 

Mar 14, 2016
Paul Englishby on the Psychology of Film, TV & Theater Music

If you’ve seen an episode of the hit BBC detective show “Luther” starring Idris Elba, then you’ve heard the powerful music of Paul Englishby. Paul is also the composer for “The Musketeers”, another hit BBC television series, and has written music for several productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as for such movies as “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” and the 2009 Oscar-nominated film, “An Education”.

Music brings movies and television shows to life, and in the skilled craftsmanship of a master composer, music can also add a powerful layer of commentary on the stories presented on the screen. Paul Englishby displays a remarkable versatility in the dazzling array of genres he works in and creates. After you listen to this remarkable interview, I promise you’ll never watch a movie or TV show the same way again!

Links

Paul Englishby's Website - http://www.englishby.com/

The Royal Shakespeare Company's "King and Country" tour at The Brooklyn Academy of Music - http://www.bam.org/theater/2016/king-and-country-shakespeares-great-cycle-of-kings

"Pinocchio" by The National Ballet of Canada - http://national.ballet.ca/Productions/2016-17-Season/Pinocchio

 

Mar 7, 2016

What do you wear to a symphony concert? When do you clap? And why is the timpani player smelling his drums? If you’ve never been to a classical music concert, it can be a bit intimidating the very first time you go to one. There seems to be a whole world of etiquette and protocol that can make the experience seem - well, aloof and elitist, at least in some people’s eyes. Orchestras and arts administrators are keenly aware of how important it is to make classical music more accessible to grow future audiences, and in some cases are trying to think of ways to do away with some of the traditional conventions. But for Violinist Holly Mulcahy, the "Queen of Classical Music Culture", these rituals and rules of etiquette are part of what makes the classical music concert so special, and a deeper understanding of them can serve to enhance one’s experience in a concert hall, making it much more memorable and enjoyable. Holly maintains a busy schedule as concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and as a soloist and chamber musician. She is also the author of Neo Classical, a blog that discusses the future of classical music, and helps to demystify the culture of classical music in a warm, witty, and welcoming way.

Links

Holly Mulcahy's website: http://www.hollymulcahy.com/ 

Holly's blog Neo Classical: http://www.insidethearts.com/neoclassical/

Bowing for Mahlers; decisions on bowing directions: http://www.insidethearts.com/neoclassical/2015/09/bowing-for-mahlers/

The Higdon Cocktail: http://www.insidethearts.com/neoclassical/2015/02/concerto-in-cocktail-form/

Holly's article on happiness as a musician: http://www.insidethearts.com/neoclassical/2014/02/happiness-quantified-humanist-qualified/

Blog article on Holly's upcoming performance at the Walker State Faith and Character Based Prison in Georgia: http://www.insidethearts.com/neoclassical/2016/02/medium-security-maximum-benefit/

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