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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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Now displaying: April, 2016
Apr 25, 2016
Kerry Muzzey, Film and Modern Classical Composer

Kerry Muzzey is the composer for “The Seer”, a new documentary by director Laura Dunn and executive producers Robert Redford and Terrence Malick that just premiered at the 2016 SXSW film festival. Kerry’s music has also been heard on TV shows like “Glee”. His 2014 album, “The Architect”, debuted at #5 on both the Billboard Classical and Contemporary Classical charts.

We’re continuing our special series on Musical Entrepreneurs with film and modern classical composer Kerry Muzzey.  If you’re a composer looking to make a living from your compositions, then you’re going to really enjoy listening to Kerry’s story. One of the most remarkable things about Kerry is the fact that he actually left a well-paying corporate job at MTV Networks in New York City to become a full-time composer. The way he did it, and the way he was able to get his music into TV and film, is very insightful. Kerry’s music is full of atmosphere and intimate passion, perfectly suited for telling stories on the big screen.

Links

Kerry Muzzey's Website: http://kerrymuzzey.com/

The Seer Film Website: http://www.theseerfilm.com/

"The Case Against 8" HBO documentary featuring the music of Blake Neely: http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/the-case-against-8

Music Licensing Libraries: http://musiclibraryreport.com

 

Apr 18, 2016
Dave Tamkin, Singer/Songwriter and Internet Marketing Master

Singer/songwriter Dave Tamkin hails from Chicago and currently lives in Boulder, CO. His music can be described as “rhythmic acoustic rock” and features lyrics that capture a passionate sincerity and poetic exploration of modern life. As an expert on Internet marketing, Dave helps musicians and music companies - like AirTurn - share their message to the world.

We’re continuing our series on musical entrepreneurs with singer/songwriter and Internet marketing master Dave Tamkin. I first met Dave when I was working at AirTurn. We needed help getting our Internet marketing to the next level, and that’s where Dave applied his magic through his consulting company, Head Above Music. I then learned that Dave is an extraordinarily talented singer and songwriter, and absolutely fell in love with his unique musical style that’s instantly relatable. If you’re a musician looking for ways to grow your fan base, then you’ll find Dave’s insights and practical advice as both musician and marketer really helpful. And getting back to Dave’s musical hat, his newest song, “Mary”, has just been released this month.

Links

Dave's Website: http://www.davetamkin.com/

Head Above Consulting: http://headaboveconsulting.com/

Dave's music on Bandcamp: http://davetamkin.bandcamp.com/

Apr 11, 2016
Time For Three

Time for Three is made up of Violinists Nick Kendall and Nikki Chooi and Double Bassist Ranaan Meyer, and can probably be best described as a “classically trained garage band”. With an exciting mix of originals, covers and classical music with a capital 'T' “Twist”, these guys have electrified audiences around the world and were recently featured on a PBS special performing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

We’re starting a special series of episodes that focus on entrepreneurial musicians who think way outside the box. I’m so excited to have Time for Three on the show to help me kick this off. I recently met up with Nick, Nikki, and Ranaan after one of their jam session rehearsals at The Curtis Institute of Music. Nikki Chooi, by the way, is the newest addition to Time for Three, having replaced co-founder Zach DePue, who is currently the concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony.

Links

Time For Three's Website: http://www.tf3.com/

Time For Three on PBS: http://www.tf3.com/#!national-pbs-broadcast/q0o1q

 

Apr 4, 2016
Jasmine Choi, Flutist

Jasmine Choi has been hailed by Sinfini magazine as “one of the 10 greatest flutists in history”. As the last student of the legendary flutist Julius Baker, Jasmine is known for her gorgeous tone, dazzling technique, and boundless creativity.

I’ve known Jasmine Choi ever since she was a student at The Curtis Institute of Music, studying under the legendary flute teacher Julius Baker. Since graduating from Curtis and Juilliard, Jasmine has had an incredible career and gained a devoted worldwide following. Her passion for her music has helped her overcome a number of difficult circumstances, and her creativity has helped her reshape her own career in remarkable ways.

Links

Jasmine's Website: http://www.jasminechoi.com/

 

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