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Join Czech-American classical singer Ema Katrovas on her ongoing narrative research project which seeks to find out what it means to be an independent artist in the 21st century. In each episode, Ema interviews a different "indie" artist - from free improvisors to poets, independent book publishers to small opera company founders and beyond. For more about this podcast and the related blog and YouTube channel visit onthevergetrilogy.com.

Artists on the Verge Ema Katrovas

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Join Czech-American classical singer Ema Katrovas on her ongoing narrative research project which seeks to find out what it means to be an independent artist in the 21st century. In each episode, Ema interviews a different "indie" artist - from free improvisors to poets, independent book publishers to small opera company founders and beyond. For more about this podcast and the related blog and YouTube channel visit onthevergetrilogy.com.

    Snippet No. 3: What Are “Indie” Artists, Anyway, and Why Do They Matter?

    Snippet No. 3: What Are “Indie” Artists, Anyway, and Why Do They Matter?

    Whenever I pitch the Artists on the Verge podcast, I’m forced to use the term “indie artist” because I can’t seem to find another shorthand for the kinds of artists I’m speaking to. It's a term which isn't perfect and does have some baggage, so here I explain what I mean by it and why I think it's particularly important to talk about this kind of artist, now. 

    🎥 This Snippet is also available as a kind of video essay on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/Unhh2ENsOhU

    For more about this podcast and related blog and YouTube channel visit onthevergetrilogy.com. 

    Follow on instagram at @soprano_on_the_verge

    • 6 min
    Ep. 17: Vivian Säde (filmmaker)

    Ep. 17: Vivian Säde (filmmaker)

    Vivian Säde is a twenty-four-year-old Estonian/intercontinental filmmaker in the very beginning of her career. I was connected with her by another guest to this podcast, Malena Dayen (whom you can hear in episode 4), when I was looking for someone to work with on a short film. I found that Vivian’s sensibility, unpretentiously influenced by pop culture, is a perfect counterbalance to a potentially overly-serious short musical film written around a monodrama for unaccompanied soprano by contemporary American composer Juliana Hall and text by Caitlin Vincent. 

    Vivian and I talk about the difficulty of breaking into filmmaking, about walking the line between popular entertainment and high art, about the Americanization of storytelling, and about our joint film project and how it ties into issues of feminine identity in the public eye, among other things.  

    Vivian's website: https://vivianfilms.com/ 

    This is the first episode on which I used music from the Free Music Archive. The piece in this episode is by Monplaisir, called "Lid" from the album Kitchen Table: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monplaisir/ 

    💋👁👂🏼 Website: https://onthevergetrilogy.com/

    • 35 min
    Snippet No. 2: Book Review of The Death of the Artist by William Deresiewicz

    Snippet No. 2: Book Review of The Death of the Artist by William Deresiewicz

    This is my review of a very prescient book which aligns with the concerns of this podcast: William Deresiewicz's The Death of the Artist: How Creators are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech (2020). I share one central insight of the book and also some notes I have as a European-based artist with a theater background. If I get just one person to read this book, I'll be happy! Here's a link: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250125514/thedeathoftheartist

    More about this podcast and the related blog and YouTube channel at onthevergetrilogy.com 

    Find me on Instagram @soprano_on_the_verge 

    • 6 min
    Snippet No. 1: "What’s in A Name?”: The Topsy-Turvy Path of Branding this Podcast

    Snippet No. 1: "What’s in A Name?”: The Topsy-Turvy Path of Branding this Podcast

    This is a "snippet" episode in which I briefly expand on a theme relating to the Artists on the Verge podcast. For more about this podcast and related blog and YouTube channel visit onthevergetrilogy.com. Follow on instagram at @soprano_on_the_verge 

    • 8 min
    Trailer for Artists on the Verge

    Trailer for Artists on the Verge

    Learn more about the Artists on the Verge podcast and the related blog and YouTube channel at onthevergetrilogy.com

    Follow on Instagram @soprano_on_the_verge 

    • 1 min
    Ep. 16: Daniil Posazhenikof (composer, founder of Geometry of Sound)

    Ep. 16: Daniil Posazhenikof (composer, founder of Geometry of Sound)

    Daniil Posazhenikov is a young Russian composer, curator, performer and improviser who, over the past five years, has participated in gathering what he calls a kind of theater production company consisting of young Russian artists from various disciplines. The troupe’s name is Geometry of Sound and they have so far managed to put on about five productions a year in Russia. Their output is hard to pin down, but falls within the experimental and performance-art category and is often site-specific. 

    I was connected with Daniil by another Russian artist who told me in a private message that she is embarrassed by her country and this made me reconsider the question which everyone seems to be grappling with, these days: Should the individual, even the individual artist, be held responsible for the politics or economics of the country they live in? We touch on in this question in our conversation with Daniil.   

    Daniil and I talk about the need to connect with audiences, whether experimentation belongs in the education system, how indie performance art can fly under the radar of censorship, and what it means not to be needed by the system you are part of, among other things.   

    Daniil's online profile: https://www.ulysses-network.eu/profiles/individual/28621/ 

    More about Geometry of Sound (English version doesn't exist but you can use an online translator from Russian) : https://geozvuka.super.site/ 

    🎵Music (Composer: Daniil Posazhennikov):  

    Nostalgia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zXqayqgKhc 

    Figaro Rave (theater music): https://soundcloud.com/posazhennikov/figaro-rave-new?utm_source=clipboard&utm_campaign=wtshare&utm_medium=widget&utm_content=https%253A%252F%252Fsoundcloud.com%252Fposazhennikov%252Ffigaro-rave-new 

    G:Grammar: no online recording available  

    Mirror (ballet music): https://soundcloud.com/posazhennikov/9-1m?utm_source=clipboard&utm_campaign=wtshare&utm_medium=widget&utm_content=https%253A%252F%252Fsoundcloud.com%252Fposazhennikov%252F9-1m

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