24 episodes

The Gould Standard is a new conversational podcast from The Glenn Gould Foundation about the arts, culture, and contemporary society. We speak with artistic heroes working to create a more inclusive and mindful world, hear their incredible stories, and get to know what makes them tick.

The inspiration for the podcast is legendary pianist and tech visionary Glenn Gould, whose genius continues to resonate globally today. The Gould Standard is the latest expression of The Foundation's mission to enrich the lives of people everywhere through the transformative power of art.

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The Gould Standard is a new conversational podcast from The Glenn Gould Foundation about the arts, culture, and contemporary society. We speak with artistic heroes working to create a more inclusive and mindful world, hear their incredible stories, and get to know what makes them tick.

The inspiration for the podcast is legendary pianist and tech visionary Glenn Gould, whose genius continues to resonate globally today. The Gould Standard is the latest expression of The Foundation's mission to enrich the lives of people everywhere through the transformative power of art.

    Branagh’s Brilliant Belfast

    Branagh’s Brilliant Belfast

    In a career studded with dramatic and directorial milestones, Sir Kenneth Branagh has scored an artistic triumph with his most personal film ever, Belfast—the fictionalized story of his own childhood amidst the Troubles in Northern Ireland. In this candid and wide-ranging conversation, the virtuoso actor-director takes us inside his exploration of childhood under siege, along with other career highlights, including his lifelong love-affair with the works of William Shakespeare.
    SIR KENNETH BRANAGH:
    Belfast, the film Wikipedia IMDB Twitter A History of The Troubles
    THE GLENN GOULD FOUNDATION:

    Official Website
    Twitter
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    YouTube Channel
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    GGF on LinkedIn

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Kat Von D: Tunes, Tattoos and a Taste of Glenn Gould

    Kat Von D: Tunes, Tattoos and a Taste of Glenn Gould

    Kat von D, by any measure, is one-of-a-kind. One of the world’s most celebrated tattoo artists, Kat defies the idea that while life is short, art is forever, choosing a medium that is inherently perishable: the human body. She rose to fame for her starring appearances on two popular TV shows, Miami Ink and LA Ink, and parlayed that recognition into a wildly successful entrepreneurial career through her line of makeup, simultaneously becoming both an alternative fashion icon and a social media sensation.  
    Music has always been central to her creative inspiration, and while her image evokes the worlds of punk, metal and goth, she is equally devoted to the classical piano, citing Beethoven and Glenn Gould among her heroes.  We caught up with Kat on the eve of the release of her first album, “Love Made Me Do It,” for a conversation ranging from her modest beginnings to her rise to fame and her new musical adventures.

    • 56 min
    Alanis Obomsawin Part 2: Stories of Truth and Love

    Alanis Obomsawin Part 2: Stories of Truth and Love

    Today Canada marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. As we reflect on the painful history and ongoing impacts of the residential school system, we are grateful to present Part 2 of our conversation with Glenn Gould Prize Laureate Alanis Obomsawin — visionary Abenaki artist and one of Turtle Island’s most passionate advocates for Indigenous Peoples.
    In Part 1 we spoke with Alanis about her early life and formative experiences. In Part 2, Alanis and host Brian Levine talk in depth about her films, including "Trick or Treaty”, "When All The Leave Are Gone” and the heartwarming “Christmas at Moose Factory.” Through a lens of immense empathy and understanding, Alanis’ 53 films document the pain and outrage caused by colonialism and intergenerational trauma, as well as the unparalleled love, resilience and dreams of a people on the road to justice. At 89 years old, Alanis currently has 8 more films in production.
    Alanis Obomsawin’s films are available for free through the National Film Board of Canada. We encourage you to watch, listen and reflect. Thank you, Alanis.
    ALANIS OBOMSAWIN:

    NFB
    Wikipedia
    The Canadian Encyclopediah
    IMDB

    THE GLENN GOULD FOUNDATION:

    Official Website
    Twitter
    Instagram
    YouTube Channel
    Facebook page
    GGF on LinkedIn

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Alanis Obomsawin Part 1: Stories of Truth and Love

    Alanis Obomsawin Part 1: Stories of Truth and Love

    Alanis Obomsawin is the laureate of the 13th Glenn Gould Prize. She is also a transformative artist, often hailed as the “grandmother of Indigenous cinema.” Her 53 documentary films chronicle a vast range of Indigenous experience — incendiary outrage at generations of colonial injustice, the path toward reconciliation, and joyous celebrations of love and solidarity.




    Alanis is also an inspired visual artist, a teacher, storyteller and musician, whose singing illuminated the folk movement of the ‘60s and ’70s.  Above all, she is a noble spirit whose life and work have pointed the way towards pride, healing and justice, a calling she has embraced throughout her 89 years with compassion and grace. In Part I of this two-part conversation, Alanis recounts the formative experiences that shaped her, and gave her the courage and determination to pursue her calling as one of the great truth-tellers of our time.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    E.D. Faulkin: Adversity, Art and Triumph

    E.D. Faulkin: Adversity, Art and Triumph

    E.D. Faulkin is a self-taught composer and pianist, and a good friend of The Glenn Gould Foundation. His grandfather was a member of the Tahltan First Nation in British Columbia. Faulkin experienced an abusive childhood and spent his teen years in poverty, homelessness, trauma and despair.
    Meet this extraordinary man and artist, as he recounts how he discovered the power of music, taught himself to play and compose, and in so doing, transformed his life. E.D.'s message of hope carries the powerful lesson that none of us is without value and each possesses the potential to bring beauty into the world, no matter how afflicted their situation.
    E.D. FAULKIN LINKS:

    YouTube channel for the music of E. D. Faulkin
    Article: Gould’s Music Box: Remembering Glenn Gould in a Time of Solitude

    MUSIC CLIPS IN THIS EPISODE:

    00:00:17 - Mahler’s Night Shadows, excerpt 1 - E.D. Faulkin
    00:07:20 - Mahler’s Night Shadows, excerpt 2 - E.D. Faulkin
    00:21:32 - Anti-Klassica, excerpt 1 - E.D. Faulkin
    00:32:00 - Moonlight Sonata - First Movement - L. v. Beethoven - Hoffman
    00:31:55 - Anti-Klassica, excerpt 2 - E.D. Faulkin
    00:59:00 - Lescallda - E.D. Faulkin
    01:09:23 - "What Love Tells Me,” Adagio, Symphony No. 3 - G. Mahler - Abbado/Vienna Philharmonic
    01:11:05 - Nocturne No. 5 - E.D. Faulkin
    01:25:59 - Asian Nocturne No. 2 - E.D. Faulkin
    01:40:27 - Bodenbach Prelude - E.D. Faulkin
    01:44:01 - Concerto in D minor after Alessandro Marcello, BWV 974 II. Adagio 1 - J.S. Bach - performed by Glenn Gould
    02:04:53 - Du Coeur (From the Heart) - E.D. Faulkin

    THE GLENN GOULD FOUNDATION:

    Official Website
    Twitter
    Instagram
    YouTube Channel
    Facebook page
    GGF on LinkedIn

    • 2 hrs 12 min
    Tatiana Maslany: An Encore

    Tatiana Maslany: An Encore

     

     
    The Gould Standard Episode 19: Tatiana Maslany, An Encore
     



    If the mark of a great actor is the ability to transform herself completely, then Tatiana Maslany is one of the finest of her generation.

    With her Emmy-winning breakout playing multiple cloned “sisters” in the TV series Orphan Black, Tatiana not only showed the world her incredible versatility but her ability to infuse her characters with compassion, diverse experiences, and an intense longing for connection.







    Photo credit: BBC America.







































    In this exclusive conversation, Tatiana and Brian talk about her beginnings growing up in Regina, Saskatechewan, her failure in gymnastics, passion for improv, zombie flicks, her latest role as a Depression era radio evangelist in Perry Mason, and of course, Sarah Manning, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Beth and all the other “sistras” from Orphan Black... and her recent experience as a juror for The Glenn Gould Prize.
    Watch our teaser video for our conversation with Tatiana:











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    • 59 min

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