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Heart to heart talks about music and life with Jill Minyé, Daniel Townsend and guest artists.

Meaningful Musical Conversations Jill Minyé and Daniel Townsend

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Heart to heart talks about music and life with Jill Minyé, Daniel Townsend and guest artists.

    Episode 18 Ken Cook: Professional Pianist, Composer, & Beloved Jazz Faculty Member at Sonoma State, Improvisation and Free Play, Dirty Little Secret between Instrumentalists & Vocalists Unpacked.

    Episode 18 Ken Cook: Professional Pianist, Composer, & Beloved Jazz Faculty Member at Sonoma State, Improvisation and Free Play, Dirty Little Secret between Instrumentalists & Vocalists Unpacked.

    Our guest this episode is a professional pianist, originally from Newport Beach, California, currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area where he performs with his trio, as well as with a long list of other accomplished musicians, including vocalist Deborah Winters, and soul singer Chris Saunders. He is also a member of guitarist Ricardo Peixoto’s Quintet.Our guest is an adjunct faculty member of the Jazz department at Sonoma State, teaches piano privately, and composes and scores music for film. He loves all kinds of music and has played on 13 albums.He has a B.A. in Economics, attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and has a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.I feel fortunate to have gotten to know our guest and listen to him play live during our conversation, as he shares his heart and wisdom generously through both. He is also strong in the empathy department!We are so pleased to welcome to the show, Ken Cook!kencookmusic.comKen's DiscographySonoma State University  

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Episode 17 Nancy Hayashibara: Life as a College Piano Accompanist, Comic Relief: Cultivating Well-Being Through Drawing Comics & Creating Variety Shows, Thriving as a Gay, Female Musician.

    Episode 17 Nancy Hayashibara: Life as a College Piano Accompanist, Comic Relief: Cultivating Well-Being Through Drawing Comics & Creating Variety Shows, Thriving as a Gay, Female Musician.

    Our guest this episode was born and raised in Carson California, where she studied classical piano throughout her childhood starting at very young age. After high school, she attended University of California, Long Beach, where she studied Interior Design. After one semester there, she changed course and made her way to Sonoma State, where she graduated with a BA in both Music, (piano) and Fine Art, (printmaking).Our guest works as an accompanist in private studios and is currently the pianist who accompanies the applied music students at Santa Rosa Junior College in Northern California. She is also a vocal coach for these voice students.While our guest’s career is primarily focused on music, her interest in the arts is eclectic. She has a passion for both comedy and drawing and finds great satisfaction through creating comics strips. She also loves variety shows, theater, puppets, and dance and has even created, starred in and produced several variety shows for the stage!We are so pleased to welcome our multi-talented, funny and humble guest, Nancy Hayashibara!  

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Episode 16 Briony Greenhill: Vocal Improvisation - Surrendering to the Fountain of Creativity, Earth-Based Spirituality & Healing, Paradigm Shift - From Fear & Trauma to Nourishment & Belonging.

    Episode 16 Briony Greenhill: Vocal Improvisation - Surrendering to the Fountain of Creativity, Earth-Based Spirituality & Healing, Paradigm Shift - From Fear & Trauma to Nourishment & Belonging.

    Our guest this episode was born and raised in the UK in East Anglia - and in December of 2019, she became a US citizen. She is a vocal improviser, which means that she sings without knowing what she is going to sing, both alone and with others, and she is also a teacher. Our guest developed her musicianship chops through studying with well known vocal improvisers, Rhiannon and Bobby McFerrin, as well as with bassist and guitarist, David Eskenazy and Indian master singer,  Atulkumar Upadhye. In 2017, she recorded “Listen”, an album of completely improvised vocal music with her quintet, The Elements, and has two albums coming out in 2020. While she performs in ceremonial contexts such as weddings, blessings, and grief rituals, as well as regular gigs throughout the UK and America, our guest is also very much a helper/healer/priestess of sorts. She has trained with Dr Melissa Michaels of the SomaSource Leadership Training, and works with people who have experienced trauma and oppression. I have had the honor to both witness and experience her capacity to hold sacred space, and the therapeutic nature of her work. We are so honored and pleased to welcome our guest, Briony Greenhill!     

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Episode 15 Nate Lopez: 8-String Guitar; Playing Bass, Melody, & Chords Simultaneously, Practice Techniques Using Your Good Friend, the Metronome, Gig Culture, & NAMM-What's it All About?

    Episode 15 Nate Lopez: 8-String Guitar; Playing Bass, Melody, & Chords Simultaneously, Practice Techniques Using Your Good Friend, the Metronome, Gig Culture, & NAMM-What's it All About?

    We are pleased to announce that this is our first episode where our guest plays live music on the show. Our guest this episode is a Native Californian. He began playing piano at age four, soon transitioned to guitar, bass guitar and by age 14, decided on eight stringed guitar as his primary instrument. Our guest is a full time musician, primarily playing solo gigs on his eight string guitar, with which he simultaneously plays bass, chords, melody and fills. He has a passion for the blues, which is evident in all of his playing. He writes and performs originals and creates unique arrangements of cover tunes, embracing a wide variety of genres from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, to today’s music. We are so pleased to welcome our guest, a hard working musician with incredible chops, Nate Lopez! We are al is our first episode where we are recording an artist playing live. NateLopez.com

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Episode 14 Mimi Pierce: A Parisian Chanteuse and Her Band, SonoMusette, The Long Road Back; Recovery from Vocal Injury, Bee Keeping.

    Episode 14 Mimi Pierce: A Parisian Chanteuse and Her Band, SonoMusette, The Long Road Back; Recovery from Vocal Injury, Bee Keeping.

    Our guest this episode grew up in a suburb outside of Paris, France and currently lives in Penngrove, California. She started singing and performing with her brother, Gabe Pirard, when they were children, and later, after having moved to the States, formed the band Dgiin, where they performed together for over 12 years.After a vocal injury that required a two year vocal rest, our guest formed a new band called SonoMusette, where they perform in the style of French Chanson from the 20th Century, including covers of Jaques Brel and Edith Piaf, as well as their originals.Our guest is also Mom to a six year old, an avid mountaineer, kayak lover and bee keeper!We are so happy to welcome to the show, Mimi Pierce!Photo by Frederic Aube

    • 1 hr
    Episode 13 Stephanie Ozer: A Love Affair with Brazilian Jazz, Music & Spirituality, All Love: Joys & Challenges of Parenting a Child on the Autism Spectrum & Tips for Neurotypicals.

    Episode 13 Stephanie Ozer: A Love Affair with Brazilian Jazz, Music & Spirituality, All Love: Joys & Challenges of Parenting a Child on the Autism Spectrum & Tips for Neurotypicals.

    Our guest this week grew up in the Bronx, New York, currently lives in Sonoma Valley, California. She is a professional pianist who composes, performs and teaches a variety of genres, and has a passion for Brazilian Jazz. She started studying classical piano as a young girl and began attending the children’s program at Manhattan School of Music/Juilliard at age 11. Our guest has a BA in Piano Performance from University of Michigan School of Music, and she also wrote for, acted in and directed a feminist theater group at the University. She has been playing and performing since childhood, and since moving to California, has performed at many of the major Bay Area venues, The San Jose Jazz Festival, and has headlined The Healdsburg Jazz Festival with Grammy-winning Brazilian Jazz Icon, Leny Andrade. Our hard-working guest is also the music director for both a synagogue and a Christian church- and she happens to be a great story-teller. Her effervescent, joyful personality infuses her music and all that she does. We are thrilled to welcome our guest, Stephanie Ozer!Stephanieozer.com

    • 2 hrs 5 min

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