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Agile Vocalist is a podcast about sound and includes creator stories, history, inspiration, performance, and thinking differently about the role of sound in our lives. The podcast explores the careers and talents of creators who work in sound as well as compact audio memoir content about its creator, Rachel Medanic‘s life in sound. Agile Vocalist is for anyone who is curious, creative, and who wants to fearlessly explore the connection between sound and our humanity. Agile Vocalist began as a blog in February 2021 and its non-podcast content can always be found at: https://www.agilevocalist.com

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Agile Vocalist is a podcast about sound and includes creator stories, history, inspiration, performance, and thinking differently about the role of sound in our lives. The podcast explores the careers and talents of creators who work in sound as well as compact audio memoir content about its creator, Rachel Medanic‘s life in sound. Agile Vocalist is for anyone who is curious, creative, and who wants to fearlessly explore the connection between sound and our humanity. Agile Vocalist began as a blog in February 2021 and its non-podcast content can always be found at: https://www.agilevocalist.com

    Disc Jockeying to Engage with Justin James

    Disc Jockeying to Engage with Justin James

    DJs are the masters of engagement when it comes to sound. But have you ever sat down to talk with one about the craft of what they do and how they do it? Justin James, Founder of Justintertainment talks in depth and breaks down his art as a Dance Floor Architect.

    • 40 min
    British Angel for Gospel Music with Opal Louis Nations

    British Angel for Gospel Music with Opal Louis Nations

    Gospel vocalist, soul and music historian, writer, visual artist, and publisher are among the many roles Opal Louis Nations has held in his rich and varied career passionately helping black gospel music reach audiences in Britain and beyond. Now many years a U.S. citizen, Opal shares his wealth of knowledge, collected vinyl albums and more in this conversation.

    • 41 min
    Music as Accompaniment to Life, Work & Feelings with Vidya Srinivasan (Part 2 of 2-part episode)

    Music as Accompaniment to Life, Work & Feelings with Vidya Srinivasan (Part 2 of 2-part episode)

    This continuing conversation with Indian classical music vocalist, Vidya Srinivasan gives us insights into how she balances a multi-dimensional life with music and how music is a tool as frequently used in her work life as it is in her personal life as a creator and performer.





    Vidya Srinivasan was introduced to the world of music at age 2 by her parents. Enrolled in music school at age 3 to learn Carnatic music, she gave her first solo concert at age 5. She holds a degree in Carnatic music. Vidya has performed in 4 Indian TV shows in Tamil and Telugu and numerous stage shows. Her voice appeared in Sapthaswarangal and Ennodu Paatu Paadungal, both popular Tamil reality music TV shows.


    Vidya sings in 4 different languages and likes to experiment across different music types to create hybrid mashups. Music is her favorite escape from her work in technology and Vidya often opens her tech talks with a song.


    Vidya has been the General Chair of Grace Hopper conference since 2019.  Her love of tinkering with tech and has won her awards at Hackathons and so far she has filed 21 patents for her work.


    This episode is part 2 of a two-part series about Vidya.


    More visual information, liner notes, and an episode transcript can be found for this (and every!) episode on Agile Vocalist.com

    • 25 min
    An Indian Classical Voice for Modern Times with Vidya Srinivasan (part 1 of 2-part episode)

    An Indian Classical Voice for Modern Times with Vidya Srinivasan (part 1 of 2-part episode)

    Trained in Indian classical music, Vidya Srinivasan is a vocalist and scientist both with many accomplishments and wisdom along the way about the intersection of creativity, music, and emotions.

    • 22 min
    Interfaith Gospel for Life and Health with Mary Ford

    Interfaith Gospel for Life and Health with Mary Ford

    Explore the power of interfaith gospel music. Mary Ford‘s story of participation and transformation through music is one of hope--both for herself and as its messenger for audiences.

    • 20 min
    Making Music Synchronously via the Internet with Brian Walker

    Making Music Synchronously via the Internet with Brian Walker

    The global pandemic caused a renewed interest in technology that allows musicians to create online and live --together using the internet. JackTrip technology is not new but it offered performers and arts organizations an option that kept the creative fires burning as Covid-19 took hold of society.

    • 28 min

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