19 episodes

Agile Vocalist is a podcast and blog about sound and the work of sound artists with a California connection. Its episodes explore sound and music history, inspiration, performance, and they help us think differently about the role of sound in our lives. Agile Vocalist is for the curious, the creative, and for anyone willing to explore the connection between sound and our shared humanity. Agile Vocalist episodes, liner notes, and additional visual materials for every episode can be found at: https://www.agilevocalist.com

Agile Vocalist Rachel Medanic

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Agile Vocalist is a podcast and blog about sound and the work of sound artists with a California connection. Its episodes explore sound and music history, inspiration, performance, and they help us think differently about the role of sound in our lives. Agile Vocalist is for the curious, the creative, and for anyone willing to explore the connection between sound and our shared humanity. Agile Vocalist episodes, liner notes, and additional visual materials for every episode can be found at: https://www.agilevocalist.com

    From the Mississippi Delta to the Board of the Grammys with Chelle Jacques

    From the Mississippi Delta to the Board of the Grammys with Chelle Jacques

    Chelle Jacques is a career musician, bandleader, educator and more. In this episode she shares the story of her recently launched Daughters of the Delta Project featuring the musical contributions from the women artists of Louisiana we so rarely hear about. She also shares how she got involved with The Recording Academy, best known for producing the annual Grammy Awards. She now serves in a leadership position with the organization's California/Colorado chapter.

    Hear about the business of art, Chelle's powers of manifestation, and her experience being an artist and an educator who has touched the lives of thousands via San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music, Oakland School for the Arts, and more.

    Liner notes for this episode can be found here.
    More about Agile Vocalist, including liner notes and additional visual material for every episode can be found on the Agile Vocalist web site.
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    • 35 min
    Animal Sounds: Metamorphosis and Frida

    Animal Sounds: Metamorphosis and Frida

    I talked to Frida the parrot as she was on exhibit as part of a larger an immersive art experience. This Agile Vocalist episode dives into animal sounds and share a one-of-a-kind recording of my interactions with a parrot I went to “interview.” Our interactions proved some of the most varied from any she’d had with other humans, and it marveled her owners, the hosts and artists at San Francisco’s Gregangelo Museum.

    Liner notes and more are available at:  https://agilevocalist.com/2022/12/30/animal-sounds-frida-and-metamorphosis/
    More about Agile Vocalist, including liner notes and additional visual material for every episode can be found on the Agile Vocalist web site.
    Sound Cocktails, the officially intermittent and very polite, but always refreshing, podcast newsletter is how you can hear about new episodes first. Subscribe to get sips sent to your email. You can also find Agile Vocalist's creator on IG Get even more lively content on the Community Page of the YouTube channel.

    • 10 min
    From California to Tiny Desk Entry with Folk Musician, Moira Smiley

    From California to Tiny Desk Entry with Folk Musician, Moira Smiley

    Folk and classical musician, composer, arranger, instrumentalist, and vocalist Moira Smiley has a broad repertoire of mystical and passionate music that pulls your heart strings. And if you sing, you may find yourself learning something she's written. Her songs, arrangements, artistic collaborations, body percussion sequences, and more have captured audiences shifting some from spectator into participant.  

    With her move from California back to Vermont, where she was raised, Moira continues to create art informed by her belief that singing creates community. Her work embodies the sounds of a hopeful future and folds in the rich wisdom of her past. 

    Pictures, liner notes, and an episode transcript can be found at:  https://agilevocalist.com
    More about Agile Vocalist, including liner notes and additional visual material for every episode can be found on the Agile Vocalist web site.
    Sound Cocktails, the officially intermittent and very polite, but always refreshing, podcast newsletter is how you can hear about new episodes first. Subscribe to get sips sent to your email. You can also find Agile Vocalist's creator on IG Get even more lively content on the Community Page of the YouTube channel.

    • 50 min
    Reimaging Opera at Burning Man with Marisa Winter

    Reimaging Opera at Burning Man with Marisa Winter

    What’s it like to lead the edge of change in the arts? Vocalist, Marisa Winter (Diva Marisa) has done that with her career and she remains driven to offer new audiences music in context. As a classically trained opera singer and Burning Man performer, she shares the impact Burning Man has made on experiential art everywhere. Marisa’s early life vocal experiences at first caused her to reject opera, but then she fell back in love with dedication it required. 
    In this conversation, we explore the ways she’s brought opera to the Playa, the circus, to corporate events, to the trapeze,  to her front porch, and more. 
    Marisa Winter Bio
    Diva Marisa is a maverick singer and performer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a  conservatory-trained opera singer, Marisa has sung with the San Francisco Opera, the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Chris Brubeck, and multiple times in recital with Frederica von Stade. Marisa also sings opera on the trapeze in various settings, including the Thunderdome at Burning Man. Her signature aria is Diva Dance from the movie The Fifth Element.
    Pictures, liner notes, and an episode transcript can be found for this (and every!) episode on Agile Vocalist. Go to the episode page. 
    More about Agile Vocalist, including liner notes and additional visual material for every episode can be found on the Agile Vocalist web site.
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    • 38 min
    The Touch of Music with Dr. Pianist, Makiko Hirata

    The Touch of Music with Dr. Pianist, Makiko Hirata

    Dr. Makiko Hirata (“Dr. Pianist") is on a mission to promote the power of music to heal and unite. 
    In this episode, she talks about reconciling her training in classical piano with being a woman in music as well as how musicians have a role to play as first responders in times of climate catastrophe. She has shifted her career from being an "Olympian pianist” performer who uses performance to demonstrate ever increasing mastery of challenging piano pieces to instead playing simpler pieces that better connect and resonate with her audiences.
    Bio:
    Dr. Hirata collaborates with neuroscientists to quantify the benefit of music and promote the power of music as an overlooked social resource through speaking engagements, workshops and writing. Her doctorate is a DMA, Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rice University. In addition to her concerts, she collaborates with neuroscientists to quantify the benefit of music and promote the power of music as an overlooked social resource through speaking engagements, workshops and writing. 
    More visual information, liner notes, and an episode transcript can be found for this (and every!) episode on Agile Vocalist.com
     
    More about Agile Vocalist, including liner notes and additional visual material for every episode can be found on the Agile Vocalist web site.
    Sound Cocktails, the officially intermittent and very polite, but always refreshing, podcast newsletter is how you can hear about new episodes first. Subscribe to get sips sent to your email. You can also find Agile Vocalist's creator on IG Get even more lively content on the Community Page of the YouTube channel.

    • 32 min
    Music for Refugees with Betsy Blakeslee

    Music for Refugees with Betsy Blakeslee

    Betsy Blakeslee’s work has connected refugees with the healing power of music for two decades. She directed expressive arts programs for refugee youth in Bosnia and Croatia during the wars of the 1990s. Since 2016, her Expressive Arts Refuge team and Moira Smiley have been running similar programs at refugee camps in France, Greece, and Lebanon.
    In this episode she shares stories of how her experiences as a volunteer have touched the lives of Sudanese and Syrian children. She talks about how expressive arts- music and body percussion touch and shift traumatic experiences, especially for those fleeing war and violence. Betsy gives us before and after stories, a demo (with me) of music and body movements she teaches, as well as how brain science is truly behind why music creates belonging and connection among people. Betsy Blakeslee is the co-author on forthcoming book about the Calais Jungle refugee camp in Calais, France. 
    More visual information, liner notes, and an episode transcript can be found for this (and every!) episode on Agile Vocalist.com
    More about Agile Vocalist, including liner notes and additional visual material for every episode can be found on the Agile Vocalist web site.
    Sound Cocktails, the officially intermittent and very polite, but always refreshing, podcast newsletter is how you can hear about new episodes first. Subscribe to get sips sent to your email. You can also find Agile Vocalist's creator on IG Get even more lively content on the Community Page of the YouTube channel.

    • 38 min

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