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Alloy: A Mixture of Music and Conversation features conversations with musicians, bands, and/or anyone in the greater music arena including independent label representatives, writers, educators. In short, anyone involved in making and/or trying to figure out how to make and share their creative work.

Alloy: A Mixture of Music and Conversation Greg Bear

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Alloy: A Mixture of Music and Conversation features conversations with musicians, bands, and/or anyone in the greater music arena including independent label representatives, writers, educators. In short, anyone involved in making and/or trying to figure out how to make and share their creative work.

    Episode 004: Conversation with Elizabeth A. Baker

    Episode 004: Conversation with Elizabeth A. Baker

    I am delighted to have as my guest musician, composer, writer, and new renaissance artist, Elizabeth A. Baker. I learned about Elizabeth and her work only a few months ago through a short 5 question interview published on the excellent site “i care if you listen”. The interview on “i care if you listen” focused primarily on one of Elizabeth’s many projects, and one we discuss during our conversation—and that is the Florida International Toy Piano Festival, which Elizabeth is both co-founder and Festival Director. The second annual Toy Piano Festival ended back in early January, and to be honest, the idea of a creative music festival focused on showcasing music produced on a toy piano totally captured my imagination and sent me off to explore Elizabeth’s music, and ultimately, corresponding with her about her music and doing an interview. No surprise, I could have talked for hours with Elizabeth: how she approaches her music and the details of her creative process are no end interesting and fascinating to me, but given her busy schedule and her involvement in a number of creative projects, we had about an hour to cover a lot of ground. I do not want to give too much away here at the outset, but I will say that our conversation touches on a number topics including the role and importance movement, dance, silence, and community are to the work Elizabeth creates and performs. She is truly inspirational.
    For more information about Elizabeth A. Baker checkout her website. For more information about Alloy checkout the show’s site. This episode is sponsored by Whistlestop Bookshop. All music featured in episode 4 is by Elizabeth A. Baker:
    The following compositions appear in this episode:
    On the Other Side from {this is not a piano album} Mortimer James Takes Flight from {this is not a piano album} |intersection| Shatter Points & Glass Chards from {this is not a piano album} Live Performance (Part 4) from A Sonic Memory Quilt On the wind, I felt your presence an ocean away from {this is not a piano album} Impressions of Ancient Earth - IV. Abstract Courtship Dances from {a series of strange narratives} Checkout Elizabeth’s book, "Toyager: A Toy Piano Method
    Also, checkout: The New Music Conflagration, Inc.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 003: Conversation (part 2 of 2) with Pat Daugherty

    Episode 003: Conversation (part 2 of 2) with Pat Daugherty

    Welcome to the third episode of “Alloy: A Mixture of Music and Conversation.” If you listened to the previous episode of this podcast, you know that I split my conversation with Pat Daugherty across two podcast episodes. What you are currently listening to is part three. A link to the previous episode can be found via the Alloy webiste at alloypm.com or through your podcast app of choice. If you have not heard the first installment, I highy recommend giving it a listen before going further with this one. BUT…the choice is all yours.
    A little background about this podcast….this is still a relatively a new adventure for me so the format and focus of this show is bound to evolve and change over time. Thus far it is primarily an interview show with the goal being to spotlight a musician, band, or anyone in the greater music arena…including independent label representatives, writers, educators, in short, anyone involved in making and/or trying to figure out how to make and share their creative work.
    Which brings me to this current episode…
    As previously noted, this is a continuation of my conversation with artist, composer, musician, and modern day renaissance man, Pat Daugherty. Pat is perhaps best known for his work fronting the New York Electric Piano and we spoke in the friendly confines of my home studio not too long after the release of their most recent release, “Black Hole in One.” Give it a listen, it is excellent. On that note, for more background about this interview, the music played, and a more complete bio of Pat, checkout the show notes for this episode and/or listen to the previous episode.
    For more information about Pat Daugherty and New York Electric Piano, checkout this website. For more information about Alloy checkout the show’s site. Both episodes are sponsored by Whistlestop Bookshop. Reviews of the latest album from New York Electric Piano, Black Hole in One:
    from Jazz Weekly from Midwest Record Review from The Noise, Boston’s underground music site. Music featured in episode 2:
    Reboot (from Black Hole in One) Dying Calf in a Windstorm (from Black Hole in One) One Day (from Black Hole in One) This Time It’s On (from Keys to the City, Volumes 1 & 2) Planet Spins Around (from Keys to the City, Volumes 1 & 2) Black Hole in One (from Black Hole in One) Save the Date (from Black Hole in One) The Black Hole, the Lasso, and the Loophole (from King Mystery) Who Wants to Know (from Black Hole in One) Party On (from Black Hole in One) Scrapple for the Apple (from Keys to the City, Volumes 1 & 2) Music featured in episode 3:
    Scrapple for the Apple (from Keys to the City, Volumes 1 & 2) One Day (from Black Hole in One) Spiral Loop (from Daughters of the American Revolution) Reboot (from Black Hole in One) Videos
    Video from Dance of the Hours: Galaxy Bombers Pat Daugherty: Choreography via youtube channel America’s Next Top Contest Part 1 Norton Wisdom and NYEP’s “Party On” video Musicians Mentioned
    aaron comess steve smitty till behler: NYEP sax on King Mystery kurt rosenwinkel phineas newborn junior clyde clifford radio show known as: Beaker Street todd rundgren (“a true wizard, a true star”) paul taylor dance co. james tenney melanie provenzano (painter/artist) recording engineer: roman klun herbert brun and sal martirano salmar construction; electronic instrument leon gruenbaum plays the “samchillian” an electronic keyboard instrument teddy kumpel banyan mike stern bill frisell michael daugherty: pat’s brother,also a musician tommy d: pat’s other brother (hip-hop mixer) roscoe mitchell gil scott heron bruce arkin: drummer vasco de gama: pat’s former band coldplay the replacements (“alex chilton”) jane’s addiction dave douglas w/trisha brown dance company eric lewis john zorn mulgrew miller earthhour.org Bell Lab

    • 46 min
    Episode 002: Conversation (part 1 of 2) with Pat Daugherty.

    Episode 002: Conversation (part 1 of 2) with Pat Daugherty.

    I am delighted to have as my guest artist, composer, musician, and dare I say, modern day renaissance man, Pat Daugherty. Pat is perhaps best known for his work fronting the New York Electric Piano. Their latest release is “Black Hole in One” that showcases Pat’s unique groove-based and totally funk-jazz centered songwriting, as well as his lyrical and vocal side as well. In addition to New York Electric Piano, Pat has recorded a couple of solo albums, juggles additional projects like dance choreography, fine art painting, photography (the cover art for “Black Hole in One” is his handiwork), he has written a couple of screenplays and is an avid reader with a deep interest in history and historical events. You see what I mean? A veritable renaissance man. Which is probably why I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Pat. So much so that our conversation spans two podcasts–I broke our time together into two separate downloads, both of which you will find via your podcast application of choice–be it iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, or other means. Lastly, before we head into the conversation, Pat recently relocated from Manhattan to Lancaster, PA, which afforded us the opportunity to conduct the interview face to face, not virtually via Skype. We met In the friendly confines of my home studio here in Carlisle which was a first for me and a real positive experience that I hope is reflected not only in the quality of the audio, but also the engaging conversation that took place. Also, as you will hear in a moment, Pat and I jumped into our conversation by talking a little local and state history. Alright, without further adieu, my conversation with Pat Daughtery.
    For more information about Pat Daugherty and New York Electric Piano, checkout this website. For more information about Alloy checkout the show’s site. Both episodes are sponsored by Whistlestop Bookshop. Reviews of the latest album from New York Electric Piano, Black Hole in One:
    from Jazz Weekly from Midwest Record Review from The Noise, Boston’s underground music site. Music featured in episode 2:
    Reboot (from Black Hole in One) Dying Calf in a Windstorm (from Black Hole in One) One Day (from Black Hole in One) This Time It’s On (from Keys to the City, Volumes 1 & 2) Planet Spins Around (from Keys to the City, Volumes 1 & 2) Black Hole in One (from Black Hole in One) Save the Date (from Black Hole in One) The Black Hole, the Lasso, and the Loophole (from King Mystery) Who Wants to Know (from Black Hole in One) Party On (from Black Hole in One) Scrapple for the Apple (from Keys to the City, Volumes 1 & 2) Music featured in episode 3:
    Scrapple for the Apple (from Keys to the City, Volumes 1 & 2) One Day (from Black Hole in One) Spiral Loop (from Daughters of the American Revolution) Reboot (from Black Hole in One) Videos
    Video from Dance of the Hours: Galaxy Bombers Pat Daugherty: Choreography via youtube channel America’s Next Top Contest Part 1 Norton Wisdom and NYEP’s “Party On” video Musicians Mentioned
    aaron comess steve smitty till behler: NYEP sax on King Mystery kurt rosenwinkel phineas newborn junior clyde clifford radio show known as: Beaker Street todd rundgren (“a true wizard, a true star”) paul taylor dance co. james tenney melanie provenzano (painter/artist) recording engineer: roman klun herbert brun and sal martirano salmar construction; electronic instrument leon gruenbaum plays the “samchillian” an electronic keyboard instrument teddy kumpel banyan mike stern bill frisell michael daugherty: pat’s brother,also a musician tommy d: pat’s other brother (hip-hop mixer) roscoe mitchell gil scott heron bruce arkin: drummer vasco de gama: pat’s former band coldplay the replacements (“alex chilton”) jane’s addiction dave douglas w/trisha brown dance company eric l

    • 2 hr 16 min
    Episode 001: Premier Episode with bassist Chris Lightcap

    Episode 001: Premier Episode with bassist Chris Lightcap

    I am delighted to have as my first guest, bassist, composer, recording artist Chris Lightcap. Chris has played and collaborated with an amazing array of musicians: he is a regular in Regina Carter’s band, and over the years has played with Marc Ribot, Craig Taborn, Glen Hansard, Mark Turner, John Medeski, Jason Moran, Chris Potter and many more. His playing is featured on over 60 albums and as a bandleader/composer he has produced four critically acclaimed albums of original music–in 2000 he released his first solo album, Lay-up, followed that up with “Bigmouth” in 2002, Deluxe in 2010 and his 2015 release, the spectacular Epicenter, was featured as an “A” list jazz pick by Apple Music back in July and has received glowing critical reviews.
    It took us a few weeks to get our schedules in sync to do the interview, and I learned from Chris that syncing schedules with other musicians is actually one of the more significant challenges when making a collaborative record. We wasted no time getting down to our conversation, in fact we dove right in talking about his recent trip to Bogota, Columbia, more on that in a moment. Please note, all music heard in this podcast is by and/or features Chris Lightcap. Links to the music and other things we discussed can be found below.
    For more information about Chris Lightcap checkout his website.
    For more information about Alloy checkout the show’s site.
    Musicians mentioned in this episode:
    John Zorn Jamie Saft Matt Wilson Quartet Chad Taylor Craig Taborn Regina Carter Ed Blackwell Chris Lightcap music featured: Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth: Epicenter (2015)
    Nine South | amazon | itunes White Horse | amazon | itunes Epicenter | amazon | itunes Down East | amazon | itunes All Tomorrow’s Parties | amazon | itunes Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort (2014)
    Honky Tonkin’ | amazon | itunes Regina Carter’s Reverse Thread (2014)
    Mwana Talitambula | amazon | itunes Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski: Gathering Call (2014)
    Dancing Waters | amazon | itunes Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth: Deluxe (2010)
    Platform | amazon | itunes Chris Lightcap Quartet: Bigmouth (2002)
    Neptune 66 | amazon | itunes Dig A Pony | amazon | itunes Chris Lightcap Quartet: Lay-Up (2000)
    Lay-Up | amazon | itunes Guinbre | amazon | itunes Record labels: Clean Feed Records & Fresh Sound Records
    Show sponsor: Whistlestop Bookshop
    Send feedback about this podcast to: alloypm@gmail.com Follow the show on Twitter: @alloypm Subscribe to this episode through iTunes

    • 1 hr 42 min

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