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Art and Inspiration with William Rock is a program designed to give artists, poets, writers, scientists, monks, mystics and others a forum to share ideas, creativity and inspirations.

Art and Inspiration with William Rock Art and Inspiration with William Rock

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Art and Inspiration with William Rock is a program designed to give artists, poets, writers, scientists, monks, mystics and others a forum to share ideas, creativity and inspirations.

    Jeff Berman on Art and Inspiration with William Rock

    Jeff Berman on Art and Inspiration with William Rock

    Jeff Berman is a multi-instrumentalist, improvising artist, and composer whose work reflects his global musical vision. He has developed a genre-extending concept on mountain dulcimer, vibraphone, and percussion, that has allowed him to collaborate across stylistic boundaries with a diverse group of artists from across the globe. In this interview on Art and Inspiration with William Rock, Jeff articulates the somewhat mysterious history of the dulcimer and shares some of his experiences of playing cross-culturally with musicians worldwide - including Tuvan throat singers. He also plays several songs on two different types of dulcimers.

    • 34 min
    Kathleen Trew Swazuk and Joe Diener on Art and Inspiration with William Rock

    Kathleen Trew Swazuk and Joe Diener on Art and Inspiration with William Rock

    Vietnam war veterans Kathleen Trew Swazuk and Joe Diener engage in a dialogue on Art and Inspiration with William Rock. Kathleen was an army nurse stationed at Long Binh, Vietnam. She is the author of "Wartorn Heart/ Poems and art inspired by the Vietnam War." Joe was wounded during the war and this dialogue is the first time in fifty years that he was able to speak of his experiences in Vietnam. This podcast was recorded at Art and Inspiration presents "Wartorn Heart" at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Pittsburgh.

    • 22 min
    Michael Wurster on Art and Inspiration with William Rock

    Michael Wurster on Art and Inspiration with William Rock

    Poet and educator Michael Wurster is interviewed on Art and Inspiration with William Rock. Michael is a founding member of The Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange and for over forty years he has encouraged and mentored poets. In this dialogue, he articulates his poetic influences and offers insights into his own successful methods of offering poetry to a community. He also shares several of his own poems.  Joining the dialogue is artist/poet Alyssa Sineni.

    • 35 min
    Deena November on Art and Inspiration with William Rock

    Deena November on Art and Inspiration with William Rock

    Poet, educator and humorist Deena November is interviewed on Art and Inspiration with William Rock. Deena grew up in a household where writing and reading was strongly encouraged. She speaks of her academic experience both as a MFA student and also as a creative writing professor. Deena also talks of the impact of motherhood on her poetry. She shares several of her poems including "Passover in Scranton" and "My Mother Never Prepared Me for Mr. T."

    • 32 min
    Kim Barry on Art and Inspiration with William Rock

    Kim Barry on Art and Inspiration with William Rock

    Artist Kim Barry is interviewed on Art and Inspiration with William Rock.  Beginning at the age of 4, Kim Barry has had a lifetime of exposure to varying forms of arts education.  Kim speaks of the "great experience" of hanging on the street with kids doing Graffiti as a teenager and how it informs her current work. She explains street art has levels of artistic integrity. Kim talks of her pop-up studios she has created in Los Angeles, Florida and Pittsburgh. She describes pop-ups as experimental creative spaces that have a capacity to embrace an artists creative vision.

    • 29 min
    Celeste Neuhaus on Art and Inspiration with William Rock

    Celeste Neuhaus on Art and Inspiration with William Rock

    Artist and educator Celeste Neuhaus is interviewed on Art and Inspiration with William Rock. She speaks of living in New Mexico and how its incredible, intense light affected the formal qualities of her art and also influenced her work with healing modalities. Celeste talks of corresponding ideas she observed in the healing rituals of different cultures and where their methods of approach intersect. She also speaks of Ana Mendieta and other artists that have inspired her work. Celeste Neuhaus then expounds on modern ritual and celebration and the materials that influence and inform her own art.

    • 30 min

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