Creative Peacemeal is about the highs and lows of living a life in creative and fine arts. Well known, and up-and-coming guests—ranging from artists to musicians, illustrators, designers and more—share starts, struggles, triumphs, and more in compelling interviews. You can find host, Tammy Takaishi, a Board Certified-Music Therapist, continuing the conversation about fine and creative arts, along with recipes from guests via her blog https://tstakaishi.wixsite.com/music/blog
Thomas Echols, Guitarist and Composer
The brilliant Thomas Echols joins the show today to talk about musical barriers in his life, various philosophies, current trends in electronic music (hint it's quite a surprise), his diverse career, and more.
To find out more about Thomas Echols, follow his websites below.
Thomas Echols’s work is an amalgam of classical, modernist, and pop music forays.
As visiting artistic director for Austin Classical Guitar, Thomas curated programs including traditional instrumental recitalists, experimental electronics, newly commissioned works, and interactive visual projections. I have recorded and performed with the GrammyNominated choral ensemble Conspirare and the Houston Symphony Orchestra (our recording of Wozzeck recently won a Grammy and the prestigious Echo Klassik award for best operatic recording), and have had major engagements at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Palazzo Chigi (Siena, Italy), The Whittier Bach Festival (LA, The Blanton Museum of Art (Austin), Jones Hall (Houston), and other venues around the world.
His experimental-pop alter ego, Man, Woman, Friend, Computer, creates simple songs that unfold into meandering compositions, analogue synth fetishism, conspiracy pop, polyrhythmic laments, somnambulist visions, and process music. MWFC’s debut album has garnered rave reviews from Austin Monthly and The Austin Chronicle, which calls it “Meditative and fetching . . . he ventures into a complex amalgam of analog and synth. Wistful, romantic. . . Echols’ vocals sooth to surrender.” As a classical guitarist, music technologist, composer, and song writer, Thomas is a mainstay in the thriving classical guitar and experimental music scenes in Austin. Thomas is active as a performer and lecturer, and he has contributed scholarly articles to Soundboard Magazine.
Thomas Echols holds degrees from the University of Southern California (Doctor of Musical Arts), the University of Texas (Master of Music), the University of Colorado (Bachelor of Music), and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy (Diploma di Merito).
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Dr. Claire Ghetti, Music Therapist
Music Therapist and researcher, Dr. Claire Ghetti joins me on the show today. She shares a moving story of how she came into the field, her current research, life in Norway, and more.
Dr. Claire Ghetti is Associate Professor, Program Coordinator, Integrated Master's Program in Music Therapy; Assistant Leader, GAMUT - The Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre
The Grieg Academy – Department of Music
For information about Dr. Ghetti and the program at the University of Bergen in Norway, click here.
Information on Dr. Ghetti's research can be found here.
More information about music therapy, can be found here on the American Music Therapy Association website.
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Jessica Conick, Fashion Designer.
Jessica Conick is a vibrant, eco-friendly fashion designer and founder of MOUNT INDIGO.
Mount Indigo was founded by Jessica Conick. She speaks about what inspired her to start her company, what we can do to make a difference, and more
Jessica started Mount Indigo as a passion project after working in the fashion industry for years and realizing that it is one of the most polluting industries in the world. She knew she had to do something to be a part of the solution and spread awareness, but wanted to do it in a fun way. ⠀
Mount Indigo is a curation of upcycled denim jackets, and eco-friendly tees re-worked with sassy, sustainable statements and art. Jessica wants people to feel empowered to wear their values, especially if it’s something as non-controversial as “Please Recycle” or “Keep The Planet Instagrammable.” ⠀
“I think of all of my pieces like a little sustainable fashion army out there trying to make the world a better place,” Jessica says
To purchase some of her eco-friendly designs, or learn more about her, visit https://www.mountindigo.com/.
Janet O'Neal, Multimedia Artist
Award winning, multimedia artist Janet O'Neal joins the podcast today! Janet shares heartwarming, and interesting stories from her career of over 30 years (and still going strong!), as well as current projects, including collaborations with musicians and other creatives.
To learn more about Janet O'Neal, please visit www.janetoneal.com
Janet O'Neal is an award winning multimedia artist, photographer and teacher. She is best known for her colorful energetic abstracts and multimedia assemblages. Born in Raleigh North Carolina, she is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied art and obtained a degree in Administration of Criminal Justice. After working as a deputy sheriff and an assistant to the district attorney in North Carolina, she decided not to attend law school, began a career in real estate and finally launched a full time career in art in 1987. She moved to Florida and began traveling extensively through out the country participating in juried art festivals and gallery exhibitions.
Janet has studied with leading American artists through out her 33-year career including Rudy Pozzatti, Glen Bradshaw, Maxine Masterfield, Carole Barnes, Sharon Montgomery, Barbara Nechis, Carrie Brown, and Bernice Ficeck Swenson and John M. Swenson: Landmark Editions, The Guerrilla Girls, The Penland School, Santa Fe Photography Workshops, photographer Marcel Perez and photographer George DeWolfe.
Janet has worked in watercolor, printmaking, painting, ceramics, multimedia assemblage, sculpture and photography. Her desire to express new ideas and emotions is almost always accompanied by the search and exploration of new techniques and media. Her current works include digital photography and conceptual multimedia works and installations where photography is the dominant media. She has won awards in the prestigious Georgia O’Keeffe International Photography Competition, International Pollux Awards Competition and is a Julia Margaret Cameron Awards Finalist.
Her artworks are included in private collections and over 300 corporate and public collections nationwide. She currently lives and works in Santa Fe New Mexico.
To learn more about host, Tammy Takaishi, check out her personal website which includes a creative arts blog, recipes from guests, and official podcast merchandise! All found at https://tstakaishi.wixsite.com/music
Keith Gaboury, Poet
Former classmate, and talented poet, Keith Mark Gaboury joins me on the show today.
He talks about his creative process, current projects, inspirations for poems and more.
Keith Mark Gaboury earned a B.A. in English: Concentration in Creative Writing from Baker University (2008), a M.A. in English: Concentration in Literature from San Francisco State University (2010), and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing: Concentration in Poetry from Emerson College (2013).
For more than fifteen years, Keith Mark Gaboury has spearheaded action to promote literary engagement. Moving forward, he is seeking to build more literary avenues in the Bay Area, nationally, and globally. Feel free to contact him if you’re interested in a collaboration to support a platform of expression from a diverse range of voices who have a right to be heard.
In the Bay Area, he is a regular attendee at literary readings, open mics, and workshops, including Saturday Night Special, Naked Bulb, Quiet Lightning, and The San Francisco Creative Writing Institute.
From such topics as science fiction, surrealism, and religion, his poetry perceives reality through a disjointed lens. Whether a poem travels to the moon Europa or slithers along a Brooklyn sidewalk, unexpectedness is ripped open where the strange is truly beautiful.
Keith is a poet, preschool teacher, and runner in Oakland, California.
To learn more about Keith and find his work, click here.
Resources he mentioned in the show are below.
Typewriter Poetry Group (Keith hosts bi-monthly poetry workshop): https://www.meetup.com/The-Typewriter-Poetry-Group/
Walnut Creek Zoom Poetry Meetup (Keith co-hosts a weekly poetry meetup): https://www.meetup.com/Walnut-Creek-Poetry-Meetup/
San Francisco Creative Writing Institute (creative writing classes, relatively cheap): https://sfwriting.institute/
The Writing Salon (creative writing classes as well): https://www.writingsalons.com/
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Jennifer Kloetzel, Cellist
I'm joined by cellist, and professor, Jennifer Kloetzel. Jennifer share delightful stories, and wonderful insights from her perspective as a long-time performer and educator.
A graduate of The Juilliard School and a Fulbright Scholar, cellist Jennifer Kloetzel has concertized throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician. A founding member of the San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet (1996-2016), Ms. Kloetzel has toured the globe and performed at such renowned venues as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Chautauqua Institute and the Ravinia Festival, the Lobkowicz Palaces in both Vienna and Prague, as well as prominent colleges and conservatories worldwide.
Ms. Kloetzel is noted for her elegant playing and her vibrant tone. She is a sought-after recitalist, performing concerts for San Francisco Performances and on WQXR in New York. A fervent champion of new music, she has received the Copland Award for her work with living American composers and has commissioned and premiered over fifty works, including five concertos written specifically for her. In the past few seasons, premieres included a Cello Suite by Daniel Asia, a Cello Concerto, “Cloud Atlas” and unaccompanied cello work “Lift,” which were both written for her by MIT composer Elena Ruehr and a Cello Sonata dedicated to her by Joseph Landers. Ms. Kloetzel has recorded the Ruehr Cello Concerto with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, which was released to critical acclaim in October 2014. “Lift” is the title track of an all-Ruehr disc, released on the Avie label, and was included on Keith Powers’ 13 Best Classical Music Recordings of 2016. Ms. Kloetzel is the featured cellist on a 2019 Albany Records release of music by Richard Aldag, and recently premiered Lee Actor’s Cello Concerto, written for her in 2017. In the next few seasons, she will give world premieres of sonatas written for her by Richard Aldag and Elena Ruehr and “Inferno: Double Concerto for Viola, Cello and Chamber Orchestra” by Joel Friedman, as well as six ‘companion’ pieces commissioned to go with the six Bach Cello Suites, for a special project entitled “Mission: Bach~ The Road to Inspiration."
Ms. Kloetzel has been featured regularly on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and her performances have been broadcast on radio stations from coast to coast. A passionate recording artist with 36 CD releases to date, recent recordings include the entire cycle of Beethoven Quartets and Brahms Sextets on the Avie label. In 2021, Avie will release her recordings of Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano with Robert Koenig. In 2016, Ms. Kloetzel was invited to join the faculty at University of California Santa Barbara, where she is Professor of Cello and Head of Strings.
More information about her can be found her her website, www.jkcello.com
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Lots of variety
This a podcast that has a different topic for every show. The guests are knowledgeable about their subjects and love to talk about them in a good way. The moderator, Tammy, has good energy with her guests and has researched the topics so the conversations are relevant.
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Wait you aren’t listening? You should start. Lots to learn, lots of laughs, and so many surprising things!
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