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Crushing Classical is a series of interviews with classical musicians who are forging unique paths with their talent, creating their own artistic fulfillment and financial comfort, and finding ways to thrive. I celebrate these brave people who are taking routes outside of traditional orchestral or academic employment! As always, I invite you to listen for your own sparks and breadcrumbs, and use these interviews to find the possibilities that exist in your own life.

Crushing Classical Jennet Ingle

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Crushing Classical is a series of interviews with classical musicians who are forging unique paths with their talent, creating their own artistic fulfillment and financial comfort, and finding ways to thrive. I celebrate these brave people who are taking routes outside of traditional orchestral or academic employment! As always, I invite you to listen for your own sparks and breadcrumbs, and use these interviews to find the possibilities that exist in your own life.

    Asher Laub: Electric Violinist and Producer

    Asher Laub: Electric Violinist and Producer

    Asher began classical violin training at the tender age of 2 and had already performed with the Buffalo philharmonic by age 13. 
     
    Asher’s expertise in improvisation across multiple genres has led him to a career as a soloist in demand, performing at venues such as Madison Square Garden, Hammerstein Hall, Lincoln Center, the Carnegie Hall and across four continents.  Asher has also been featured on PBS, and has made headlines on CNN, WABC, NBC, and the New York Post among many other major news sources.  He has been booked to perform at special events for Google, Nickelodeon, TNT, National Geographic, Citigroup and a list of notables including George W. Bush, Ivana Trump and many others.
     
    In 2014 Asher lived a musician’s nightmare when he lost the strength to play his violin for a number of years. Refusing to accept conventional advice he found a way to heal, building his strength to an unprecedented level.  He used this experience as fuel to reinvent his live concerts as a high-energy contemporary violinist. In only a few months, Asher learned to merge popular tunes and breakdancing choreography into his performances. 
     
    Asher also uniquely performs as a DJ violinist bringing his experience as a live performer and technical prowess as an audio editing and mixing guru to countless clubs and stages.
     
    Asher has been privileged to teach children and adolescents from under resourced neighborhoods in the Bronx for almost 4 years. This has fostered his drive to make a positive impact on others.  
    With a growing fan base, Asher is working to influence societal norms and conventional thinking about musical performance, helping to break down social and physical barriers for his fans and beyond.
     
    If you are a classical musician who maybe leans a little bit more pop or electronic  than your colleagues? If you are someone who is never quite satisfied JUST playing in the middle of the orchestra, but who also wants to CREATE your own sounds, your own compositions, your own stye of audience interaction??  I want you to listen to the way Asher has made  a career around figuring out what people want, and how to give it to them in a way that is his very own. The money is all well and good, but he’s found ways to show up with his skills and talents  and make music and sound and art that fits within his own artistic integrity and still SELLS.  That’s really what we’re all looking for, right?
     
     

    • 44 min
    Ashley Ertz: 5th Wave Collective

    Ashley Ertz: 5th Wave Collective

    Ashley Ertz is an oboist and arts administrator in the Chicago metropolitan area. Ertz is the Artistic Director and Founder of 5th Wave Collective and the Program Manager with the International Music Foundation. She also recently won the position of English Horn with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and is on the Board of Directors for the Musicians Club of Women in addition to a healthy freelance career.
     
    In March of 2018 Ashley saw a lack of performance space for womxn composers and thus started 5th Wave Collective, a Chicago based ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of music by womxn and gender non-conforming composers. They are now finishing off their fourth season with Ertz as Artistic Director, having had over 200 musicians perform with them and presenting over 100 womxn and gender non-conforming composers. 
     
    This is so sorely needed. In the orchestral world our attempts to feature female composers look like a tone poem here, a concerto there - but rarely a symphony, never a full concert.  Big orchestras are stuck playing the classics that they assume the audience wants, and they don’t have the time or the social capital to research and program a wider diversity of works. Or so they would have you believe. But Ashley's research and advocacy are pointing the way forward. Look at her website, where HUNDREDS of works by women  are documented. Look at the performances she’s created. She’s not stopping. Nor should she. I know you will love hearing from this brilliant and energetic woman. 
    Find out more at the 5th Wave Collective website, instagram, and facebook, and follow Ashley herself on instagram! 
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    • 56 min
    Lisa Canning and Carolyn Nussbaum: Helping Wind Players to Thrive

    Lisa Canning and Carolyn Nussbaum: Helping Wind Players to Thrive

    Lisa Canning owns Lisa’s Clarinet Shop- a 41-year-old professional clarinet shop. Her company also teaches woodwind repair to educators, private lesson teachers and to those seeking an additional source of income. She also has a business called Sales Maven which helps small businesses align their digital assets to cohesively sell and market themselves and their businesses.  
    Carolyn Nussbaum owns The Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company.  Founded in Dallas, Texas in 1996 as a one-woman repair shop, today, her internationally-established retail, repair, and distribution center supplies flutists with nearly everything they'll need in their musical life - whether it be instruments, music, direction, or knowledge. 
    These two women are passionate about collaboration, about working together for the good of the MUSICAL COMMUNITY, and about training band directors and local teachers in the basics of instrument repair so that woodwind players at LOCAL levels can be supported and thriving. 
    Find Lisa at her website
    Find Carolyn at her website
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    • 53 min
    James Daly: Creating an Online Music School with a Mission

    James Daly: Creating an Online Music School with a Mission

    In today’s podcast you’ll hear my interview with James Daly: Pianist, Composer, Teacher, Business Owner.  He’s created the San Ramon Academy of Music and the Powerful  Piano brand.  James is so charming and passionate, and you can just feel his love for the music he makes and the students he teaches.  He’s overcome a lot of obstacles to get where he is now, owning a successful teaching business and continuing to perform, compose, and create content with energy and love. I hope you enjoy this conversation! 
    Let’s just say it: Classical music is elitist. The people on our orchestra stages tend to look a certain way, the composers who get played tend to be demographically similar, and our diversity/equity/inclusion efforts often get a surprising amount of internal and external pushback. As a white woman, It makes me really uncomfortable to talk about these issues, but these are conversations that need to be had. 
    The bio my guest James Daly shared with me addresses this head-on, and starts: James is not what people think of when they picture a 'classical pianist'. Being an African American man with full sleeve tattoos and a visible athletic background he is mistaken for a personal trainer more than anything else. But definitely never an artist. How can a meathead be a Chopin aficionado?? 
    James has been a lifelong musician, but his circumstances and background put him in a position similar to many other youths. Before turning 17 he was a high school dropout, working full time, and living on his own.  Yet, it was a dedication to music that inspired him to pursue higher education to fulfill his potential. Despite the odds, he achieved a full scholarship to UC Berkeley where he specialized in piano performance and composition. From there he graduated with honors in 2012 and has been teaching the last decade. His unique approach to instruction gained him such success he opened San Ramon Academy of Music in 2018, focusing on online music education and group classes.  He started the Powerful Piano brand in 2021 to grow his educational platform and provide access to music education to anyone, not just those who can afford private instruction. 
     I loved this conversation with James. He’s so charming and passionate that it’s obvious why he’s been successful - and at the same time it’s inspiring that he’s overcome so many  obstacles and is now trying to clear the way for others to do the same.
    Connect with James on Instagram, or check out the San Ramon Academy of Music and The Powerful Piano on the web.
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    • 56 min
    Leslie Tagorda: Creating a Career Out of the Things You Love

    Leslie Tagorda: Creating a Career Out of the Things You Love

    On today’s podcast, you’ll hear my interview with Leslie Tagorda: Brand Astrologer, Designer, Podcast Host, Professional Clarinetist. The story of how she created and evolved her business is so inspiring to me, and I know it will be to you as well. I hope you enjoy the episode! 
     
    Leslie Tagorda helps spiritual entrepreneurs become the luminary leaders they were born to be. As a multiracial brand astrologer, designer, podcast host and author, Leslie revealed her calling when a crisis in her business identity led her to her natal chart where the AstroBrand™ method revealed itself combining business astrology, branding and leadership. Today she teaches this method to visionary entrepreneurs and changemakers globally to help them affirm, embrace and amplify their Star-Powered Purpose. 
    Connect with Leslie on Instagram @newmooncreativeco, in her Facebook group, or enjoy her podcast, The Savvy Luminary! 
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    I'm your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!

    • 50 min
    Kirin McElwain: Courageous Self-Resourcing

    Kirin McElwain: Courageous Self-Resourcing

    This week on the podcast, you’ll hear Kirin McElwain, cellist, performer, and coordination enthusiast.  You'll hear the story of a musician who has the courage to try new things, over and over, and the courage to STOP the things that aren’t working for her. 
    Kirin McElwain is a performer-composer on cello and voice and—more recently— laptop and modular synthesizer. Equally at home in concert halls, recording studios, and in DIY venues, Kirin has contributed sounds to numerous film and television scores, contemporary dance performances, mixed media installations, and traditional classical and contemporary classical performances. 
    In her own sound practice, she explores the tension between form and chaos, western classical harmony and noise, and ideas of “goodness” and “correctness” in musical style.
    Currently she is an Alexander Technique practitioner who works with musicians both one on one and through her digital membership, Feel Better Sound Better. 
    What I admire so much about Kirin is the RELENTLESSNESS with which she approaches her creative and business life. She's not afraid to look at what is and isn't working, she's not afraid to ask herself what she needs and what she wants, and she's not afraid to make it happen.  We could all take inspiration from this! 
     
    My takeaways from Kirin's conversation: 
    When you find something that works for you, lean into it Be flexible in how people want to work with you. If you can make it easy, they'll come! Always be aware of what you want to do and what you don't want to do The scarcity mentality of just being grateful for what you have is NOT moving you forward Maintain your standards for yourself Imagine the best possible outcome - and figure out how to handle all of that success in advance Trust yourself to know what you need and figure out how to get it What did YOU hear? 
    Find out more about Kirin at her website!
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    • 52 min

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90 Ratings

Earle29 ,

Wonderfully entertaining

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Jennet for quite a few years. I have since moved from the town we shared, so I don’t get to chat with her as often anymore. BUT I can tell you, listening to her in this podcast is exactly how she would be if you were sitting in her living room, drinking coffee. She is inquisitive, articulate, and knows how to bring out the best in her guests. Lovely person and time well spent listening to her every week.

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Young musicians, check this out!

This podcast is a MUST for any modern day classical musician!! Seriously, if you’re looking for inspiration, listen to this pod.

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Love it!

One episode in and I’m hooked! I can’t wait to binge listen the rest of this, so valuable for any musician.

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