60 episodes

Dan Dunford is a NYC-based freelance trombonist who is fascinated by the new directions people are taking to find work and legitimacy in the music world of today. Every week he talks to people creating their own path as well as some amazing music.

Divergent Paths with Dan Dunford Dan Dunford

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    • 4.6 • 9 Ratings

Dan Dunford is a NYC-based freelance trombonist who is fascinated by the new directions people are taking to find work and legitimacy in the music world of today. Every week he talks to people creating their own path as well as some amazing music.

    Episode 64 - Composer Frank Gulino

    Episode 64 - Composer Frank Gulino

    Hey Everybody. Back to normal episode length this week with composer/trombonist/attorney and super nice guy Frank Gulino. We talk about the importance of different composing niches, dealing with overplayed repertoire, music/entertainment law stuff, and much more.

    Featured on this episode is Frank's composition "Big Sky" for horn, tuba, and piano featuring Heidi Lucas on horn, Zac Collins on tuba, and Jacob Ertl on piano.

    For more about Frank: frankgulino.com

    Support the podcast: patreon.com/divergentpathspod

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 63 - Pianist Thomas Nickell

    Episode 63 - Pianist Thomas Nickell

    Hey kids. Check it out. This week I sit down with 18-year-old wunderkind (and current Mannes student) pianist Thomas Nickell in a short version of my usual show. Thomas just made his Carnegie Hall debut with the North American premiere of David Matthews' Piano Concerto, op. 11 with the UK-based Orchestra of the Swan. We talked about non-classical influences, the prodigy label, and other such things. Enjoy!

    Check out more about Thomas:
    thomasnickell.com

    Support the podcast:
    patreon.com/divergentpathspod

    • 24 min
    Episode 62 - Composer Alex Weston

    Episode 62 - Composer Alex Weston

    This week, I'm back with a fascinating interview with the composer Alex Weston.
    We cover his compositional interests, his background, his work in television and film, as well as his day job working for Philip Glass. It's good time.

    Featured on this episode is Alex's piece "Angles." It's dope.

    For all things Alex:
    alexwestonmusic.com

    To support this podcast:
    patreon.com/divergentpathspod.com

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Episode 61 - Warp Trio Re-Release

    Episode 61 - Warp Trio Re-Release

    This week, because I had a wonderful experience performing with them this past week, I am re-releasing my Warp Trio interview.

    I sit down with violinist Josh Henderson and pianist Mikael Darmanie of the unusual and exciting ensemble Warp Trio. We talk about melding three unique voices and writing/improvisational styles into one unified voice, reaching a variety of audiences, and balancing a musical lifestyle. Featured on this episode is the track "Baseball" from their debut EP, "Warp Drive." For all things Warp Trio (their EP, audio, video and links to all their social medias): warptrio.com

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 60 - Graphic Designer/Cellist Alice Bacon

    Episode 60 - Graphic Designer/Cellist Alice Bacon

    Hey guys! I'm back! Episode 60! This week I'm with talented person Alice Bacon who cellos and graphic designs. We talk about crossover between music and art, processes in design, other music things and just generally chill.

    Check out her design work at Bloomsday Design:
    facebook.com/bloomsdaydesign
    instagram.com/bloomsdaydesign

    And for more Divergent Paths goodness:
    facebook.com/divergentpathspod

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Episode 59 - RighteousGIRLS

    Episode 59 - RighteousGIRLS

    This week's episode with the delightful duo that is RighteousGIRLS. Which means flautist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi. We had a good time talking about origins and such, as well as their album "Gathering Blue", and music business type things like the ever-present problem of publicity. They're great.

    Featured on this episode: "...Out of the Blue (Postlude)" and KARakurENAI (feat. Andy Akiho) from their record "Gathering Blue", available on iTunes.

    For all things RighteousGIRLS:
    righteousgirls.com
    facebook.com/righteousgirlsmusic
    twitter.com/righteousgirls

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

bass blogger ,

Great show, Dan!

Good stuff, Dan! I really enjoy the show and the topics you dig into. I listened to your Emilio Guarino interview before interviewing him for my show, and it was really helpful. Keep up the good work!

Kathryn_S ,

A++++

This is one of the few podcasts that I listen to every single week. It's always very interesting to hear how so many different musicians are finding a way to make their careers, and the podcast addresses so many different topics and issues. I love how each episode always feels more like a conversation over coffee rather than a straight question-and-answer format interview. It's very engaging, keeps me awake on long commutes, and I never miss an episode.

RegBontreger ,

not a musician, but I'm hooked

Not only am I not a musician, but I also don't live in New York. I appreciate the opportunity to catch a glimpse into the lives of passionate people, who are mostly just working hard and caring about what they do. When the podcast also mixes in some real-life messiness and humor, I refuse to miss an episode.

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