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We are exploring the big world of music and analogies between music, society and business. Interviews and special episodes with Christof Zürn.

The Power of Music Thinking Christof Zürn

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We are exploring the big world of music and analogies between music, society and business. Interviews and special episodes with Christof Zürn.

    Gender equality with Gabriella Di Laccio

    Gender equality with Gabriella Di Laccio

    My guest today is Gabriella Di Laccio, public speaker, curator, activist, award-winning soprano and recording artist. She is one of the leading voices in the fight for gender equality in music. Listed as one of the BBC’s 100 most inspirational and influential women in the world, Gabriella is also the founder and curator of the charitable foundation Donne - Women in Music - dedicated to achieving gender equality in the music industry. 
    We talk about the incredibly long list of woman composers and the unbelievably few plays they get in conservative classical music organisations. Gabriella shares with us the research and the numbers from the latest report: that in 2021, almost 9 in 10 compositions played by orchestras around the world are written by white men.
    But there is hope. At least in a different field. This year's Biennale di Venezia, invited 213 artists, among them 21 men.
    And here is an Exercise you can do very easily in a quiet moment:Check your playlists and count the artists that you are listening to (also the producers and composers) and find out how biased your musical taste is.
    We also made a start with a Top 6 of woman composers you should know and listen to:
    Lili Boulanger
    Nadia Boulanger
    Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel 
    Clara Schuhmann
    Leokadiya Kashperova
    Florence Beatrice Brice
    Rachel Portman, was the first woman who got an oscar.
    Show notes and how to connect with Gabriella
    Website: https://www.gabrielladilaccio.com/  
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GDiLaccio/  
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gdilaccio/  
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabrielladilaccio/  
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/GDiLaccio  
    More about Donne, Women in Music
    Website: https://donne-uk.org/  
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/donneuk/  
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/donne_uk/  
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/donneuk  
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Donne_UK  
     
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    • 43 min
    Conducting Design with Raf De Keninck

    Conducting Design with Raf De Keninck

    My guest today is Raf De Keninck, executive member, director of education, research, and organisation of the Design Academy Eindhoven - one of the world's leading design schools. And Raf is also a performing musician, clarinet player and conductor. He played, for example, at the beginning of the 2000s, 300 concerts a year. 
    We start with sharing the incredible dreams he had as a child and a unique ritual he did in his adolescent years.
    And we get some insights into his leadership skills, for example, the advantages of having an outside view, combined with excellent listening skills and the practice of 'not knowing' and how to let inspiration flow in two ways. So, when you are open, then people will also be open.
    We talk about leading and following, and Raf explains what it means as a conductor to have a total overview and a well-defined score and how you can lead without explicitly leading. And there is another story of a conductor shouting at an orchestra and how the musicians were teaching him a lesson. 
    “Every time you play, rehearse or perform, you learn something.”
     
    Show notes and how to connect with Raf
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rafdekeninck/ 
    Design Academy Eindhoven website: https://www.designacademy.nl/ 
    Personal website: https://www.rafdekeninck.nl/ 
    Mahler 8th Symphony (Director: Georg Solti) on spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/51GmsdrdDSuwM9gTTS23Xg?si=Uyq4tbLhRGWvHAzoWZknLg 
    Ligeti Chamber Concerto (Raf is talking about the most inspiring piece for organisations and leading and following): https://open.spotify.com/album/46e15cKAuwDSwyIrTDeDk4?si=YJdzj6ZiRtua0_gfvV-H0g 
    John Cage 4’33’ recording from the first Design Thinkers Conference: https://creativecompanion.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/i-invite-you-to-listen-music-thinking-in-service-design/ 
     
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    • 49 min
    Modular Strategies with Rikkert Achtereekte

    Modular Strategies with Rikkert Achtereekte

    My guest today is Rikkert Achtereekte, customer director of sales and electronic musician. Rikkert works for the IT engineering company Schuberg Philis, which focuses on mission-critical processes. And Rikkert is a composer and performer of electronic music and gets together with some friends for a bi-monthly improvisation session on modular synthesizers.
    Rikkert shares insights about his company that builds solutions for business problems, for example, with a collaborative approach they call 'system in the room'. And they are pretty successful in what they are doing; they now got the Giarte XLA award for the 16th time. And he shares with us a workshop lab setting where he uses modular synthesizers to let people collaborate better and be more creative. And precisely, that way of thinking - giving output and receiving input in a connected system of elements - is the essence of the Music Thinking Framework, with all the cues connected. So if you are at home or in the office while you hear this, you might want to download the framework first and then listen to this episode. But if you listen to it while driving a car or walking in nature, relax and enjoy the conversation with many life sounds from a modular synthesizer that Rikkert brought to the show.Show notes and how to connect with Rikkert
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rikkert-achtereekte-9694aa49/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voltmeistermodular/ 
    Schuberg Philis, company website: https://schubergphilis.com/en 
    Voltmeister, the modular synth music group: https://voltmeister.bandcamp.com 
    Voltmeister on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1gB0NEOq2RooF3oSIoAtVv?si=aS8_YsVcStWgcrJeCy1q_w 
    Do you like books?Check out the new book: The Power of Music Thinking and get stories, explanations and exercises to apply music thinking. Buy The Power of Music Thinking
     
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    • 41 min
    The Instrument with a smile with Dagan Bernstein - Ukulele

    The Instrument with a smile with Dagan Bernstein - Ukulele

    Today we are in Hawaii. We speak with Dagan Bernstein, a teacher and musician passionate about designing and leading innovative educational experiences. Dagan is currently serving as Capstone Coordinator at an independent K-12 international boarding school in Hawaii with additional expertise in mathematics, music, and digital media instruction. 
    We speak about collaboration in the classroom, how to co-create with students and how this might be an inspiration for business people. And we talk intensively about the Ukulele, how he is using this in teaching, and some historical background, and we hear him play a tenor ukulele during the conversation like he would do at the farmers market at the weekend.
    And we learn new Hawaiian words and mindsets like Malama Kaiaulu, the act of Kilo and Ike.
     
    Shownotes
    Here are some links to sources we mentioned in the talk.
    Youtube: Student Ukulele Ensemble
    Youtube: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
    Peter Moon (spotify)
    Jesse Kalima (spotify)
    Eddie Kamae (spotify)
    Connect with Dagan
    Twitter: @daganbernstein
    Instagram: @daganmusic and @dagan.blog
    Website: daganmusic.com  
    More info
    The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION specialised in facilitating companies in making brand minded and people-centred decisions.
     
    Buy The Power of Music Thinking book to learn and find out more about Music Thinking and how to use this in your endeavour.
    See the latest episode of The Power of Music Thinking
     

    • 54 min
    The Sound of Nature with Hélène Seiyu Codjo - Shakuhachi

    The Sound of Nature with Hélène Seiyu Codjo - Shakuhachi

    In this episode, you can listen to a conversation with Helene Seiyu Codjo and the sound of the shakuhachi.
    Helene is a shakuhachi performer, composer and teacher.  
    "In the single tone of the shakuhachi, the whole of nature can be heard whispering its secrets." Dean Seicho Del Bene
     
    We talk about the first memorable concert she heard as a child (there is one recital on Spotify with Miguel Ángel Estrella); how she came to the shakuhachi and how playing the shakuhachi has also something to do with 'letting go of your ego’.
    Hélène shares a beautiful story about playing the shakuhachi in nature. 
    And we hear the Shakuchahi and a short recording outside in nature where we play together in a soundscape of birds, geese and men-made sounds.
     
    Connect with Hélène:
    Website: https://hijirishakuhachi.com
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/lnflutes08
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/shakudojo
    Bandcamp: https://heleneseiyu.bandcamp.com/
    Blogpost about playing in nature: https://hijirishakuhachi.com/2022/02/03/playing-shakuhachi-in-nature/
    More info
    The Power of Music Thinking is brought to you by CREATIVE COMPANION specialised in facilitating companies in making brand-minded and people-centred decisions.
     
    Buy The Power of Music Thinking book
     
    See the latest episode of The Power of Music Thinking
     

    • 52 min
    Green Listening and how green vinyl records is revolutionising the vinyl business

    Green Listening and how green vinyl records is revolutionising the vinyl business

    Special edition: Today, we reflect on the changes in the music industry and how we listen to music, from live concerts to streaming - via vinyl, CD, and download. 
    And we think about the impact of our choices, the impact on the environment and what medium and behaviour fits best to your listening experience. 
    Further, we visit Green Vinyl Records in the south of the Netherlands at their factory; we hear the sounds of production of a revolutionary approach to making the vinyl record business a green business. 
    And learn from them why their approach to producing vinyl records - that is, chemically not vinyl anymore - is 90% less energy-consuming than the traditional way of pressing vinyl. 
    That is also the reason why the BBC, ZDF, NOS, The Guardian and The Power of Music Thinking :-) visited the factory in the last month. Watch out when you see GVR on the sleeve of your next vinyl record.
    Links: 
    Green Vinyl Records on LinkedIn:
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/greenvinylrecords/
    Harm Theunisse on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harm-theunisse-5123555/
    Setting the record straight: is streaming greener than vinyl?
    https://theecologist.org/2018/mar/16/setting-record-straight-streaming-greener-vinyl
     

    • 17 min

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