In this eight-part podcast series called Pivoted, we talk to many of our beloved Central Florida music makers about how their creative work lives have evolved since the COVID shutdown of music venues and performance spaces.
Jeff Rupert, Carol Stein, Benoit Glazer, and Sisaundra Lewis are some of the artists featured in this fascinating look at how music creation continues in their lives and communities.
Episode 8 of "Pivoted" features soulful singer songwriter Beth Mckee. As head of the Swamp Sistas, she has found a home here in Orlando with many other talented and inspiring women. Mckee discusses new discoveries during quarantine, staying engaged and moving forward.
Episode 7 of "Pivoted" features the driving force behind Central FL Jazz Society, The Orlando Jazz Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Orchestra - Greg Parnell. We talk about coping with things going from 100 to 0, reflecting and what the future looks like for the orchestras.
Episode 6 of "Pivoted" features Hammond B-3 organist and previous on-air announcer Caesar Frazier. He talks about his life as an artist, being in no rush to produce content without quality behind it, and what people can do to pivot in a positive way.
Episode 5 of "Pivoted" features vocalist, arranger and educator Michelle Mailhot. Complete with an unconventional online final exam, a venture into virtual reality and what Orlando built within her to this day - there is something for everyone to latch on to. Mentoring young artists may be her day job, but for Michelle - it's an embodiment and we are lucky to speak with her!
Episode 4 of "Pivoted" features the creator of Timucua Arts Foundation Benoit Glazer. He wears many hats as a conductor, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, educator and more. Find out how busy he's been - working to produce content online weekly, the advantages of home also built for work, and how he continues to support artists in any way that he can. Quarantine may have slowed down life externally, but for Benoit - this is a transition period.
Episode 3 of "Pivoted" features vocalist, director, and choreographer for Céline Dion and previous "The Voice" contestant...Sisaundra Lewis. Find out how she's taken coaching to an online platform, used this time to focus on the 'back burner', and relied on her faith. With a beautiful uplifting personality and vocal range to back it up - Lewis is a star even in her own home.