Welcome to The RudeWoke Sessions: Stories of Defining Moments! Join host Karen Kohler in conversation with creatives of all kinds, getting inside the uncurated story of their lives to reveal the defining moment that changed everything and set them on their paths as passionate artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, activists, explorers and more.
Session 02 - Luba Mason, "It's About Freedom"
My guest today is American singer, actress, dancer and songwriter, Luba Mason.
Luba has starred on Broadway in shows like How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Paul Simon's Capeman, Jekyll and Hyde, Chicago, and most recently as morphine-addicted Mrs. Burke in the critically-acclaimed Girl From the North Country featuring the music of Bob Dylan.
Born in New York City to first-generation immigrants from Slovakia, Luba is married to Panamanian musician, actor and activist Ruben Blades. She just released her third solo album, Triangle, for which she chose the uncommon line-up of just voice, vibraphone and bass to showcase an eclectic form of musical cross-currents she calls Mixtura.
Our conversation is timely, rangy and revealed as Luba shares key awakenings, rude and otherwise, along her rich journey through art and partnership. We discuss:
* her pressured childhood as a young, aspiring musician and younger sister
* the trait her favorite Broadway roles all have in common
* how meeting Latin music icon, Ruben Blades, opened up her world and musical affinities
* her thoughts on the key ingredient necessary for both art and partnership to thrive
* her next dream project as she continues to challenge herself and grow
and much more...