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Why is there something rather than nothing? This podcast is a philosophical and psychological exploration into the act of creation (poets, musicians, writers, painters, thinkers, all of us) by: Ken Volante

Something (rather than nothing‪)‬ Ken Volante

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 28 Ratings

Why is there something rather than nothing? This podcast is a philosophical and psychological exploration into the act of creation (poets, musicians, writers, painters, thinkers, all of us) by: Ken Volante

    NYC Fringe Festival with Jude Treder-Wolff, Lauren O'Brien and Suzanne Bachner

    NYC Fringe Festival with Jude Treder-Wolff, Lauren O'Brien and Suzanne Bachner

    Special Spring 2024 NYC Fringe Festival episode with three dynamic creators!

    Lauren O'Brien presents Lolo's Boyfriend Show [https://www.frigid.nyc/event/6897:630/] - a new comedic solo show, the writer is also the performer;

    Suzanne Bachner presents Conversations with My Divorce Attorney [http://conversationswithmydivorceattorney.com/] - the playwright also directs the two hander play which she started writing many years ago when she was getting a divorce. Her current husband stars as her divorce attorney;

    Jude Treder-Wolff presents FASTER [https://www.frigid.nyc/event/6897:627/] - real life therapist and playwright wrote a new show about how technology is speeding up our lives. She also performs the play.

    SRTN Website [https://www.somethingratherthannothing.com/]

    NYC Fringe [https://www.frigid.nyc/festivals/frigid-festival/]

    • 56 min
    Page Stephenson

    Page Stephenson

    From Page Stephenson [https://www.mynameispage.com/creative]: "Sometimes my life feels as though I am both the director and the directed. As I attempt to navigate the vast ocean of choices, I often find myself adrift. It's in these moments that inspiration often bubbles to the surface. My creative adventures have enabled me to collaborate with giants like Google, Red Bull, Patagonia, and Netflix. These projects have sent me around the globe, expanding my perspective beyond my wildest dreams. I have been fortunate enough to play with robotic arms, fast computers, remote aircraft, and even real movie cameras. For me, it isn't about the gear, brands, or crazy stories; it's the journey of the self. I spend my time lost in video games, cinema, and researching new tools of expression because I love doing so; it is a way of life and it has sculpted me.

    Hopefully, I can sculpt a small bit in return."

    SRTN podcast [https://www.somethingratherthannothing.com/]

    • 50 min
    M.J. Bassett

    M.J. Bassett

    M.J. Bassett [https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1068186/] is an English director, writer, and producer of film and television. She began her career directing the cult horror films Deathwatch and Wilderness, the dark fantasy Solomon Kane, and the video game adaptation Silent Hill: Revelation. Since 2012, she has worked as a director and writer on high-profile television series like Strike Back, Ash vs Evil Dead, Power and Altered Carbon. Check out ROGUE with Megan Fox and the upcoming RED SONJA movie!

    SRTN Website [https://www.somethingratherthannothing.com/]

    • 54 min
    Ben Tanzer

    Ben Tanzer

    Ben Tanzer [https://www.tanzerben.com/]'s work includes the short story collection UPSTATE, the science fiction novel Orphans and the essay collections Lost in Space and Be Cool. Tanzer is a storySouth and Pushcart nominee, a finalist for the Annual National Indie Excellence and Eric Hoffer Book Awards, a winner of the Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival Nonfiction Prose Award and a Midwest Book Award, and has received an Honorable Mention at the Chicago Writers Association Book Awards for Traditional Non-Fiction and a Bronze Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. 

    Tanzer has also also written for Hemispheres, Punk Planet, Men's Health, and The Arrow, AARP's GenX newsletter..

    The Missing releasing March 21, 2024, nearly contemporaneous contemporaneously with this special episode release!

    SRTN Website [https://www.somethingratherthannothing.com/]

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Philip Barasch

    Philip Barasch

    Philip Barasch [https://www.dancingchapman.com/] has maintained a lifelong interest in sequential art. He is the creator of HandHewn, a magazine designed to explore the Graphic Short Story art form. His years in Portland, Oregon included involvement with The Stumptown Comic Book Convention, Sequential Art Gallery and Talisman Gallery. Philip and his wife, Charis, relocated to Astoria, Oregon in 2018. Charis departed this world in 2022, radically altering Philip's art form. He is now creatively consumed by this forced, revolutionary reinvention.

    SRTN Podcast [https://www.somethingratherthannothing.com/]

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Nicholas Tamagna

    Nicholas Tamagna

    Guest host Kinneret Ely [https://www.youtube.com/@KinneretEly] interviews opera star Nicholas Tamagna [https://www.operabase.com/artists/nicholas-tamagna-13040/en]

    Nicholas Tamagna's meteoric rise in recent years has made him one of the world's most fascinating alto voices. Highlights of the last few seasons were undoubtedly his interpretation of Ermano in the award-winning CD recording of Gismondo, re di Polonia (Leonardo Vinci) on the Parnassus label and its extensive concert tour, his MET debut in March 2020 in Sir David's McVicar's re-visited production of Händel's Agrippina as Narciso, at the side of Joyce DiDonato, Harry Bicket, Kate Lindsey and Brenda Rae as well as the worldwide cinema broadcast of the performance and his spectacular interpretation of the Händel roles Ruggiero in Alcina and Silvio in Il Pastor Fido at the Händel Festival in Halle, Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare in Egitto at the Göttingen Händel Festival, and most recently his debut at Bayreuth Baroque 2022 as Timagene in the highly-acclaimed production of Vinci's Alessandro nell'Indie from Max Emanuel Cenčić, at the side of Bruno de Sà, Franco Fagioli, and Jake Arditti. In future seasons, he will be heard at such prestigious houses as San Francisco Opera, Israeli National Opera in Tel Aviv, Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria, Pinchgut Opera in Sydney, Australia, and Bayreuth Baroque.

    SRTN Podcast [https://www.somethingratherthannothing.com/]

    • 1 hr 54 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Rice Hole ,

Cool Art Variety Show!

I like Kens way of thinking and coming up with interesting ways to interview and story tell with all different kinds of people. When he interviews his guests, he finds ways to bring out information you wouldn’t expect and demonstrate who these artists really are.

Cool guy, cool show! Check it out!

Em Gaddis ,

A must-listen

Ken hosts the show with wit, humor, and kindness. He is clearly so passionate about the arts, his guests, and the community he builds with listeners and contributors alike. He is well spoken, engaging, and brings a variety of voices to the forefront. He asks insightful questions, and leads with curiosity. This is by far one of my favorite shows, and really is a must listen if you like art, conversation, and/or really cool people.

jennyjo8675309 ,

Exemplar ART/Philosophy/Healing/Activism/Thinking podcast

…by creative host, Ken Volante. SRTN dives deep with each conversation- K.V. brings thought-provoking questions to a variety of creators and thinkers from all over the planet, and in turn allows for both a safe space and a platform by which guests can follow the path they choose for the episode to take. SRTN clearly has a plethora of interests and curiosities which lead to a delicious variety of voices being heard—- from poets to burlesque dancers, painters to metal bands, opera singers to bodywork healers, and everything in between. Specifically remarkable is the show’s conspicuous support of Indigenous artists and thinkers, as well as their continued acknowledgement of and action toward justice for Native American peoples.

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