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Sound Off with Katy Henriksen features in-depth conversations about music that challenges the status quo—hybrid sounds that fall through the cracks because they aren't easily labeled. Whether it's a classical flute-and-electronic music project that takes on police brutality and race, or a mix of poetry, pop and chamber music, Sound Off explores creativity at the intersection of art, music, and literature, and digs into what that work and the people making it tell us about art and life in the 21st century.   

Sound Off with Katy Henriksen Critical Frequency

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    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

Sound Off with Katy Henriksen features in-depth conversations about music that challenges the status quo—hybrid sounds that fall through the cracks because they aren't easily labeled. Whether it's a classical flute-and-electronic music project that takes on police brutality and race, or a mix of poetry, pop and chamber music, Sound Off explores creativity at the intersection of art, music, and literature, and digs into what that work and the people making it tell us about art and life in the 21st century.   

    JJJJJerome Ellis

    JJJJJerome Ellis

    Today’s guest is multidisciplinary artist JJJJJerome Ellis. Through music, text, performance, video, and photography he researches relationships among blackness, disabled speech, divinity, nature, sound, and time. He has a remarkable new solo piano album out this December on NNA Tapes called Compline in Nine Movements. Recorded in one take back in 2017, it’s a longform improvisation on a theme Ellis developed with longtime collaborator James Harrison Monaco. Listen in to hear Ellis discuss the new album, disability rights, time and the value of public school music education as well as music from the album.
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    • 29 min
    Bridget Kibbey

    Bridget Kibbey

    Today’s guest is harpist Bridget Kibbey, who’s been described as the Yo-Yo Ma of the harp. She has a new album out tomorrow on the wonderful label Pentatone called Crossing The Ocean. She commissioned contemporary composers who span the globe to write music specifically for her resulting in a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of sounds that meld the classical to folkloric traditions.
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    • 24 min
    Amanda Gookin

    Amanda Gookin

    Today’s guest is cellist and arts leader Amanda Gookin. Her Forward Music Project, launched in 2015, commissions new multimedia works for solo cello that elevate stories of feminine empowerment through raw performances and educational initiatives. The new music site I Care If You Listen describe it as “a premier example of feminist advocacy done right.” Host Katy Henriksen talks to Gookin all about arts advocacy, trauma, and finding agency through cello in a society that tells girls that they can’t.
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    • 28 min
    Jessica Pavone

    Jessica Pavone

    Today’s guest is composer/violist Jessica Pavone, a NYC based artist whose new album Clamor, is out in October. The album, which features string ensemble and bassoon, includes works that are inspired by women’s inventions created out of a desire to circumvent the limitations to their freedoms, including the See Saw, 17th century, Korean women invented the standing see-saw to help them see what lay outside. These women weren’t allowed to leave their homes, so the see-saw gave them the ability to peek out the walls of their property, if even for just a second. In addition to the interview, you'll hear from the forthcoming album.
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    • 31 min
    Tumi Mogorosi

    Tumi Mogorosi

    Today’s guest is the South African percussionist Tumi Mogorosi. His album Group Theory: Black Music, out on the label Mushroom Hour Half Hour was one of Katy's favorites in 2022.
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    • 22 min
    Damon Locks

    Damon Locks

    Today's guest is Damon Locks, bandleader for the genre-shattering Black Monument Ensemble. The group released the critically acclaimed album NOW in April of 2021 on the International Anthem label. It’s a viscerally poignant, joyous album created outside in the swelter of Chicago summertime at the height of lockdown, a tumultuous moment that coincided with the national protest movement following the police murder of George Floyd. From the power of gospel and its roots in the Civil Rights era to the distinct power of music for community building and imagining a better future, Katy discusses this and so much more.
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

warren.r.ross ,

Great Episode!

I really appreciate Katy’s experience being comfortable talking to a mic. She’s easy to listen to. The format of the show showcases the voice of the person she is interviewing really well. And the music they are talking about is intertwined very appropriately.

wsblissjr ,

Listener

I enjoyed this episode! I thought Katy's interview brought out Caroline's gentle soul... I also enjoyed the way Katy mixed Caroline's music into the interview.

Nienor N ,

This has quickly become a favorite podcast!

Katy is a thoughtful and dynamic host and each guest brings unique insights to her program! As a musician I think this is a wonderful resource, but I can see it being really interesting and welcoming for other audiences as well.

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