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This is a podcast of portrait interviews, conversations, and debates with people who make things. My name is Michal Massoud, I'm a conductor, composer, and teacher, and I'm your host. I'll be speaking to musicians, craftspeople, artists, writers, cooks, and more.

The Movers and Makers Podcast Michal Massoud

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

This is a podcast of portrait interviews, conversations, and debates with people who make things. My name is Michal Massoud, I'm a conductor, composer, and teacher, and I'm your host. I'll be speaking to musicians, craftspeople, artists, writers, cooks, and more.

    Portrait Interview of Matt Dixon, Chocolatier

    Portrait Interview of Matt Dixon, Chocolatier

    Portrait Interview of Matt Dixon, an American chocolatier currently based in Washington D.C. 
    Visit this page to view some cool photos of Matt.
    The music played during this episode is:
    "Twirl" by Zooxanthellae "Observer" by Pompeii Graffiti "Goblin King" by DoubleSpeak

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Portrait Interview of Ridikkuluz, Visual Artist and Dancer

    Portrait Interview of Ridikkuluz, Visual Artist and Dancer

    Portrait Interview of Ridikkuluz, a Jordanian-American visual artist and dancer currently based in New York City. 
    Visit this page to view numbered artworks discussed during the episode.
    The music played during this episode is The Chaâbi Ha by Lazy Flow.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Portrait Interview of Johnny Farraj, Percussionist & Author

    Portrait Interview of Johnny Farraj, Percussionist & Author

    Portrait Interview of the Palestinian-Lebanese percussionist Johnny Farraj, currently based in New York City. We talked about his life, the Arabic music scene in the US, his new book Inside Arabic Music, published through Oxford University Press, and more. Visit Johnny's website www.maqamworld.com and check out his book for a great dive into the diverse and intricate world of Arabic music.
    The music played during this episode is: 
    1. Arabic Percussion Solo from a concert with Syrian Songstress Gaida at (Le) Poisson Rouge with the following percussionists: Zafer Tawil on Arabic tabla, Johnny Farraj on riq, Tareq Abboushi on daf, and Tony De Vivo on congas.
    2. Umm Kulthum performing Al Atlal ("The Ruins") live at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, November 1967.
    3. Lebanese Folkloric Song Aataba
    4. Simon Shaheen – Rast Taqsim on the Oud
    5. Arabic Percussion Solo – same as in no. 1
    6. Performance by singer Wajdi Ayoub accompanied by many local Arab musicians at New York's Roulette Theatre, including Johnny Farraj performing on the riq. 

    • 1 hr 26 min
    First Debate Episode

    First Debate Episode

    First debate episode, featuring three previous guests of the show: Luis Fernando Amaya (episode 1), Maria Kaoutzani (episode 2), Alex Temple (episode 15).
    Click here to access the articles by Nebal Maysaud, published in New Music Box, that we discuss during the conversation.
    Music played in the episode:  
    1. Dialecto de árbol no. 2, for 24 voices, performed by The Crossing – Luis Fernando Amaya
    2. A Shore to a Shore, for sax quartet, performed by ~Nois – Maria Kaoutzani
    3. This Changes Everything, for synth – Alex Temple

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Portrait Interview of Alex Temple, Composer

    Portrait Interview of Alex Temple, Composer

    Portrait Interview of the American composer Alex Temple, currently based in Tempe, Arizona. We talked about her childhood, her beginnings in composition, discovering her gender, and her amazing music, including a tribute to Frank Zappa titled The Man Who Hated Everything.
    Visit Alex’s website to hear her work and see what she’s up to now.
    The music played during this episode is: 
    1. This Changes Everything – first version, for synth
    2. This Changes Everything – second version, for saxophone and electronics. Performance by John Seaton.
    3. Willingly – for flute, piano, and electronics. Performance by Lily Floeter and David Chavannes.
    4. Viola Joke – for two vaudevillian violists + electronic studio audience. Performance by Chris Fischer-Lochhead and Doyle Armbrust.
    5. World – for two keyboards and percussion. Performance by members of the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players: Michael Smith (piano), Annie Brooks (synthesizer), Chris Clarino (marimba and djembe), and Kelsey Adams (Xylosynths and maracas).
    6. The Man Who Hated Everything – for ensemble. Performance by wild Up.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Portrait Interview of ~Nois, Saxophone Quartet

    Portrait Interview of ~Nois, Saxophone Quartet

    Portrait Interview of the Chicago-based saxophone quartet ~Nois, through one of its members, Brandon Quarles. 
    Visit ~Nois's website to view videos of the group's performances and to hear the full pieces excerpted in the episode. 
    The music played during this episode is: 
    1. Josquin Microludes – David Ludwig, movements I, II, V
    2. Dwalm – Gemma Peacocke (Live on WFMT) 
    3. Apertures – Mathew Arrellin
    4. Consort – David Reminick
    5. Thirteen Changes – Pauline Oliveros
    Opening credits: Dwalm (Peacocke). Closing credits: Josquin Microludes (Ludwig)

    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

broyalistener ,

Fascinating debate

I just listened to the last episode of the podcast. What a wonderful debate. Fascinating questions by Michal Massoud. Deep and thoughtful words from the guest composers: debating about common sociocultural issues among composers/performers/music educators. Loved it. Can’t wait for the next episode.

pteradroma ,

Keep them coming- listen to this

Super interesting content. Most podcasts focus on mid to late career artist. It’s so valuable to hear from those whose ideas are in an earlier stages of development, or who have simply been working in relative anonymity. There are so many talented and dedicated people making engaging, thoughtful work, that are equally deserving of an opportunity to share their ideas. This podcast does just that.

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