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Creative Peacemeal is about the highs and lows of living a life in creative and fine arts. Well known, and up-and-coming guests—ranging from artists to musicians, illustrators, designers and more—share starts, struggles, triumphs, and more in compelling interviews. You can find host, Tammy Takaishi, a Board Certified-Music Therapist, continuing the conversation about fine and creative arts, along with recipes from guests via her blog https://tstakaishi.wixsite.com/music/blog
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Chef Chris Spear is on the show to talk about his amazing business, Perfect Little Bites, and his podcast, Chefs Without Restaurants.Chris Spear is the chef and owner of Perfect Little Bites, an in-home personal chef business based in Frederick, Maryland. You might also know him as the host of the Chefs Without Restaurants podcast, and the man behind the culinary networking organization of the same name. Chris graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a B.S. in culinary arts, and has been working in the foodservice industry for almost 30 years.Chris dreamed of bringing an upscale dining experience directly into peoples' homes, and he started his personal chef business on the side in 2010. Tired of the corporate foodservice grind, he left his job and took his business full-time in 2016. Specializing in contemporary American cuisine with global influences, Perfect Little Bites services the metro Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas, as well as parts of West Virginia, Southern Pennsylvania, and Northern Virginia.Wanting to build a community to help support other food entrepreneurs, Chris started the Chefs Without Restaurants community. Its focus would be on sharing gig opportunities and knowledge, as well as doing collaborative pop-up events. This led to the launch of the Chefs Without Restaurants podcast in late 2019, and the show features guests working in aspects of foodservice such as catering, research & development, contract foodservice, and the food truck industry.Now Chris splits his time between cooking unique dishes for his guests, such as scrapple dip, and engaging with the culinary community he built. He has written editorials for StarChefs, and some of his recipes can be found on the Garden & Gun and Imbibe websites. You can also find an illustration of his chest tattoo in the book Knives & Ink, along with his recipe for smoked gouda and hot pepper pimento cheese.Chris is also a husband, and father of twins. When he's not cooking or talking about food, you'll probably find him taking photos, wandering an art gallery, or rocking out at one of DC's concert venues. Ask to see his Star Wars collection, or to tell you about the time Bill Murray inadvertently ruined his anniversary dinner.Click HERE to listen to Chris' podcast, Chefs Without Restaurants. Chefs Without Restaurants Website: https://chefswithoutrestaurants.com/Perfect Little Bites Website: https://perfectlittlebites.com/Creative Peacemeal:https://tstakaishi.wixsite.com/musicIG @creative_peacemeal_podcastFB: https://m.facebook.com/creativepeacemealpod/
Creative artist, Michael "Flip" Yingling joins me on the show to talk about how he got into the field, life at LEGO, gets serious about living a creative life, and does a deep dive into Danish food and desserts. Don't miss this insightful look at life in the arts from this talented individual.Michael Yingling, also know as Flip, as  Sr Product Lead at LEGO working on digital experiences for kids. A seasoned creative and voice over performer, Flip has worked in the the theater,  on television, for Walt Disney Imagineering, Club Penguin, and Disney's Photopass Service where their passion for performance and storytelling turned into engaging products for users and inspirational leadership for their teams.To learn more about Creative Peacemeal Podcast, or to check out more episodes, and a corresponding blog featuring small interviews, podcast spotlights, and recipes, click here.Don't forget to follow the podcast on social media for all the latest updates, quotes, and behind the scenes photos!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creativepeacemealpod/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creative_peacemeal_podcast/?hl=en
Musician and Bandleader, Alex Mendham of the illustrious Alex Mendham and His Orchestra graces the show to talk about the struggles of getting a niche group together, the successes, his musical inspirations, and what's next for this group which has become a mainstay on the BBC radio, and stages worldwide.Mesmerised from a young age by the music of a forgotten time, Essex-born musician, singer, and lyricist Alex Mendham made a name for himself, having burst onto the scene by forming his own orchestra at the tender age of just 20 (and refusing to slow down ever since!). Alex Mendham spent his youth studying the saxophone and meeting the last surviving dance band musicians from the golden era, living links to the past, including the virtuoso Al Gallodoro, a star of 1920s Paul Whiteman fame. He also spent several years as protégé to Bob Wilber, himself a student of Sidney Bechet.After the initial performances with his Orchestra, Alex soon realised what was needed was an authentic vocalist and frontman. He exchanged the saxophone for a conductor's baton and the rest as they say - is history. To learn more about the group including tour dates, and purchasing albums, follow the links below.Website:  https://www.alexmendham.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexmendham/?hl=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/alexmendhamorchestra/Interested in MORE of this podcast? Check out Creative Peacemeal social pages, as well as the official website for more episodes, a corresponding blog, recipes from guests, and merch!Website: https://tstakaishi.wixsite.com/musicInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/creative_peacemeal_podcast/?hl=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/creativepeacemealpod/
Author John Cotter is the latest guest on the podcast, which marks the 25th episode. John gives one of the most moving interviews to date as he goes deep sharing stories of personal health struggles with Meniere's Disease which sparked his upcoming memoir, LOSING MUSIC. We also discuss the creative process, music that touches our souls, and more.John Cotter is the author of the memoir Losing Music, forthcoming from Milkweed Editions, portions of which have appeared in Raritan, Catapult, Indiana Review, and Guernica. His novel, Under the Small Lights, was published by Miami University Press in 2010, and his fiction, essays, criticism, and theater pieces have appeared in New England Review, Washington Square, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Georgia Review, and Commonweal.John has worked as a theater director, ghostwriter, trash collector, and copy editor, as well as a teacher of environmental ethics, English literature, and history. From 2009 – 2017 he served as Executive Editor of the arts and review site Open Letters Monthly. In 2018 he was Artist in Residence at SPACE Gallery in Portland, Maine, and in 2022 he’ll be a resident fellow at the James Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut. Born and raised in New England, John now lives in Denver with his wife, the poet Elisa Gabbert. He teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop.To learn more about John, check out the links  below.Website: https://johncotter.net/Twitter: https://twitter.com/smalllightsContinue the conversation on creative and fine arts via Tammy's corresponding blog, or check out other guests on the podcast. Interested in podcast merch? You can find that on the website too! https://tstakaishi.wixsite.com/music
Chef Jacqueline Myer of Broth and Brine, a new restaurant in the Houston area joins me today to discuss her path to the culinary arts, her hot take on food as medicine, and much more.Jacqueline Myers is chef-owner of Broth & Brine | Dedicated Craft Kitchen as well as GF Personal Chef | Gluten Free & Paleo. In addition to her role as chef-owner-manager at Broth & Brine, she is also a personal chef and a food and wellness consultant. She intercedes for clients on their healing journeys using a food-as-medicine approach.Jacqueline holds a Master of Science degree in secondary education from Indiana University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Spanish. She has always held a passion for the culinary world, cooking, and world travel. Through food, perspective is downloaded and peoples are united. Having spent 16 years as an educator, Jacqueline observed the rise of gut-related disorders and astonishing epidemic of ASD—Autism Spectrum Disorders. Through a series of events, she began to investigate the root cause(s) of ASDs, the brain connection, and the factors involved in other autoimmune conditions including cancer and diabetes. Toxicity and gut health emerged as critical factors in need of immediate attention across all United States demographics. For Jacqueline, it was time to step out of a classroom with four walls and take action at a different level in order to encourage change and healing for our children and our society.Combining her passion for research, education, and food preparation, Jacqueline embarked on a relevant and timely mission to help others using the timeless concept of nutrition. She relied on her time spent studying and traveling abroad, as well as her passion for healing foods of the Mediterranean and our distant ancestors.At the core of her mission today is to empower others with knowledge and skills for healing true root imbalances using food as a first line intervention and prevention.To learn more about today's guest, please check out her websites below.Broth and BrineGF Personal ChefTo learn more about the wonderful Dachshund Rescue of Houston, including adoption, their foster program, or making a donation, check out droh.orgTo connect with the Tammy and learn more about the podcast, as well as hearing from other creative guests in the blog, check out the websites and links below.Webpage: https://tstakaishi.wixsite.com/musicIG: https://www.instagram.com/creative_peacemeal_podcast/?hl=en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creativepeacemealpod/
A.S. Hatch, Author

A.S. Hatch, Author

2021-06-0701:25:45

A.S. Hatch, brilliant author of the stunning thriller, THIS LITTLE DARK PLACE,  joins the podcast to discuss his favorite writers, books that changed his life, his creative process, and shares the story of how he got published.To learn more about A.S. Hatch or to buy his books click here.IG: https://www.instagram.com/as_hatch/?hl=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashatchauthor/Want to learn more about Dachshund Rescue of Houston? Click here.Don't forget to follow Creative Peacemeal Podcast on social media for all the latest updates!FB: https://www.facebook.com/creativepeacemealpod/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creative_peacemeal_podcast/?hl=enWebsite: https://tstakaishi.wixsite.com/music
Versatile violinist,  Filip Pogády joins me on the show today. He talks about how he got his start, what inspires him, a mutual adoration of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, his thoughts on shoulder rests, and more.To learn more about Filip, his current projects, or to take virtual lessons, check out his websites and social media pages below.www.pogady.comIG: www.instagram.com/filippogadyFB: www.facebook.com/pogadyYT: www.youtube.com/filippogadyViolinist Filip Pogády has been praised by the press for the "beauty of his tone", “lightning-like virtuosity” (Russkoe Slovo) and his "commanding performances" (The New York Times).Pogády has performed in some of the most renowned concert venues in the world including Lincoln Center (New York), Rudolphinum (Prague), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Tel Aviv Opera House, Lotte Hall (Seoul), and Seoul Arts Center.He also makes TV appearances, including guest starring on Louis CK's "Louie".As a firm believer that music should be available to everyone, Pogády joined Yehudi Menuhin's “Live Music NOW!” Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing music to orphanages, nursing homes, prisons and hospitals. Pogády has played over 30 recitals for “Live Music NOW!”. Pogády decided to take this concept to the next level and has been performing the Sonatas and Partitas by J.S. Bach in the New York City subway throughout his studies at the Manhattan School of Music until present. “Most of these people have never heard this kind of music before, and yet it touches them on a basic human level, because this music is just SO good," he says.Pogády gave his solo debut with orchestra at age 11 at the Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna after winning the 1st prize at the Tsusuki Violin Competition as the youngest contestant.He participated three times at Austria's nationwide music competition "Prima La Musica" and won the 1st prize each time. He was also honored with special prizes by the Austrian String Society and the Raiffeisen Bank for extraordinary results at this competition.Pogády earned his Master's Degree in Violin Performance under the tutelage of Maestro Pinchas Zukerman at the Manhattan School of Music, where he was awarded a full scholarship.Born in Bratislava (Slovakia), Pogády moved with his family to Austria as a child and began his violin studies at age 7. Just one year later he was admitted to the Bruckner Conservatory Pre-college in Linz. He gave his first recital at age 10.To learn more about host, Tammy Takaishi, including reading the corresponding creative arts blog, or to buy fun podcast merch, click here!Podcast social mediaIG   https://www.instagram.com/creative_peacemeal_podcast/FB https://www.facebook.com/creativepeacemealpod/
Artist and educator, Melanie Trout Anderson joins to show to talk about teaching during the pandemic, what inspires her, how she got her start, her ADORABLE dog art, and more.Anderson earned her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Memphis and her Masters of Art Education from Memphis College of Art.  She began her career as a graphic designer and served as the Director of Advertising for Catherine's Stores Corporation for fifteen years before becoming an art educator.  She is a working artist, high school art teacher, and dog advocate living in Arlington, TN, a suburb of Memphis. She was recently named the West TN Art Educator of the Year.  She serves on the board of the TN Art Education Association, and is Youth Art Month Chairman for the state of TennesseeAnderson is most recognized for her large scale paintings of colorful, happy dogs. Her personal artwork was published in 2014 and 2016 by North Light Books Incite: Mixed Media Series, and was featured in August 2020 in the a special edition Acrylic Works compilation from Artists Magazine.  Her work and teaching practices were featured in the 2019 college textbook release Teaching and Learning in Art Education by Deborah Sickler-Voigt.  Anderson is in the process of writing a book entitled You Can Be A Maker: How to Find the Time and Space to Create due for release in 2021. Her work can be found in personal art collections around the country. To view or commission her work visit www.melanieanderson.net  Artist Statement: Why I paint dogs..."Dogs are gifts wrapped in spontaneity and freshness.  A dog's experience is always new, even when catching the Frisbee for the fifty-seventh time.  With open hearts and soaring spirits, they brightly color our world.  My paintings represent the pure nature of liberation that dogs embody.  They remind me to be fully present and free.  I am lucky enough to have two willing subjects of my own to inspire me daily.  Their antics provide me with an endless amount of subject matter." Melanie AndersonTo learn more about Melanie, or to follow her social media, check out the links below.Website:  melanieanderson.netInstagram: @melanietanderson @girlsnightartFB: Melanie Trout AndersonTo learn more about host, Tammy Takaishi, or to follow the podcast social media, check out the links below.Website https://tstakaishi.wixsite.com/musicInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/creative_peacemeal_podcast/FB: https://www.facebook.com/creativepeacemealpod/
The brilliant Thomas Echols joins the show today to talk about musical barriers in his life, various philosophies, current trends in electronic music (hint it's quite a surprise), his diverse career, and more. To find out more about Thomas Echols, follow his websites below.http://www.thomasechols.com/http://www.manwomanfriendcomputer.com/Thomas Echols’s work is an amalgam of classical, modernist, and pop music forays.As visiting artistic director for Austin Classical Guitar, Thomas curated programs including traditional instrumental recitalists, experimental electronics, newly commissioned works, and interactive visual projections. I have recorded and performed with the Grammy­Nominated choral ensemble Conspirare and the Houston Symphony Orchestra (our recording of Wozzeck recently won a Grammy and the prestigious Echo Klassik award for best operatic recording), and have had major engagements at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Palazzo Chigi (Siena, Italy), The Whittier Bach Festival (LA, The Blanton Museum of Art (Austin), Jones Hall (Houston), and other venues around the world.His experimental-pop alter ego, Man, Woman, Friend, Computer, creates simple songs that unfold into meandering compositions, analogue synth fetishism, conspiracy pop, polyrhythmic laments, somnambulist visions, and process music. MWFC’s debut album has garnered rave reviews from Austin Monthly and The Austin Chronicle, which calls it “Meditative and fetching . . . he ventures into a complex amalgam of analog and synth. Wistful, romantic. . . Echols’ vocals sooth to surrender.” As a classical guitarist, music technologist, composer, and song writer, Thomas is a mainstay in the thriving classical guitar and experimental music scenes in Austin. Thomas is active as a performer and lecturer, and he has contributed scholarly articles to Soundboard Magazine. Thomas Echols holds degrees from the University of Southern California (Doctor of Musical Arts), the University of Texas (Master of Music), the University of Colorado (Bachelor of Music), and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy (Diploma di Merito).To stream other episodes of Creative Peacemeal Podcast, click here.To learn more about host Tammy Takaishi, or to check out the corresponding creative arts blog or the merch store, click here!
Music Therapist and researcher, Dr. Claire Ghetti joins me on the show today. She shares a moving story of how she came into the field, her current research, life in Norway, and more.Dr. Claire Ghetti is Associate Professor, Program Coordinator, Integrated Master's Program in Music Therapy; Assistant Leader, GAMUT - The Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research CentreThe Grieg Academy – Department of Music For information about Dr. Ghetti and the program at the University of Bergen in Norway, click here.Information on Dr. Ghetti's research can be found here.More information about music therapy, can be found here on the American Music Therapy Association website.Love this episode? Want to know more about music therapy? Then check out back episodes featuring other music therapists, and also my creative arts blog! All found here.Want to support the show and score some swag? Check out the OFFICIAL Creative Peacemeal shop via Bonfire found here!
Jessica Conick is a vibrant, eco-friendly fashion designer and founder of MOUNT INDIGO. Mount Indigo was founded by Jessica Conick. She speaks about what inspired her to start her company, what we  can do to make a difference, and moreJessica started Mount Indigo as a passion project after working in the fashion industry for years and realizing that it is one of the most polluting industries in the world. She knew she had to do something to be a part of the solution and spread awareness, but wanted to do it in a fun way. ⠀⠀Mount Indigo is a curation of upcycled denim jackets, and eco-friendly tees re-worked with sassy, sustainable statements and art. Jessica wants people to feel empowered to wear their values, especially if it’s something as non-controversial as “Please Recycle” or “Keep The Planet Instagrammable.” ⠀⠀“I think of all of my pieces like a little sustainable fashion army out there trying to make the world a better place,” Jessica saysTo purchase some of her eco-friendly designs, or learn more about her, visit https://www.mountindigo.com/.
Award winning, multimedia artist Janet O'Neal joins the podcast today! Janet shares heartwarming, and interesting stories from her career of over 30 years (and still going strong!), as well as current projects, including collaborations with musicians and other creatives.To learn more about Janet O'Neal, please visit www.janetoneal.comJanet O'Neal is an award winning multimedia artist, photographer and teacher. She is best known for her colorful energetic abstracts and multimedia assemblages. Born in Raleigh North Carolina, she is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied art and obtained a degree in Administration of Criminal Justice. After working as a deputy sheriff and an assistant to the district attorney in North Carolina, she decided not to attend law school, began a career in real estate and finally launched a full time career in art in 1987. She moved to Florida and began traveling extensively through out the country participating in juried art festivals and gallery exhibitions. Janet has studied with leading American artists through out her 33-year career including Rudy Pozzatti, Glen Bradshaw, Maxine Masterfield, Carole Barnes, Sharon Montgomery, Barbara Nechis, Carrie Brown, and Bernice Ficeck Swenson and John M. Swenson: Landmark Editions, The Guerrilla Girls, The Penland School, Santa Fe Photography Workshops, photographer Marcel Perez and photographer George DeWolfe.Janet has worked in watercolor, printmaking, painting, ceramics, multimedia assemblage, sculpture and photography. Her desire to express new ideas and emotions is almost always accompanied by the search and exploration of new techniques and media. Her current works include digital photography and conceptual multimedia works and installations where photography is the dominant media. She has won awards in the prestigious Georgia O’Keeffe International Photography Competition, International Pollux Awards Competition and is a Julia Margaret Cameron Awards Finalist.Her artworks are included in private collections and over 300 corporate and public collections nationwide. She currently lives and works in Santa Fe New Mexico.To learn more about host, Tammy Takaishi, check out her personal website which includes a creative arts blog, recipes from guests, and official podcast merchandise! All found at https://tstakaishi.wixsite.com/music
Keith Gaboury, Poet

Keith Gaboury, Poet

2021-04-1245:03

Former classmate, and talented poet, Keith Mark Gaboury joins me on the show today.He talks about his creative process, current projects, inspirations for poems and more.Keith Mark Gaboury earned a B.A. in English: Concentration in Creative Writing from Baker University (2008), a M.A. in English: Concentration in Literature from San Francisco State University (2010), and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing: Concentration in Poetry from Emerson College (2013).For more than fifteen years, Keith Mark Gaboury has spearheaded action to promote literary engagement. Moving forward, he is seeking to build more literary avenues in the Bay Area, nationally, and globally. Feel free to contact him if you’re interested in a collaboration to support a platform of expression from a diverse range of voices who have a right to be heard.In the Bay Area, he is a regular attendee at literary readings, open mics, and workshops, including Saturday Night Special, Naked Bulb, Quiet Lightning, and The San Francisco Creative Writing Institute.From such topics as science fiction, surrealism, and religion, his poetry perceives reality through a disjointed lens. Whether a poem travels to the moon Europa or slithers along a Brooklyn sidewalk, unexpectedness is ripped open where the strange is truly beautiful.Keith is a poet, preschool teacher, and runner in Oakland, California.To learn more about Keith and find his work, click here. Resources he mentioned in the show are below. Typewriter Poetry Group (Keith hosts bi-monthly poetry workshop): https://www.meetup.com/The-Typewriter-Poetry-Group/Walnut Creek Zoom Poetry Meetup (Keith co-hosts a weekly poetry meetup): https://www.meetup.com/Walnut-Creek-Poetry-Meetup/San Francisco Creative Writing Institute (creative writing classes, relatively cheap): https://sfwriting.institute/The Writing Salon (creative writing classes as well): https://www.writingsalons.com/To learn more about host, Tammy Takaishi, or to support the show via merchandise or donation, click here. As always, thanks for listening and uplifting the creative arts!
I'm joined by cellist, and professor, Jennifer Kloetzel. Jennifer share delightful stories, and wonderful insights from her perspective as a long-time performer and educator.A graduate of The Juilliard School and a Fulbright Scholar, cellist Jennifer Kloetzel has concertized throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician. A founding member of the San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet (1996-2016), Ms. Kloetzel has toured the globe and performed at such renowned venues as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Chautauqua Institute and the Ravinia Festival, the Lobkowicz Palaces in both Vienna and Prague, as well as prominent colleges and conservatories worldwide.Ms. Kloetzel is noted for her elegant playing and her vibrant tone. She is a sought-after recitalist, performing concerts for San Francisco Performances and on WQXR in New York. A fervent champion of new music, she has received the Copland Award for her work with living American composers and has commissioned and premiered over fifty works, including five concertos written specifically for her. In the past few seasons, premieres included a Cello Suite by Daniel Asia, a Cello Concerto, “Cloud Atlas” and unaccompanied cello work “Lift,” which were both written for her by MIT composer Elena Ruehr and a Cello Sonata dedicated to her by Joseph Landers. Ms. Kloetzel has recorded the Ruehr Cello Concerto with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, which was released to critical acclaim in October 2014. “Lift” is the title track of an all-Ruehr disc, released on the Avie label, and was included on Keith Powers’ 13 Best Classical Music Recordings of 2016. Ms. Kloetzel is the featured cellist on a 2019 Albany Records release of music by Richard Aldag, and recently premiered Lee Actor’s Cello Concerto, written for her in 2017. In the next few seasons, she will give world premieres of sonatas written for her by Richard Aldag and Elena Ruehr and “Inferno: Double Concerto for Viola, Cello and Chamber Orchestra” by Joel Friedman, as well as six ‘companion’ pieces commissioned to go with the six Bach Cello Suites, for a special project entitled “Mission: Bach~ The Road to Inspiration."Ms. Kloetzel has been featured regularly on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and her performances have been broadcast on radio stations from coast to coast. A passionate recording artist with 36 CD releases to date, recent recordings include the entire cycle of Beethoven Quartets and Brahms Sextets on the Avie label. In 2021, Avie will release her recordings of Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano with Robert Koenig. In 2016, Ms. Kloetzel was invited to join the faculty at University of California Santa Barbara, where she is Professor of Cello and Head of Strings.   More information about her can be found her her website, www.jkcello.comThe resource created by cellist Paul Katz, can be found here. More information about host, Tammy Takaishi can be found here.Interested in supporting the show? Now you can with CREATIVE PEACEMEAL merchandise! Snap up your swag here!
Singer, songwriter, Amy Elizabeth Clarke joins the show and talks bluntly about being a freelance musician during the pandemic, her current projects, her take on Taylor Swift, and more.To learn more about Amy click here for her Facebook page and here for her Patreon account.To learn more about host, Tammy and to check out the new merchandise page for the podcast, click here.  
My former professor, Dr. Brian Abrams joins us on the show today and it's such a treat to pick the brain of someone so revered in the field of music therapy. He speaks about his beginnings in the field, compassion fatigue, what's it's like to teach during a pandemic, and more.Brian Abrams, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT, Analytical Music Therapist and Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, has been a music therapist since 1995, with experience across a wide range of clinical contexts. Prior to his current position at Montclair State University as Associate Professor of Music (2008-present) and Coordinator of Music Therapy (2010-present), he served on the faculty at Immaculata University (2004-2008) and Utah State University (2001-2004). He has published and presented internationally on a wide range of topics such as music therapy in cancer care, music psychotherapy, music therapy and transgenerational trauma, humanistic music therapy, and the interdisciplinary area of Health Humanities, including his role as one of five authors of a 2015 book by that title. He has also contributed to the establishment of several medical music therapy programs. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, such as Music Therapy Perspectives, the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, and Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. From 2005 to 2011, he served on the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), including as President from 2007-2009. From 2005 through the present, he has served on the AMTA Assembly of Delegates, including as Assembly Representative on the AMTA Board of Directors from 2010-2013, and as Assembly Speaker from 2012-2013. He currently serves on the AMTA Board of Directors (2000-present) as an Assembly Representative Alternate.To learn more about Dr. Abrams, and the music therapy program at my alma mater, Montclair State, click here.To learn more about music therapy, click here.To leave a review on Apple, click here. Reviews help get the podcast to more listeners. Thanks to all who've reviewed so far!To access host, Tammy Takaishi's blog and personal website, click here.
Shakuhatchi master, and composer, Shawn Head joins the show today! He's full of amazing stories, and wise words.Shawn Head has an active career as a Shakuhatchi soloist, along with being a composer, and educator. He studied at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. He also became the youngest non-Japanese Shakuhatchi master at 23. Head emphasizes the possibilities and coherence between Eastern and Western ideas; mixing the aesthetics and sensibilities of Japanese music with a Western musical framework. In 2019 he received the distinct honor of becoming an OSS Tai Shogun for his work in traditional Japanese music. He has toured worldwide, and collaborated with various artists including members of the Houston Symphony, Susanna Campbell of Shoso Duo, and the Westheimer String Quartet. Head currently performs on eight flutes specifically crafted for him by revered flute maker, Yozan Hikichi.To learn more about Shawn, visit here. To learn more about host, Tammy, visit here.To learn more about Dachshund Rescue of Houston, including how to become a foster, visit here.
Honored to have Dr. Jennifer Higdon, a Pulitzer Prize and three-time Grammy winning composer on the show today! Tune in to hear the story of her musical beginnings, what it's like to win the Pulitzer, and what she was up to in 2020 (hint A TON OF COMPOSING), inspirations behind one of her most popular pieces, and more.Jennifer Higdon, a Pulizer Prize and three-time Grammy winner, is one of the most performed living American composers working today. She is the recent recipient of Northwestern University’s Nemmers Prize and the UT Austin EM King Award. Previous honors include the Guggenheim, Koussevitzky, and Pew Fellowships, as well as two awards from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Commissions have come from a wide range of performers: from the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony, to The President’s Own Marine Band; from the Tokyo String Quartet to Eighth Blackbird, as well as individual artists such as singer Thomas Hampson, violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist, Yuja Wang.  Her first opera on Charles Frazier’s book, “Cold Mountain”, was commissioned by Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, NC Opera, and Minnesota Opera, selling out all of its runs and winning the International Opera Award. She makes her living from commissions. Her works are recorded on over 70 CDs. The recording of her “Percussion Concerto” with Colin Currie and the London Philharmonic was recently inducted into The Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Jennifer holds the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.For more information about Dr. Jennifer Higdon, visit her official website here.To learn more about Dachshund Rescue of Houston, a nonprofit organization close to my heart, click here.Interested in ordering from Instacart but don't know where to start? Click the link below to get a special offer, and to support the show!As always, THANK YOU for listening and if you have a moment, share an episode with a friend, or leave a review on Apple by clicking here and scrolling to "Ratings and Reviews" Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Author, and one of my besties, Cheyanne Young joins the podcast today! Tune in for honest book talk, witty banter, the writing rule(s) she breaks, the authors she can't get enough of, and more!Cheyanne Young is a Young Adult Author of THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE, and THE BREAKUP SUPPORT GROUP, among others . If you haven’t picked up her books yet, do so. They are witty, and full of heart--a perfect weekend read that will leave you smiling. To learn more about Cheyanne, or to purchase her books click here!February is the month of LOVE and one organization I love and support is Dachshund Rescue of Houston! To learn more about this nonprofit, or to make a donation, click here!If you enjoy my podcast, be sure to tune into Musicians Dish, featuring two hardworking freelance musicians, Robin and Audra. Their podcast can be found on all major podcast sites.Looking for another way to get groceries? Check out the link below for a special offer from Instacart that also helps support the show! Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Just in time for Valentine's day, Romance Author, Allison Ashley of PERFECT DISTRACTION joins me on the show to talk about what it was like to debut in 2020, how her work as a clinical pharmacist impacts her writing, what she can't live without, writing tips, and more.To find out more about Allison, or to order her book visit here. The website Allison recommended was called One Stop for Writers hereTo learn more about host Tammy Takaishi, and check out her creative arts blog click hereInterested in ordering groceries from Instacart? Click here for a special offer! NOTE* Some of the links in my content are affiliate links. That means if you click the link and purchase the product, I receive an affiliate commission at no cost to you. All opinions remain my own. Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
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