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A conversational podcast about the arts, culture, and contemporary society. We talk with artistic heroes working to create a more inclusive and mindful world, hear their incredible stories, and get to know what makes them tick. Our featured guests are leaders in a wide range of fields, nationalities, and lived experience, including musical composers and performers, painters, poets, filmmakers, actors, dancers, broadcasters, and more.
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have received one of the legendary nocturnal phone calls from pianist Glenn Gould? For the first time, Gould Standard listeners will have the chance to eavesdrop on such a conversation, albeit one that took place in the daytime. Pulitzer prize winning music critic, Tim Page, is widely recognized as one of America’s leading writers on music and the arts. From an early age, he was fascinated by the music and ideas of the Canadian pianist, Glenn Gould. In October 1980, Gould agreed to a print interview with him to appear in the SoHo News. Tim scheduled a telephone conversation to prepare his article, which he recorded on cassette tapes. Rediscovering the tapes years later, Tim realized what a precious souvenir and historical document he had preserved. During this candid conversation, Gould unabashedly expresses his innermost feelings on topics such as recording vs. live musical performance, the concept of “The Idea of North,” and his perspectives on various composers and their works. The Gould Standard is grateful to Tim Page for letting us share this unprecedented and intimate look into the musical philosophies and eccentricities of one of the most brilliant musical minds of our era, in this world premiere presentation.
The Gould Standard welcomes Robert Lepage, the 10th Laureate of the Glenn Gould Prize, for a provocative and illuminating dialogue on his trailblazing career as an actor, director, playwright, and stage director. Drawing from his Québecois roots, Lepage reflects on how his background has shaped his artistic sensibility, from grand productions like Wagner's Ring Cycle at the Metropolitan Opera in New York to the intimate exploration of memory in his stage work "887." His dedication to pushing his art to the limit of the possible and beyond, while maintaining a deep connection to both personal and universal themes, underscores his belief in art as a transformative experience that transcends conventional boundaries. Robert Lepage: Official Website IMDb Wikipedia TED Talk NY Times Article The Glenn Gould Foundation: Visit our Website Subscribe on YouTube Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter/X Follow us on LinkedIn
This episode of The Gould Standard delves into the personal and artistic relationships between Glenn Gould, Cornelia Foss, and her family. We begin with Cornelia relating her first captivating encounter with Gould at a concert during her marriage with famed composer-conductor Lukas Foss, leading to Cornelia and Glenn’s eventual love affair. We explore the complex dynamics between Cornelia, Glenn, and Lukas, highlighting Gould's multifaceted personality - from his perceived reclusiveness to his warm, playful and affectionate side as experienced by the Foss children. Cornelia Foss reflects on the challenges and transformations of their relationships, particularly focusing on Gould's the alterations to his state of mind, which she attributes to his misuse of prescription medications, leading to the eventual breakdown of their partnership. The episode also touches on broader themes of artistry, memory, and the lasting influence of Glenn Gould on the Foss family and beyond, all while revealing lesser-known facets of Gould's character and the deeply intertwined lives of those who were closest to him. Cornelia Foss: - Official Website: https://www.corneliafoss.net/- Twitter: https://twitter.com/cornelia_foss Christopher Foss: - Official Website: https://www.christopherfossphotography.com/index Eliza Foss: - MDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0287583/ The Glenn Gould Foundation: - Visit our Website: https://www.glenngould.ca/thegouldstandard- Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyeNcs2Ao31H8KOCvUyRn4Q?sub_confirmation=1- Follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/glenngouldfndn- Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGlennGouldFoundation- Follow us on Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/glenngouldfndn- Follow us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-glenn-gould-foundation  
In a compelling episode of the Gould Standard podcast, listeners are treated to an intimate conversation with American painter Cornelia Foss alongside her children, Christopher and Eliza. Delving into the rich tapestry of their family history from Europe to Hollywood to New York, and the life and career of Cornelia’s husband, the great American composer and conductor, Lukas Foss, the trio shares poignant insights into their lives intertwined with art and music.  This two-part conversation also includes reminiscences of Cornelia’s almost 5-year love affair with Glenn Gould, which saw her and the children moving to Toronto to be with Gould. A rare and poignant account of a relationship that offers unique insights into the great pianist’s life and personality, from three first-hand, very personal perspectives.   Cornelia Foss: Official Website X   Christopher Foss: Official Website   Eliza Foss: IMDb   The Glenn Gould Foundation: Official GGF Website Instagram YouTube Channel Facebook X LinkedIn
David (Trent) Jaeger embodies a spirit of limitless adventure and versatility in the musical world, excelling as a composer, producer, and performer. His early explorations at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Toronto underscored his pioneering spirit as an advocate for experimentation around the emerging field of electronic music which produced a profound influence on Canadian contemporary music. He helped establish a cutting edge digital sound synthesis facility at the University of Toronto during the early 1970s. Embracing a new chapter at CBC in 1973, Jaeger curated Two New Hours, a landmark weekly radio series dedicated to bringing contemporary music to a wide audience. His collaboration with Glenn Gould allowed Jaeger to glean and share insights into the brilliance of the Canadian pianist. Please help us to continue to create content like the for YouTube by subscribing to this channel: YouTube Channel Subscription The Glenn Gould Foundation celebrates artistic heroes who exemplify the transformative impact of art on society and the human condition. We honour Glenn Gould’s spirit and legacy by celebrating innovation and excellence, promoting creativity and transforming lives through the power of the arts. If you enjoyed this and other episodes of The Gould Standard, please support the program by giving generously to The Glenn Gould Foundation: Donate   David Jaeger Official Website Facebook Instagram The Canadian Encyclopedia Navona Records   Glenn Gould Foundation Official GGF Website Instagram YouTube Channel Facebook X LinkedIn   Recent guests of The Gould Standard Neil Gaiman: Video Link Cécile McLorin Salvant:
In this second part of his extended conversation with Brian Levine, acclaimed Icelandic pianist, Víkingur Ólafsson, discusses a variety of topics related to his craft and passion for music. He discusses the polarizing effect of Glenn Gould and how his influence has inspired Ólafsson's own interpretation and performance of music. Ólafsson also questions the idea of so-called 'classical' music, arguing that the term could be removed altogether, as music is not bound by time or specific periods. He reveals insights into his creative process and how he prepares for recorded sessions and live concerts, emphasizing the importance of fine-tuning dynamics and maintaining unpredictability.   Víkingur Ólafsson: Official Website Facebook Instagram X YouTube Glenn Gould Foundation: Official GGF Website Instagram YouTube Channel Facebook X LinkedIn Recent guests of The Gould Standard: Neil Gaiman Cécile McLorin Salvant Wynton Marsalis James Rhodes A.R. Rahman
Víkingur Ólafsson, Iceland's superstar pianist, engages in captivating dialogue in Part One of his interview on the Gould Standard. From Reykjavik to New York, Ólafsson delves into the profound influence of his Icelandic roots and reflects on his educational journey from early studies with his parents to Juilliard. The conversation unveils a multifaceted glimpse into his musical philosophy, exploring topics ranging from his insights into Bach's Goldberg Variations (which he has just recorded, and which he calls the greatest work of keyboard music ever written) to his nuanced views on music competitions. Ólafsson boldly contends that exceptional art should act as a catalyst for societal discourse, with the potential to overcome divisions, following in the footsteps of one of his inspirations, Glenn Gould.
In this special episode of The Gould Standard, Katie Hafner, an accomplished author and journalist renowned for her works like "A Romance on Three Legs," takes the reins as guest host. The book delves into the eccentricities of pianist Glenn Gould and his obsession with finding the “perfect piano” - fabled Steinway concert grand CD-318. Pianist and educator Jim Prosser, upon reading the book, presented a surprising revelation – one of the pianos discussed in Katie’s book is none other than his current instrument. Prosser provides a captivating account of the instrument's history, its encounter with Gould, and its subsequent evolution. The interview offers a unique blend of musical passion, historical context, and personal connection. If you enjoyed this and other episodes of The Gould Standard, please support the program by giving generously to The Glenn Gould Foundation: https://www.glenngould.ca/donate The Glenn Gould Foundation celebrates artistic heroes who exemplify the transformative impact of art on society and the human condition. We honour Glenn Gould’s spirit and legacy by celebrating innovation and excellence, promoting creativity and transforming lives through the power of the arts. Katie Hafner: Official Website: https://katiehafner.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katie.mark.hafner Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katiehafner Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/6938812.Katie_Hafner Jim Prosser: Official Website: https://www.jimprosserpiano.com Glenn Gould Foundation: Official GGF Website: https://www.glenngould.ca/thegouldstandard Instagram: https://instagram.com/glenngouldfndn YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyeNcs2Ao31H8KOCvUyRn4Q Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGlennGouldFoundation LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-glenn-gould-foundation Recent guests of The Gould Standard: Neil Gaiman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzcHr74nm5Q&list=PLiAEmTuPXrVship-J6ihn0GKXvC3WgmJ7&index=4&pp=iAQB Cécile McLorin Salvant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt42tifTDzM&list=PLiAEmTuPXrVship-J6ihn0GKXvC3WgmJ7&index=2&pp=iAQB Wynton Marsalis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1XPu-_6LIU&list=PLiAEmTuPXrVship-J6ihn0GKXvC3WgmJ7&index=13&pp=iAQB James Rhodes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj3ppQgJRQE&list=PLiAEmTuPXrVship-J6ihn0GKXvC3WgmJ7&index=7&pp=iAQB A.R. Rahman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPd6A7Ri0Vw&list=PLiAEmTuPXrVship
In the second segment of this exclusive podcast interview, we continue to explore the remarkable life and achievements of the extraordinary Cécile McLorin Salvant. Beloved for her enthralling narrative flair, impeccable vocal mastery, and passion for traversing an extensive spectrum of musical genres, Cécile McLorin Salvant is one of the few true reigning divas of jazz. But her creativity, curiosity, and wayfaring imagination take her well beyond the boundaries of any one style or genre of expression. Cécile reflects on her creative process, the inspiration of Abbey Lincoln, French culture, medieval poetry, folk traditions, and her exploration of early American jazz, musical theater, and storytelling within her mesmerizing performances. Cécile discerns parallels between her classical training and jazz vocals, on full display in her recent albums Mélusine and Ghost Song, underscoring her commitment to infuse her singing with depth of feeling, sentiment, and vivid character portrayal.
Beloved for her enthralling narrative flair, impeccable vocal mastery, and passion for traversing an extensive spectrum of musical genres, Cécile McLorin Salvant is one of the few true reigning divas of jazz. But her creativity, curiosity, and wayfaring imagination take her well beyond the boundaries of any one style or genre of expression. In this revealing conversation, Cécile unveils her musical roots stemming from her Haitian father, French mother, and choir experiences in Miami, later deepening her musical studies in France, where she was originally immersed in classical and baroque music. Following her first prize win at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010, Cécile embarked on a voyage into the jazz milieu. Cécile reflects on her creative process, the inspiration of Abbey Lincoln, French culture, medieval poetry, folk traditions, and her exploration of early American jazz, musical theater, and storytelling within her mesmerizing performances. Cécile discerns parallels between her classical training and jazz vocals, on full display in her recent albums Mélusine and Ghost Song, underscoring her commitment to infuse her singing with profundity, sentiment, and vivid character portrayal. Cécile McLorin Salvant: Official Website: https://www.cecilemclorinsalvant.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cecilemclorinsalvant Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cecilemclorinsalvant TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/ Glenn Gould Foundation: Official GGF Website: https://www.glenngould.ca/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glenngouldfdn YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/GlennGouldFoundation Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlennGouldFoundation X: https://twitter.com/glenngouldfdn
In the second instalment of The Gould Standard’s sweeping conversation with the best-selling author Neil Gaiman, we venture deeper into his extraordinary literary odyssey, navigating the fine line between artistry and entertainment. Neil shares insights into the unexpected and profound connections his creations, especially the “Sandman” and “American Gods,” have forged between him and his readers. He unveils the magic of his creative process, an alchemical blend of multi-dimensional elements that fuels his storytelling. Neil takes a stand against the rising tide of book censorship, highlighting the indispensable role of libraries as gateways to a tapestry of ideas and inner worlds. He champions literature’s ability to ignite minds and spur critical thinking, all while paying a vibrant tribute to the influential authors like Lord Dunsany, H.P. Lovecraft and Harlan Ellison, whose enduring impact continues to shape the world of literature and imagination.
Beloved author Neil Gaiman has earned an avid following the world over. Celebrated for his iconic works such as "American Gods," "Good Omens," and the beloved "Sandman" series, Gaiman joined us at the Gould Standard for a candid conversation, opening the door to his imaginative world, ranging from novels and short stories, comics and graphic novels, children’s books and non-fiction, and numerous adaptations for film and television. From sharing personal family anecdotes and early childhood influences to exploring his deep connections with mythology and folklore, Gaiman sheds light on the magic that makes his tales and storytelling so mesmerizing. “It’s not sad bits that make you cry. It’s the bits where you just sort of feel things that are too big to quite fit in your chest, so they come out through your eyes."
From his humble beginnings in Chennai, India, to becoming an international sensation, legendary musician AR Rahman shares his life story and his remarkable musical journey. In Part 2 of this exclusive podcast interview, we delve deeper into the extraordinary life and accomplishments of this multifaceted artist. Rahman reflects on his groundbreaking work composing the Oscar-winning score for the film Slumdog Millionaire, and offers his philosophical insights on music education and music-making, and the inspiring story of his visionary KM Music Conservatory in Chennai. Looking towards the future, Rahman shares his thoughts on the ever-changing landscape of the music industry, the influence of technology on creativity, and provides glimpses into his latest musical endeavours. Link to Video Podcast:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKwRF9wvTHY&t=1591s   A.R. Rahman: - A.R. Rahman's official website: https://www.arrahman.com/- KM Music Conservatory: https://www.kmmc.in/ - The Sunshine Orchestra: https://arrahmanfoundation.org/- Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4HNGc8t9DlK5Bv7Wv2VpMZ- Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/a-r-rahman/181719291- AllMusic: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/ar-rahman-mn0000034174- Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._R._Rahman The Glenn Gould Foundation: - Official GGF Website: https://www.glenngould.ca/thegouldstandard- Twitter: https://twitter.com/glenngouldfndn- Instagram: https://instagram.com/glenngouldfndn- YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyeNcs2Ao31H8KOCvUyRn4Q- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGlennGouldFoundation- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-glenn-gould-foundation  
A.R. Rahman’s early life, marked by personal loss and perseverance, served as a catalyst for his musical genius and set the stage for his unparalleled success as one of the most beloved musicians of our time. At the age of nine, Rahman began supporting his family by playing the keyboard in orchestras and working as a session musician. Catching the attention of renowned Indian film directors, Rahman began scoring for cinema, and his soundtracks became massive hits. Since then, Rahman has scored over 150 films, has won multiple Oscars, Grammys, numerous other awards and has collaborated with talent across the globe including Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. Involved with numerous charitable causes, in 2009 Rahman founded the Sunshine Orchestra, India’s first youth symphony for economically and socially disadvantaged children that receive free music education from his KM Music Conservatory. A.R. Rahman Links: A.R. Rahman’s official website Spotify Apple Music AllMusic Wikipedia The Glenn Gould Foundation: Official GGF Website Twitter Instagram YouTube Channel Facebook LinkedIn
The Gould Standard welcomes back acclaimed pianist James Rhodes to once again share his profound insights on music and life. With refreshing honesty, Rhodes delves into the transformative power of music and its indelible impact on his own life journey, from trauma to triumph. James fearlessly discusses his mission to break down barriers and make classical music accessible to all, challenging conventions and igniting a newfound passion among a diverse generation of music enthusiasts. Elena Deslongchamps, app developer, joins the interview to introduce the new creativity enhancing app The Daily Muse, whose aim is to counter toxic on-line culture, and she discusses James’s influence on its creation. James Rhodes: Website Biography Instagram Facebook Spanish Newspaper Articles Spotify Apple Music The Glenn Gould Foundation: Official GGF Website Twitter Instagram YouTube Channel Facebook LinkedIn  
Vraidden von Strykenbach is a self-taught composer and pianist, and a good friend of The Glenn Gould Foundation. His grandfather was a member of the Tahltan First Nation in British Columbia, and Vraidden experienced an abusive childhood and spent his teen years living with poverty, homelessness, trauma and despair. Meet this extraordinary man and artist, as he recounts how he discovered the power of music, taught himself to play and compose, and in so doing, transformed his life. Vraidden’s message of hope carries the powerful lesson that none of us is without value and each possesses the potential to bring beauty into the world, no matter how afflicted their situation. Vraidden von Strykenbach: YouTube Channel Twitter The Glenn Gould Foundation: Official GGF Website Twitter Instagram YouTube Channel Facebook LinkedIn
Legendary musician Loreena McKennitt sat down with The Gould Standard to recount the journey for her illustrious career that has taken her from Morden, Manitoba to the far reaches of the globe. Known for her unique blend of Celtic, Middle Eastern, haunting melodies and poetic lyrics, she reveals her early inspirations and the vast array of cultures and musical traditions that have influenced her work over the years. McKennitt is not only a masterful storyteller and multi-instrumentalist but a music-biz whiz. She founded her own record label that allowed her to maintain creative control of her music and be involved in production, marketing and distribution of her albums. Loreena McKennitt: Website Wikipedia YouTube Instagram AllMusic Discogs Spotify The Glenn Gould Foundation: Official GGF Website Twitter Instagram YouTube Channel Facebook LinkedIn
Best-selling novelist Charles Palliser is best known for his debut novel, The Quincunx, a vast mystery set in Regency England that deftly combines Dickensian elements with contemporary techniques such as the use of unreliable narrators. Published in 1989, after 12 years of research and writing, this 800 page tour de force became an international best-seller. The Anglo-American Palliser was praised for his intricate plotting, vivid characters, and a portrayal of London in the early 19th century so shockingly realistic that Dickens wouldn’t have dared expose social conditions with such brutal honesty. Palliser has published four other successful novels including Betrayals, The Unburied and Rustication. Palliser’s newest novel Sufferance is projected for release near the end of 2023. Charles Palliser discusses his life, career and influences as a writer and educator. Charles Palliser: Wikipedia Penguin Random House Simon and Schuster The Glenn Gould Foundation: Official GGF Website Twitter Instagram YouTube Channel Facebook LinkedIn
Award-winning science fiction writer, blogger and activist Cory Doctorow rallies the creative class against an ever-expanding industry of monopolies and monopsonies. Co-written by Australian scholar Rebecca Giblin, Chokepoint Capitalism unveils the tricks Big Tech and Big Content use to lock-in users and suppliers, eliminate competition, and extort creators and producers, and extract value so that artists can’t survive and audiences pay through the nose. Doctorow shares his thoughts on how we can recapture creative labor markets to make them fairer and more sustainable. Cory Doctorow: Website Twitter Wikipedia The Glenn Gould Foundation: Official GGF Website Twitter Instagram YouTube Channel Facebook LinkedIn
This month we talk to acclaimed children’s author Sarah Ellis and Illustrator Nancy Vo, who made the life story of Glenn Gould accessible to a younger audience through their new children’s book, As Glenn as Can Be. Sarah Ellis is an acclaimed Canadian children’s author of over 20 books and has won numerous prizes, including the Governor General’s Literary Award and TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. For “As Glenn as Can Be,” she teamed up with the talented artist Nancy Vo to bring to life the story of Gould’s childhood in Toronto during the 1930s, to present a moving portrait of a solitary, deeply creative child who experiences the world differently from his peers, and finds liberating solutions to his challenges through technology. Go behind the scenes and listen to the thought and process behind the beautiful illustrations and story of the book and discover musical easter eggs hidden in the pictures. As Glenn As Can Be: Goodreads Amazon Indigo Sarah Ellis: Website Wikipedia Goodreads Scholastic Nancy Vo: Website Twitter Facebook Instagram The Glenn Gould Foundation: Official GGF Website Twitter Instagram YouTube Channel
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