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Dismantling Dissonance

Author: Bailey Poesnecker

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Disrupting the status quo for 21st century performers and educators, "Dismantling Dissonance" is a platform for honest conversations about how we can incorporate new ideas into projects in order to create content and connect in a more meaningful way.
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This week, I got to sit down with two of the people who helped me get started in podcasting, Joy and Claire of "This is Joy and Claire." In their own words, their podcast is a conversation every week "about all the...random things you'd talk to your friends about." Podcasting since 2013, their first project was called "Girls Gone WOD," which focused a lot on fitness and CrossFit. It has since developed into "This is Joy and Claire," and they also have a Great British Bakeoff-themed show calle...
Joe Troop is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter hailing originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The founder of GRAMMY-nominated stringband Che Apalache, Joe’s music is deeply inspired by his decade living in Buenos Aires and traveling throughout Latin America. When the pandemic unexpectedly landed him back in North Carolina, he spent 2020 learning direct action from stalwart organizers. In 2021 he channeled that energy into his homecoming album Borrowed Time. The record wa...
This week, I sat down with my longtime friend, Max Rainwater. Max is a multi-instrumentalist based out of the Hudson Valley. We talked all about his teaching methodology, "Scratch to Gigs" and how to reinvigorate your practice by returning to basics, metronome always in hand. Take a listen to revisit some old ideas and maybe even get a couple new ones. Check out Max's band, the Mapletones!
Evan Newman Returns

Evan Newman Returns

2022-10-2747:40

Evan is back! Our first repeat guest, Evan is a pianist and salesman focused on creating a culture of gratitude and appreciation with his clients. A MN native, Evan received his Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University, under the tutelage of Anthony Padilla. At Lawrence, he earned an Accompanying Fellowship. Evan also holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Dr. Christopher Harding. Graduating summa cum laude, he compl...
Natalie Hagwood

Natalie Hagwood

2022-10-1358:10

Natalie Hagwood may be the changing face of the modern cellist.Unbridled by past conventions of what her instrument could and should do, the 28-year-old Sacramento transplant, who began formal cello training at age seven, continues to blossom, as do her fellow musical bandmates, heralded Sacramento trio Dear Darling. As her ascent with Dear Darling continues, her desire to explore new horizons and expand the changing role of cello in contemporary music continues with solo releases that have h...
Greg Childress

Greg Childress

2022-10-0601:15:57

Gregory Childress (he/him) is Lynchburg, Virginia native violist and violinist who began playing at the age of five in the Lynchburg City Schools Suzuki string program. Greg graduated Cum Laude from James Madison University in May 2019 with a B.M. in viola performance. He discovered his love for teaching during his time at JMU; Greg served as president of the JMU American String Teacher Association Collegiate Chapter. He taught after school group violin classes with Rockingham County Schools ...
Ben Plotnick

Ben Plotnick

2022-09-2956:25

From the day Ben Plotnick was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada his life has revolvedalmost entirely around music. Since his early start playing classical violin, he has foundhimself as a bit of a musical chameleon in musical worlds such as Folk, Country, Celtic, Jazz,Rock, and many areas of world music as well. Ben’s involved musical adolescence includedperformances with several groups & organizations for notable audiences (such as Her RoyalHighness Queen Elizabeth the 2nd) across four co...
J David Sloan

J David Sloan

2022-09-2201:00:56

This week is something different, and very special! I got to sit down with my cousin, J David and hear all about his early days as a country musician. We talk about songwriting, how he discovered Lyle Lovett in a small town in Luxembourg and his days running Mr. Lucky's, one of the most popular country music spots in Phoenix. He even gives an official definition of our family word "kadoo." (Heck, you might even feel like you're at one while you listen.)J David has played and toured with sever...
CURTIS STEWART is a multi Grammy-nominated violinist/composer who enjoys bouncing between MTV specials with Wyclef Jean and sold out shows at Madison Square Garden with Stevie Wonder to stints at the Kennedy Center with the Jimmy Heath Big Band and runs at the Guggenheim, MoMA and Whitney Museums in NYC. Curtis has performed as a classical soloist at Lincoln Center, with the New York Philharmonic Bandwagon, as well as held chamber music residencies at Carnegie Hall, the MET Museum and Nationa...
Lauren Rioux is enthusiastically sought out for her teaching expertise, leading classes and workshops across the globe. Her online string resource site, JamWithLauren.com provides students the world over with access to her innovative curriculum, gorgeous learning materials, inspiring and motivating blog, but most importantly- her inimitable teaching style. Lauren helps musicians (mostly string players) unlock their inner voice and achieve their potential while understanding and apprecia...
Episode 30: Wade Fernandez

Episode 30: Wade Fernandez

2021-05-1401:00:04

Soaring around the world with Menominee Indian Reservation roots, Wade Fernandez (Walks With The Black Wolf) is a “deeply authentic” multi-award winning international touring artist from the Menominee Nation. Winning numerous awards in many genres, Fernandez's musical style knows no bounds. Beginning his solo career joining Jackson Browne & the Indigo Girls onstage has led to a long career with over 60 international tours. Both his music and his message is firmly grounded in his Menominee...
Violinist and violist Gabe Bolkosky has been praised for the way he "takes audiences into his confidence and includes them" and described as having "the serenity of a master without a hint of coldness." He has performed and taught across the United States, abroad, working with all ages of musicians. He recently pioneered an online approach to music-making and collaboration from home. His organization, Education for Happiness, recently launched PhoenixPhest Virtual Online Chamber Music I...
American violist Rita Porfiris has performed in major concert halls and music festivals worldwide as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, and as a soloist.Currently the Associate Professor of Viola and Director of Chamber Music at The Hartt School, she has also been on the faculties of New York University, the University of Houston Moores’ School of Music, Florida International University, and the Harlem School for the Arts in New York. She has given master classes, lectures and cli...
Krissy Bergmark is a tabla player, percussionist, and composer in the Twin Cities. Bergmarkcenters her work on bringing tabla to new genres and cross-genres through composition andperformance. She has received commissions and grants through the Cedar Commissions, theJerome Foundation, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota State ArtsBoard for her tabla studies and compositions for tabla, percussion, and strings. She was also aparticipant in the International Workshop in Jaz...
Kenji Bunch is one of America’s most engaging, influential, and prolific composers. Through an expansive blend of classical and vernacular styles, Bunch makes music that’s “clearly modern but deeply respectful of tradition and instantly enjoyable.” (The Washington Post) Deemed “emotional Americana,” (Oregon ArtsWatch) and infused with folk and roots influences, Bunch’s work has inspired a new genre classification: “Call it neo-American: casual on the outside, complex underneath, immediate and...
Performer-Composer Brian Kavolius-Matherne is a horn and electronics soloist withprojects as varied as the medium is unique. With influences including Tchaikovsky, Strauss,Broadway, French-Acoustic-Folk, David Maslanka, and Julia Kent, it is no wonder that hetook to composition to synthesize all the music he hears!Brian developed a taste for new music early in his career, performing with the EDGE NewMusic Ensemble at Shenandoah Conservatory during his early training. Since then, he hascommiss...
We're back! Bailey kicks off this next run of episodes with friend and fellow fiddle demon, Rachel Calvert. Rachel plays fiddle and sings with Barbaro, an award-winning Bluegrass and Americana band based out of Minneapolis. Barbaro’s musical vision explores their collective life experiences through intricate instrumentation, creatively bending traditional music into a style that is all their own. The Minneapolis-Winona based rising stars have created their eclectic sound through origina...
**Want to register for Sarah's cooking class on February 12th and get a discount? Use code "Dissonance" for 20% off when you click the link below!** https://www.hungrymusician.as.me/feastSarah Jane Kenner (The Hungry Musician) is a professional violinist, blogger, and culinary coach in the New York City area. As a violinist, Sarah specializes in early music, and has performed with leading period instrument ensembles in venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Washington National Ca...
This week kicks off a mini-arc of episodes that takes a look at a few ways we as musicians can take care of ourselves. Up first, we have Keri Anderson! Keri describes her passion as, "to help people look and perform at their best through fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle coaching." Keri has been the nutrition program coordinator at Lifetime Fitness since 2016, and has been a fitness professional and nutrition coach since 2006. She specializes in both 1:1 and small-group training. Her certific...
This week, Bailey sits down with Evan Newman, pianist and sales wiz. A lot of musicians get turned off when they hear the word "sales;" the art should speak loudly enough for itself, right? Not always the case! Evan brings a unique perspective as someone who performs at a high level both musically and as a Cutco Sales Professional. With half a million dollars in personal sales, his experience brings a lot to this discussion! Outside of the Cutco world, Evan is a professional pianist, who...
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