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Operatic Meteor Shower
Description: Dorian Wood is a magical typhoon disguised as a humble singer-songwriter. LA Weekly calls them "a fearless artist and performer whose voice inhabits a room like a choir of ghosts," while Mondosonoro compares their concerts to "a meteor shower and the four elements." If we had to boil down the essence of Dorian Wood’s music, we’d call it a mixture of theatrical-experimental, folk, gospel-soul, and classical music, with a large dash of performance art. Speaking with Dorian was a...
Bonus: Hindustani Vocal Serenade
Description: In our last episode, Washing Machine Revelation, we interviewed composer Reena Esmail, who talked about her unique blend of Indian and Western classical music, revealed her composing ritual, and told us about the washing machine that sparked a revelation. For this bonus episode, Reena treated us to a live Hindustani vocal improvisation. Find Reena Esmail online: Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter Credits: Hosts: Chrysanthe Tan and Thomas KotcheffGuest: Reena...
A Washing Machine in Dehli
Description: Reena Esmail knows she doesn’t look like a stereotypical composer, but that doesn’t prevent her from making a big impact. Known for her signature blend of Indian and Western classical music, Reena joins us in the studio to discuss stage fright, getting in touch with her heritage, how the #MeToo movement inspired her, and the washing machine that sparked a revelation. Playlist: Here is a Spotify playlist with hand-picked selections from Chrysanthe, Thomas, and Reena...
Bonus: Accordion Serenade by Isaac Schankler
Description: In episode 6, Goofy Baby Songs, we interviewed composer, accordionist, and electronic musician Isaac Schankler, who shared their inspirations and led us in a goofy baby jam session. For this bonus episode, Isaac treated us to an exclusive live studio performance on the accordion. Find Isaac Schankler online: Website / Twitter / Bandcamp Credits: Hosts: Chrysanthe Tan and Thomas KotcheffScript: Chrysanthe TanClassical KUSCYouTubeiTunesSpotify Social Media: Facebook:...
Goofy Baby Songs with Isaac Schankler
Playlist: Here is a Spotify playlist with hand-picked selections from Chrysanthe, Thomas, and Isaac. Music Featured in Interview: iTunesSpotifyiTunesSpotifyartist websiteSpotifyAmazonSpotifyiTunesSpotifyiTunesSpotifyHate PlusiTunesSpotifyBandcampYouTube Lightning Round: What genre is your music? Performance ritual?A modern/technological tool that’s extremely helpful to your practice? A failure that turned out for the best?Something besides music that you’re obsessed with right now?A...
Farm to Table Improvisation with Eyvind Kang
Described by Pitchfork as a "musical polymath," composer/violist Eyvind Kang has created and collaborated on hundreds of recordings and countless tours, from his own solo masterpieces to his work with Laurie Anderson, Bill Frisell, Animal Collective, Sun O))), The Decemberists, and Blonde Redhead. On this episode, he tells us about his early inspirations, his favorite project, and the music his teacher thought was garbage. Playlist Here is a Spotify playlist to pair with Underscore Episode...
The Good, The Bad, and the Pineapple Mango
Daniel Ho is a 6-time GRAMMY winning artist, producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and audio engineer from Honolulu, Hawai'i. Playlist Spotify playlist Guest Daniel Ho is a 6-time GRAMMY winning artist, producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and audio engineer from Honolulu, Hawai'i. He began his professional career in the ‘90s as the leader of Billboard-topping contemporary jazz group Kilauea and has since gone on to win innumerable awards, tour all over the world, and compose,...
Alien Maps and Radiohead
Derek Stein (Vitamin String Quartet, gnarwhallaby, wild Up) is a cellist with the ability to extract exciting, unusual sounds from his instrument. On this episode, he demonstrates his favorite sounds, reveals which audition he bombed, and joins us for a discussion on whether cell phones belong at concerts. Playlist Here is a Spotify playlist to pair with Underscore Episode B3! Co-hosts Chrysanthe and Thomas collaborated with our guest Derek Stein to curate an hour of tracks featuring...
How to ruin a piano
Composer/pianist Sarah Gibson shows us her bag of tricks, plays the melodica, and tells us why she composed a piano piece for just the left hand. Then, we discuss how different concert venues affect our concert-going experience. Playlist Here is a Spotify playlist to pair with Underscore episode #B2! Co-hosts Chrysanthe and Thomas collaborated with our guest Sarah Gibson to curate these tracks based on the conversations, recs, and vibes of this episode. Guest Composer/pianist Sarah...
Why do metal musicians go classical?
Sean Hayward, a composer/guitarist with roots in extreme metal, illustrates the intersections between metal and classical music, shares his love for Javanese gamelan, and gives us his top metal recommendations for newbies. Then, we watch a viral music video and discuss whether expensive instruments truly sound better than cheap ones. Playlist Here is a Spotify playlist to pair with Underscore episode #1! Co-hosts Chrysanthe and Thomas collaborated with guest Sean Hayward to curated these...