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The Piano Pod

Yukimi Song, Clara Zhang

Hi 🎹 lovers out there! We are The Piano Pod, a bi-monthly podcast🎙 show, hosted by Yukimi Song and Clara Zhang--classical pianists & educators from NYC. Our podcast show is for anyone who plays the piano for fun, loves listening to the piano music, is currently pursuing a career in piano or works professionally in the music industry, or someone curious about the world of piano music! Twice a month, we interview a guest speaker who has been breaking exciting new ground in the music industry. Started during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to adjust to the new musical reality, the goals of The Piano Pod are to examine the traditions of the piano, adapt them, and expand its capabilities in this modern era. 📺Each episode is also available in video format on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/ThePianoPod). 🔗Follow us on social media: https://linktr.ee/thepianopodnyc 🌍Visit our website: https://thepianopod.com Thanks for listening♥️
The Piano Pod, Season 2, Episode 8: Lowell Liebermann--Composer & Steinway Artist
TPP had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Lowell Liebermann, one of America's most frequently performed and recorded composers, and a multiple-award recipient. He has written over 140 works in all genres, several of which have become standard repertoires, such as Sonata for Flute and Piano, and Gargoyles for solo piano.Dr. Liebermann has been commissioned by many ensembles and instrumentalists, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Emerson String Quartet, and flutist Sir James Galway.  Dr. Liebermann is a Steinway Artist, who has also written an extensive amount of piano solo and ensemble music. Last year, he released his debut solo-piano album, Personal Demons (https://www.steinway.com/music-and-artists/label/personal-demons-lowell-liebermann), under the Steinway & Sons label—the repertoire includes his compositions and works by Busoni, Liszt, and (Czech composer,) Kabelach.  Dr. Liebermann currently serves as a distinguished composition faculty member and the head of the composition department at Mannes School of Music, where he founded the Mannes American Composers Ensemble, devoted to performing works of living American composers.His latest project, a solo-piano album of world premiere recordings by contemporary British composer David Hackbridge Johnson, “The Devil’s Lyre,” will be released on February 4, 2022, under the Steinway & Sons label. This recording will be available on all music streaming services and CDs. For more information, please visit https://www.lowellliebermann.com/. [Dr. Lowell Liebermann]👩🏻‍💻https://www.lowellliebermann.com/🎼 https://www.lowellliebermann.com/works-by-dateL💿 https://www.lowellliebermann.com/cds-and-downloads-new😄 https://www.facebook.com/Liebermanncomposer😁 https://www.facebook.com/Liebermannmusic🤳@ liebermannmusic🐦 @ liebermannmusic [The Piano Pod]Hi 🎹 lovers out there! We are The Piano Pod, a bi-monthly podcast🎙 show, hosted by Yukimi Song and Clara Zhang--classical pianists & educators from NYC. Our podcast show is for anyone who plays the piano for fun, loves listening to the piano music, is currently pursuing a career in piano or works professionally in the music industry, or someone curious about the world of piano music!​Twice a month, we interview a guest speaker who has been breaking exciting new ground in the music industry. Started during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to adjust to the new musical reality, the goals of The Piano Pod are to examine the traditions of the piano, adapt them, and expand its capabilities in this modern era.Follow us on social media: https://linktr.ee/thepianopodnyc
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1 hr 15 mins
The Piano Pod Season 2 Episode 7: BLKBOK--Neo-Classical Pianist, Composer, & Yamaha Artist
TPP had the great fun and honor interviewing Mr. BLKBOK https://www.youtube.com/c/BLKBOK —a neo-classical pianist, composer, and Yamaha Artist who had worked as a lead pianist and musical director with A-list pop singers such as ☑️ Rihanna ☑️ Justin Timberlake ☑️ Demi Lavato ☑️ John Mayer 💿 BOK (😁 yup, now we get to call him that way!) recently released a new album “Black Book”, a compilation of his original piano pieces, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2018 film, Green Book. 📼 Besides his debut album, His first Mixtape release, CVRART, and current Mixtape project Angels Watching Over Me, with world-renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee, illustrate the innovative and disruptive musical landscape.  🤳 BLKBOK is also very active on social media and creates fun and engaging content for his fans--he has over 30K followers on TikTok and 21K followers on IG. 🎹 He was recently named as a Yamaha Artist, added to their classical piano roster, of which there are only 125 worldwide🌏. We also invited Mr. Ray Mak, YouTube Star, https://www.youtube.com/c/RayMak (do you remember Ray? He was our guest of Season 1 Episode 5: https://thepianopodnyc.simplecast.com/episodes/the-piano-pod-season-1-episode-5-ray-mak-youtube-star-and-digital-entrepreneur) as the guest co-host of the episode! Wanna hear him perform live? 🎟Book BOKBOK's tour in 2022 👇👇👇 https://www.blkbok.com/events😎😎😎[BLKBOK—guest of Episode 7] Neo-classical Pianist, Composer, and Yamaha Artist 🎵TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/blkbok  🤳IG: https://www.instagram.com/blkbok  📺YT: https://www.youtube.com/c/BLKBOK  🟢Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2WaCa...  🍎Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/blk...  ♣️ Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/artist/24456553  🙂Amazon: https://music.amazon.com/artists/B092...  🌐website: https://blkbok.com[Ray Mak--guest co-host of Episode 7]  📺YT: https://www.youtube.com/c/RayMak  🤳IG: https://www.instagram.com/makhonkit/  🟢Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6diqr...  🍎Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/ray... ♣️ Tidal: https://listen.tidal.com/artist/18355662   🙂Amazon: https://music.amazon.com/artists/B084...  🌐website: http://www.redefiningpiano.com/[The Piano Pod]🌐website: thepianopod.com  📺YT:https://www.youtobe.com/c/ThePianoPod 🤳Social Media: https://linktr.ee/thepianopodnyc
Dec 8 2021
1 hr 12 mins
The Piano Pod, Season 2, Episode 6: Ricardo A. Hernandez--Entertainment/Corporate Attorney
TPP had the privilege of interviewing Mr. Ricardo Hernandez, Entertainment/Corporate attorney, from Nashville, TN, for this episode. We had such great conversations, covering the latest Taylor Swift dispute with her record label company, the pandemic aftermath, and tips on how to achieve a long, successful career in the music industry. [Guest: Ricardo A. Hernandez] Ricky is an associate in the Nashville office of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP whose experience primarily lies in the fields of entertainment, intellectual property, and corporate law, with a broad knowledge base in the areas of music, technology, commercial lending, mergers & acquisitions, and day-to-day corporate matters. Ricky’s experience as a Certified Public Accountant allows him to see the obstacles and concerns of his clients from many different perspectives. Ricky’s broad range of experience in complex corporate and entertainment transactions provides him with the opportunity to better understand the marketplace and which in turn allows him to be the best advocate for his client. Throughout the course of his career, he has advised private companies of varying sizes in all stages of growth and development as well as through a variety of exit opportunities. His practice areas: 👉 Corporate Law and Transactions 👉 Entertainment and Media 👉 Intellectual Property 🌍 https://shackelford.law/profiles/rica... 📧: rhernandez@shackelford.law [Guest Co-Host: Aggeliki Psoni] For this episode, we invited Ms. Aggeliki Psoni, Greek/Jazz singer and Real Estate attorney, as a guest co-host! Aggeliki is a friend of Clara--and Yukimi also got to meet Aggeliki and work with her (and with Clara!) for a fun Halloween gig in CT recently. Aggeliki is the one who introduced us to Ricky, and we also asked her to join us as a guest co-host. 📺 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEX... 🥰 https://www.instagram.com/aggelikiliki/
Nov 24 2021
59 mins
The Piano Pod, Season 2, Special Edition!The Piano Pod, Season 2, Episode 5: Dr. Alexandria Le - Concert Pianist, Educator, and Arts Advocate
TPP had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Alexandria Le, concert pianist, Yamaha Artist, educator, and arts advocate.  A winner of over twenty first-prize music awards, her performance career has seen her play everywhere from Carnegie Hall and the Salle Cortot to the jails of Riker’s Island. After establishing her career for over 15 years in New York, she returned to her hometown, Las Vegas, to form the nonprofit organization Notes with a Purpose.  Since its inception several years ago it has already engaged thousands of children and adults in the Las Vegas area through outreach concerts and special events.  [Dr. Alexandria Le] Alexandria Le, pianist and Las Vegas native, has appeared as a soloist on the world’s most illustrious stages, such as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Salle Cortot in Paris, and in the most intimate of venues, such as the French Embassy in New York City and the Parrish Museum in the Hamptons. Her performances have been broadcast over radio stations in cities including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Seattle.  A winner of over twenty first-prize music awards, she is a laureate of the Pro Musicis International Award and the Ackerman Chamber Music Competition. She was the pianist for two years with Ensemble Connect, the resident ensemble of Carnegie Hall, and appeared regularly on Carnegie Hall’s concert series. She has also performed with principal members of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Brass, and Canadian Brass. She has worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Steve Reich and John Corigliano, and has commissioned and premiered new works, including a solo piano piece (Competing Demands) dedicated to her by Ryan Carter. Alexandria is a graduate of the Las Vegas Academy, where she was an inaugural inductee in their Hall of Fame. She holds piano performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music and SUNY Stony Brook, where she received her Doctorate of Musical Arts. She was named a Yamaha Artist in 2015, of which there are fewer than 100 worldwide on their classical piano roster. After establishing a career in New York, she returned to her roots in Las Vegas to make a difference in people’s lives. In 2016, she founded Notes with a Purpose, an award-winning music nonprofit that has enriched the lives of over 15,000 elementary schoolchildren and disenfranchised adults. Through performances, community outreach, and private piano teaching, she is committed to adding beauty and cultural growth to her hometown every day. 🎹 Alexandria’s Website: https://www.alexandriale.com/ 📱 Alexandria’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexandrial... 🌐 Notes with a Purpose Website: https://www.noteswithapurpose.org/ 🎶 Notes with a Purpose: https://www.instagram.com/noteswithap...
Nov 3 2021
56 mins
The Piano Pod, Season 2, Episode 4, Part 2: Claire Marie Lim - Music Technologist, Educator & ActivistThe Piano Pod, Season 2, Episode 4, Part 1: Claire Marie Lim - Music Technologist, Educator & ActivistThe Piano Pod, Season 2, Episode 3, Part 2: Josh Massicot - Keyboardist, Author, Songwriter, and EducatorThe Piano Pod, Season 2, Episode 3, Part 1: Josh Massicot - Keyboardist, Author, Songwriter, and EducatorThe Piano Pod, Season 2, Episode 2, Part 2: Min Kwon - Concert Pianist, America/Beautiful, Center for Musical ExcellenceThe Piano Pod, Season 2, Episode 2, Part 1: Min Kwon - Concert Pianist, America/Beautiful, Center for Musical ExcellenceThe Piano Pod, Season 2, Episode 1, Part 2: Jeffrey Biegel - Concert Pianist, Arranger, Composer
Sep 15 2021
27 mins
The Piano Pod, Season 2, Episode 1, Part 1: Jeffrey Biegel - Concert Pianist, Arranger, Composer
Sep 8 2021
41 mins
The Piano Pod, Season 2, Episode 0: Welcome to Season 2!The Piano Pod, Season 1, Episode 16 (Season Finale), Part 2: Ben Laude, Head of Piano at tonebase.coThe Piano Pod, Season 1, Episode 16 (Season Finale), Part 1: Ben Laude, Head of Piano at tonebase.coThe Piano Pod, Season 1, Episode 15: James Redcay, MidAmerica Productions at Carnegie Hall
TPP had the privilege of interviewing James Redcay: Senior Executive Overseeing Operations and Sales at MidAmerica Productions (https://www.midamerica-music.com/), the most prolific presenter of choral concerts in the history of Carnegie Hall.  James explained to us how a six-year diversion in Macau, China 🇲🇴 where he created and managed entertainment programs for the world's largest casino company - helped to shift his career path from the traditional one of a composer and classical pianist to a choir booking manager working closely with the famous venue 🎭.  Join us to hear his fun anecdotes from backstage, as well as learn how his company dealt with the sudden cancellation of all concerts during the COVID-19 pandemic. [James Redcay, composer/pianist/manager]A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, James Redcay spent four years in New York City as an accomplished pianist, composer and teacher, performing and composing for numerous concerts and institutions. During this time Redcay also held the position of Composer-in-Residence at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. After graduating from NYU, Redcay moved abroad to Macao, where he taught music at the Conservatory of Macao and created and managed arts and entertainment programs for Sands China Ltd., a subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands. After six fruitful years, Redcay relocated to the United States and now resides in New York City.  He joined MidAmerica Productions in April of 2015.https://www.youtube.com/user/jredcay7https://www.instagram.com/redcayjames/
Jun 9 2021
55 mins
The Piano Pod, Season 1, Episode 14: First Annual TPP Recital!The Piano Pod, Season 1, Episode 13, Part 2: Madeline Bruser, The Art of Practice InstituteThe Piano Pod, Season 1, Episode 13, Part 1: Madeline Bruser, The Art of Practice Institute

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