Episode 31: How we are giving back!

Happy New Year Everyone! This is Mike Epstein and welcome to Speaking of the Arts. At the end of 2016 I made a special announcement on behalf of our booking agency, Epstein & Company. In case you missed it, starting in 2017, we have decided to give back in the form of a special fund for music students who would otherwise not be able to afford private lessons.

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Episode 30: Jacob Yoffee on Composing for Feature Films

Jacob Yoffee is currently the Resident Composer for the American Studio Orchestra and is a full time concert & film composer based in Los Angeles. Jacob’s music has been featured in the trailer campaigns for Star Wars : The Force Awakens, The Jungle Book, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Chronicles of Riddick and Kubo & the Two Strings.

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Episode 29: Score A Score

This episode features Jordan Passman, founder of SCORE A SCORE. The company helps musicians and composers discover exciting opportunities in the music-for-picture industry, while providing media-makers an outlet to access top-tier musical talent from around the globe. Since it’s launch, SCORE A SCORE has worked with the biggest companies, brands and film franchises in the world including Google, Verizon, Intel, Microsoft, Salesforce, Fox, NBC, CBS, Disney, Netflix, MasterCard, Sprint, Target, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Funny or Die, Honda, Subaru, Acura, Shire, Pfizer and more.

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Episode 28: Weiss Center for the Performing Arts

Speaking of the Arts welcomes Kathryn Maguet from the Weiss Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. The Weis Center is a leader within the regional and national performing arts community, presenting more than 30 professional performances each year in addition to hosting department and university lectures. Prior to this role, Kathryn was the director of performing arts at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, the Executive Director at Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden, UT, the director of performing arts at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Sun Valley, ID, and the Center Series Director at the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center in Amherst, MA.

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Episode 27: New Hampshire Institute of the Arts

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This episode features Kent Devereaux, current President and Chief Academic Officer of the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA). The NHIA is a private, nonprofit, accredited college of the arts located in Manchester, New Hampshire.

An accomplished educator and academic leader, Kent’s career has taken him around the world and back again.

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Episode 26: From Music Student to Professional Musician: Practical Tips for Success

Episode Notes

    This episode features Dave Scalia, a Brooklyn based touring, session drummer/producer, and musical director. Originally from Madison, WI, Dave moved to New York in 2010 and began to work with pop, rock, soul, indie, and electronic artists. During the past 6 years he has performed and or recorded with national and international touring acts including White Rabbits, Elle King, A Great Big World, Sky Ferreira, Diane Birch, Brazos, and Darren Criss.
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Episode 25: The Birchmere’s Michael Jaworek

Episode Notes

    Michael Jaworek has been a concert promoter for over 40 years. His activities are focused in the Washington DC and Baltimore markets, where he is Vice President of the Birchmere. (The legendary club just celebrated its 50th anniversary). Michael has been nominated many times as “Nightclub Talent Buyer of the Year” by Pollstar Magazine.
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Episode 24: Composing Movie Trailers with Ryan Andrews

Ryan Andrews is a Los Angeles-based composer, producer, sound designer and performer. His work has been featured in theatrical advertising campaigns for movie trailers and video games such as Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Furious 7, Hercules, and the Call Of Duty series. A versatile performer, he has had the privilege of working with a wide variety of acclaimed artists including Broadway star Lauren Kennedy and country phenom Frankie Ballard.

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Episode 23: Marc Plotkin on being a musician and entrepreneur

Episode Notes

    In 2011, Bloomberg Business Week listed Marc and his co-founders in their list of top 25 entrepreneurs for their company CitizenGroove, an online social networking site for pro musicians. The company was subsequently renamed DecisionDesk and now helps hundreds of universities with the application process for music and non-music students alike.
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Episode 22: Mike Kappus and The Rosebud Agency

Episode Notes

    Throughout his career, Mike Kappus went on to help launch the careers of Los Lobos, The Robert Cray Band, Ben Harper, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, John Hiatt, The Neville Brothers, Trombone Shorty and more, while helping to raise the profile of veteran artists such as Allen Toussaint, Captain Beefheart, Muddy Waters, The Staple Singers, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker and others.
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