Erik Bloomquist on independent filmmaking, interesting locations, and getting the right performance on film
April 16, 2019
Newington, Connecticut, native #filmmaker and #actor Erik Bloomquist has been involved in #theater and #film since high school, and has studied the craft intensely. Erik's latest film, Long Lost, is a #suspense #thriller that leans into the tension and doesn't give up. Erik previously worked with some of the film's cast members on his project "The Cobblestone Corridor," which was picked up by PBS. For more information about Erik's projects, check out his production company, Mainframe Pictures. Long Lost is available now to stream exclusively on Amazon, so dive in for a game of #sharksandminnows.
#KeepCreating #PBS #IndieFilm #fluffybunny #CobblestoneCorridor
Scott Wasserman on Hamilton, working on Broadway, and salads made of song
April 9, 2019
It's episode 50! :::drops a funky beat::: How does a local, theater-loving, son of a teacher and a musician grow up to be an #Ableton Programmer and an orchestrator? Well, apparently by accident. Scott Wasserman stumbled into learning the Ableton system while working on a small project called #Hamilton. But he worked REALLY REALLY hard to get that lucky break, and has worked with some of #Broadway's most iconic figures, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alex Lacamoire, and Alan Menken. Scott is also the co-host of one of my favorite #podcasts, Song Salad, with his long time friend, lyricist Shannon Deep. Scott recently put up his first full orchestration of an original musical with "Austen's Pride" which is running through April 14. Visit ACT of CT for ticket information. You can see what else Scott has been up to at scott-wasserman.com - including #DearEvanHansen and #TheGreatComet.
#musicaltheater #orchestration #ableton #songsalad #keepcreating
Bill Pere on songwriting, working for social justice, and making music accessible
April 2, 2019
#Grammy-winning songwriter Bill Pere joins the pod today to talk about his life-long passion for songwriting and social justice. The LUNCH Ensemble represents Bill's work toward ending childhood hunger, and he has incorporated his songwriting passion into this work. He's also written "The Songwriter's Coloring Book" to help other budding songwriters work on the craft. Bill is also a former Connecticut State Troubadour, and is a member of the Connecticut Songwriter's Association. This was a wonderful conversation with a genuine expert in his craft. Be sure to visit lunchensemble.com, ctsongs.com, and billpere.com for more information and upcoming programs.
#songwriting #grammy #ctsongs #harrychapin #music
Faithlyn & Tyler Johnson on working with family, bringing theater to inner cities, and how travel can inform art
March 26, 2019
Faithlyn Johnson is the founder and executive director of Act Up! Theater, and her daughter Tyler Johnson is the production manager of the Hartford-based theater company. They spoke with me about the Act Up! mission, productions, and how the arts can have a positive impact in disadvantaged communities. Act Up! offers productions to the Hartford community including "Ebony Annie", "Stand", and the April 2019 offering, "Raisin", based on the classic play, "A Raisin in the Sun." The Johnson ladies have some amazing things to say about inner-city arts programs and how families and communities can grow together by participating. Visit actuptheater.org for information and tickets. Raisin has performances April 4-5 & 12-13.
#hartford #actuptheater #raisin #ctarts #keepcreating
Khaiim the RapOet on civil rights, create dance in the midst of oppression, and bringing a positive message to hip hop
March 19, 2019
Khaiim the RapOet (@rapoet), also known as Self Suffice, is a #Hartford based #hiphop artist and educator. His influences run deep in the civil rights movement and his music reflects those influences. He focuses on the positive message of moving forward and overcoming oppression. His latest album, #SelfControl, is available now at bandcamp.com, and can be streamed (partially) via #iTunes, #GooglePlay, and #Spotify. Visit rapoet.com/music to stream the track "Plus" which features Suffice and #DJBoo. If you're in the area March 29-31, be sure to check out Trinity International Hip Hop Fest. And be sure to follow @rapoet on all the social media!
Michael C. Bailey on writing, the characters that stick with you, and how audiobooks can reach new audiences
March 12, 2019
Michael C. Bailey left journalism for the same reason most newspapers have left journalism - there's no money in it! Hahaha ... actually, that's not funny. Anywhozzle. He's since embarked on a rather successful career as a novelist, with three ongoing series - Action Figures (young adult), Strongarm & Lightfoot (fantasy), and Well Behaved Women (urban fantasy) among other writing projects. All of his work can be found at innsmouthlook.com, including signed copies of his novels, so give it a look! And check out Strongarm & Lightfoot on Audible!
#writing #fantasy #novel #innsmouthlook
Ed Wilson on video game music, gaming with your kids, and how a boombox can shape a childhood
March 5, 2019
While I was listening to Guns N' Roses, MC Hammer, and the Monkees (don't judge me, judger), apparently there were some people actually listening to the music that accompanied their video games. I mean, everyone knows the #SuperMarioBros theme music, but do you know who wrote it? Video Game Music has a strong following, and a podcast community to feed its hunger. Ed Wilson is the creator and host of the VGMbassy, where he explores the "video game music culture" of his guests and discovers some great tunes along the way. This was a really enjoyable chat - brought back a lot of good memories of my own - and provided great insight into a niche I've never fully appreciated.
#vgm #videogamemusic #nintendo #sega #playstation #xbox #keepcreating
Alicia Cobb on the intimacy of art, finding the right media for your creative expression, and building relationships through touch
February 26, 2019
Art is an intimate thing - no matter the form. But the vulnerability on display in a artist's work are often alone. For Alicia Cobb that vulnerability extends to her canvases - often other people in varying degrees of undress. #BodyPainting requires trust between the artist and the canvas, and for all the time and effort that go into the work, it's rather temporary. Alicia's story is pretty great, and her work is incredible. Make sure to check out www.artsimplicated.com to see some of her work. You can also learn more about her art at https://www.pechakucha.com/users/alicia-cobb.
#bridgeport #305knowlton #creativity #art #keepcreating
Ben Orlando on finding yourself, creating a persona, the lasting impacts of musical theater
February 19, 2019
Ben Orlando has spent the last few years entertaining audiences in may different spaces, and as many different characters. But he's probably best known as Summer Orlando, "Connecticut's premier theatre Drag Queen!" There's some pretty heavy stuff covered in this conversation, but there's also lots of joy. Visit summerorlandoproductions.com for event schedules and more information. And be sure to check out Summer's performances in the New Haven area.
#dragqueen #theatre #performance #judygarland #keepcreating