Summer Break Flashback: Michael Nielsen

Today, for my Summer Break Flashback series, Ninja Tracks composer and guitarist, Michael Nielsen, is my guest! Michael is a great guy, and I guarantee you know his music… Forza 6/7 and Splinter Cell for XBOX, independent film scores and just about every major motion picture trailer you’ve heard in the last ten years. He’s also got a terrifically entertaining YouTube channel called “Big Hairy Guitars”, where he reviews all sorts of guitars, pedals and gear, so make sure to check it out- Enjoy!

Summer Break Flashback: James Conlon

Maestro James Conlon, y’all! I bet you’re curious how one becomes the Music Director of Los Angeles Opera and Principal Conductor of the Italian RAI National Symphony Orchestra- well, here’s your chance! We cover it from nuts to bolts- stories, stories, stories- Maria Callas, Juilliard, The Big Break and a whole lot more! Happy summer, everyone- Enjoy!

Summer Break Flashback: Grant Gershon

Continuing my summer break, I’m reissuing another one of my favorites: Grant Gershon! The LAMC, LA Opera and the International stage are his homes. A master musician, Grant is not only one of the best in the biz, he’s also unbelievably pleasant, inspirational and dedicated to his art. I hope you enjoy our extended chat!

Episode 71: Roberto Cani, Concertmaster- LA Opera Orchestra

Roberto Cani, concertmaster of the LA Opera Orchestra, is my guest this week! We get into it- childhood, career, defeats, and triumphs. Roberto is an open book, and it’s one of the qualities I enjoy most about this fascinating master musician. Enjoy!

Episode 70: Nino Sanikidze

Nino Sanikidze, pianist extraordinaire, is my guest. There’s nothing better for a singer than finding a collaborator who LOVES singers, has a tremendous breadth of knowledge and is one of the very best at what he or she does. Nino is all of these things. Oh, and she’s really sweet and supportive. Nino is one of a kind, and I hope you enjoy our chat- I sure did.

Episode 69: Miah Im

Pianist, conductor, coach, prompter and erstwhile violinist, Miah Im is my guest this week. She’s one of those people who almost always has a smile on her face, despite the fact that she’s a musical force to be reckoned with. That seem like a rare find in any field, especially music. This is another great episode for folks who are interested in getting into the classical music biz, because Miah seems to do a bit of everything! Thanks for listening- Enjoy!

Episode 68: Russell Thomas

Tenor, Russell Thomas, is my guest this week! We talk about career, rep, fees, finances, retirement and a whole lot more. Russell is a world-class talent, and he’s very thoughtful and quick to share his insights- especially regarding the precarious and careful climb to the top. Enjoy!

Episode 67: Shola Richards

Positivity guru, Shola Richards, is my guest this week! This guy’s the real deal- we talk about very personal memories and events in our lives, and the catalysts for change. Shola’s hot button is bullying, especially in the workplace )something adults don’t talk about) and he’s on a mission to educate, enlighten and sow the seeds of positivity, kindness, and empathy- this is a guy I can get behind, because these are the most important qualities within all of us, and sometimes, we need a little help remembering to get out of our own little worlds. AMIRIGHT? Pick up his book, “Making Work Work” on Amazon and get to know him- Hardcover for $8.44… WHAAAT?(there’s a link on the LWAG website). He’s definitely a fellow worth knowing! Enjoy, and thanks for listening!

Episode 66: Todd Strange and Arnold Geis

Hey y’all! It’s our, “Three Tenors of the LAO Chorus” episode! Yup- Todd Strange and Arnold Geis are my guests this week, and I couldn’t be happier. It was a VERY last minute proposition, but this episode is certainly in keeping with my need to mix things up. Totally improvised, off the cuff, and EXACTLY the conversation you’d get if you were a fly on the wall in the dressing room. Enjoy, and thanks for listening!

Episode 65: James Martin Schaefer 2017

Marty Schaefer is my guest this week. Marty and I have known each other for twenty years now. I thought I needed a little break this week, so this chat is just a convo between buddies- nothing more. We’re not experts in any of the topics we discuss and we don’t talk about music. At all. Bathroom accidents, aliens, healthcare, Trump, and religion are all on the table, with this one- you get the idea. Maybe next time, we’ll go in with more of an agenda, who knows. Enjoy, and thanks for listening!

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