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August 28, 2016 06:59 PM PDT

This week, my friend Jen Baker stops by to talk about her musical path to New York, her approach to contemporary performance, and the multi-year process that lead to her new book, "Hooked on Multiphonics: Multiphonics and Other Extended Techniques Demystified." A lot of contemporary music talk in this one.

To purchase the book and all other things Jen Baker:

Support the podcast: patreon.com/divergentpathspod

August 21, 2016 09:05 PM PDT

This week, I have a chat with two delightful members of the killer Seraph Brass, co-founder and trumpeter Mary Bowden and trombonist Alexis Smith. We talk about origin stories, the rigors of preparing for a new season, music choices, and some general nerdy brass stuff. They are fun people. You should be their friends.

Featured on this episode:
Holborne - The Choise arr. by Jeff Luke
Debussy - Clair de Lune arr. by Chuck Seipp

For all things Seraph Brass and to check out dates for their upcoming season:

August 14, 2016 08:55 PM PDT

This week, I have a really fun and wide-ranging chat with the delightful Joanna Wallfisch. We talk about growing up in London, following music in whatever direction it leads you, and the ways Joanna's songwriting has developed over her career.

As a special treat, Joanna sings a brand new song entitled "The Truth" live during the episode.

Check out her new album "Gardens in My Mind" on iTunes: http://apple.co/2bwtghg

Follow her epic tour (The Great Song Cycle) as she bikes and sings her way down the West Coast on Instagram:

For everything else Joanna:

August 08, 2016 10:04 PM PDT

This week, I sit down with the fun and funny Whitney George. We talk about her background in music, her aesthetic, her music, her musical language, and just generally have a lot of fun. Cause she's cool.

For all things Whitney:

To support Divergent Paths:

July 31, 2016 08:51 PM PDT

It's a party! It's my 50th episode! Everybody dance! Woop Woop!
For this episode, I sat down with the two founding members of the great folk group Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - harpist/songwriter Lizzie Quinlan and guitarist/songwriter Pat Kennedy. We talk about folk tradition, origins, the Enchanted Broccoli Forest (!), DC, and fulfilling the Kerouac(k)-ian dream of touring the country playing your songs (even though it's much less romantic). We also delve deeply into the craft of songwriting which was a true delight. They are wonderful people and musicians.

The two stunningly beautiful songs featured on this episode are "Calling It Love" and "Ashland."

For all things Devil and the Deep Blue Sea:

Also make sure to check out my new YouTube channel:
And donate to my Patreon:

July 24, 2016 08:42 PM PDT

This week, I sit down with the awesome Sarah Goldfeather, freelance violinist and creator of ensembles. We talk about the challenges of establishing a career in a new city without the college safety net, the stories behind her ensembles (Exceptet, Goldfeather, and Fragments Duo), balancing directorial demands with reality, and other music-y stuff. This is fast-paced one. Try and keep up.

Featured on this episode is "Spilled Milk" from Goldfeather's eponymous debut album.

For all things Sarah:

July 17, 2016 09:05 PM PDT

This week, I sit down with the new orchestra director for San Francisco Conservatory, Eric Dudley. But he is more than that. We talk about his life and conducting career, but also about his time as a member of the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, and how that came about. In addition, we look ahead to his future in San Francisco. He is a great dude and an incredible musician.

For his work with Roomful of Teeth:

July 10, 2016 09:12 PM PDT

This week, MY FIRST EVER INTERVIEW VIA SKYPE. With a person who wasn't in NYC! But the real story is the dope cellist Emily Davidson. She was great to talk to, and will be the subject of my first YouTube channel exclusive. O_O We chat about historical performance practice, catching up to your peers, YouTubing, and DJing!

Featured on this episode are 2 tracks from Emily's album, "Bass Sounds: Music for Unaccompanied Cello from the Early Baroque": a Ricercare by Gabrieli and the Sarabande from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G major. Both of her solo albums are available at emilyplayscello.bandcamp.com .

For all of Emily's work and music:

Also check out her period string quartet, Emergence Quartet:

July 04, 2016 11:23 PM PDT

This week, I have a laughter-filled chat with Laura Andrea Leguia, a delightful Peruvian jazz composer and saxophonist. We talk about coming to the states from Peru, melding her background with American jazz, her composition style and techniques, and a lot of other crazy stuff! Fun episode for everyone.

Featured on this episode: "Eva" and "Mariposas" from Laura's album "Saxofon Criollo", available on Spotify. Or from her. Buy one.

For other things that Laura does, check her out with the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Previan Sextet as well: facebook.com/afroperuviansextet for upcoming concert and tour dates.

June 26, 2016 10:30 PM PDT

After an unplanned one week hiatus, I am back with my friend Emilio Guarino, successful freelance bassist and author of the new book, "Make It: A Guide for Recent Music Graduates."
We compare notes on freelance experiences, Emilio relates what made him want to write such a book, and we talk about the current musical climate from the perspective of the hustlers trying to survive.

Visit emilioguarino.com/make-it for a preview of the book or to purchase it. Use the code divergentpaths at check out for 20% off.

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