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IIRY Podcast: 10. “The most important skill is connecting with people”: Why connection is the most valuable skill. A Chat with Assaff Weisman, pianist, teacher, and Executive Director of the Israeli Chamber Project.

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In my conversation with pianist, teacher, and administrator, Assaff Weisman, we discuss the importance of early teachers; the entrepreneurship required of a modern classical musician’s career; and the importance of building relationships and making peace with sales and marketing. Subscribe to the podcast here! Learn more about the stuff we talk about in this episode here: […]

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IIRY Podcast: 9. “The child of Korean immigrants, living in the in-between space”: An excerpt from my work-in-progress, LUNCH BOX, about food, mothers and daughters, identity, microagressions, representation, and one kind of Asian American experience.

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I saw a bag of Gochujang Potato Chips from Whole Foods and I was thrown back in time to my childhood, when my mother made me impeccable Korean meals that I took to school in my Hello Kitty lunch box with my Little Twin Stars chopsticks. Here is a piece of writing I am working […]

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IIRY Podcast: 8. “The crisis of perfectionism in classical music”: Why a career is much more about the people than playing well. A Chat with Rebecca Fischer, violinist, writer, and educator.

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In my conversation with violinist, educator, and writer, Rebecca Fischer, we discuss the challenges of maintaining boundaries, interpersonal health, and compassion within a string quartet; how we don’t talk about vulnerability in classical music and the damage this can inflict; and the importance of “creative courage” and the wonderful risk of not knowing. Subscribe to […]

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IIRY Podcast: 7 – “Asians are both the ‘model minority’ and an invisible minority”: Creating space for conversations about racism against East Asians in classical music. A Chat with Mina Yang, pianist, professor, and writer.

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In my conversation with pianist, professor, and writer, Mina Yang, we discuss the complicated experiences of racism against East Asians in Classical Music and in the dominant culture, how Western Classical Music proliferated in East Asia through imperialism and colonialism, and how the myth of the “universal” nature of Western Classical Music discourages conversations around […]

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IIRY Podcast: 6 – “‘Zero f**ks given’: Why vulnerability is the most important thing.” A Chat with Zach Brock, jazz violinist, composer, and member of Snarky Puppy.

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In my conversation with jazz violinist, Zach Brock, we talk about his musical upbringing and how he straddles the line between classical training and improvisation, why vulnerability is the most important ingredient to being a great performing and why ‘play’, ‘being silly’, and ‘feeling joy’ in practicing is worthwhile. Subscribe to the podcast here! Learn […]

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IIRY Podcast: #5 -“Why ‘perfect’ isn’t interesting.” A Chat with Jennifer Fawcett, playwright, fiction writer, and doula.

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NOTE: This interview happened in the aftermath of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony at the Kavanaugh hearings. In my conversation with playwright, fiction writer, and doula, Jennifer Fawcett, we talk about: how do we give ourselves “permission”?; the importance of making your own “stuff”; struggling with “who cares” and Imposter Syndrome; how powerful and necessary […]

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IIRY Podcast: #4 -“We are human beings not human doings.” A Chat with Morgane Michael, host and producer of Kindsight 101

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In my interview with Morgane Michael, host and producer of Kindsight 101, we discuss why kindness gets a bad rap; the research that shows how kindness and compassion actually increase creativity and productivity; how Pixar and Disney are embracing kindness practices in their work cultures without lowering their standards; how to counter the ‘live or […]

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IIRY Podcast: #3 – “Growing Up Prodigies: The Mid-Life Crisis” A Chat with Prof. Jeanne Bamberger

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In my interview with Professor Jeanne Bamberger, we discuss her article entitled “Growing Up Prodigies: The Mid-Life Crisis”; her experiences as a former child prodigy and the challenges she faced as she grew into adulthood; formal and figural thinking and how we learn and process music; how chamber music helped her cope with loneliness and […]

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IIRY Podcast: “What if there isn’t a ‘winner’?” A Bonus Chat with Performance Psychologist Noa Kageyama

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In this BONUS TRACK interview with performance psychologist, Noa Kageyama, listen to Noa “coach” me in my post-interview performance evaluation! In this super meta moment, we have a ‘behind the scenes’ chat and engage in CANDID conversation about our interview – unedited! Hear what happens when we forget about the mic and just talk. Subscribe […]