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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 […]

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The “Is it Recess Yet?” Podcast!

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Hi all! It’s been ages since I’ve posted anything here but I’m excited to be back to share my adventures. One of the latest is the launch of my new podcast, “Is it Recess Yet? Confessions of a Former Child Prodigy”. (Sound familiar?? :). The podcast came about after I was accepted into the inaugural […]

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The Time I Wrote a Bunch of Poems – [DAY 6] Aubade

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Today’s prompt “springs from the form known as the aubade. These are morning poems, about dawn and daybreak. Many aubades take the form of lovers’ morning farewells,..” So, here’s my attempt. Dandelions turn to seed and Enter the air, floating on invisible strands of zip line that carry their featherweight fluff across valleys. Feverish clouds […]