December 2014

Podcast With Alicia Jo Rabins

December 19, 2014 08:55

Alicia Jo Rabins and ViolinOn Thursday, December 18, and we interviewed a very unique guest named Alicia Jo Rabins. Alicia describes herself as a poet, composer, performer, and Torah scholar based in Portland, OR and Brooklyn, NY.

I met Alicia at a house concert that she played, through a mutual friend of ours. In addition to playing the guitar, Alicia sings and plays the violin – an unusual combination – and successfully combines the two in her performances of music on Jewish themes. Alicia recently premiered her original piece “A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff” at Joe’s Pub in NYC, which is a chamber rock opera that stimulates us to think about about the implications of the infamous financier's role as a criminal juxtaposed with society-at-large.

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Alicia Jo Rabin’s website is and is a fantastic resource for music lovers who are attracted to unique personalities. Alicia’s original song-cycle, called “Girls in Trouble”, has been performed around the world. She has also received adulation from the Huffington Post, the New Yorker, and LA Weekly.

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Podcast With Alicia Jo Rabins

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Podcast With Emil Altschuler

December 9, 2014 11:02

Violinist Emil AltschulerToday we share a podcast that has been a long-time in the making. In fact, it was conducted in February 2014! To quote the late Erik Friedman from Emil's website,

'One of America’s finest up and coming virtuoso violinists, Emil Altschuler, performs at a world class standard and possesses a commanding stage presence. He received his Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School where he studied with Dorothy DeLay and Naoko Tanaka and his Masters of Music from The Yale School of Music under master violinist, Erick Friedman, wrote of him: “…a very gifted violinist who possesses the talent and capability to become a truly outstanding violinist of his generation…and sound and accuracy of intonation that are truly extraordinary.”'

Why the wait? Our fantastic guest had been working on a recording featured on our podcast which was subsequently released. This took time, and, unfortunately, with the finished product came copyright restrictions. Therefore, after a much-anticipated finish, we could only share with you clips of 30 seconds in duration. Yet, we believe that you will enjoy the content of this podcast and you will enjoy hearing about Mr. Altschuler's highly interesting life.

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Podcast with violinist Emil Altschuler

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