Slightly Fewer Ears

 My podcast ALL EARS is finished now.

I’ve been clinging on to a faint belief that I could still find a way to do it and work at the same time. This is proving impossible, so rather than continuing to carry a torch for this thing, and rather than feeling guilty and disappointed in myself for neglecting it, I’m just going to put it to sleep.

Thank you to everyone I spoke to, everyone who listened, and everyone who encouraged me. Sincere apologies to the few people who recorded interviews that didn’t get published – I’m sorry I couldn’t find a way to keep this thing alive. It was a fun project for me and I’m proud of what it was. I’m so fortunate to have such inspiring friends and colleagues who consistently show me new possibilities and model what professional musicianship is all about.

Special thanks to Donna Lowe and Geordie Waddell who were my unofficial podcast advisory panel, even if they didn’t always know it, and to Isabelle Kilimnik who made a beautiful logo for me out of the kindness of her heart. She’s a kickass real-life designer and everyone should hire her to make beautiful things.

The show is no longer a ‘podcast’, in the sense that it’s not possible to subscribe to an RSS feed to hear the episodes. Instead, I’ve posted the episodes on YouTube and embedded the videos into the original posts below. I’ll keep this up here as an archive.

But ALL EARS is no more. For now, it’s SLIGHTLY FEWER EARS. Love to you all.

ALL EARS #22: Seth Woods


Cellist Seth Woods is the latest guest on ALL EARS. Originally from the USA, Seth has cultivated an international profile with frequent performances around the world. Having spent time studying and researching in Basel and Huddersfield, Seth is now developing his career in dual home bases of Chicago and New York City. His unique performances combine interactive media, visual projections, body movement, and dance with his virtuosic cello playing. Seth is also a member of the new Chineke! Orchestra based in the United Kingdom. In this interview, we discuss Seth’s personal path through contemporary music, from his early development to managing the complicated logistics of a fast-paced international career.

You can connect with Seth through facebook, twitter, SoundCloud, and his vimeo channel.

Check out video of the Chineke! Orchestra’s debut concert:

… and of Seth’s unique interactive prosthetics performance:

Music clips in this episode from:

Edward Hamel: “Gray Neon Life” for solo speaking cellist with two bows
Excerpts from a duo collaboration with electronic artist Monty Adkins and Seth Woods

ALL EARS #21: Joshua Peters

Joshua MMB'10 #1-smlThe good news just keeps rolling in for Canadian violinist Joshua Peters. Already the current Doris McLellan and Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition winner, Joshua’s just been awarded a violin from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank. I caught up with Joshua this past summer in Casalmaggiore. We discussed his musical development throughout his education, including his early start in Winnipeg and studies in Montréal and San Francisco. I also asked Joshua about the appeal of competitions and his personal goals for the 2015 E-Gré Winner’s Tour and beyond.



Throughout the month of November, Joshua will tour across Canada with pianist and collaborator Katherine Dowling. Complete concert listings are available here.

Other E-Gré Winners to appear on ALL EARS are violinist Carissa Klopoushak and vocalists Erica Iris Huang and Sarah Jo Kirsch.

Music selections from this episode:
“Both Ends Against the Middle” by Randolph Peters
Joshua Peters, violin with Philip Chiu, piano

ALL EARS #20: Edward Enman

02-Edward-Enman-BW-SquareNova Scotian pianist and composer Edward Enman joins ALL EARS for its twentieth episode. In a friendly conversation, we’ll trace Edward’s path through studies in Wolfville, Ottawa, and Montréal, and a few interesting detours along the way. He reflects on finding the balance between playing piano and composing, and how that relationship has fluctuated over the years. Edward is an active performer in the Canadian new music scene and a former prizewinner in the E-Gré Competition.



Visit Edward Enman’s personal webpage and connect with his social media profiles on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Also, check out associated pages for the Acadia New Music Society, Xara Choral Theatre, and Laurence Ewashko.

Music selections from this episode include:

Ann Southam – Glass Houses #9 (Edward Enman, piano)
Edward Enman – Then Shall I Leap Into Love (The Halifax Camerata Singers)

ALL EARS #19: Erica Iris Huang

Erericairis_headshot02ica Iris Huang is a fearless Canadian mezzo-soprano, former winner of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition and a current member of the Canadian Opera Company Chorus. Erica’s passion for her art form shines through in this conversation. I met Erica several years ago in Casalmaggiore, where I was able to experience her powerful voice and magnetic charisma in person. On this episode of ALL EARS, Erica reflects on her journey, her career and the development of her musical abilities.

You can connect with Erica through her social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Music selections from this episode include:

Emily Doolittle: Airs of Men Long Dead, “Song”
Xavier Montsalvatge: Cinco canziones negras, “Cancion de cuna para dormir a un negrito”

Erica Iris Huang, mezzo-soprano
Emily Hamper, piano

ALL EARS #18: Philipp Krebs

picAfter an unfortunate delay caused by the Great Computer Meltdown of 2015, ALL EARS returns with a vengeance! For this episode, I sat down with Philipp Krebs, a young German composer and a colleague of mine from our time together at Musikhochschule Stuttgart. Philipp creates spectacular music – quite literally spectacular, involving large performative and multi-media elements that create music for the eyes, not just for the ears. We chatted about his musical background and the influences that have led to his personal style.

You can keep up with Philipp on his personal website, SoundCloud and YouTube channels. He also performs regularly with the band Oleg and the Popovs.

Music excerpts on this episode from:
“Thrill My Appetite” by Philipp Krebs, performed by Musikhochschule Stuttgart’s echtZeit Ensemble

ALL EARS #17: Daniel Espie

November 17, 2012 - untitled shoot - 037Daniel Espie is a London-based American pianist. A graduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, Dan is passionate about collaboration between instruments and across disciplines. He’s an active chamber musician and member of the Temple Ensemble. I had the great pleasure to meet Dan this past summer at Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, where we collaborated together on a Fluxus concert. On this episode of ALL EARS, Daniel discusses his experiences in Philadelphia and London and the people who helped him reach his musical goals.

You can visit Dan’s personal website and his SoundCloud page. The Temple Ensemble also maintains a facebook profile.

I’ve also written a blog post about our Fluxus concert in Casalmaggiore.

Music selections from this episode:
Takemitsu: “Rain Tree Sketch II”, performed by Daniel Espie

ALL EARS #16: Sara Glojnarić

11852222_10153406691262367_510898483_oGermany-based, emerging Croatian composer Sara Glojnarić is my guest for this episode. We discuss her upbringing through the Croatian music schools system, her decision to move to Stuttgart, and the interesting conceptual directions her newest works have evolved.

You can connect with Sara through her Soundcloud page – a personal homepage will be active very soon. Keep an eye out for it!

Musical excerpts on this episode from:
“Mixtape” by Sara Glojnarić
Tomislav Facini, voice
Pavle Zajcev, cello


ALL EARS #15: Christie Finn and Felix Behringer

photo by Axel Bauer

ALL EARS is back with its first-ever dual interview! Joining me on this episode are soprano Christie Finn and clarinetist Felix Behringer. This husband-and-wife team make up the NOISE-BRIDGE duo, exploring experimental repertoire and commissioning new works for their unique instrumentation. Felix and Christie maintain varied and robust freelancing careers from their current home base in Stuttgart, Germany. They discuss their wide variety of current projects and share the story of how they came to meet in New York City.

photo by Axel Bauer

Links for this episode:

Christie Finn’s personal website
Felix Behringer’s personal website
NOISE-BRIDGE duo website
Hampsong Foundation
“Song: Mirror of the World” radio series
“Song of America” radio series

Music excerpts on this episode from:
“Tandem” by Chris Fisher-Lochhead (performed by the NOISE-BRIDGE duo)

ALL EARS #14: Julian Beutel


Versatile trumpeter, composer, musical inventor, and pride of Saskatchewan, Julian Beutel is my guest this week.

Julian and I attended Brandon University at the same time for our undergraduate degrees. Since then, he’s settled in Los Angeles to study at the California Institute of the Arts. During his time at CalArts, Julian developed the HyperTrump, a trumpet-attachable sensor-based MIDI controller to add a new dimension to his musical output. He’s now active as a freelance trumpeter in a great variety of performing groups and interdisciplinary projects.

Follow Julian and check out his many groups and collaborators on his website, and on his Soundcloud page.

Music selections on this episode include:

“For Phil” – Joshua Linsky with Julian Beutel

“Clipped Claws” – Bird Concerns (Marcus Buser, Travis Meador, Cooper Wolken, Jake Sucher, Julian Beutel)

you can also follow Bird Concerns on Facebook