ARTIST'S HUDDLE PODCAST, EPISODE 2: THE RADICAL LIBERATION OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

This episode focuses on a body of repertoire that I’m going to call “post-instrumental” music: pieces that use found instruments, broken instruments, makeshift instruments, human bodies -- pretty much anything but traditional orchestral instruments. What's drawing composers and performers to make this kind of art? To find out, I talked to members of the Chicago contemporary music ensemble Mocrep: trombonist Nick Meryhew, bassist Zach Moore, and cellist Lia Kohl.


ARTIST'S HUDDLE PODCAST, EPISODE 1: THE ENLIGHTENED MUSIC SCHOOL

In 2015, the Yale School of Music suspended its jazz program, and the Dean of the school told the New York Times that jazz fell outside of the school's mission "to teach the canon." Why is this narrow definition of the "canon" such a big problem for our art form? In this episode, Ellen talks to violinist Austin Wulliman, composer Eliza Brown, and conductor Michael Lewanski about how schools of music are shaping what we allow ourselves to create.