• 01:00

    Dancer & Artistic Director Lori Belilove on Founding a Dance Company

    in Art

    What does it take to found and sustain an artistic institution? Join us as the Independent Artists & Thinkers Network talks to Lori Belilove, the celebrated Artistic Director and founder of The Isadora Duncan Dance Company & Foundation.


    Lori Belilove is recognized around the world as the premier interpreter and ambassador of the dance of Isadora Duncan. She is sought after as a unique contemporary artist who understands the essence of Isadora. Known as a solo dance artist for her interpretations of Duncan’s signature solos and staging of Duncan’s group masterpieces, she has also been recognized for creating powerful, contemporary works in her own voice. The purity, timelessness, authentic phrasing, and musicality of Duncan dance has been passed down to Lori through a direct line of Isadora Duncan dancers.


    Lori received a B.F.A. in dance, religion, and classical studies from Mills College. Since the age of twelve, she has pursued her passion for modern dance, training primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York. Lori Belilove is the leading dancer in the award-winning PBS documentary Isadora Duncan: Movement From the Soul, narrated by stage and screen actress Julie Harris. Lori has toured extensively both nationally and internationally in Brazil, Korea, West Africa, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. As a master teacher, she has held residencies at such distinguished institutions as Harvard University, The Juilliard School, Northwestern University, Smith College, University of Alabama, Ohio State, UC Berkeley, Drexel University and Franklin & Marshall, among others.

  • 00:32

    MEET IAN FINKEL: MUSICIAN/AUTHOR/ ECLECTIC ICON

    in Comedy

    Ian Finkel is regarded as the World’s Greatest Xylophone Virtuoso. He has appeared and written for such stars as Michael Feinstein, Sid Caesar, Ginger Rogers, Tito Puente, Larry Gatlin, Martin Mull, Madeline Kahn to name just a few. He has appeared on all major television stations, recorded for most record labels and has had successful concert tours in Japan, Korea, Canada, Mexico, England, Norway, Puerto Rico and throughout the U.S. Ian has collaborated with Philip Glass and has heard his works performed by numerous orchestras such as the American Symphony Orchestra and the Little Orchestra Society. Ian has performed in and written for numerous television shows, films, and live performances including: Love Laffs (Lifetime) with Tern Gar, Martin Mull (Showtime), Jerry Lewis Telethon, Woody Allen’s Radio Days, Emo Phillips, Judy Tenuta, Taj Mahal hotel (Atlantic City), Michael Feinstein on Broadway, Sid Caesar Show at the Village Vanguard and Broadway, Second Avenue to Broadway, Fyvush Finkel Live, Read-a-thon w/Sesame Street Players,  Rainbow Wars (nominated for Academy Award), Songs from the Neighborhood (Grammy Award), It’s Up To All Of Us, Sophie Tucker In Person (Director,Writer, Orchestrator), Addicted to Show Business (Director, Writer,  Arranger),Nick at Nite Music of Vic Mizzy (Adams Family, Green Acres), IBM Industrials,CNN Cable News, Port Authority, hundreds of colleges across the US andCanada (Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Peabody, etc.) Ian is thrilled to have his novels, Three Is The Charm, Sex Stories My Wife Told Me, Transmutation Blues and Vaudeville 1922 published by Denise Notermans, More4Many. www.ianfinkle.com

  • 00:37

    The Healing Power of Music with Pop Songstress & Instrumentalist Kristin Hoffman

    in Self Help

    "My goal is to spread love, light, peace and truth into the world through the vehicles of music and energetic frequency." – Kristin Hoffman


    Starting at age 4, ethereal renaissance pop songstress and Juilliard trained multi-instrumentalist Kristin Hoffmann began building a prolific career that reads like a lifetime achievement award speech. In addition to stints at major record labels and song placements on hit TV shows like Dawson’s Creek, The Young and the Restless and Palmetto Pointe, she has shared stages with The Wallflowers and many other musical luminaries. She is most passionate about projects that explore music’s healing power and allow listeners to tap into their higher potentials.


    Having studied with Sound Healing pioneer Fabian Maman, Kristin not only made music to accompany acupuncture sessions but also composed 170 songs for health-challenged children as a writer/producer at non-profit organization Songs of Love. A spokesperson for ocean conservation, she has performed her Song for the Ocean at environmental awareness conventions around the world. In 2011, she became the singer for Bella Gaia, a multimedia immersive theater experience created in conjunction with NASA. Her most recent work includes a self-produced album entitled The Human Compass and a symphonic collaboration with composer Marco Missinato called Unfolding Secrets: A Symphony of the Heart. Stay tuned for the upcoming release of the meditational film, “Amazing Space,” for which Kristin composed the soundtrack. Visit www.kristinhoffmann.com


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  • 00:22

    A Little bit of East, a little bit of West, a whole lot of Reena

    in Culture

    Indian-American composer, Reena Esmail, is a graduate of Juilliard and has a masters from the Yale School of Music. She was a recipient of a Fulbright-Nehru grant for the 2011-2012 year and studied Hindustani vocal music in New Delhi, India. She was selected as a 2011 INK Fellow to speak about her work at the INK Conference (in association with TED) in Jaipur, with additional speaking engagements in Chennai, Delhi and Goa. Her work draws elements from both Western and Hindustani (North Indian) classical music.


    Her primary teachers have included Susan Botti, Aaron Jay Kernis, Christopher Theofanidis and Martin Bresnick, Christopher Rouse and Samuel Adler. . Her most recent Hindustani vocal studies have been with Srimati Lakshmi Shankar and Saili Kalyanpur in Los Angeles, CA.


    She has won numerous awards, including the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (with forthcoming publication of a work by C.F. Peters) and two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. She is currently a Post- Residential doctoral candidate at the Yale School of Music. Reena’s doctoral thesis, entitled Finding Common Ground: Uniting Practies in Hindustani and Western Art Musicians explores the methods and challenges of the collaborative process between Hindustani musicians and Western composers.


    For the 2010-11 season, she was the conductor and arranger for Yale’s Hindi a cappella group, Sur et Veritaal.  Her commissions include: Teen Murti, for string orchestra, Curiosity for the Pasadena Master Chorale, Tuttarana for Mount Holyoke Glee Club, and Vishwas for the Albany Symphony and bharatanatyam dancer Sisira Gorthala. Reena’s recent film work includes scores for Kali Juger Kumbh, a Bengali film by Ashish Avikunthak and Radha, by Rupeshi Shah.


    Reena currently lives in Los Angeles, California. 

  • 00:49

    You Are "The One" Essay Contest Episode 7

    in Entertainment

    This Essay Contest and program is brought to you by Entertainment Enclosed and Gold City Music.  All the musical and reference consultation on this project is provided by none other than the one and only acknowledged scholar educated in multi Universities… headlining… Juilliard… Chris Jasper, the multi-talented composer, singer, songwriter, musician, Hall of Fame Inductee and recent recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  And it is such an honor to be part of this educational endeavor!!  If you're into writing, this is for you... believing in yourself and your ability to express clear cut ideas, philosophy, theories, emotions and life experiences on 'paper' is a challenge to perfect... One of the greatest pursuits in life is, of course… education. Expression, whether it be spoken, poetically written or even composed is a gift that everyone is endowed with. Each and every one of us is unique in our own special way and has a different approach to expressing ourselves. Writing about a life experience is what we're looking for. Many of these essays end up in books, newspapers, short stories and even in songs, written, produced and performed by greats in fields like Journalism, Musical Composition, Film Directing, News Anchoring, Lyric/Song Writing... and who knows, your life experience essay could end up in a book, short story or even in a song, so show your talent and remember, the sky is the limit!!

  • 00:26

    Dr. Arlene Meets Fascinating People with Intriguing Brands!

    in Jobs

    On the WIN Without Competing! show Dr. Arlene recalls Joan Rivers who interviewed her on Rodeo Drive for her television show How’d You Get So Rich?; Former President Jimmy Carter who became very upset when Dr. Arlene mentioned Donald Trump; Dr. Jonas Salk, renowned medical researcher who developed the polio vaccine, met with Dr. Arlene in his office in La Jolla which shocked medical oncologists; Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tony Award Winner, dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, spoke with Dr. Arlene after his performance of Simply Broadway at the Geffen Playhouse, and Anne Edwards, celebrity biographer and Pulitzer Prize nominee, whose family owned the legendary Chasen’s Restaurant in Beverly Hills where as a child she listened, learned, and met celebrities including Judy Garland, who left her private papers to Edwards to write her biography.  You can listen to Dr. Arlene’s interview of Edwards on WIN Without Competing!  


    And there’s more!  Legendary actress Leslie Caron “Gigi” who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; Rabbi Gerald Wolpe, beloved and charismatic Rabbi, highly praised by the New York Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe. Wolpe is the subject of The New Rabbi, an award winning book by Stephen Fried.  


    Stephen Citron, a product of the Juilliard School of Music, is a composer, lyricist, author, and an authority on musical theatre.   Citron’s renowned book Songwriting: A Complete Guide to the Craft.  His three dual musical biographies including Noel and Cole set the standard for dual biographies.  You can listen to Dr. Arlene’s interview of Citron on WIN Without Competing!  


    To find out who else Dr. Arlene will discuss on the show, tune in.  A clue: She lived in a bottle!


    Meeting Fascinating People with Intriguing Brands sets the stage for your brand creation!

  • 01:59

    Westchester On the Level with Narog and Aris

    in News

    YONKERS, NY — November 12, 2014 — The “featured” BlogTalkRadio program “Westchester On the Level with Narog and Aris” opens the Thursday, November 13, 2014th broadcast day at 10 a.m. with Yonkers Police Captain Joe Barca and Special Olympics Associate Director Kaitlin Brennan speaking about The Special Olympics New York Polar Plunge fundraising effort to be held this Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Glen Island Park, in New Rochelle, New York. Check-in is from 9 a.m through 11 a.m. Thanks to Mother Nature's magnanimous polar vortex gift, temperatures should be in the high 30s to mid 40s range for the polar plunge that takes place at 12 Noon. Become a plunger.


    At 10:30 a.m., Mount Vernon City Councilman Richard Thomas reviews the latest events to have affected the historical city, including the water shut-off that caused thousands of people in Mount ernon and neighboring Yonkers to be with reduced water flow.


    At 11:00 a.m., Harumi, Sakiko and Mimi Furuya, acclaimed Juilliard graduates who perform in a piano trio speak to us about the Furuya Sisters' Fall 2014 Concert Series already underway in the Hudson Valley, Westchester, New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut. 


    At about 11:20 a.m. we pivot onto the local and international news arena for the latest news that impacts our lives.


    Hezi Aris is your host today.


    Your participation is shamelessly solicited. Consider sharing your comments, your perspectives, or ask a question or two; be heard! Place your call to (347) 205-9201. You are only asked to please stay on topic. Listen live or on demand.

  • 01:09

    La Literati Welcomes Screenwriter and Novelist Allison Burnett

    in Books

     Allison was born in Ithaca, New York, and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He later moved to Evanston, Illinois, where he attended Evanston Township High School and graduated from Northwestern University. He later studied playwriting as a fellow of The Juilliard School. His debut novel, Christopher, was a finalist for the 2004 PEN Center USA Literary Award. His third novel, Undiscovered Gyrl, was published by Vintage in 2009.


    His film credits include:Red Meat, Autumn in New York, Gone,and Ask Me Anything (based on his novel Undiscovered Gyrl). His latest novel is The Escape Of Malcom Poe.

  • 00:30

    JulieHoltzman

    in Music

    Julie Holtzman was born in Montreal, Canada, and is a resident of New York . She is a Juilliard graduate and an internationally acclaimed Concert & Jazz Pianist/Arranger and an extraordinary Jazz Cabaret/Singer in different genres including BLUES, BROADWAY AND BRAZILIAN. Since singing comes so naturally (in only 9 languages) the potential for a vast variety is an exciting option.
     


    www.julieholtzmanmusic.com 


    www.wijsf.org


     

  • 01:58

    CHRIS JASPER of ISLEY BROTHERS - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - TUES,SEPT 16, 2014 -7PM

    in Music

    Christopher H. "Chris" Jasper (born December 30, 1951, Cincinnati, Ohio[1]) is a former member of both the Isley Brothers and Isley-Jasper-Isley and is responsible for writing and producing the majority of the Isley Brothers music (1973–1983) and Isley-Jasper-Isley music (1984–1987). He is also a successful solo musician and record producer, recording over 10 of his own solo albums, including 4 urban contemporary gospel albums, all written, produced and performed, both vocally and instrumentally, by Jasper. Jasper also produces artists for his New York based record label, Gold City Records. Jasper's keyboard and Moog synthesizer work was a primary ingredient of the Isley Brothers sound of the 1970s and 1980s (the "gold and platinum" years) when the Isley Brothers were a self-contained band.Chris Jasper is a classically trained musician and composer. The youngest of 7 siblings, Jasper started studying classical music at the age of 7. After graduating from high school in Cincinnati, he moved to New York to study music composition at the esteemed Juilliard School of Music in New York City. He continued his studies at C.W. Post, Long Island University, New York, where he studied with noted jazz pianist and composer, Billy Taylor and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in music composition. He subsequently earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Concord University School of La Donna Porter w.


    The Jasper and Isley families lived in the same apartment complex in Cincinnati. While still living in Cincinnati, Jasper's older sister, Elaine, married Rudolph Isley and the vocal trio formed by the three older brothers, Rudolph, Ronald and O'Kelly, subsequently relocated to Teaneck, New Jersey. While living temporarily in New Jersey with his sister as a young teenager, Jasper and the two younger Isleys, Marvin and Ernie, formed a band, "The Jazzman Trio" with Jasper on keyboards.

  • 00:33

    Joy Keys chats with Clarinetist Anthony McGill

    in Music

    Anthony McGill, just named Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic beginning in September 2014, held the same position with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2004. He was chosen to perform with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Gabriela Montero at President Obama’s inauguration in January of 2009.


    Performances throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South Africa in recital, chamber music and as a soloist with orchestras consistently receiving rave reviews. As an educator, McGill is on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music and Bard College Conservatory.


    From Chicago, McGill attended The Curtis Institute of Music and is a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as the first Sphinx Medal of Excellence.


    See www.anthonymcgill.com

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