COVID-19 has caused incredible pain and struggle in the arts world. Host Dave Shaff seeks to discover a path forward to a better future for creators. How can we create art in isolation? How do we bring people together through social distance?
Audium Listens features Bay Area artists in conversation about how they have been affected by the crisis. Learn how they are responding, pivoting and growing amid the intense emotion of the times.
For some people, life seemed to come to a standstill during COVID. Not multimedia artist Pamela Z, she's "wading knee-deep in punishing deadlines." Hear about Pamela’s impressive history with music and art, her adaptation to online performances, and her thoughts on the intensity of the past year. Find more of her work at pamelaz.com and hear her new album here.
Many orchestras are being reborn post-COVID. David Möschler’s Awesome Orchestra was already breaking apart classical traditions before the pandemic- no auditions, free beer, & outdoor rehearsals to name a few. But now, with new revelations around equity and inclusion, even the most non-traditional of orchestras must contemplate change.
As we appear to be coming out of the worst days of the pandemic, it’s time to start asking the big questions. Mark Sabb helps us throw up a mirror to look at who we are and how the Bay has changed for artists and arts institutions. Learn about Mark’s work as a digital artist, founder of Felt Zine, and digital content strategist for the Museum of the African Diaspora. Find more of Mark here, and check out this episode’s featured musicians Dev Moore & Jawn Diego.
We’ve all heard that there are two Americas now: Us & Them. Storyteller creative Scott Shigeoka is trying to change that. Hear their story of coming out as queer, writing for the Washington Post and organizing music festivals. All this informs their current work creating opportunities for dialogue with “the other side” of the political and social divide. Check out Scott’s work at scottshigeoka.com.
We reflect on the tumult of 2020 with sculptor and CCA professor Mia Feuer. Mia takes us deep into her work researching and creating art around climate change. Now with COVID rocking everyone’s reality, she reflects on motherhood, careerism in the art world, and how to change with a changing planet. You can find out more about Mia’s work at miafeuer.com. This episode’s background guitar music is by our very own Nate Tedesco.
How do you master the art of the zoom gig? Musician and educator Cairo McCockran drops some insight; topics range from being a black musician in the age of BLM, an ambitious plan for a government-sponsored “Musician Corps,” and how to stay inspired during these dark times. Connect and discover his new weekly mix show “A Message from the Jazz Den” on his instagram.
Making a film is a massive endeavor for anyone, and it's certainly no easier for women and people of color. San Francisco-based filmmaker Jacintha Charles shares her experiences in the Singaporean and American film industries. Learn how she supports other women in film and how COVID and BLM are shaping her craft. Find out more about her work at jacinthacharles.com. Also featuring the cinematic music of Holly Mead.
Jean Yaste faces out for the inward motion of expression. Musicians are out of gigs, money and motivation during COVID. Yaste, leader of the band Future Twin, gives us insight on these issues from her experience as an artist and housing activist during the crisis. Find Future Twin’s new album, Suffer No Fools, on her patreon site.
Can you hear me? Sound artist and academic Blanca Bercial shows us how listening to the sounds in-between sounds can help us reimagine our cities and our relationships to each other. Learn more about her work at blancabercial.com.
In this first episode, host Dave Shaff talks to Audium co-founder and spatial sound pioneer Stan Shaff. The two use some lessons from Stan's past to contemplate a better future for the arts, amid the troubling times of the pandemic. Find out more about Stan's work at audium.org.