INPUT/OUTPUT: In Conversation is a podcast featuring in-depth interviews with women and non-binary individuals working in avant-garde, experimental, and improvised music communities in the U.S. Join host Magdalena Abrego as she uncovers the human stories behind some of the most creative minds in music.
In our season one finale, Magdalena invites her longtime mentor and friend Amanda Monaco to her apartment in Cambridge to discuss life as a professional jazz guitarist. In their conversation, Amanda shares her experiences surviving jazz school misogyny, moving to New York City to in the '90s, and finishing her most recent set of compositions based on the Pirkei Avot. Note: this episode carries an explicit rating and is intended for adult audiences only.
This week, Magdalena tackles the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Then, we hear from NYC-based vocalist, composer, and improviser Wonmi Jung, who shares her experiences as a Korean immigrant and discusses embracing improvisation as a philosophy for life while grappling with the use of Korean language lyrics in modern jazz.
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Magdalena drives to Connecticut to visit vocalist Anne Rhodes. In today's episode, Anne discusses her experiences navigating the experimental improvisation community as a classically trained vocalist. Plus, she shares stories of working with composer Anthony Braxton and using needle and thread to create graphic notation.
For today's special edition bonus episode, we go behind the scenes at I/O for a midseason check-in with co-producer Eliana Grossman. Note: this episode carries an explicit rating and is intended for adult audiences only.
Magdalena chats with vocalist and songwriter Camila Ortiz in Camila's empty bedroom in Cambridge the day before her move to Brooklyn. I/O fans may recognize Camila from the cover of INPUT/OUTPUT Magazine Issue no. 1 where she is featured as one half of the powerhouse songwriting duo, Myrtle. Magdalena invites Camila back to I/O to discuss what happens when your big break fizzles out and you find yourself at Harvard University studying beauty YouTubers and writing experimental pop songs.
Magdalena invites cellist Junko Fujiwara to her apartment in Cambridge for a conversation on the circuitous path that led her from the orchestral stages of the Midwest to the free jazz jam sessions of New England. We discuss her experiences navigating the culture of bullying in music education, both as a student and educator, and the lessons she’s learned while balancing the professional and the personal.
Magdalena joins guitarist, vocalist, and poet Katy the Kyng in her kitchen in Brooklyn for a conversation on confronting patriarchal guitar culture with humor and shredding. Then, we get the “behind the music” scoop on Katy’s upcoming album, Selfies of You, featuring Marc Ribot and Ches Smith. Plus, hear an exclusive preview of an unreleased recording of Katy and Marc playing duo. Note: this episode carries an explicit rating and is intended for adult audiences only.
Magdalena visits pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn at her home in Baltimore for a conversation on her transition from country music to experimental improvisation, her experiences navigating the world of audience/performer dynamics, and her time spent practicing Deep Listening with Pauline Oliveros.