Schedule: Q1 2013
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January 4: The art of screaming
Voice Speech pathologist and American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) member Sarah Schneider, 'scream' coaching expert Melissa Cross and thrash metal singer Steve Souza (Hatriot, Dublin Death Patrol, Exodus, Legacy/Testament) chat about the physical risks of screaming and how artists who have to raise their voices on a regular basis can do so safely.
January 11: Weill’s voices
Stanford Music Professor Stephen Hinton discusses the vocal music of Kurt Weill and the singers who have helped to seal the German composer’s reputation over decades. (Re-run: show first aired on February 24, 2012)
Jan 18: All that jazz
Randall Kline, director of the San Francisco Jazz Organization (SFJAZZ), and jazz vocalist Tiffany Austin, discuss what the launch of San Francisco’s new jazz center, the country’s only free-standing building dedicated to jazz in the United States, will mean for vocal artists.
Jan 25: There’s an app for that
Prerna Gupta, a vocalist and the Chief Product Officer of Smule, a startup that creates digital tools for singers like Songify and AutoRap, talks about how the latest apps for smartphones and tablets are changing the way singers approach their craft.
Feb 1: It’s reigning men
Aaron Humble and Adam Reinwald, who sing with Cantus, one of only two full-time professional men’s choruses in the country, share their thoughts about the culture of the male singing voice in the United States and elsewhere and how they promote singing to young people, especially boys.
Feb 8: It takes two, baby
To get us in the mood for Valentine’s Day, husband and wife vocal artists Nicki and Tim Bluhm talk about duetting couples and what it’s like to share the mic with the person with whom you share love, laughs and laundry responsibilities. (Re-run: show first aired on December 14, 2012.)
Feb 15: Singing without sight
Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin discusses what it takes to lead a successful career as a singer when you're blind and how other sight-impaired vocalists such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Andrea Bocelli have made world-class names for themselves in a world that's so deeply vision-oriented.
Feb 22: Renaissance Man
Stanford music professor Jesse Rodin discusses the luminous polyphonic style of the great Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez and what it means to truly “know” a piece of Renaissance vocal music. (Re-run: show first aired on April 27, 2012.)
Mar 1: From Pakistan to the Bay Area
Vocalists Riffat Sultana and Sukhawat Ali Khan, siblings who come from a lauded lineage of Pakistani singers, (their father is the Pakistani musical icon Ustad Salamat Ali Khan) discuss their rich vocal music journey from Hindustani classical music to banghra.
Mar 8: DIY songs for kids
Erin Bregmann of the Little Opera Company, a San Francisco-based organization that creates operas from scratch with grade school students, Ruth Nott, director of education for the San Francisco Opera, and Graham Welch, a professor of music education at The University of London and a major force behind the UK’s Sing Up! Initiative to inculcate singing in schools, talk about why vocal music education matters and off-the-beaten track ways to get kids participating.
Mar 15: Rapper's delight
Melissa Czarnik, an emcee from Milkwaukee chats about the musicality of rap and how some hip-hop artists are often as much singers as they are spoken word artists. (Re-run: show first aired on January 20, 2012.)
Mar 22: Salon97 comes to VoiceBox
Cariwyl Hebert, the founder of Salon97, a Bay Area-based organization that creates listening parties and other events for people who are curious about classical music, transforms KALW's Studio B into a setting ripe for a careening discussion about four iconoclastic composers and their greatest vocal works.
Mar 29: Gramophone Gods
Singer and early vocal recordings champion Meredith Axelrod chats about the vocalists who pioneered recorded sound technologies in the early twentieth century and the revival of interest in singing and recording techniques from this period today.