Surviving Classical Music

Surviving Classical Music

Ever wonder what a full-time, professionally-trained classical musician's life is really like? How do we get gigs and prepare for them? What do we eat for dinner if we haven't worked in a month (caviar, obvs.)?Join Andrew Burn and Grace Newcombe every Tuesday for a chat about what it's like living as a freelance musician, and how we got here in the first place.

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October 19, 2021 27 min

Today Andrew speaks with American bassoonist Morgan Davison about her very sucessful instagram channel, morganpracticesbassoon, where she posts regular videos of her practice routine for an audience of over 30 thousand followers. Morgan is based in New York City where she is pursuing a graduate degree in historical performance at the Juilliard school.

Morgan's Links:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/morganpracticesbassoon/

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Andrew gives an update about the podcast and muses over the Facebook outage that took place on the 4th of October.

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Suggested links:
Washington Post Article:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/09/16/facebook-files-internal-research-harms/

Frances Haugen on 60 minutes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Lx5VmAdZSI

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Survivingclassicalmusic@gmail.com

Our Links:
https://www.getsl.ink/survivingclassicalmusic

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September 22, 2021 35 min

This week Andrew and Grace talk for 30 minutes as they try and figure out what this episode is going to be about. Will it be about the struggles of touring while trying to keep to a vegan diet, or will it be about Grace's latest forays into producing video content? Maybe it will be about both!

Watch This Episode on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/7OkOds2zV6U

Contact Us:

Survivingclassicalmusic@gmail.com

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https://www.getsl.in...

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Today Andrew speaks with French singer, composer, and harpist Laura Perrudin about the pressure mounting towards the French government and the national train service, the SNCF, to change the ban against musical instruments on Intercity and TGV services in the country which has been strictly enforced since January 1st 2021 and what you can do to help her collective make it easier for musicians travelling by rail in the country.

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Surviving Classical Music is a podcast about the issues facing musicians today. We want to air out those open secrets.  You know, the stuff you talk about at the bar after the show.
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In this Episode, Prof. Kelly Landerkin, Head of Studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, joins Grace and Andrew to discuss how we often assume anonymous compositions of the past to be the work of male composers; how the standard Early Music curr...

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This week Grace and Andrew sit down with conductor Jessica Horsley, artistic director of the Swiss Frauenkomponiert music festival, and talk about about the 2021 festival, female composers and their [lack of] presence in european concert houses, diversity in arts organizational leadership, and much, much more!

Jessica's Links:

http://www.jessicahorsley.com/

https://frauenkomponiert.ch/


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In this episode Andrew and special guest Johanna Bartz go through the events of 14 August 2021 at the 100 Jahre Burgenland festival in Austria where the singer Alexander Köck spoke out on behalf of members of the orchestra playing that night over their meager fee of 30 EUR per night (plus travel and catering ;). Köck was confronted in public by the artistic director and M.C. of the evening Alfons Haider, which is when sh*t really h...

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Surviving Classical Music is a podcast about the issues facing musicians today. We want to air out those open secrets.  You know, the stuff you talk about at the bar after the show.

In this episode, mezzo, early music specialist, and co-founder of Invocare Ensemble, Tessa Roos returns to the podcast to speak about Invocare's most recent residency in Basel, the reason for it, and the trouble ahead facing an ensemble which has bee...

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Surviving Classical Music is a podcast about the issues facing musicians today. We want to air out those open secrets.  You know, the stuff you talk about at the bar after the show.

In this episode, Andrew and Grace talk about how the recent 30 hot Canadian Classical musicians under 30 article by CBC Music is an artifact from a by-gone era, and how we should be the publishers of all our social media content - even the stuff we'r...

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Surviving Classical Music is a podcast about the issues facing musicians today. We want to air out those open secrets.  You know, the stuff you talk about at the bar after the show.


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*as a correction from our discussion about the situation in Switzerland: 

from the Federal Office of Public Health's website, accessed 27.7.2021

"Events

Organisers of events with up to 1,000 participants can now basically decide whether access fo...

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Surviving Classical Music is a podcast about the issues facing musicians today. We want to air out those open secrets.  You know, the stuff you talk about at the bar after the show.

Watch this Episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/VETdHkLlhqA

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Catherine Manson is a U.K. violinist specializing in historical performance and is a member for the London Haydn Quartet and is leader of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Today Andrew speak...

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July 13, 2021 24 min

Surviving Classical Music is a podcast about the issues facing musicians today. We want to air out those open secrets.  You know, the stuff you talk about at the bar after the show.

*Watch this episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/-yAY_wFCSYw
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Carissa Klopoushak is a Canadian Violinist, member of Ottawa's National Arts Center Orchestra and the Ironwood quartet, and is artistic director of the Ottawa Chamberfest whose summer ...

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July 6, 2021 41 min

In this episode, Mara Winter joins Grace and Andrew to talk about how media production has become a large part of her regular work since the beginning of the pandemic; share her experiences in the sometimes strenuous relationship between videographer and performer;
and how close can a successful career in music performance (by today's standards) bring us to the lifestyle we would like to have?

The Video Pod Link:

https://youtu.be/...

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May 27, 2021 30 min

In this episode Andrew and Grace talk about how the vaccination regime in Basel can collide with a freelancer's schedule; what it's like when the pandemic job begins to collide with the 'renaissance' of the performance scene; moving apartments, and much more!

*Due to construction in Andrew's building (sorry for the noise, btws) and our busy schedules, the Podcast will take a break for the month of June. We will b...

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May 18, 2021 35 min

Today Andrew and Grace talk about themes which have been covered by the podcast over the past 100(!) episodes. 

Contact Us:

Survivingclassicalmusic@gmail.com

Our *New* Website:
http://survivingclassicalmusic.com

Our Links:
https://www.getsl.ink/survivingclassicalmusic

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https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=A9Q8UCN4RHBFQ
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Andrew Burn
IBAN: CH97 0900 0000 2506 2331 4 

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May 11, 2021 7 min

Just a short note today from Andrew about how he's realised that, after working by the hour for the past months, so many freelance-based projects rely both on a healthy scene keeping musicians in tehcnical shape, as well as extra [unpaid] work which we regularly donate to keep them from falling apart.

Contact Us:

Survivingclassicalmusic@gmail.com

Our *New* Website:
http://survivingclassicalmusic.com

Our Links:
https://www.getsl.i...

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May 5, 2021 22 min

Today's episode is recorded live as Andrew and Grace are working hard this week Surviving Classical Music - ding ding! "Live recorded, live to tape" says it all. Thanks, Andrew. In this episode Grace and Andrew talk about the online teaching experience: how the pandemic has created opportunities to hear from foreign artists, how some are feeling the pandemic fatigue and are refusing to teach online any further, as well ...

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April 27, 2021 24 min

Today Andrew speaks with Toronto-based guitarist and composer Nathan Corr who specializes in Jazz, Fusion, and videogame music, and is the director of operations for Jazzguitarlessons.net about his work building online courses, teaching online, and how the pandemic has affected his performing career.

Nathan's Links:
Website: 

http://moltencorr.com/

YouTube: 

https://www.youtube.com/user/NateCorrGuitar/

JazzGuitarLessons.net

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April 20, 2021 28 min

In this episode Andrew and Grace talk about pandemic fatigue and how it's affecting their work; A social media storm in the Basel community causes a stir; Swiss pandemic rules affecting musicians; and Grace speaks about how a lack of energy at this moment is affecting her work. 

A video version of this episode can be watched here:
https://youtu.be/EH9ZBjuDVgE

Contact Us:

Survivingclassicalmusic@gmail.com

Our *New* Website:
http:/...

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April 13, 2021 3 min

If you know someone who would make a great guest, or whose input you think would be valuable for the continuation of this podcast, please do get in touch with us. Also, do you want to watch video versions of the audio pod? While we haven't been able to secure a studio space, we can do the 'zoom room' version of many of our interviews.. let us know what you think.

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Survivingclassicalmusic@gmail.com

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