In this episode, Chris Grymes talks with composer Harold Meltzer about his life, career, and music. Harold has a really interesting origin story as a composer, deciding to become a full-time composer while we was working as a successful lawyer in New York City.
In this episode, Chris interviews noted American composer John Harbison. In this wide-ranging, almost two hour interview, Harbison talks about his music, his work, and his life, including his time in Jackson, MS in 1964 as part of the Civil Rights struggle. Check out an incredible concert of Harbison's piano music, January 25 at National Sawdust. More info here.
Here is a re-release of a Podcast Chris did last year with Steven Stucky. Sadly, Steve passed away on Sunday. We wish peace to his family and friends. Please enjoy this interview, originally released October 23, 2015.
In this podcast, Chris talks with 2005 Pulitzer Prize winning composer Steven Stucky about music, his process, and much more
David Glaser is a composer and life-long New Yorker. In this podcast, he and Chris talk about growing up in Flushing, music, life, food, and much more.
Will and Chris welcome Open G artist and flutist Chris Chaffee to the podcast. Tangents abound as Will attempts to keep both Chris's on point on topics such as choosing music when making a record, performance practice, and more.
In this excerpt from our full podcast, St. Louis Symphony first clarinetist and Open G Records artist Scott Andrews calls in to the podcast to talk about what it was like being onstage during the recent Requiem for Mike Brown protest. His thoughtful first-person account is an illuminating example of how protest can (and did in this case) use art for peaceful social comment. An interesting listen.
In this episode, first clarinetist of the St. Louis Symphony (and Open G artist) Scott Andrews calls in to talk about what it was like being onstage during the recent Michael Brown protest. Chris and Will also talk about the artist as activist, making classical music concerts more enjoyable, and break down the NPR Classical top 50.
Here's a new podcast idea from Open G Records! In these "Open Season" episodes, Open G founding team Chris Grymes and William Carrigan sit down to talk about the label, music, sports, and pop culture. In this first episode, Chris and Will talk about dealing with depression and doubt, practicing, excessive celebration penalties in football, and much more. If you have a topic you'd like discussed on a future Open Season, leave a comment below or tweet at us @opengrecords.
Explicit language advisory! (Sorry - Chris)
Paola Prestini is a composer, artist, activist, and entrepreneur. Co-founder of Vision into Art, a multi-disciplinary production company; founder of the River to River Festival; and Artistic Director of the Original Music Workshop, Paola is a vital part of the New York City music scene. In this interview, Paola talks with Chris Grymes about her life, music, process, and about the importance of making serious art while still in school.
Jeremy Gill is a composer, pianist, and conductor. Now living and working in Boston, Jeremy wrote a clarinet concerto that will be premiered in November by Open G founder Chris Grymes. In this episode, Jeremy talks with Chris about his life, his music, and his new concerto. Jeremy has a very hot career right now and is a smart, thoughtful musician, and this podcast definitely allows that to come through.
Xiao-Dong Wang (better known as "X") is one of the finest string chamber musicians in the world. In this episode, X talks to Chris Grymes about growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution, when it was forbidden to listen to Western music, much less practice it. Through sheer talent, X emerged from China to win two major international competitions as an unknown, and was eventually recruited by Dorothy DeLay to join her in New York at the Juilliard School. X's story is fascinating and he is a wise and insightful interview subject. Enjoy!
Ed Jacobs is a composer, educator, and thinker. In this podcast, Ed talks to Open G Records founder Chris Grymes about music, his process, life, and a lot more.
Jason Kravits is an actor who has found success on television, film, and stage. In this podcast, Jason talks about acting, the ever-winding path to finding success, and lots of details about the life of a working actor.
Joan Tower is one of the greatest and most decorated living composers. In this podcast, the first in an ongoing series from Open G Records, founder Chris Grymes talks to Joan about her life, her work, her process, and many other tangents on life and music.