Sounds of Encouragement
Sounds of Encouragement

Sounds of Encouragement

Melissa Slocum and Friends

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Encouragement from Musicians, Music Educators & Creatives for Creatives. Interesting interviews with music teachers, creatives, and musicians along with calming and topical encouragement as you face the challenges of everyday life. Find out what sounds and songs encourage other creatives and what keeps them hopeful, moving forward, and creative.

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Interview with Rami Bar-Niv, World Renowned Concert Pianist, Recording Artist & Master Teacher
MAY 26, 2022
Interview with Rami Bar-Niv, World Renowned Concert Pianist, Recording Artist & Master Teacher

RAMI BAR-NIV is one of Israel's most acclaimed and sought after pianists. He travels extensively and has become an international citizen, concertizing all over the world. 

Born in Tel-Aviv, he graduated with honors from the Ron Conservatory and the Rubin Academy of Music, and was the recipient of many prizes and scholarships. He won the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Competition and was awarded a scholarship to further his studies in the United States. After graduating from Mannes College of Music in New York, where he studied with the renowned Mme. Nadia Reisenberg, he won numerous competitions and embarked on a highly successful concert career. He performs regularly in North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and of course Israel, where he received the "Best Performer Award" from the Israeli government. 

He appears on TV and radio, in chamber ensembles, solo recitals, and as soloist with orchestras. He is always received with great enthusiasm. 

Often sent abroad by the Foreign Ministry to represent Israel in concerts, he has become an ambassador of goodwill for Israel. 

Rami Bar-Niv made history by being the first, and so far the only, Israeli artist to perform in Egypt following the Begin/Sadat Peace Treaty. 

Rami’s recordings for CBS and other labels in Israel and abroad have met with praise and popularity. 

His recordings and videos have been very successful on the Internet and he has often been at the top of the charts. 

His compositions are published, recorded and performed all over the world. Rami Bar-Niv offers music of great variety and contrast in style, and is an extremely versatile performer. 

Rami's master classes, workshops, and private teaching are loved worldwide and he is constantly invited to teach in five continents while on concert tours. 

http://www.youtube.com/user/barniv http://www.ybarniv.com/rami http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rami_Bar-Niv  

THE NEW YORK TIMES wrote of Rami: "Effective and Flamboyant" THE BOSTON GLOBE wrote of Rami: "An original major talent"

http://www.ybarniv.com/rami

http://www.youtube.com/user/barniv   

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rami_Bar-Niv

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Top 5 Songs of Encouragement
1) Dvorak Symphony No. 9  in E minor Op. 95 "New World"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9RT2nHD6CQ&t=2372s
2) Dvorak Concerto in B minor Op. 104
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJSlmoXpzfM&t=1810s
3) Tchaikovsky, Symphony Nos. 4, 5, 6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urj66hSbIiA&t=22s
4) Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, Arthur Rubinstein
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1Yoyz6_Los&t=109s
5) Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64:1, Jascha Heifetz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0tqdhbnpn8



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52 MIN
Interview with Gerardo Ramos Gonzalez, Flutist & Professor
MAY 13, 2022
Interview with Gerardo Ramos Gonzalez, Flutist & Professor

Gerardo Ramos Gonzalez is from Guadalajara, Mexico. 

He is a professor in the Music Department at the University of Guadalajara. His class is called Inglés Aplicado a la Música - IAM -(English Applied to Music) which under the English as a Second Language category is "English for Specific Purpose." All of his students are music majors within specific divisions: Performance majors (all orchestra instruments and voices, Conducting majors, Composition majors, and Music Education majors). Each student has three semesters of IAM. 

He studied flute at the same school where he now teaches with Andrezej Bosek, from Poland. He studied music at the University of Guadalajara, then joined a military band in Guadalajara, for three years. After that, he went to the University of Texas at El Paso. He was a linguistics major and Music minor. He had the opportunity to play in different ensembles and take music theory classes there. He did not graduate from UTEP, but he returned to school in 2002 at Metropolitan State University, in Saint Paul, MN.  

He  has been teaching at the University of Guadalajara for over 12 years. During that time, he also earned a Master´s degree in Linguistics at the University of Guadalajara, with some classes at the University of Bielefeld in Germany. During COVID time, he continued teaching online. 

He has returned to Metropolitan State University and enrolled in the Masters's in Liberal Studies program while teaching long distance with the University of Guadalajara.

For Photos of the University in Guadalajara,
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Top 5 Songs of Encouragement
1) Sonata in F Major by Telemann with Gerardo Ramos on Flute, Miguel Angel Pulido on Guitar, and Julio Cesar Gonzalez on Cello.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFI2H0lAT7A

2) Concerto for Violin, Oboe and Strings in D minor, BWV 1060 - 2. Adagio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEdcD1_qscc

3) Oboe Concerto in D minor - Adagio by Alessandro Marcello
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0BalQMrVDU

4) Casta Diva from Norma (Act I) by Bellini
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDZK33JVxME

5) Vesperae Solennes de Confessore (Solemn Vespers for a Confessor) K.339: Laudate Dominum by Mozart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CveiQojl6Q0

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68 MIN
Interview with Tara Priolo, White-facing, Biracial, Multi-Passionate Soprano
APR 1, 2022
Interview with Tara Priolo, White-facing, Biracial, Multi-Passionate Soprano

White-facing, biracial, multi-passionate soprano Tara Priolo has cultivated a career including performing, teaching, brand coaching, activism, and arts administration. As an educator she shares her propensity for enlivening student’s confidence paired with her strong interest in vocal pedagogy. Frequently requested as a guest soloist by smaller organizations and colleagues, Tara enjoys performing a variety of new compositions as well as the classics. Based in Minneapolis, MN Tara engages audiences, students, and clients with dynamic, thought-provoking, and unique performances, lessons, and coaching sessions.

Tara Priolo (she/her)
Multipassionate biracial musician
Owner/Operator-
Tara Priolo Studio
Operations Manager-
Thursday Musical
www.tarapriolo.com

Top 5 Songs of Encouragement:
1) Cardinal Singing and Call Sounds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ezarOZGkyA&list=PLEsyD1RdaugD7NsYE2pvDppAlAjLn9awp&index=1&t=162s
2) Lean on Me by Bill Withers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOZ-MySzAac&list=PLEsyD1RdaugD7NsYE2pvDppAlAjLn9awp&index=2
3) Joy by Genius Child sung by Harolyn Blackwell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWqVa0Z_2F0&list=PLEsyD1RdaugD7NsYE2pvDppAlAjLn9awp&index=3
4) Without a Net by Mickey Guyton
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWqVa0Z_2F0&list=PLEsyD1RdaugD7NsYE2pvDppAlAjLn9awp&index=3
5) Defying Gravity from Wicked by Stephen Schwartz, sung by Kristen Chenowith and Idina Menzel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEq3xM-i0Ng&list=PLEsyD1RdaugD7NsYE2pvDppAlAjLn9awp&index=5

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79 MIN
Interview with Lachrisa Grandberry & Molly Rhode of Door County Amplify
MAR 18, 2022
Interview with Lachrisa Grandberry & Molly Rhode of Door County Amplify

Find Door County Amplify at https://www.facebook.com/DoorCountyAmplify

Lachrisa Grandberry is a Milwaukee born native who has made her home in Chicago. She is an actress and singer who has performed on many stages; as well as a writer with a world premiere production coming this fall. She is beyond grateful for her community of family and friends, and Paonessa Talent Agency for their continued love and support. She aims to continue inspiring and transforming the human mind through the power of story-telling. 

 Molly Rhode is Associate Artistic Director of Northern Sky Theater and has helped bring over 20 world premieres to the stage. She also acts, directs and choreographs at theaters across Milwaukee and in Madison. She grew up in Wisconsin where she is proud to make her artistic home. 

Lachrisa's Top 5 Songs of Encouragement:
1) There's Hope by India Arie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bClxgPvGqRg
2) Brown Skin Girl by Beyoncé
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRFS0MYTC1I
3) We Won't Move by Arlissa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Piun5i_E6-U
4) What The World Needs Now, and Stand Up for Something by Andra Day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GhY7qXGx-0
bonus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNQ3vgKNO1g
5) Mighty River by Mary J Blige
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd2ht5aF-2E

If you need support now or are struggling, please reach out to one of the following resources: 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:1-800-662-HELP (4357)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

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52 MIN