On this podcast, Lorens Chuno presents captivating conversations with enterprising jazz musicians. Read more...



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06/14/18 Episode 51: Drummer, Michael Vitali
Drummer, MICHAEL VITALI is a diverse and avid practitioner of jazz who has played with household jazz names, and is also active in the world music scene. His group, the Michael Vitali Trio's new album is titled ‘Scratching the Surface’. Join Michael and Lorens as he talks about being a working musician, traveling around Europe, and other related stuff. (music credit: ‘Leo', ‘Requiem', and 'True Love Waits’ by Michael Vitali Trio).
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06/07/18 Episode 50: Drummer/Composer, Jonathan Barber
On his debut album, Vision Ahead, Jonathan Barber delivers some very well executed original compositions. These songs have introspective origins and help shape the current path of his music group also called Vision Ahead. Join Jonathan and Lorens as he talks about Hartford, jam sessions, living in New York and other mildly related stuff. (music credit: ‘Vision Ahead’, ‘Gone Away', ‘Carry On’, and ‘Airport’ by Jonathan Barber).
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05/24/18 Episode 49: Vocalist, Michael Mwenso
Vocalist, MICHAEL MWENSO is the leader of MWENSO AND THE SHAKES, a vibrant band with new and fresh sounds, invigorating arrangements, and an unmatched stage presence. Join Michael and Lorens as he talks about performance, Betty Carter, astrological signs, and other somewhat related things . (Music credit: 'No Regrets’ by Mwenso and the Shakes).
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05/17/18 Episode 48: Violinist/Composer, Meg Okura
MEG OKURA is a distinguished violinist/composer who has been decorated with several awards. Her latest album, Ima Ima, is a collection of well thought out and very well executed compositions that stem out of her role as a mother. Join Meg and Lorens as she talks about composing, motherhood, David Bowie, and other somewhat related things. (music credit: 'Black Rain’, 'A Summer in Jerusalem', 'A Night Insomnia’, 'Blues in Jade’).
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04/05/18 Episode 47: Mark Wade (Bassist)
MARK WADE is an accomplished musician whose excellence has garnered recognitions on several jazz publications including being featured as one of DownBeat Magazine's top 10 bass players. Join Mark — and Lorens — as he talks about surviving as a musician in New York, teaching bass, the midwest, and other carelessly related issues. (music credit: ‘Wide Open’, 'Another Night in Tunisia’, ‘Midnight in the Cathedral’, ‘ Moving Day’, and ‘In the Fading Ray of Sunlight’).
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03/29/18 Episode 46: Sivan Arbel (Vocalist/Composer)
SIVAN ARBEL is a gifted vocalist whose singing emanates a great deal of soul, while displaying some subtle techniques that only a very well trained vocalist can bring out. Join Sivan and Lorens as she talks about investing in a music career, Betty Carter, Kfar Uriya, and other connected but unrelated stuff. (music: 'Over sensitivity', 'Open my tube of art', 'Active on Wheel', 'Analysis' by Sivan Arbel).
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03/15/18 Episode 45: Evan Harris (Composer/Saxophonist)
On his debut album, ‘Skylines', EVAN HARRIS presents a classic but personal interpretation of his original compositions. Evan is currently a master’s degree student at the Juilliard School and has performed along size jazz household names like Wynton Marsalis and Vince Giodarno. Join Evan and Lorens as he talks about things like learning a song in all keys, the tall puppy syndrome, and other carelessly related fun stuff. (Music credit: ‘Inertia’, ‘Reinvention’, ‘Spring Song’ by Evan Harris).
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03/06/18 Episode 44: Douye (Vocalist)
DOUYE is a seasoned singer whose soulful and delicate approach to jazz vocal has captured the interest of many in the last year. Her chart topping album ‘Daddy Said So’ features legendary jazz musicians including Ron Carter, Kenny Baron, and John Clayton just to mention a few. Join Douye and Lorens as she talks about many educative yet fun things like how to approach a song that has been done many times. (Song Credit: 'Someone to watch over me', 'Lush Life', 'Besame Mucho', 'Round Midnight', 'But Beautiful' by Douye).
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02/21/18 Episode 43: Brandon Bain (Vocalist)
BRANDON BAIN’s band is quickly becoming a staple in the New York City jazz scene. He is also the founder the and curator of the jazz performance video series Capsulocity. Join Brandon and Lorens as he talks about how to learn a song, getting gigs, working with Jon Hendricks on Capsulocity, and many other awesome stuff. (music credit: ‘My Valentine’ and ‘Man Smart, Woman Smarter’ by Brandon Bain).
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02/14/18 Episode 42: Nicole Zuraitis (Vocalist/Songwriter)
On her album, 'Hive Mind', NICOLE ZURAITIS displays her remarkably fine-tuned voice and her ability to communicate emotions with accessible lyrics. 'Hive Mind' makes a careful use of Nicole’s wide ranging musical expertise which include but is not limited to Jazz, opera, and pop. Join Nicole and Lorens as she talks about her the album, not fitting in one genre, Shirley Horn, and other subtly related stuff (Music Credit: ‘Episodes’, ‘the Inscription’,’Sunny Side’, ‘Failing’).
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02/07/18 Episode 41: Cameron Mizell (Guitarist/Composer)
Guitarist/composer CAMERON MIZELL’s album Memory/Imagination exhibits his forte for penning compositions that evoke visceral reactions without the use of words. Join Cameron and Lorens as he talks about performance, listening to people who disagree, Donald Trump, and other carefully related stuff. (music credit: ‘A Turning Point’, ‘Memory/Imagination’, ‘Melting’, 'The wind will never blow us out’).
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01/30/18 Episode 40: Wayne Tucker (Trumpeter/Composer/Singer)
Trumpeter/Singer, WAYNE TUCKER has an extensive musical resume that includes two highly reviewed albums, and playing with many accomplished artists like Cyrille Aimée, Elvis Costello, and Taylor Swift. On his latest album ‘Wake Up and See the Sun’, Wayne delivers some well developed fell-good interpretations of a collection of pop classics and a few of his original compositions. Join Wayne and Lorens as he talks about Stevie Wonder, being competitive, mathematical approaches to learning a song, and other related topics. (Song Credits: ‘Wake Up and See the Sun’, ‘Bad Religion’, ‘Retrograde’, ‘They Won’t Go When I Go’, 'Human’s Groove Harder than Robots’, and 'Little Buddy' by Wayne Tucker).
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01/23/18 Episode 39: Charlie Rauh (Composer/Guitarist)
Composer and guitarist CHARLIE RAUH’s new album, Viriditas is a collection of minimalistic tunes executed to create a space where the listener can attain and interprete a renewed musical feeling. Join Charlie and Lorens as he talks about Lullabies, Iceland, Solo gigs and other carefully related topics. (Music credit: `Arolen', ‘Augustine’, and ‘Lullaby of Djupavik’ by Charlie).
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01/16/18 Episode 38: Kristina Koller (Vocalist)
On her album, Perception, KRISTINA KOLLER gives some thought out modern treatment to familiar jazz and pop songs and in a way that reinvents these classic material yet preserving their essence. Join Kristina and Lorens as she talks about her new album, being a vocalist in a jam session, arranging songs, keeping dogs in the city, and other surprisingly related topics . (Music credit: ‘You Go to My Head', 'You are Here Now’, ‘Utopia’, and ’Simplicity' by Kristina Koller).
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01/09/18 Episode 37: Leni Stern (Guitarist/Composer/Singer)
LENI STERN has made her marks in the world of jazz with her trademark inventive guitar exploration and her unrestricted sound that perfunctorily makes use of her diverse musical and cultural influence. Join Leni and Lorens as she talks about microphones, artist grants, African music, self-releasing a record, and many other important yet fun stuff. (Music credit: ‘Hide and Seek’ and ‘Mercy’ by Leni Stern).
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01/02/18 Episode 36: Pawel Ignatowicz (Guitarist/Composer)
PAWEL IGNATOWICZ is a guitarist/composer whose compositions tell compelling stories in a way that only a well studied guitarist can. Join Pawel and Lorens as he talks about his latest album 'Here and Now’ and other musically related things. (music credit: ‘Here and Now’, ‘Log Off’, and ‘Darkness at Noon' by Pawel Ignatowicz).
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12/26/17 Episode 35: Kelly Green (Pianist/Vocalist/Composer)
KELLY GREEN is a pianist/vocalist/composer whose compositions, playing, and singing exhibit a heightened understanding of the jazz tradition. Join Kelly and Lorens as she talks about Jacksonville, recording vocals and piano simultaneously, Shirley Horn, and many other related stuff. (Music credit: ‘I Sing’, ‘Little Daffodil’, ‘Culture Shock’ by Kelly Green).
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11/28/17 Episode 34: Hailey Niswanger a.k.a MAE.SUN (Saxophonist)
HAILEY NISWANGER (a.k.a MAE.SUN) is a boundary-pushing artist; an acclaimed saxophonist who has worked with a wide range of celebrated musicians including Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington. Her latest work, 'Vol.1:Inter-be’ seamlessly fuses contemporary jazz, funk, and neo-soul. Join Hailey and Lorens as she talks about naming songs, clarinets, Portand, inter-be, Ethiopia, photo-shoot, and other almost unrelated, yet connected topics. (music credit: ‘Life is Limitless’ by MAE.SUN).
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11/20/17 Episode 33: Judi Jackson (Vocalist)
JUDI JACKSON has worked with many household names in jazz, and has headlined some highly acclaimed concerts including her Amy Winehouse and Nina Simone tribute concerts. Her EP ‘Blame it on My Youth’ comes out on December 8th, 2017. Join Judi and Lorens, as she talks about the new EP, freedom, hair, discipline and many other carefully related topics. (music credit ‘Worth It' by Judi Jackson).
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11/13/17 Episode 32: Andromeda Turre (Vocalist)
ANDROMEDA TURRE is a versatile musicians whose voice has been used in recordings for Disney, Nickelodeon, OWN network, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Viacom, NBC and many more. She has also sung background for Ray Charles. Join Andromeda and Lorens as she talks about her new music, growing up with musician parents, Tokyo, and other great stuff. (music credit 'Smells like teen spirit' by Andromeda Turre).
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11/05/17 Episode 31: Sonia Aimy (Singer/Actor)
SONIA AIMY is a multifaceted artist; a Nigerian singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor who speaks fluent Italian. Join Sonia and Lorens as she speaks about her artistic journey, her new CD, and other related awesomenesses. (Music Credit: 'Nigerian Spirit' by Sonia Aimy).
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10/22/17 Episode 30: Candice Michelle Franklin (Dancer)
CANDICE MICHELLE FRANKLIN is a jazz dancer and choreographer hose work has ranged from choreographing for Macy Gray to collaborating with Pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs. Join Candice and Lorens as she talks about her show Jazz Ain’t Dead, the history of dance in american and its roots and connection to jazz music (music credit ‘Ain’t Necessarily So’, ‘Summer Time’ by Jazz Aint Dead).
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10/15/17 Episode 29: Alicia Olatuja (Vocalist)
ALICIA OLATUJA is a master vocalist who has effortlessly and simultaneously navigated the musical worlds of classical music and jazz. Join Alicia and Lorens as she talks about singing for President Obama, learning languages, not being Nigerian, paying attention to every musical note, and other carelessly related topics. (Song credits: ‘Serrado', 'Truth in Blue', 'Human Nature' by Alicia Olatuja).
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10/04/17 Episode 28: Ben Eunson (Guitarist)
BEN EUNSON is a uniquely talented guitarist/composer who has worked with acts like Terri Lyne Carrington, Liz Wrght, Queen Latifah, Quest Love and many more. Join Ben and Lorens as he talks about about playing other people’s music, recording in the winter, Boston, Melbourne, Tall Puppy syndrome, and other related but disjoint topics. (music credit: ‘Winter Song’ by Ben Euson).
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09/26/17 Episode 27: Savannah Jaine (Singer/Songwriter)
Savannah Jaine is a singer-songwriter and a one-woman cover band who can play any song you ask her to play. If you don’t believe me, check out her instagram @savannahjaine to see for yourself. Join Savannah and Lorens as she talks about everything music and non-music related from singing at mass to Joss Stone to RV's (song credit: ’No Respect’ by Savannah Jaine).
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09/19/17 Episode 26: Irwin Hall (Saxophonist)
Award winning saxophonist, Irwin Hall has toured the world with artist like Melody Gardot, John Legend, and 3x Grammy/Tony winning jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater just to mention a few. Irwin also has a degree from Princeton and has lived and worked in Japan. Join Irwin and Lorens, ad they talk about traveling as musician, playing with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Capoeira, and other carelessly related topics. Song credit "Smile for Your Lover Comes" by Irwin Hall.
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09/01/15 Episode 25 -- Doing Art is now Doing Jazz
Music Credit: "Mr Sabi" by Lorens Chuno.


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08/14/17 Episode 24: Zem Audu (Saxophonist/Composer)
Zem Audu is a saxophonist/composer whose new album “Spirits” is getting lots of excellent reviews. Join Zem and Lorens as they talk about odd times signatures, birds, dragons, egusi soup, and other carefully related yet random things. (music: 'Dragon', ‘Birds’ by Zem Audu) .
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04/17/17 Episode 23: Micky (Singer/Songwriter)
Micky is singer-songwriter whose music and live performance have a lot of inviting energy. Join Micky and Lorens as he talks about growing up, going to school in New York, Donald trump, and many other disjointed — yet related — topics (song credit: ‘carry myself’ by Micky).
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12/28/16 Episode 22: Nkumu Katalay (Musician/Dancer)
Nkumu is a singer/guitarist and leads the music group, the Life Long Project. He also leads the Afro Congolese Dance troupe based in Harlem New York. As if that’s not enough, he also has a congressional award. Join Nkumu and Lorens as they talk about Kinshasa, playing with Fally Ipupa, politics, and other carefully related stuff. (Credit: "Nwana Mboka" and "Congo for you" by Nkumu Katalay).
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10/10/16 Episode 21: John Gray (Bassist/Songwriter)
John Gray is a bassist /song-writer and leads the Jazz Thieves, an awesome modern jazz quartet based in Brooklyn NY. Join John and Lorens as they talk about Phoenix, nice couches, Hillary Clinton and other carelessly unrelated stuff. (music: ‘Brooklyn Elegy', ‘You’ll Turn Out OK’ by The Jazz Thieves).
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09/03/16 Episode 20: Talay (Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter)
Talay is a singer/songwriter/guitarist and an all round awesome human. Join Talay and Lorens as they talk about playing in New York City, bringing people out to live events, art and public policy, Iggy Azalea, New York City pizza, and other carefully unrelated stuff. (music: ‘Underside', 'Piece by Piece’ by Talay).
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08/01/16 Episode 19: Singer/Songwriter, Cheney Munson (Tacoma Narrows)
Cheney Munson is the frontman of Tacoma Narrows, a New York based six-piece americana/folk band. Join Cheney and Lorens as they talk about songwriting, driving, brexit, and other carelessly connected stuff (Music Credit: 'Just Wait' and 'All Right Ok' by Tacoma Narrows).
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07/18/16 Episode 18: Actor/Writer, Alex Speith
Alex Spieth is prolific actor/writer/producer who created the award winning web series [Blank] My Life. Join Alex and Lorens as she talks about Nashville, acting, being a female pastor, Donald Trump, sliders, and other connected but unrelated things (Music Credit: "Easy Busy” by Lorens Chuno) .
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07/01/16 Episode 17: Saxophonist/Composer, Michael Eaton
Michael Eaton is a Brooklyn based saxophonist/composer. Join Michael and Lorens as he talks about Kansas City, performing Jazz, selling Jazz, doing Jazz, Kanye West, Math, and other subtly connected things (Music Credit: "Alter Ego" and "Guru" by Michael Eaton).
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04/16/16 Episode 16: Director, Benjamin Viertel
Join Director, Benjamin Viertel, as he and Lorens chat about playing grandfather in a school play, converting to Judaism, directing, Hillary Clinton and other subtly connected but carelessly unrelated things.
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02/16/16 Episode 15: Scenic Designer, Bryce Cutler
Join Scenic Designer, Bryce Cutler, as he an Lorens chat about about art middle school, Andy Warhol, Bernie Sander, Kanye West's set design, and other randomly connected but unrelated things.
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02/01/16 Episode 14: Actor/Director/Writer, Dane Joseph
Dane Joseph is a New York based actor/director/writer. Join Dane, as he talks about his path to where he is now, spending a short time in law school, Empire, Taylor Swift, Art Administration and other randomly connected things.
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12/28/15 Episode 13: Singer/Actor, Trevor McQueen
Trevor McQueen is New York based singer, actor, and well-formed all-round artist. Join Trevor and Lorens as they talk about doing theatre as a child, the term "Up-State New York", Adele, and other carefully unrelated - yet connected - things.
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09/08/15 Episode 12: Singer-songwriter, Matt Wheeler
Matt Wheeler is singer-songwriter whose music, I can only describe as beautiful stories wrapped in beautiful melodies. Join Matt and Lorens as he talks about growing up, house concerts, having multiple careers, Donald trump, and many other disjointed — yet related — topics.
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08/28/15 Episode 11: Hip-hop artist, TOP
TOP (Triumph Over Poverty) is a hip-hop artist making waves in Baltimore. Join Top as he and Lorens talk 90’s hip-hop, computer programming, the N-word, glazed doughnuts, and many other things related and unrelated.
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08/15/15 Episode 10: Electro/Hip-hop artist, Baron Artist
Baron Artist is an award-winning electro/hip-hop artist. Join him and Lorens, as they talk about growing up, "multi-preneurship”, success, knowing when to take a break, Empire, RuPaul, and bunch of other carefully and slightly unrelated stuff.
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07/31/15 Episode 9: Dancer, Leslie Williams
Leslie Williams is a Juilliard trained dancer. Join her and Lorens as they talk about dance training, falling and getting up, Martha Graham, Dianne Reeves, "Beauty Remains" music video, New York Pizza, and other carefully unrelated stuff.
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07/08/15 Episode 8: Singer/songwriter, Joy Ike
Joy Ike is a talented singer-songwriter well known for her deep and inspiring lyrics. Join her and Lorens, as she talks about traveling long distance for gigs, having Nigerian parents, getting better and disliking earlier albums, playing in New York City, having faithful fans, and many other randomly connected stuff.
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06/21/15 Episode 7: Comedian/actor, Tyler Fischer
Tyler Fisher is a prolific actor/comedian who has been on America’s Got talent, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, and the new National Geography series “American Genius”. Tyler is funny ! Join him as he and Lorens talk about open mic, making it without an agent or a manager, faking being “Humans of New York” photographer, going to college despite being a really bad student, and other randomly connected funny and pseudo-funny stuff.
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06/05/15 Episode 6: Abstract Expressionist, Sophia Domeville
Sophia Domeville embodies art, and almost everything she does reflects this. Join this talented abstract expressionist and educator, as she and Lorens talk about Jersey, being Haitian, j'ouvert, art education, "craisins", Hillary Clinton, and other carefully unconnected things.
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05/11/15 Episode 5-- Ruffin Prentiss III
Join actor Ruffin Prentiss III, and he and lorens chat about his works and training. They also talk about Pittsburgh, church buildings, parents, chemistry, cold reading, Meisner technique, and other randomly connected things.
Music credit: " Mpa Regede", " More Palmwine" by Lorens Chuno.

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05/01/15 Episode 4-- David Nazario
Join writer David Nazario as he and Lorens talk about the workings of a publication; working hard to achieve one's dream; growing up in a small city; finding time to eat in NYC; vision boards; haters; and the show "Empire".
Music credit: " Mpa Regede" , "I wish I were free" by Lorens Chuno.

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04/13/15 Episode 3-- Kosi
Kosi is as real as they come. Join this New-York born gifted singer-songwriter, as she and Lorens talk songwriting, hiring musicians, immigrant parents, Times Square, and other things not quite connected, but sure sound good in a song.
Music credit: " Mpa Regede" by Lorens Chuno; "Already Know" by Kosi.

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04/04/15 Episode 2 -- Theron Cook
Join the talented and deeply layered visual artist, Theron Cook, as he and Lorens talk art, life, Reading Pa, hiking, instagram, and other randomly connected stuff. Theron is the founder and creative director of Mute Magazine.
Music credit: " Mpa Regede" by Lorens Chuno; "Impossible is Impossible" by Lorens Chuno.

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03/28/15 Episode 1 -- Charles Duke
Join multi-faceted musician, Charles Duke, as he and Lorens talk about the making of his new EP “Midnight Lover”. Well, the conversation did not stop there: Listen for Charles Duke’s take on the New York music hustle; flakiness of artists; the difference between geek,nerd,and dork; and why sometimes you just need to go with the crowd in the subway.
Music credit: " Mpa Regede" by Lorens Chuno; "U turn Ghost" by Charles Duke; "Undercover Overlover" by Charles Duke

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03/19/15 Episode 0-- Intro
A brief introduction to the podcast ...
Music credit: " Mpa Regede" by Lorens Chuno;