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Executive Artistic Director of Story District

Everyone has a story; Story District helps tell it.

Jay Salinas
Jay Salinas, co-founder of Wormfarm

Artist, farmer, and co-founder of Wormfarm

A look at Wormfarm where art, agriculture, community, and creativity blossom. [25:35]

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Photo by Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Chef, restaurateur, and author

Creating new flavors with traditional food.

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Photo courtesy of Adriana Sananes

Actor and Narrator

Moving between Spanish and English on stage and on the page.

Antonio Sanchez. Photo by Justin Bettman
Photo by Justin Bettman

Drummer

Antonio Sanchez talks about the melody of jazz drumming and his new CD, New Life. [34:21]

Chunky Sanchez
Photo by Michael G. Stewart

Musician and 2013 National Heritage Fellow

For 40 years, Chunky Sanchez has playing and singing the stories of the Chicano people.

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Photo by Andrew H. Walker  

Director

Ensemble for the Romantic Century blends chamber music with fully staged dramas and changes both theater and concerts in the process.

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Photo courtesy of Gordon Sasaki

Visual Artist and Disability Rights Advocate

Last December, the Office of Accessibility held a webinar in which three successful artists discussed how they navigated their careers working with a disability. To no one’s surprise, one of the invited artists was Gordon Sasaki. For nearly 40 years, visual artist Gordon Sasaki has been working to increase accessibility to the arts for both practitioners and audiences. Believing in the fundamental power of art to advance disability rights, many of his paintings, sculptures and photographs reflect the body and how it is represented, the reality of living with a disability, and the diversity of disabilities, both obvious and subtle. Today’s podcast celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with an interview with Gordon Sasaki about his work, navigating the art world and the streets of New York, the changes the ADA has brought to his life, the work left to be done and his service dog Maki.

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Credit Jimmy and Dena Katz photo

Composer, conductor and 2019 NEA Jazz Master

2019 NEA Jazz Master composer, conductor, and arranger Maria Schneider creates highly original and evocative compositions for her jazz orchestra, which she formed in 1992. Much of her music is autobiographical, evoking the Minnesota plains where she was born and raised. She returns to the theme of her childhood in a prairie town again and again; in fact, she’s come to realize that the foundation of her music is her hometown. She finds parts of it magical, and we certainly hear it in her music. Although she’s composed classical work and collaborated with David Bowie, Maria’s musical center remains in jazz. In this podcast, we talk about her connection to jazz (especially to the music of NEA Jazz Master Gil Evans), the ways in which she and the musicians in her band inspire one another, her collaboration with Bowie, and how her deep ties to Windom, Minnesota, translates into mesmerizing music.

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Courtesy of Col Don Schofield

Commander and Conductor The US Air Force Band

Commander and conductor of the US Air Force Band Colonel Don Schofield leads a remarkably diverse set of musicians. The Air Force Band consists of 172 members and six ensembles playing music that ranges from rock to jazz to brass to an orchestra. (We can't forget the string ensemble or the fabulous Singing Sergeants!). They play over 1600 performances around the world each year with a repertoire that is expansive and extensive. In this tuneful podcast, we learn how it all comes together, why Colonel Schofield went from music teacher to military service member, and why leading the U.S. Air Force Band is his dream job.

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