Episode #217 | JOEY WILSON | Singer Songwriter | Consultant

Joey Wilson is an organizational consultant, designer, tinkerer and singer / songwriter. In 1984, Joey's father, Larry Wilson, in what he would later describe as a failed attempt at retirement, purchased a 2000-acre ranch along the Pecos River.

They would christen it The Pecos River Learning Center - a 2000-acre classroom and a learning space so large that it couldn’t hold a small idea. The center became an experiential learning facility where individuals could reinvent themselves, and, in turn, the organizations for which they worked. And the center of that center was a huge and terrifying ropes course.
For Joey, the family business was like a graduate course in organizational development and would later cofound CultureLogic, a consulting firm that continues to help organizations optimize their culture.

With one foot firmly planted in the business world, his other lifelong passion is music and songwriting, a craft he has been tweaking for over 30 years. He says this balance between business and art is what has allowed him to keep his heart engaged in both.

Episode #208 | Argos MacCallem | Actor | Founder | Teatro Paraguas

Santa fe is a growing theater community, and has been in dire need of theatrical venues.  One of our most beloved and relatively new venues is Teatro Paraguas on the burgeoning south side of town.

Teatro Paraguas began in 2004 with an original staged tribute to Pablo Neruda and his poetry in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. A group of 12 artists and actors of various nationalities came together and performed a number of his poems in Spanish at el museo cultural. The group quickly realized that Santa Fe (and northern NM) had no theatre company dedicated to presenting Hispanic/Latino theater. Since its inception, TP has produced 50 plays, including several world premieres and 17 plays by 10 New Mexico playwrights. Here to talk with us about Teatro Paraguas is it’s artistic director and co-founder, Argos MacCallum.

Argos MacCallum moved to Santa Fe in 1967, and graduated with honors from Santa Fe Prep (on scholarship) in 1969.  Since then he has worked as a carpenter, plasterer, cabinet shop owner/manager, orchardist, and ranch manager. He has worked with many Santa Fe theatre companies as an actor, director, and theatre technician. Argos spent 9 years on the Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Playhouse (four as president), and worked on dozens of productions in various capacities.  He also served on the Wise Fool New Mexico board. In 2004 Argos helped establish Teatro Paraguas, a company dedicated to producing contemporary and classic Hispanic/Latino plays in English.

Episode #204 | Ducdame Ensemble | Theater

The first words of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” are: “If music be the food of love, play on.” That tells us something about two of the themes in the multi-layered play, music and love. The amazing NYC-based Ducdame’ Ensemble, in one of their visits to Santa Fe, are presenting two Shakespeare plays, one, the gender-bending “Twelfth Night” and “Merchant of Venice”. “Twelfth Night”, offered as Meow Wolf, and “Merchant of Venice” at Santa Fe High School.

Ducdame Ensemble members were trained at and hold Master’s degrees in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), a graduate school offering holistic classical training combining Alexander Technique, Laban, Clowning, and Improv.

Episode #199 | International Shakespeare Center

Caryl Farkas has worked with Shakespeare productions for decades. She is the president of the board of directors and the director of community engagement for the International Shakespeare Center.

Kristin Bundesen Ph.D. was a founding board member of the International Shakespeare Center. She served as a scholar of record for the “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare” Exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Folger Shakespeare Library, and the American Library Association.

The International Shakespeare Center (ISC) is dedicated to making Santa Fe a destination for world-class Shakespeare. They support performances, provide education and create opportunities for people to meet in community to read and discuss Shakespeare. 

Episode #196 | Cecile Lipworth | Producer, "The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey"

"The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey" is a play by James Lecesne, directed by Tony Speciale. Cecile Lipworth produced the play and is the managing director of V-Day and the co-producer of One Billion Rising. The Absolute Brightness is about the disappearance of Leonard Pelkey, a 14-year-old boy who dared to be different, and the small New Jersey town that will never be the same without him. 

Episode #165 | Adam McKinney | Dancer, Choreographer

"HaMapah/ The Map" is a performance piece conceived and performed by Adam McKinney and directed by Daniel Banks. McKinney is both African-American and Jewish, and his performance demonstrates the roots of these two cultures. Both are co-Directors of DNAWorks, an arts and service organization committed to dialogue and healing through the arts.

Episode #162 | Jewel Box Cabaret | Gender Illusion

The Jewel Box Cabaret presents the art of gender illusion, musical comedy and burlesque in Santa Fe, NM.

Guava Chiffon is a former Las Vegas showgirl who brings her big boned thrills, chills and love of the art of gender illusion to the Cabaret stage.

Linda Krauss is the producer, director and promoter of Jewel Box Cabaret.

Episode #153 | Laurianne Fiorentino | Singer-Songwriter

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Laurianne Fiorentino is a singer-songwriter whose music borders on ritual and ceremony. Florentino weaves lyrics into a sound-scape of rhythms and melodies created by voice, guitar, bamboo flute, harmonica, and ocarina.

Santa Fe’s Laurianne Fiorentino, now known as Lauria, has released her first studio CD, and it is a joy to listen to.  Called “Lauria: When I’m an Angel.”  This is her sixth CD, and a departure from past home-made and live concert recordings. The name change signifies a new sound and a new vision for Lauria.

Playing keyboards as a preschooler, Laurianne sprouted up through the dense forest of six brothers in an Italian family north of Boston, MA.  Self-taught on guitar, she added harmonica from age eleven.

Lauria was nominated for Artist Of The Year by the Nat’l Acad. Of Songwriters (LA), Critics’Choice at NXNE (Toronto) andFolKrawl (Memphis).

Episode #132 | Bruce Fertman / Alexander Alliance International

Bruce Fertman is the co-founder and director of the Alexander Alliance International, created in 1982. Fertman trained as a gymnast for ten years and was a professional modern dancer for 12 years. For 16 years he apprenticed with and assisted Marjorie L. Barstow, the first person formally certified by F.M. Alexander to teach his work. Fertman combines his training in psychology, theology, Alexander Technique and dance in his practice. 


Episode #86 | David Hykes | Harmonic Chant

David Hykes is a visionary composer, singer, visual artist, teacher of contemplative music and meditation. He is the founder of “Harmonic Chant” and the “Harmonic Presence” work, music and teachings for exploring deep levels of listening, consciousness, resonant space, breath, sensation, and vibration. Hykes also founded “The Harmonic Choir” considered to be one of the world’s pre-eminent overtone ensembles.

Episode #85 | Don Campbell | Musician | Author | "The Mozart Effect"

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Don Campbell was an author and entrepreneur. His book, The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit spawned a business designed to enhance children's creativity and performance. The Mozart Effect states that "music is not just entertainment, it is medicine." The book unifies medicine, Eastern wisdom, and the new science of sonic healing. The text offers accounts of doctors and others who use music to deal with everything from anxiety to cancer, chronic pain, and even mental illness.

Campbell died in June 2012 of pancreatic cancer.

Episode #81 | Jami Sieber | Cellist | Trumpet: An Elephant Call

Jami Sieber is an internationally recognized electric cellist and vocalist. Sieber’s music is committed to inspiring listeners with honesty, musical prowess, and humanity. Her life-long commitment to the environment, social justice and the healing arts is central to her music.

Jami Sieber collaborated with artist Colleen Kelly on Trumpet: An Elephant Call. 

Episode #76 | David Geist | Pianist | Conductor

David Geist is a concert pianist, cabaret performer, composer, conductor and educator. He has worked on Broadway shows such as: Les MiserablesThe Lion KingWickedThe Producers, and Parade among others. Geist has performed with and coached such world-renowned singers as Michael Crawford, Betty Buckley, and Hugh Jackman, as well as with composing legends Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Geist performs regularly at his cabaret room Geist Cabaret in Santa Fe, NM. In this interview, Geist talks about the Oscar Levant Tribute he did for Stars Never Fade.