Sulaiman Rahman (Frederick, Maryland)
Originally from the D.C. area and residing in Frederick, Maryland, singer/guitarist Sulaiman Rahman is the front man for the D.C.-based original rock band Marshall Fuzz producing a sound that is inspired by the blues rock tradition of classic rock bands like Black Sabbath, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream. Some critics have described them as a mashup of Black Sabbath and Muddy Waters. Alongside Vince Vezzi on bass and Nick Rodousakis on drums, they have gigged continuously since they formed the band in 2014.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 09/29/2020.
Taide Pineda (Phoenix, Arizona)
Taide Pineda has been playing the guitar since high school and has been involved in the Phoenix local music scene with many well-known working bands for over 15 years. He’s a cutting-edge sole artist. He is one of the founding members of Highest Conspiracy, a band that mixes reggae, rock and roll, hip hop, and pop music in their original work. With a core group of musicians and the creation of Conspiracy Horns, which is a full two-piece horn section, Highest Conspiracy has created a following that has surpassed the normal media buzz. Taide released his first solo album, Big Dreams, in May 2020.
Interviewed by Raquel Paraíso, 10/06/2020.
Tarik Shah (Delmar, New York)
Tarik Shah is a musician, bassist, music teacher, professor level martial artist, practicing Muslim, and student of knowledge. Born and raised in New York City, Shah began playing the upright bass at age twelve and was a student of Slam Stewart. He has performed and recorded with jazz legends such as Ahmad Jamal, Dakota Staton, Vanessa Rubin, Ellis Marsalis, Barry Harris, Pharaoh Sanders and the late great songstress Betty Carter. Additionally, Shah performed with big bands such as the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and in small groups led by Red Rodney, Sir Roland Hanna, Abbey Lincoln, Harold Vick, Dr. Lonnie Smith and others. He has toured extensively nationally and internationally, including performing at the inaugural ball of President Bill Clinton in 1992. In 2018, he began rebuilding a career as a musician after wrongful conviction by the FBI in 2006. His group the Tarik Shah Quintet has performed in venues including New York City staples Smalls and Mezzrow.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 09/29/2020.
Tchin (New Jersey)
Tchin (pronounced ‘chin) is a nationally known, multi-award-winning artist. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia and lived in rural Virginia and Rhode Island where he received his early schooling. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. He is an accomplished metalsmith, author, flutemaker, educator, lecturer, folklorist, musician, entertainer, and clothes maker. His awards for performance and cultural work include Best of Show in Schemitzun, Connecticut, and Kituwah, North Carolina; Best of Division in the Southwest Museum, California, and Red Earth, Oklahoma; and first prize in the National American Cultural Art Festival, Maryland, as well as the SWAIA Indian Market, New Mexico (6). He lives with his wife and looks forward to many visits from his four daughters and nine grandchildren.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 10/19/2020.
Does this U.S. election season have your head spinning? In this episode, Grist reporter Zoya Teirstein and LA Times reporter Sammy Roth take us from the national to the local on what's important in terms of the environment.
What does it mean to do research in solidarity with movements? This presentation will share lessons from the work of The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, a data-visualization, data analysis, and storytelling collective documenting dispossession and resistance upon gentrifying landscapes. With chapters in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York City, AEMP is a collective of scholars, storytellers, organizers, activists, and artists using data to fight for tenants’ rights and housing justice. Working with community partners and in solidarity with numerous housing movements, we study and visualize new entanglements of global capital, real estate, technocapitalism, and political economy. Our narrative oral history and video work centers the displacement of people and complex social worlds, but also modes of resistance. Maintaining antiracist and feminist analyses as well as decolonial methodology, the project creates tools and disseminates data contributing to collective resistance and movement building.
Thanu Yakupitiyage (New York City, New York)
Thanushka (Thanu) Yakupitiyage is a Sri Lankan born, Thailand raised activist, cultural organizer, and DJ under the artist moniker “Ushka.” She deejays from the perspective of a dancer, blending a wide range of club music from soca to dancehall, hip hop to South Asian rhythms, Baltimore/Jersey club to baile funk, vogue cuts to kuduro, azonto to Afrobeat and more. Ushka is also a political and cultural organizer. She has performed at venues such as the Brooklyn Museum, MoMA PS1, American Museum of Natural History, Rubin Museum, and has put out mixes and done live shows with Discwoman, The Fader, and Boiler Room. She was the NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute 2018-19 artist-in-residence and was selected to be one of fifty-two artists to produce new work for The Shed Open Call in 2019.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 09/25/2020.
The Gypsy Cowbelle (Thermopolis, Wyoming)
Whether she’s building a banjo, riding the Divide, singing around a campfire, floating the Grand, or hitchhiking across America, this little gal is doing her best to seize Life’s Rich Pageant. Miss “V,” as she is also known, has balanced her back-country experiences with countless asphalt tours, seeking enlightenment through solitude as well as through her interactions with people from all walks of life. A knack for recognizing the humor in everyday life, an appreciation for history, a hunger for adventure, and a ceaseless sense of creativity collectively establish Miss V’s unique perspective and personality. Her experiences, free spirit, clever lyricism, and classic rhythms on the guitar and her homemade banjo blend together to create her signature “Genuine Cowbilly” music. This Gypsy Cowbelle and her music possess a universal and timeless allure that has charmed fans from coffee houses and campfires to festivals and honky tonks across America for nearly two decades.
Interviewed by Raquel Paraíso, 10/13/2020.
Thea Hopkins (Massachusetts)
A member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, performing songwriter Thea Hopkins calls her music Red Roots Americana. Thea has recorded multiple albums, and her EP Love Come Down was nominated for a 2019 Indigenous Music Award in the folk category. He song “Jesus Is On The Wire” was recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary in 2004 and 2010. She has performed internationally in venues including the Kennedy Center, LaMama Experimental Theatre in New York, the Tomaquag Museum in Rhode Island, and the Summertyne Americana Festival in the UK. Thea was a 2019 Native Launchpad Artist at the Western Arts Alliance and was a fellowship recipient from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. She was an artist at the Wichoie Ahiya Indigenous Singer Songwriter Intensive at the Banff Arts Centre. Thea has opened for musicians including David Bromberg, Larry Campbell, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Amy Helm and John Lodge of the Moody Blues.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 10/22/2020.
Theresa May (Cleveland, Ohio)
Theresa J. May is a trumpet player and educator based in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her master’s degree in trumpet performance from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and her Bachelor of Music from the University of Dayton. Theresa has taught music at Cuyahoga Community College and John Carroll University, as well as privately at Academy Music and Olmsted Falls schools. May has performed regularly with Gabriel’s Horns, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Mourning [A] BLKstar, and the Cleveland Brassworks. She has performed in the Colour of Music Festival, a festival for Black classical musicians, as well as with Kyle Kidd & Company. Other performance experience includes Cleveland Opera Theater Orchestra and DIVA Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Sherrie Maricle, in a production of Maurice Hines’ Tappin’ Thru Life at the Cleveland Playhouse. She has also been featured as a guest artist in the Alumni Recital Series at the University of Dayton.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 10/22/2020.
Experts on the IU Health Center Gender Affirming Care Team want to hear from you. But before you reach out, you can listen to them describe tips and resources for gender diverse people and allies. In this episode, Drs. Kel Thomas and Laura Knudson talk with host Emily Miles about how to navigate gender care amid a pandemic.
Tissa Khosla (Washington, D.C.)
Originally from Mumbai, India, Tissa began his musical and professional life in Tallahassee, Florida as a student. Gravitating to the baritone saxophone from a young age, he remains in pursuit of its deep and moving sound, which he believes coincides with his own voice and philosophy of music. Khosla can be heard alongside the Modern Jazz Generation on a recording entitled United We Play, featuring the American Symphony Orchestra. Along with a thorough practice schedule and teaching lessons, he is the Digital Developer at the D.C. nonprofit Casey Trees, whose mission is to restore, enhance, and protect the tree canopy of Washington, DC. This position has given him the opportunity to write code, work on music technology, and develop accessible web design.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 09/29/2020.
Tito Matos (Santurce, Puerto Rico)
Percussionist and singer Héctor “Tito” Matos is a native of Santurce, Puerto Rico. He is considered one of the best requinto plena drum players of his generation and he is the director and lead singer of Viento de Agua, a Puerto Rican Latin dance band that combines traditional Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms, Bomba and Plena, with other Afro-Caribbean musical styles as well as Jazz. Tito has taken the Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena to four continents and to important stages such as Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall. He is also the musical director of Bomba and Plena group, La Máquina Insular. Both groups pay tribute to the great masters from whom Tito learned to play. He is very active as an educator. His non-profit organization, Taller Comunidad La Goyco, is a community project working on the development and creation of education, culture, and health programs to which Tito and his wife are very dedicated. La Goyco is devoted to the development and creation of education, culture, and health programs.
Interviewed by Raquel Paraíso, 10/06/2020.
Toni Hickman (Houston, Texas)
She is not only a talented singer-songwriter, but the survivor of two brain aneurysms and a stroke. Toni is an accomplished artist, speaker, author, certified naturopath, and performer who has traveled throughout the United States encouraging people to live up to their highest self.Toni is an author, hip hop artist, and public speaker on disabilities, beauty, and foods.
She uses her voice and music to inspire others. She has been featured on the Deborah Duncan Show and Radio One and featured in Shape magazine and several other publications throughout the world. She has spoken at numerous colleges and other organizations on subjects of depression and recovery; physical, mental, and spiritual health; living one’s purpose; chemicals in beauty products; and a host of other subjects. She is a speaker/performer for YoungStroke and the American Heart Association, an author, artist, Certified Naturopath, mother, and activist.
As a survivor who knows no limits, she lives to its fullest potential and uses music as a tool for empowerment and healing.
Interviewed by Raquel Paraíso, 09/28/2020.
Parenting during a pandemic probably wasn't something you planned for, but licensed psychologist Dr. Beth Trammell has tips to help.
The IU East associate professor of psychology talks with host Emily Miles about helping kids cope with COVID-19.
Panel Participants are Lisa Marling (Ally, Nurse), JR Ridgeway (Army, Law Enforcement), Scott Tucker (Business Owner), Benjamin Guard (Student, Co-founder of SAGA at IVY Tech), Sue King (Navy Vet, Archivist), and Brent Walsh (Administrator, Earlham School of Religion). All participants identify as LGBTQ+ and currently live or is originally from Wayne County, Indiana and surrounding areas.
Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains (Lawrence, Kansas)
Tricia Spencer is a Kansas fiddler who grew up learning the tradition of old-time music from her grandparents. While growing up, her free time was spent traveling to festivals and fiddling contests throughout the Midwest where she learned from the likes of Pete McMahan, Cyril Stinnet, Lyman Enloe, Dwight Lamb, Amos Chase, and Lucy Pierce. Tricia is multi-instrumentalist who has studied with some of the great masters and is sought after as a performer, dance fiddler, and instructor. Howard Rains is a native Texas artist and the fourth generation to play on his fiddle. He comes from a musical and artistic family and plays rare, old tunes learned from friends, family, mentors, and old recordings. Together, Spencer & Rains have performed and taught nationally and internationally, preserving and building upon the traditions of their region. The husband-and-wife duo are known for their twin fiddle harmony, which is a product of the influence of midwestern Scandinavian fiddlers Tricia heard as a child. At the same time, Howard’s distinct repertoire reintroduces listeners to the pre-contest styles of Texas fiddling. That same sense of harmony is in their vocals, as well, which they pull from all manner of American folk music. Both multi-instrumentalists, they are steeped in tradition and are dedicated to the preservation, performance, and teaching of old-time music.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 10/02/2020.
Trina Basu (New York City, New York)
Trina Basu is a violinist, improviser, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Trina is trained in Western Classical music, later studying jazz and Carnatic music. Her path as a violinist is influenced by her South Asian and North American roots and her experience working with musicians across genres and disciplines. Trina co-leads raga chamber folk ensemble Karavika as well as Nakshatra, a violin duo with Arun Ramamurthy. She is co-founder of the collective Brooklyn Raga Massive and founder/curator of Out of the Woods, a NYC festival focusing on women led projects working in South Asian music. Trina has appeared in venues including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Raga Sudha Hall, performing with artists such as Urban Bush Women, Mos Def, and Imani Uzuri. She is a trained Suzuki teacher (School for Strings in NYC), holds a BM in Music Therapy from Florida State University, and is a 2007 recipient of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Artist Fellowship.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 10/07/2020.