Ep 5 – Let It Do What It Do and Let It Be What It Is

For the first act of this episode, 11 year old cellist Maya Oddin joins in to talk about her teacher – Anne Ridlington – and a performance of Ysaÿe that Anne recently made.

For the second act, we’re joined by composer, director, and accordionist Michael Ward-Bergeman who has invented a radical new kind of instrument – and you’re going to need to hear it to believe it.

Michael Ward-Bergeman has also recently released a documentary – The Saints and Sinners of Jackson Square – which profiles a group of street musicians in New Orleans. The film is playing at the Big Apple Film Festival on Nov. 15 2020. Orchestra Next will be releasing an extended interview with Michael about this film later on this podcast but for now, we strongly encourage you to check out this incredible film. You can find the trailer for it and outtakes at Michael’s website: mediamjwb.blogspot.com

The title of this episode is a quote from Malcolm Morris – a New Orleans bass drum player who is featured in The Saints and Sinners of Jackson Square.

Orchestra Next wants to thank all of our musicians for hanging in there during this trying time. And we also wish to thank our supporters who have made this project possible. If you’d like to help support this project, please visit orchestranext.com.