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Contrabass Conversations features interviews and performances from top leaders in the world of the bass. Podcast host Jason Heath dives deep into what makes these world-class artists tick. With over 2 million downloads, Contrabass Conversations is the most popular podcast for double bassists. Join the community and experience life on the low end of the spectrum!
 
‘Mint & Burn’ offers an academic analysis of the decentralised digital economy, including blockchain and other decentralised technologies. Hosted by Kelsie Nabben and the RMIT University Blockchain Innovation Hub, we bring you interesting guests, publications, and experts to test frontier ideas in these critical and emerging industries. This podcast is for academics, industry, policymakers, and anyone interested in a deeper understanding of the digital age.
 
How I Did It is a podcast produced by Koda Capital’s Philanthropy & Social Capital team. Each episode features a proven leader from the philanthropic or non-profit community talking about how they achieved what they achieved. The emphasis is on the individual and how they did what they did, rather than retelling the story of what was achieved. By focusing on what it takes to get the job done, listeners get to hear the kind of insight you can only get from listening to real leaders talking ab ...
 
The Life as Leadership podcast focuses on two things: 1. Learning from great leaders in all areas of life and 2. Developing a community of leaders committed to challenging and encouraging each other to new levels of influence. This show will introduce you to the mindsets, lifestyles, and strategies of entrepreneurs, executives, coaches, and many other leaders in a way that will help any leader accelerate their growth in leadership.
 
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Host Anne McElvoy reviews the German Chancellor’s 16-year leadership with Wolfgang Nowak, a political veteran who advised Angela Merkel's predecessor, and asks what made her such a phenomenal politician. And as the race to replace Angela Merkel draws to a close, Anne talks to security expert Claudia Major about the domestic and foreign challenges a…
 
Canadian-born bassist and composer Michael Bates has had a multifaceted career in the jazz world. Michael and I connected in person during the 2021 Wabass Institute, and it was great to spend some time digging into his musical path in this follow-up interview. We talk about what the pandemic has been like for Michael, his path from hardcore music b…
 
In this episode, we’re joined by Professor Heath McDonald from RMIT University to understand how insights from the research field of sports marketing apply to blockchain community building. We discuss why members are better than fans, why belonging matters, how to grow your community by engaging lite users, why creating opportunities for people to …
 
Frank Lestina is an educator and double bassist in metro Chicago. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Roosevelt University and his Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of Illinois, and he has had a celebrated career as a high school orchestra director and guest clinician. We talk about Frank’s sudden hearing l…
 
Born in Sweden and raised in Germany, Christian Fabian attended Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. Through Brian Bromberg, one of his early mentors, Christian became the bassist for the Lionel Hampton Band. He currently serves as co-leader of the New Lionel Hampton Band featuring Jason Marsalis, and he also co-founded the Native Jazz Q…
 
As President Biden pushes to get more Americans fully jabbed, Anne McElvoy asks the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration whether America’s vaccine mandates will work. The author of “Uncontrolled Spread” discusses the failures in handling the covid-19 pandemic and the efficacy of booster shots. And, what is the best temperature to…
 
Today’s episode features a conversation with Joseph Brown, the new owner and current vice president of the J.F. Nordlie Pipe Organ Company. Joe is my brother-in-law, and it was great to talk about the craft of organ building and the similarities between the organ and double bass. Enjoy, and be sure to follow J.F. Nordlie on Facebook and Instagram! …
 
Download a year’s worth of weekly action steps to improve your leadership for FREE! Peter Scott is a futurist, author, and technology expert. He spent thirty years working on enterprise computing for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory while running a parallel career in business coaching and human development. This combination led to a uniquely valuab…
 
Should the West engage with the Taliban? As Afghans and the Western alliance adjust to Afghanistan's new reality, Britain's chief of the defence staff talks to Anne McElvoy about the speed of the takeover and the future of Taliban rule. He also reflects on the mistakes of the war and assesses the terror threat as the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approa…
 
Michael Fanelli is a bassist, educator, musicologist, and author who is also Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Northern Iowa. As string/orchestra specialist at the UNI Malcolm Price Laboratory School, he created and taught the string curriculum for grades 4 through 12 based on Rolland Teaching of Action in String Playing material…
 
In this episode, Dr. Paul Dylan-Ennis from University College Dublin draws on his first-hand cryptocurrency community experience and philosophy background to outline Ethereum’s political philosophy. Why has it not been well articulated before now? We explore a number of his recent publications, including work on politics, DAOs, and NFTs.…
 
Dr. Jeffrey C. Zimmerman is a bassist and former student of Stuart Knussen. His thirty-plus years of experience and study across various disciplines from masters in music, Asian medicine, martial arts, medical qigong, tai chi, and science led to the development of his technique, Harmonetiks, to enhance healing, self-care, and performance. We talk a…
 
Download a year’s worth of weekly action steps to improve your leadership for FREE! Dr. Bill Dorfman has had a career unparalleled to any other dentist in history. He is the founder of Discus Dental – one of the world's leading dental companies, which he helped lead from its inception to more than $1.3 billion in sales. He has transformed the smile…
 
Anne McElvoy asks the Japanese-American writer whether war criminals can be brought to justice. The author of “Intimacies” reveals why she drew inspiration from the international criminal courts as well as the interpreters who work in them, the power of language and the pitfalls of mistranslation. The daughter of immigrants to the US talks about wh…
 
James Oesi is the founder of the Dutch Double Bass Festival, which will be running for the third edition on October 29th and 30th in Rotterdam. This year’s lineup will include Dave Holland, Ben Williams, Sasha Witteveen, and many others. Pick up tickets on their website now, and be sure to follow the festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify! Su…
 
Ishani Bhoola is building an orchestra of young musicians to tour South Africa in July 2024. This project is called International Youth Orchestra Bridges and is a collaboration between the West Coast Youth Orchestra (South Africa) and the Waverley Ensemble (UK). It will bring together young musicians from the UK and South Africa, aged between 13 an…
 
Download a year’s worth of weekly action steps to improve your leadership for FREE! Sean Swarner used to have the goal of crawling eight feet from the hospital bed to the bathroom. Today, he’s the only person to summit Mt. Everest, the highest peaks on the other six continents, and complete the Hawaii Ironman—all after surviving two deadly cancers.…
 
One of the most prominent figures in China’s tech sector and author of “AI 2041” tells Anne McElvoy how artificial intelligence will have changed the world in twenty years time. They discuss the impact machine learning will have on jobs and why an algorithm could spot the next pandemic. Plus, can a robot ever replicate human emotion? Please subscri…
 
Susanna Klein and Randall Pharr have recently released a new iOS practice app called Clipza. In this episode, we discuss the inspiration behind the app, the simple interface, and how it solves a key problem for practicing musicians. Enjoy, and be sure to check out the app and follow Susanna and her practicing mission on Instagram, Facebook, and You…
 
In this episode, we speak with Dr Michael Peneder from the Austrian Institute of Economic Research, alongside Prof Jason Potts and Dr Trent MacDonald, on “Blockchain and the evolution of money”. We cover evolutionary economics, Schumpeter’s theory of innovation, and the bridge to the cryptocurrency innovation ecosystem. See more at rmitblockchain.i…
 
Download a year’s worth of weekly action steps to improve your leadership for FREE! Art Johnson is CEO of Infinity Systems, Inc., a management consulting firm where that helps leaders identify and rectify organizational misalignment. Previously, he implemented a strategic plan to improve alignment at Medtronic, the world’s largest medical technolog…
 
Chris West has released a new book titled The Paganini of the Double Bass: Bottesini in Britain. This book tells the complete life story of Bottesini, with a huge amount of supporting material from periodicals of the time and a chronological listing of all of Bottesini’s double bass compositions. We talk about the idea for this book, how Chris went…
 
Download a year’s worth of weekly action steps to improve your leadership for FREE! Dr. Angela Lauria is the founder of The Author Incubator™ and creator of the Difference Process™ for writing a book that matters. She has been helping people free their inner author since 1994, helping over 1,000 authors-in-transformation write, publish, and promote…
 
The star of “Bach and Sons” tells Anne McElvoy how he brought the great German composer to life on stage. They discuss the impact of theatre closures on actors’ finances and why he reckons it’s now safe to return to the stalls on both sides of the Atlantic. Plus, how far should identity politics influence who plays which roles? Please subscribe to …
 
We’re chatting with Paul Sharpe and Ella Sharpe about what it’s like studying the bass from your parents. We talk about how both Paul and Ella got into playing the bass, the unique bass program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, perspectives from both Paul and Ella, and Ella’s thoughts on her future. Enjoy! About Paul Sharpe: P…
 
Andrew Reinartz is a musician and educator based in Sioux Falls, SD. Playing primarily upright and electric bass, he easily fits into a variety of styles including Jazz, Classical, Funk, R&B, Rock, and Folk. Andrew also does work as a producer, live/project studio recording & mixing engineer. Also an avid educator, he is Jazz Bass Instructor at Aug…
 
Can biography tell the whole truth? Anne McElvoy asks the writer how he balances the friendliness with his subjects and over-familiarity. The author of “The Code Breaker" and “Steve Jobs” reveals whether he regrets anything he has written and if he’s more critical of politicians than scientists. And, of all the historical figures he’s profiled, who…
 
We are now accepting applications to intern with us! Learn about the program and what it entails in this episode, and you can apply to intern through this link. Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conv…
 
Download a year’s worth of weekly action steps to improve your leadership for FREE! Mehak Vohra started her career as a Computer Science student at Purdue University. She dropped out of college at 19 years old and moved to San Francisco. Her goal was to build the most scalable marketing agency in world. She ran Jamocha Media for 4 years, and in her…
 
In this episode, we speak with William Luther, early academic researcher into the economics of cryptocurrency on what schools of economic thought influence cryptocurrencies and how these are evolving. We refer to key concepts of currency acceptance, stable coins, CBDCs, and the future. William Luther is an Associate Professor of economics at Florid…
 
Download a year’s worth of weekly action steps to improve your leadership for FREE! Heather Younger is a best-selling author, international speaker, consultant, and facilitator who has earned her reputation as “The Employee Whisperer.” She is the CEO and Founder of Employee Fanatix, a leading employee engagement, leadership development, and DEI con…
 
This short episode features a look at the 2021 Wabass Institute, with short interviews from faculty members Ranaan Meyer, Eric Larson, and Hal Robinson. Enjoy, and you can also check out this video for a deep-dive at this year’s event. Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music …
 
Can data make better parents? The author of “The Family Firm” and economics professor at Brown University tells Anne McElvoy why crunching the numbers takes the stress out of raising children. She talks about the backlash to her advocacy of re-opening schools during the Covid-19 pandemic and what damage a year out of the classroom means for pupils.…
 
Jason digs into why he keeps doing this podcast after so many years in this solo mini-episode. Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 100+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindle. Check ou…
 
Download a year’s worth of weekly action steps to improve your leadership for FREE! Peter Ruppert is founder and CEO of i-Education Group, which operates over 75 Fusion and Futures Academies for grades 6-12 in one-student, one-teacher classroom environments. Over the past 20 years, he has opened over 120 schools and acquired more than 25 others. Hi…
 
Where is the difference between moderation and censorship on tech platforms? Anne McElvoy asks the author of “Dangerous Ideas" whether social media giants were right to ban Donald Trump and if speech should be free even if it’s offensive? The human-rights lawyer also talks about working with asylum seekers and picks a previously-censored book to ta…
 
Nick Tsiavos recently put out a new solo album titled Maps for Losing Oneself to considerable critical acclaim. We dig into the inspiration behind this latest solo album, what the pandemic has been like for him, the influence of Francois Rabbath and Barre Phillips on his music path, and much more. Enjoy, and be sure to check out more about Nick on …
 
Download a year’s worth of weekly action steps to improve your leadership for FREE! Vijay Eswaran is a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and philanthropist as well as the author of the best-selling book In the Sphere of Silence. He is the founder of a multimillion-dollar global business and is a well-known thought leader in Asia who ha…
 
A special episode on topical research by the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub team on “Governing blockchain treasuries”, A better design for DeFi grant programs”, and “Deciding how to spend your treasury”. Join us for this discussion of economic theory on funding public goods and grants applied to blockchain communities. For more on these topics, mak…
 
Isaline Leloup has recently released an album of 18th Century Viennese Bass Music. We talk about how she got into historical performance, the inspiration behind the album, what it was like to record it, and much more. Enjoy, and be sure to check out Isaline’s album on Spotify and Apple Music, and learn more about her on Facebook and YouTube! Subscr…
 
In this episode, we explore the connection between “dark markets” and blockchains with Alexia Maddox. Alexia is a “netnographer” of frontier, digital communities. Her work on dark markets not only leads to fascinating research findings, but also pioneering qualitative research methods for engaging with online communities. We discuss her experience …
 
Are today’s sporting competitions fair? The four-time Olympic champion sprinter tells Anne McElvoy why he handed back his gold medal after discovering his team-mate's use of performance-enhancing drugs, and why he thinks doping will never be eradicated. Should athletes be allowed to protest on the podium? And, the man with the “golden shoes” on his…
 
Rodney Jordan and Christian Fabian have recently released a new album of bass duos called Conversations. We chat about the idea behind this album, what it was like putting it together, and much more. Enjoy, and be sure to check out Conversations on Spotify, Apple Music, and wherever you listen to music! Subscribe to the podcast to get these intervi…
 
We’re chatting with Eleanor Martindale about this summer’s RCR Double Bass Camp, which will be coming up August 16-21 in Perpignan, France. We talk about how the camp is organized, the teachers that will be there, and much more. Enjoy, and you can learn more about the RCR Double Bass Camp on their website, Instagram, and Facebook! Subscribe to the …
 
The actor and director of “The Water Man” tells Anne McElvoy why he thinks Hollywood needs new stories and how grieving for his parents inspired his latest film. The star of “Selma” reveals why he left London for Los Angeles in search of bigger roles. And, does he want to be the next 007? Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, …
 
Christian Gray joined the double bass section of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra at the start of their 2017-2018 Season. Prior to his appointment, he performed frequently with numerous other ensembles, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and San Antonio Symphony. We talk about what life in an opera orches…
 
In this episode, we speak with political economist and geographer Dr. Jaya Klara Brekke for "an update" on crypto-politics. We discuss decentralization, governance, consensus and dissensus, and potential futures of zero-knowledge proofs and AI. Don't miss this.RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub
 
Ben Hanlon is a bassist in the Melbourne Symphony and is also an active jazz bassist. He and James Sherlock have recently released a new duo album titled Stravinsky, and his trio Ball Hanlon Schulz has also released a new album titled Land Of If. We talk about these new projects, life in Melbourne during the pandemic, and much more. Enjoy, and chec…
 
Are economic sanctions against Russia a good idea? Anne McElvoy asks the Prime Minister of Estonia whether sanctions really punish Vladimir Putin, and why she thinks dialogue with the Kremlin shows weakness. Are all NATO members spending enough on defence? Estonia’s first female PM explains why she looks to Angela Merkel for lessons in leadership a…
 
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