By Charlie Maybee
The DC Music Podcast Hometown Sounds is celebrating the conclusion of the Luce Listening Party with a best-of episode series finale for their collaboration with the Luce Foundation Center. A fitting conclusion that highlights some of the most memorable moments from their collection of interviews, which is available to stream HERE.
After Luce Unplugged, the long running DC music series from the Luce Foundation Center in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, was forced to put live shows on due to the pandemic, the hosts came up with a plan to keep the creative musical energy flowing with their co-curators from DC music podcast Hometown Sounds.
The collaborative Luce Listening Party podcast series has featured a wide range of DC area musicians in conversation with podcasters Tony Porreco and Paul Vodra, with the artists taking over song selection duties in the podcast feed. From September 2020 to May 2022, they interviewed 17 artists and bands including Bartees Strange, Yasmin Williams, Broke Royals, and Wes Felton.
All episodes of Hometown Sounds and the Luce Listening Party series are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other major podcast platforms. You can also visit the home for the Luce Unplugged series HERE, and Hometown Sounds on their official website for more information.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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