Piano Barbarians (interview)
Paul Seiz, Steve Savage, and Jarret Izzo host this podcast about roaming the earth as professional piano players and the various wildlife they encounter. Each of these barbarians perform regularly at dueling piano clubs around the the US and overseas. It's at these clubs that they meet some of the most exotic entertainers the world has to offer.

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If a Piano Barbarians host should be stranded in LA because of a blizzard in Denver, he should take the initiative and track down old friend Kelsie Clark for an interview.  Paul did just this. He and Kelsie delve into life in California, song fads, and Kelsie's feature-film debut.

Direct download: E53_-_Kelsie_Clark.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT
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Paul has the incredibly talented Brian Lee on the show, he of playing-organ-for-Leon Russell fame. Brian is our first ever blind guest, and he nails his appearance on all fronts. Caught up in the excitement, Paul toots and asks Brian for analysis...for science!  Also, the merits of nerding out on Rush are discussed, as well as a brief dive into retro-future-music.

Direct download: E44_-_Brian_Lee.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 1:44pm EDT
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Sarah Angela will be taking the 2012 award for coolest girl that has ever recruited Paul to play in her band.  We brought on her on the show to not only showcase her music, but to talk about working as a musician and the importance of artistic vision.  She also weighs in on piano bars, and how those skills can help you outside of a dueling-setting.  Do a search for her on YouTube, and you'll find Paul shaking his ass in the background of her music video for Lost Cause, the track featured at the end of this episode.

Direct download: E43_-_Sarah_Angela.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 3:33pm EDT
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Not many musical theatre composers developed their chops while dueling in a basement-level Times Square Irish bar. Brad Alexander has, and in this episode he and Jarret discuss the challenges of performing dueling pianos in Manhattan while they try to solve the age-old entertainer's question: what makes New Yorkers tick? The show "See Rock City & Other Destinations," for which Brad wrote the music, won a 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical. Even so, he still gets bashful when his friends request to hear it at the piano bar.

Direct download: BRAD_final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 1:13am EDT
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E37 - Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts is the CEO of Chicago Dueling Pianos, co-writer of "The Curly Shuffle", and an undisputed veteran of the dueling piano concept.  Steve and Dave sit down for a chat at Dave's home in Chicago to discuss the origins of dueling pianos, the future of the concept, and a wide variety of other topics.  Tune in!  

Direct download: E37_-_Dave_Roberts.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 7:55pm EDT
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E36 - Greg Asadoorian

Today's episode features Greg Asadoorian, road warrior and consummate pro working the dueling and solo piano bar circuits around the globe.  Steve and Greg sit down to chat about what it's like maintaining such an intense schedule and constantly bouncing from one format to another.  From St. Maarten to Aruba, Amsterdam to Boston, and New Haven to Lincoln...Greg has seen a million faces, and he's rocked them all!  

Direct download: E36_-_Greg_Asadoorian.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 1:02am EDT
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Steamy Dean Madonia is a man on the move, constant traveling for gigs and working on multiple musical projects in Nashville. He and Paul sat down to chat in Paul's hotel room after their first show together.  We can all agree that a microphone in front of Dean's face will not go wasted.  www.deanmadonia.com

Direct download: E33_-_Dean_Madonia.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:39pm EDT
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E31 - Brian Babcock

Brian and Paul met up in Kansas City and chatted about where to draw the line, Clint Eastwood style, when a heckler goes too far.  A host of other topics come up, such as how Sweet Home Alabama is actually in two keys at the same time...WHOA!  MIND = BLOWN!

Direct download: Brian_Babcock.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 1:35am EDT
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Being around smart people makes you more smartier!  Mike Cappo is a brilliant Colorado musician, and he and Paul hashed out the value of pro-marimba gigs, big rooms, and what makes you a success.  Is bar-singing an artform or a sciene?  Stay tuned at the end of the episode for an original track by Mike called "Watch the Walls."  Paul already feels much smurter.

Direct download: E26_-_Mike_Cappo.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 6:26pm EDT
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Feast your eyes and your ears upon one of the most solid entertainers you'll find behind a piano, Jennifer Lane.  Paul and Jennifer had a not-so-serious talk about chauvenist crowds, certain compressed air-bursts and the "mac-daddy gig" of dueling pianos.  This show also features "Bone Happy", a cut from Jennifer's album In A Magazine, available on iTunes.  jenniferlaneonline.com 

Direct download: E24-Jennifer_Lane.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 4:39am EDT
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