Piano Barbarians
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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E38 - Adam Brooks

Today's episode features Adam Brooks, an improv comedy pianist and songwriter whose new show Paragon Park: The Musical opens this Friday.  Jarret chats with Adam about the "groove" of an orchestra being channeled through the conductor, and the groove of an improv or dueling piano audience being channeled through, well, the performers.  Lastly, everyone involved with this episode is a big supporter of the "yes, and..." principle of improv!  Tune in!   

Direct download: E38_-_Adam_Brooks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:56am 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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Deep talk about Goldfish racing and Mermaid anatomy, with Jason Marion and Travis Von Cartier...and Jen the waitress.

Direct download: E36_-_Jason_Marion__TVC.mp3
Category:Roundtable -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT
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Broad questions are confronted in this episode, such as the merits of YOLO and the level of pride we invest in artificial appendages.  Also, Dave Alan and Travis Von Cartier allow Paul to have a mini-therapy session after being ridiculed while enthusiastically playing key-drums.

Direct download: E34_-_Dave_Alan__TVC.mp3
Category:Roundtable -- posted at: 6:21pm 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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First of all, look past all the references to prison showers and blow-up dolls.  Once you do that, you'll find a a great interview with Jeff A and Jeff D of ComedySportz Quad-Cities, located in Rock Island, IL.  Paul worked at this club back in the 1900's, and the Jeffs were kind of enough to sit down and discuss the tenants of improv...and prison showers.  Find out more here: http://www.establishmenttheatre.com/

Direct download: E32_-_Jeff_and_Jeff_of_ComedySportz.mp3
Category:Roundtable -- posted at: 2:23am 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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E30 - Steve, Jarret, and Paul

It's time for another roundtable discussion with your Piano Barbarian hosts!  Steve, Jarret, & Paul get together to talk shop about hecklers, wrist injuries, vocal care, and much more.  Tune in!  

Direct download: E30_-_Steve_Jarret__Paul.mp3
Category:Roundtable -- posted at: 6:34pm EDT
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E29 - Pat George of The Entertainment Agency

Piano gigs abroad can be hard to come by, unless you know the right people.  Pat George, CEO of The Entertainment Agency, is one of them, and he's booked pianists in rooms around the world for decades. Jarret talks with him about performing solo versus dueling pianos, how disco killed rock shows, and what bar owners look for in an entertainer. Plus, proof that Diana Krall can't cut it as a singalong pianist.

Direct download: E29_-_Pat_George.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:41am EDT
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