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Download the transcript: Invent. Reinvent. Rinse. Repeat. – Ep 5


Episode 5: Invent. Reinvent. Rinse. Repeat.
This short-form episode is a conversation between IML student worker Frances Inzenhofer and her double-bass professor James VanDemark. Frances asks her teacher some big questions from how to choose the right path, what are some fundamental truths of a musician, the role of the artist in society, and the importance of being kind. James VanDemark shares his thoughtful responses and draws you in with his clear, well-spoken, well-articulated ideas.

James also has quite the bio – from dropping out of high school to take his first orchestra job, to landing his faculty position at Eastman as a 23-year-old, to creating and narrating a grown up version of Peter and the Wolf. Do yourself a favor and read his bio here.

Hosts: Stephen Biegner and Frances Inzenhofer
Guest: James VanDemark
Mixing, Mastering: Frances Inzenhofer
Intro Music: Stephen Biegner
Outro Music: Alexa Silverman

James VanDemark’s Book Recommendations: An avid reader, James gave us a great list of books we thought we’d share here.  

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence
My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein (He re-reads every few years or so!)
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafrón
The Island at the Center of the World and/or Amsterdam by Russell Shorto
Also, check out anything by Alan Furst, and he just finished a hilarious mystery novel by Walter Mosley who has a whole series of mystery novels.

Questions, comments, ideas for an episode? Email Stephen: sbiegner@esm.rochester.edu

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