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Keep Classical Weird

In the Keep Classical Weird podcast, host Casey Bozell explores all manner of kooky, mysterious and outlandish oddities associated with the wide world of classical music - all from her homebase in Portland, Oregon, a city celebrated for its culture and its eccentricity. Join Casey and some entertaining friends each week for a light-hearted and joyful look at why weirdness in classical music is part of what makes this art form so special.

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D.C. al Fine: Ravel’s Bolero

This episode originally aired on June 12th, 2020. We’ll be back with new episodes next week!Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/caseybozell)


4 Jun 2021

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Episode 48: Build Your Library with St. Paul’s Suite

Gustav Holst wrote “The Planets,” sure, but he also wrote some stellar stuff for intermediate string orchestra! Performances of St. Paul’s Suite were recorded by Casey Bozell using the A Capella app and, like, so much patience.Excerpt from “Mars” provided by musopen.orgSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/caseybozell)


28 May 2021

Rank #2

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Episode 47: Not Dead Composers Featuring Kirsten Volness

A wonderful conversation with the amazing Kirsten Volness, visiting professor at Reed College, and the artist behind the album River Rising, available now on Bandcamp.Kirsten Volness can be found at the following websites:www.soundcloud.com/kirvokirstenvolness.comkirstenvolness.bandcamp.comSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/caseybozell)


21 May 2021

Rank #3

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Episode 46: Remote Together with Catherine Lee

Portland based oboist Dr. Catherine Lee joins us to talk about her new album, being released on May 21st, titled “Remote Together.” You can purchase it on BandCamp, and attend the virtual release party! More details are on her website, catherinemlee.com.In our interview, we discuss her global life journey, how her education informed her performance choices, and the process of developing a unique improvisational language.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/caseybozell)


14 May 2021

Rank #4

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Episode 45: A Short History of Why No One Can Play In Tune

Subtitled: “Why piano players are the worst.” Dr. Sophia Tegart is back, hooray! She walks us through different tuning systems, why tuning in differing ensembles is so difficult, and why, indeed, piano players are the worst.**This is, of course, a joke. Piano players are the best, and those of us who have to worry about intonation adjustments are just ridiculously jealous.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/caseybozell)


7 May 2021

Rank #5

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D.C. al Fine: Why is Classical Not Cool?

A rebroadcast of our episode from May 20th, 2020. We’re at a year of podcasting! Thank you all so much for your support. See you next week with a brand new episode.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/caseybozell)


30 Apr 2021

Rank #6

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Episode 44: Baroque Violin with Adam LaMotte

Awesome violinist and super cool human Adam LaMotte talks to Casey Bozell about his love of Baroque music. Plus we get really into the weeds talking about Baroque versus modern technique!You can check out Adam’s YouTube channel here:https://youtube.com/channel/UCUnUG_wEV23r6XbPTfpzn9AAnd his website here:https://www.lamotteviolins.com/Music examples are provided by musopen.orgSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/caseybozell)


23 Apr 2021

Rank #7

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Episode 43: Rapid Fire with Nicole Buetti

Bassoonist and lovely human Nicole Buetti and her rapid fire round from the Instrumental Personalities episode. She’s got her own educational series where her puppet friends, the Nirks, lead us through meeting the instruments of the symphony orchestra. You can find it here:https://www.inaworldmusic.net/meet-the-instruments.htmlSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/caseybozell)


16 Apr 2021

Rank #8

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Episode 42: Build Your Library with Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances

Today’s BYL centers on Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances. Learn a little about him, the field of ethnomusicology, and hear Casey perform these dances as a violin trio. (A new arrangement, as far as we’re aware...) It’s a shortie, but a fun one!Here are some stellar performances of the piece on youtube:https://youtu.be/Z50Ooqv1GFghttps://youtu.be/OoaKYJrXoVwSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/caseybozell)


9 Apr 2021

Rank #9

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Episode 41: Mental Health with Sound Mind

Casey sits down with Sound Mind Executive Director Alex Hoffmann and Board Member Ben Manis. We discuss identity, career goals, and a taste of what it’s like being a working mother in the classical community.Sound Mind is doing GREAT work. Go find out more about them here: soundmindmusician.org.Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/caseybozell)


5 Apr 2021

Rank #10