MikeyPod Live!

Hosted and curated by Brooklyn­ based composer and performer Michael Harren, “MikeyPod Live” is the first ever, live episode of the long­-running MikeyPod podcast. For over ten years, MikeyPod has been bringing you the best in indie music and culture, and now, just for Queerly, we've brought together a ridiculously diverse collection of queer musicians and performers

Eve BeglarianAccording to the Los Angeles Times, composer and performer Eve Beglarian “is a humane, idealistic rebel and a musical sensualist.” She was awarded the 2015 Robert Rauschenberg Prize from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts for her “innovation, risk-taking, and experimentation.”

Beglarian’s current projects include Lighten Up, a multimedia music-theater piece about visionary visual artists in America; the long-term undertaking A Book of Days, text/music/visuals, one for each day of the year; and BRIM, the ensemble she has created to perform the repertoire she has created in response to her 2009 journey down the Mississippi River by kayak and bicycle.

Beglarian's concert music has been commissioned by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the American Composers Orchestra, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Voices of Ascension, and the Paul Dresher Ensemble, among many others. 

Highlights of Beglarian’s experience in music theater include music for Mabou Mines' Obie-winning Dollhouse, Animal Magnetism, Ecco Porco, Choephorai, and Shalom Shanghai, all directed by Lee Breuer; Forgiveness, a collaboration with Chen Shi-Zheng and Noh master Akira Matsui; and the China National Beijing Opera Theater's production of The Bacchae, also directed by Chen Shi-Zheng. 

Recordings of Eve's music are available on ECM, Koch, New World, Cantaloupe, Innova, Naxos, and Kill Rock Stars.

For more information, please visit www.evbvd.com.

Michael Harren, Brooklyn-based composer and performer Michael Harren combines elements of classical composition with experimental electronics and storytelling to create hypnotic and boldly intimate work that walks the line between Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Dead Can Dance. Michael is currently working as artist-in-residence at Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary on a new multi-media theater piece, The Animal Show, which will be produced by Dixon Place in New York City in October. 

Michael Harren has toured as pianist with Sandra Bernhard, is the musical director for Cabaret for a Cause, and has performed at Dixon Place, (le) poisson rouge, Joe’s Pub, Judson Memorial Church, Manhattan Theater Source, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman Theater as well as numerous venues around the country. Visit michaelharren.com

Victoria Libertore is a performer, writer, teacher, emcee and curator. She is the creator of seven solo shows: Camille: The Forgotten Artist, stalk(her), The Should Dream, My Journey of Decay, GIRL MEAT, No Need for Seduction and This Is My Last Attempt At Fame. She has collaborated with Jennifer Tuttle, Ryan Kipp, Leigh Fondakowski, Rosalie Purvis, Jen-Scott Mobley, Shelley Butler-Hyler, Ryan Migge, Rebecca Feldman, Kimberly I. Kefgen, and Sara Laudonia. She has performed her work in venues in New York City such as BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Carolines on Broadway, Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, Joyce Soho, PS122 as well as in Boston, Chicago, Montreal, Philadelphia, Provincetown, Toronto and Washington, D.C. Libertore teaches performance workshops throughout NYC incorporating intuition and energy work, and has also taught at Otterbein University and Hastings College. Libertore is passionate about encouraging other artists to create their own work and has curated dozens of local and a few international artists with backgrounds in performance, variety arts, music, comedy and dance. She has emceed in clubs, at events, on the boardwalk, in parks and at private parties as her incomparable, faux Liza Minnelli where she utilizes her improvisational skills to make "people laugh so hard that their faces hurt." She was a Humana Festival finalist for her short play Monster and Lola. Libertore was a 2008 - 2010 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Theater Artist in Residence and she has a BFA in theatre from Otterbein University where she recently received a Young Alumni Award for Creative Achievement. She is currently working on her first book entitled Should I Do My Laundry or Crawl into an Open Grave? A Guide for Living. www.howlingvic.com

Duncan Pflaster is a mutli-award winning playwright and actor, who plays the ukulele for fun. He has appeared as a musician in several shows,and will be seen this July composing music for "The Social Avenger" by Lenny Schwartz in the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. www.DuncanPflaster.com for more. 


Will Shishmanian is a singer/songwriter and composer based out of NYC who plays everything from fingerpicking folk to rock to funk and R&B. Shishmanian graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelors in Music Composition. While there he performed his solo music with many talented musicians, composed music for student films, and composed, music directed, and produced an original musical called “The Lesbian Fairytale Musical.” After graduating from IC, Shishmanian moved to Astoria, Queens, where he currently lives and works on a myriad of musical endeavors. 

Shishmanian’s recent EP, “To the Corner and Back” was released in 2015 and is now available on iTunes, Spotify, and all other major online music distributors. He is also in the process of recording a 14 track, full band album, expected to be released in 2017, and is in the early stages of writing two new musicals. He recently has been performing in and around NYC with a group of dedicated musicians under the band name "Will Shish and the Sound Waves."
Hailing from the small Californian city of El Sobrante, Sugar Vendil is a New York-based award-winning director and pianist lauded for “putting a new face on classical music” (NPR) and “leading the unlikely intersection of classical music and new fashion” (The New York Times). She is the founder of The Nouveau Classical Project. She was featured as one of Refinery29 "Industry Leaders in the Arts" in 2014 and named one of "25 Women to Watch" by The Source magazine. While leading NCP, Sugar has helped the group gain a foothold in the fashion world, with collaborations and performances in the fashion shows of Gretchen Jones (Project Runway Season 8 Winner), CFDA-awardee Pamela Love, Ecco Domani grantee Novis, CFDA nominee Tanya Taylor, and others. Fashion collaborations outside of NCP include the FLATT Magazine Book 8 launch hosted by Rose McGowan at Tribeca Grand Studios and being part of campaigns for brands such as Rachel Antonoff and Madewell. Awards include an installment on MATA's Interval Series and grants from LMCC, NYSCA, and the Puffin Foundation.

Sugar's performance experience includes chamber and solo concerts in New York and Europe, in venues such as Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Tribeca Grand Studios, Symphony Space, (le) poisson rouge (New York), Issue Project Room (Brooklyn), Galapagos Art Space (Brooklyn), the Composer’s Forum (St. Petersburg, Russia), and Laboral (Gijon, Spain). Her other projects include curating the fiction-inspired concert series ‘Notes on Fiction’ at The Center for Fiction and being a keyboardist for the band My Great Ghost. Sugar's name is a combination of her mother and father’s names (SUsan and EdGAR). 

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