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Season 2 - Episode 1: CHRISTOPHER LEE

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Christopher Lee is an international flute performer and teacher, a Certified Personal Trainer and founding member of Whole Musician, a team of teachers who provide holistic artistic workshops and residencies.

Based in Toronto, Chris performs all over the world. He spoke about preparing and staying healthy for performance while traveling, and explained the Whole Musician vision and what Whole Musician does during a typical artist residency. In the second half of the episode, Chris shares the remarkable story of his sudden heart attack last fall, and his astounding full recovery since.


Christopher Lee’s website is:

On this episode we hear an excerpt of “Paçoca,” from his album Bailar Conmigo.

Art Lives theme and transition music is composed by Nicholaus Meyers. Logo designed by Eduardo Moreno. Art Lives is available here, on Apple podcasts and Stitcher.

Episode 10: Rebecca Kite

Rebecca Kite is a musician, educator, author, and instrument designer and manufacturer. Very few people have make a broader range of meaningful contributions to Western percussion over the last 40 years, and Rebecca tells some of that story in today’s podcast. It was a great honor to speak with her.

You can find links to her writings and recordings on her website,


Art Lives Theme and Incidental music composed by Nicholaus Meyers. Art Lives Logo created by Eduardo Moreno. Art Lives is available here, Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.

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Episode 8: Clifford Alexis

Dr. Clifford Alexis was a virtuoso musician and composer, an innovative steelpan builder and tuner, a brilliant educator, and mentor and friend to people all over the world. Cliff first came to the U.S. in 1964 as a member of the National Steelband of Trinidad and Tobago. He performed all over the world with this group and as leader of his own groups, and then taught for 12 years in the St. Paul, Minnesota public schools, and 27 years at Northern Illinois University. He received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from NIU and the Chaconia Silver National Award from Trinidad and Tobago.


This is special episode of Art Lives. It is part of a 2008 interview presented now to honor Cliff, who passed away on Tuesday, January 29 at age 82.

People have shared incredible stories this week about Cliff, what he taught them, how he cared for them and how he changed their lives. He was dedicated to his family, yet somehow took care of countless others.

In the 1980s and 90s there was a lot of misinformation in the United States about the origins of the steel pan in Trinidad & Tobago, where Cliff was born. Many first and second generation steelpannists did not speak about their shared history, Cliff included. Finally, in the early 2000s, more players and pan builders agreed to speak on the record, including Cliff. (My doctoral research was inspired by Cliff’s pan story, and this interview, as well as other introductions he made, enabled my entire project.)

Cliff has said some of this information in other interviews, but he includes some wonderful details here, including Cliff’s touring years in the 1970s, and how he learned to love teaching. You will hear passion, honesty and comedy in this interview. I think friends, family and new listeners alike will enjoy hearing him talk about his remarkable life.


Art Lives Theme and Incidental music composed by Nicholaus Meyers. Art Lives Logo created by Eduardo Moreno. Art Lives is available here, Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.

Photo: Sabar drums on the roof of the Konate house, Guedaiwaye, Senegal

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