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Episode 07: Creating a “Haiku” Theatre with Dr. Daniel Medina

In this episode, we present Daniel Medina, a poet, painter, and musician. Medina is a public schoolteacher and an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ. American Pop Haiku and the Beat Generation influenced his poetry. He says writing and performing haiku helped him express his brokenness as an artist. His poetry, music, and paintings provide an unending palate of words, sounds, and colors, employed as dreamcatchers, and are intended to bring his memory into matter, incarnating his experience engraved into his work. He is the author of the book Kigo: Four Seasons in Haiku. Let’s hear Daniel’s thoughts on how to build self-esteem, be an authentic artist, and be a better human. Daniel founded the Atomic Theatre, a Miami-based electronica/avant-garde jazz ensemble / an eclectic group inspired by the change operations of John Cage, early UK alternative music (Joy Division, Siouxie and the Banshees, the Cure, New Order & the Psychedelic Furs), John Cale and the early Velvet Underground, the work of Sun Ra, Milford Graves, Don Cherry, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dark Jazz, Cabaret Voltaire, 80s Miami Freestyle, DADA, world music, the writings of Jack Kerouac, Hermann Hesse, Yann Martel, Edgar Allan Poe, Flannery O’Connor, Miguel Unamuno, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and American Transcendentalism.

Daniel’s book recommendations to our listeners include:

Space is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra by John Szwed

Cosmic Scholar: The Life and Times of Harry Smith by John Szwed

Where the Heart Beats John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists by Kay Larson;

The Bride and the Bachelors by Calvin Tomkins;

Piet Mondrian: A Life by Hans Janssen;

Memoirs of A Dada Drummer by Richard Huelsenbeck;

Girl in a Band: A Memoir by Kim Gordon

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Pedja Kovačević
Pedja Kovačević

Pedja Kovačević is a Serbian-born musicologist, concert producer, and music producer who founded Soundologia. He moved to the United States in 2018 and graduated in Music Management and Production from Florida International University's School of Music. Pedja has extensive experience in music education, music business, and audio production. He has taught a course on experimental and electro-acoustic music at FIU's School of Music, overseeing concerts and handling sound and tech duties. He has worked as a program coordinator and music administrator at various music and arts schools in Miami.

As a musicologist and music writer, Pedja has published articles on music and presented studies at international conferences and forums in the U.S., Poland, Greece, and Serbia. His writings explore the relationship between music and other art forms, such as painting, architecture, poetry, prose, and photography. In one of his papers, Pedja presents a new perspective on the aesthetic aspects of sound through Deep Listening, a concept introduced by American composer Pauline Oliveros. Pedja promotes experimental and electronic music and with his guests discuss their experimental music projects.

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