Make/Work Episode 11: Aaron Siegel


In Episode 11 of Make/Work, host Scott Pinkmountain talks with composer/percussionist Aaron Siegel. Siegel is one of the co-founders of the New York-based organization Experiments in Opera, and his own opera, “Brother Brother,” has its full-length premiere coming up in New York City on May 2nd and 3rd at the Playhouse at Abrons Arts Center.

Siegel speaks about balancing his day job as an administrator at Carnegie Hall with his life as a father and composer, and about how his understanding of creative work as social practice has been informed by his years in group therapy.

I’m a better person and a more inventive and creative person when I’m able to share my ideas and thoughts and feelings with other people and to accept whatever feedback they have.

Listen to Episode 11 (and subscribe to Make/Work!) now in iTunes. Or get the direct download. And you can now get Make/Work through Stitcher.

Every creative laborer has a different story to tell about how they negotiate their relationship between their creative work and their paycheck and how they balance their lives to sustain their creative practice. In Make/Work, Scott will speak with emerging and established artists working in a wide range of creative mediums about how they survive, how they make a living, and how they maintain their work over the long term. New episodes will be released every other Thursday.

Scott Pinkmountain is a writer and musician living in California. He is the creator and host of The History Channeler comedy podcast and has written for This American Life, A Public Space, HTMLGIANT, and other publications. He has also released dozens of albums of both instrumental music and songs including the recent No Country Music. He can be found at More from this author →