Professor Zosha Di Castri has launched a new podcast series The Dream Feed: Musicians on Motherhood featuring conversations between musicians on their experiences navigating the seemingly incompatible worlds of professional music and motherhood, sharing in both the personal challenges and profoundly inspiring moments that come with being simultaneously mothers and musicians.
Each podcast episode is paired with a "B-side" in which Di Castri and the guest will share a jointly-created duo and discuss what it was like to collaborate at a distance. The first five episodes feature violinist Olivia De Prato, composer/performer Pauchi Sasaki, flutist/singer Alice Teyssier, cellist Chloé Dominguez, and percussionist Aiyun Huang.
Di Castri says, “As a composer/pianist, I see motherhood as one of the final ‘taboos’ in the professional music world, with women often still believing they must choose between family and career, or keep quiet about their desire for both. Though having a child alters one’s life irreversibly and may create logistical challenges, it can also be a profoundly creative experience, encouraging new ways of thinking and doing.”
This project was made possible by a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.