I was pulled off the stage, like everyone else on March 14, 2020. By April, 2020 my friends Alan J Tomasetti and Justine Sedky met for the first time with me over Zoom and I knew they could get this podcast off the ground. They both, separately, had asked me to do a podcast. I said, "FINE. YOU TELL ME WHAT TO SAY!" But they had never met.
So they met and met and met again, They provided a season of revolving shows with themes that were recurring and provided continuity and freshness. I love their ideas and our meetings are super-charged. We can't wait to cover what we really need to cover. And give the perspective that only I have to give. It's a labor of love for our community. And my guests are first class, first-rate, awesome, generous friends who say "YES!" to Porterflute Pod. We thank you too for saying YES to PorterFlute Pod and all my playing from the "Vault".
Alan J. Tomasetti, born and raised in Boston, MA, is a frequently sought after performer and arts administrator in the Phoenix area. Alan currently performs as a member and frequent soloist of the Desert Echoes Flute Project flute choir, as well as with several local orchestras. Alan was the previous Artistic Administrator with The Phoenix Symphony for 7 years and taught Marketing Yourself as a Musician at Arizona State University. Alan still consults with several nonprofit organizations in the area in addition to adjudicating several local competitions Alan graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree and arts administration certificate from Indiana University.
Justine Sedky is a multigenre flutist who specializes in experimental, contemporary, and improvised music. Justine joined Amy Porter's Flute Studio in 2018 and quickly connected with the Arts community of Southeast Michigan through fruitful collaborations with composers, performers, and interdisciplinary creatives. She has played and premiered works by living composers on stages from Brooklyn to Portugal, and most recently can be heard on the Grammy Nominated recording of John Luther Adams' Sila: Breath of the World, with JACK Quartet and U-M Chamber Players. When not performing, Justine maintains an active studio of local High School students and is a member of the University Musical Society's Development team.