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Mindful Music
Mindful Music
Saturdays at 4pm and Sundays at 8pm

Mindful Music explores the intersection of music and mental health by providing a backdrop for conversations with guests who share how they use music to express their inner nature and manage their emotional wellbeing. The program also serves as a platform that raises awareness about mental health in an informative and entertaining way.

The program features individuals from Western New York, Southern Ontario, and beyond, who are recognized in their respective fields. Each guest shares their stories through the medium of music, providing an intimate look into their lives in a unique manner and allows listeners to discover things about them that would otherwise not be known.

Program host, Karl Shallowhorn, uses his background in the behavioral health field to craft a program that will educate listeners in an easy-to-understand and accessible way. By breaking down what can be, at times, complicated topics, Karl is able to guide the conversations in a manner that is intellectually stimulating, and at the same time, heartfelt.

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Latest Episodes
  • In this episode of Mindful Music, Host Karl Shallowhorn sits down with two members of the Dévah Quartet, Liza McLellan and Moira Burke! Dévah recently released their third studio album, Prometheus (2022), just on the heels of their second album, 2112 (2020), and features a full-length instrumental tribute to Canadian icon RUSH's suite of the same name.As a multi-genre string quartet, Dévah has held residencies at the University of Toronto's New Music Festival and at San Jacinto College in Texas, where they have performed works on acoustic and electric instruments and provided masterclasses and composer workshops.Dévah QuartetLiza McLellan – Cello, Electric Cello, and VocalsEmily Hau - Violin, Electric Violin, and VocalsSharon Lee - Violin, Viola, Electric 5-string Violin/Viola and VocalsMoira Burke - Viola, Violin, Electric 5-string Violin/Viola and Vocals
  • Karl Shallowhorn sits down for an inspirational conversation with Dr. Laura Erickson-Schroth, who leads the Knowledge and Advising Department at JED, a non-profit organization equipped with clinicians and public health experts who provide guidance on how individuals, families, schools, communities, media, and other youth-serving organizations can take actions to protect the mental health of teens and young adults. The organization works at reducing the risks of suicide, including ensuring that all young people are being served in data-informed and culturally responsive ways.Much of Dr. Erickson-Schroth’s career has focused on LGBTQ mental health, and she currently sees clients at Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBTQIA+ Youth. Dr. Erickson-Schroth is the editor of “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,” a resource guide written by and for trans communities.
  • With one of the most diverse and eclectic careers in the entertainment industry, Marc Summers is probably best known for putting Nickelodeon on the map as the host of Double Dare. He also hosted What Would You Do? as well as the first live special on Nickelodeon launching the Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida.Marc has hosted two talk shows on Lifetime, History IQ on The History Channel, as well as Unwrapped, one of the longest-running shows on Food Network. He was the original host of Next Food Network Star, and he has also covered many news stories while appearing as a regular on ABC's Home Show. Marc was the Executive Director of both Dinner Impossible and Restaurant Impossible, as well as a shark special on Discovery.Marc is continuing his one-man show, The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers, at the Alleyway Theater through September 30th.
  • On this episode of Mindful Music, the tables are turned! Karl Shallowhorn is in the hot seat and Mindful Music Executive Producer Tom Berich sits and discusses Karl's background, his association and history with mental illness and recovery, and his love of all things music. (and family!) Plus...Karl's intense love of the band RUSH and one or two songs that actually saved him. A few of the upcoming guests for season 2 are also discussed on the show. Welcome back to season 2 of Mindful Music!
  • On this special episode of Mindful Music host Karl Shallowhorn is joined by Russian-American singer-songwriter Regina Spektor. Her career began in 2001 in the east village neighborhood of New York City. Regina has amassed a catalog of 8 albums, including “Home, Before and After" which was released in June of last year. NPR's Bob Boilen called her single from the album his favorite song from 2022.Regina has received several awards, including the Studio 8 Female Voice of the Year in 2009 and again from the New York Music Awards in 2011 for her “Live in London” album. She has received 5 BMI Streaming Awards including in 2015 for her Grammy-nominated song, “You’ve Got Time” and in 2020 for, “One Little Soldier” from the Guild of Music Supervisors Awards for Best Song Written and Recorded for Film which was featured in the movie Bombshell.Regina is also well known for her philanthropic efforts and has devoted a considerable amount of time to charity concerts including for Planned Parenthood, Doctors Without Borders, and HIAS-the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, an organization that helped Regina and her family emigrate from the Soviet Union.
  • The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, author and theologian, currently serves as ninth General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.
  • This week's Mindful Music Guest is Bob Rich III. Bob is a member of the Rich family, who is known for Rich Products and also, for whom, Highmark Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills, was originally named after. Bob first came to acclaim in the 1984 film, The Natural, where he starred in the role of Ted Hobbs, son of Robert Redford’s character, Roy Hobbs. A graduate of Park School, Bob graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1989. He started his professional career at WNY United where he served as the organization’s Youth Development Coordinator. He then joined Rich Products in 1991 and received his MBA from the Richard J. Wehle School of Business in 1995. Bob founded ROAR Logistics in 2003, where he remains as President.
  • On this episode of Mindful Music host Karl Shallowhorn is joined by Dwane Hall. Dwane is the owner of Sportsmen’s Tavern in Buffalo.
  • On this episode of Mindful Music host Karl Shallowhorn is joined by JoAnn Falletta, Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. JoAnn shares two of the BPO's amazing performances as well as what is considered to be one of classical music's greatest symphonies of all time.
  • This week's Mindful Music guest is Zamir Gotta best known as American chef Anthony Bourdain's travel companion. Zamir talks about his relationship with Anthony, how an even more significant tragedy struck his life last year, and the Led Zeppelin song that ties it all together.