in 1: the podcast with Sound Designer Kai Harada

by Cory Pattak

Here’s a new episode of in 1: the podcast, hosted by Lighting Designer Cory Pattak, as he speaks with Tony Award-winning Sound Designer, Kai Harada. Pattak and Harada talk about all of the challenges of dealing with roving musicians, musicians under the stage, all with an incredibly nuanced score for The Band’s Visit.

In 1: the podcast with Sound Designer Kai Harada and host Cory Pattak

If you’ve seen The Band’s Visit you know how exquisite that show sounds, but while we couldn’t get the entire band to visit us at in 1, we have the man who makes that music shimmer, it’s Tony Award-winning Sound Designer Kai Harada! Kai drops by to discuss his design for that show and the challenges he faced with roving musicians, additional musicians under the stage, an incredibly nuanced score and often very subtle performances from its stars. Speaking of subtle, he also lets us in on secrets from his intimate design in the round for Fun Home and discusses how he made the Hudson Theatre rock for Head Over Heels. Cory and Kai also chat about his musical background, where he thinks the worst seats are in a theatre for sound, why sound designers end up designing mainly plays or musical but rarely both, and how young sound designers can market themselves for what is essentially an invisible art. Put on your best pair of headphones and spend the next 2 hours listening to the wisdom of one of the best!

Kai Harada has created sound design for the Broadway productions of The Band’s Visit (Tony and Drama Desk Award), AmélieSunday in the Park with GeorgeAllegianceGigi, Fun HomeOn the TownFirst DateFollies (Tony and Drama Desk nominations) and Million Dollar Quartet. Off-Broadway designs include Brooklynite (Vineyard), Love Love Love (Roundabout) Rope & Under the Bridge (Zipper Theatre). Regional designs include A Legendary RomancePoster Boy (Williamstown), The Honeymooners (Papermill), Benny and Joon (Old Globe), Beaches (Drury Lane), Little Dancer and First You Dream (Kennedy Center), Zorro (Moscow; Atlanta), Hinterm Horizont (Berlin), Sweeney Todd and Man of La Mancha (Portland Opera) and She Loves Me (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). He was the audio consultant for the recent Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Kai studied at Yale University.

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About in 1: the podcast - You know those conversations you have at the bar after a long day of tech? The moments where you sit with your friends and colleagues and discuss what you love about being a designer, but also what drives you mad? Imagine getting to listen in on those conversations with some of the most fascinating, celebrated, and sought-after theatrical designers working today. That is what in 1: the podcast strives to be. A long-form, uncensored, candid chat with designers of all walks of life talking about their lives in the theatre. No topic is off limits. From life on the road to life in a Broadway theatre. From trying to get noticed in New York to making a splash in regional theatre. You’ll never know what to expect from each episode. You might learn about a designer’s latest inspiration, or how they got started, their most embarrassing moment, or their favorite collaborator. Hosted by real life (we think) designer Cory Pattak, in 1: the podcast offers unprecedented access into the world of theatrical design, direct from the industry’s most interesting movers and shakers. All the world’s a stage, so draw back the curtain and come meet the magic makers who bring those worlds to life.

Kai Harada with his Tony Award for The Bands Visit The Bands Visit. Photo by Matthew MurphyThe Bands Visit. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The Bands Visit. Photo by Matthew Murphy