A multi-award winning print quarterly founded in 2009, Listen: Life with Music & Culture, now listenmusicculture.com, celebrates excellence in music and culture, and the people and places that contribute to its creation. Listen champions a life filled with genuine cultural appreciation and activity, and showcases music and musicians of the highest quality, advocating for works of tremendous artistic value — irrespective of genre.
Ben Finane | Editor in Chief / Publisher Founding Editor in Chief and now Publisher of Listen: Life with Music & Culture, Ben Finane is the author of Handel’s Messiah and His English Oratorios (Bloomsbury Academic) and Melody’s Mostly Musical Day (Steinway & Sons), and has written on the performing arts for The New York Times, Newark Star-Ledger, San Francisco Chronicle, The New Criterion, Time Out New York, Stereophile, Strings, The Strad, Symphony, Playbill, and other publications. He writes program notes for Carnegie Hall. Finane is an amateur pianist and middling baritone and holds a degree in music and comparative literature from Haverford College. He believes in classical masterworks, avant-garde jazz, Nashville, hip hop as the future, and that rock‘n’roll is here to stay. He lives in Berlin.
Jackie Fugere | Art Director Jackie is an award-winning art director, designer and photographer with extensive experience in print and digital media. Her work has won numerous awards, including InStyle Magazine’s Best of the Web, W3’s Design Award for Best Visual Design, USA Design Arts Award, Wojnar-Drake Digital Imaging Award and the Roosevelt Paper Exhibition Award. She is former fellow at The Center For Emerging Visual Artists. She is passionate about photography and has exhibited her work throughout the United States. She thinks pictures and words go nicely together.
Kristen Male | Associate Art Director Kristen is an award-winning art director and designer. She has worked with MTV, @Radical Media, Victoria’s Secret, Women’s Health Magazine and Cosmopolitan Magazine. She loves typography and has an uncanny ability to rattle off the alphabet backwards or the U.S. states in alphabetical order. When she isn’t doing any of these things, she is spending time with her husband and one-year old son.
Menon Dwarka | Editorial Consultant Menon is based in Toronto, where he is the executive director for Arts Etobicoke and the former artistic and managing director for 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media + Education.