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How does the venue and the audience affect the music you play?

Kitty BrazeltonComposer/Vocalist“…I may start with the same message but I don’t say it the same – to different people or in different environments…” Nick DidkovskyComposer/Guitarist“…It’s best when the audience is working as hard as we are to make the event happen…” Oliver LakeComposer/Saxophonist“…The main thing is that I play honestly and from my heart, and […]

America’s Most Fascinating Jazz Clubs

Lara PellegrinelliPhoto by Melissa Richard One minute, you’re just sitting around in some dark, dank, tiny, crowded, smoke-filled basement room with a drink in your hand; the next, you’re intently focused, completely absorbed, magically transported into the light of improvisation. That, in a nutshell, is the power of jazz, a power which moves listeners and […]

How does the venue and the audience affect the music you play? Oliver Lake

Oliver LakePhoto by Chris Drukker It’s very difficult to describe the effect that different venues have on my performances. Certain audiences have different energies. Often the audience becomes a part of the performance and that can affect the performance in different ways. The more intimate, the better. I primarily play for myself and hope that […]

How did your education shape your attitudes about music?

Annie GosfieldComposer“I was taught the importance of creativity and individual expression early in life…” Jonathan ShefferComposerFounder, Conductor and Artistic Director of the Eos Orchestra“My musical education began at the Westport School of Music, where as a preschooler I was taught the basics of major and minor scales…” Amy RhodesDirector of Artist Management, Fine Arts Management“…At […]

Education and New American Music

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard Ten years ago I was a high school teacher in the New York City Public School System and since then, I have often described that experience as “my version of time in the peace corps.” It was simultaneously life affirming and extraordinarily frustrating. It was life affirming, because like […]