Rez Abbasi reflects upon how he developed his voice as a player and composer, plus relevant points for musicians related to practice, improvisation, composition, and the business of a freelance creative.
In episode 29 of the Creative Strings Podcast, I interview Julliard-trained concert violinist Janet Orenstein, who was suddenly faced with an injury in 1996 that would forever limit her ability to use her hands to play the violin. Her story is simultaneously fascinating, heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and uplifting.
In Episode 28 of the Creative Strings Podcast, I interview singer-songwriter Janie Barnett about her career and new album, You See This River. I wanted to know how she’s managed to piece her career together so many years, before, during, and after raising children, all the time staying in NYC. I wanted to find out how an artist keeps their fire for creating new material into their 30s, 40s. and beyond.
Learning to play Bossa, Choro, and Samba is a wonderful gateway for classical musicians to expand on their classical training. This free video tutorial playlist breaks down “How to Play Bossa and Samba” into concrete steps, and I’m especially excited for the impact it can have for string players and teachers. To supplement this new playlist, I’ve created a new deep dive course complete with transcriptions and analysis.
I met up in Madrid with Valentin Spurchisi, a self-taught violinist who travels and lives from performing in the streets of Europe. Valentin had a successful career as an engineer and web designer in his early twenties before leaving that career to perform from subways to street corners all across Europe.