Matt Glaser on Music Education, Improvisation, and Mindfulness/ Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 3

– The diversity of creative string players in the newest generation, and how we arrived here
– How classical string/music teachers can adapt to a changing musical world

“Inevitably the classical world has had to come to grips (with) this tsunami of young players playing fiddle tunes”

– “Micro-improvisation” and using skeletal melodies to develop comfort with improvisation…
– The “present moment” in performance..

Full Circle

I knew then, especially after I met (and heard) Ruby, a 13 yr-old girl who played violin like a 70 yr-old woman, that this was what I wanted as much as anything in life- to touch people like her playing had moved me, to play with such emotion and passion and play music that was infinitely romantic.

And then, through a combination of events I don’t need to get into now, it all changed and I became a jazz violinist.

What many people may not know is…

Rufus Cappadocia- World Cellist- From a Night of Creative String Music in Brooklyn

This is the first part of a series covering the Creative String Music scene in New York City. This particular evening found many of us performing together at Jalopy in Brooklyn. I hadn’t seen Rufus in a while, and it was great to capture some of his solo performance and check in to see what he’s up to these days.




Rufus Cappadocia


In a soon-to-follow blog I’ll showcase the performance which followed Rufus, by Joel Harrison‘s String Choir, performing the music of Paul Motian. It featured myself, violinist Sam Bardfeld, violist Mat Maneri, and cellist Choi Fairbanks as well as guitarist/composer Joel Harrison and guitarist Liberty Ellman. The videos below give a glimpse into the amazingly original playing of Rufus and a peek into his current activities and interests, as well as his explanation of “roots music”, a term I had heard often but never really understood.

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