Full Time Art

Maybe it’s my slightly workaholic disposition, or my academic upbringing; either way, I thrive on being busy. The first week or so of February was my first taste of full time work, happening approximately 4 months after moving to New York City. Each day, I was running from rehearsal to rehearsal, performing shows at night, and practicing whenever and wherever I could. The most satisfying aspect of this week was that these performances involved bringing specific artistic visions to life. Suspended Cirque’s Speak Easy show, February 5th and 6th Suspended Cirque is a troupe of dedicated performers specializing in aerial…

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Trumpet Bushido

[WARNING: Some of this post gets extremely technical and is primarily written for trumpet players. This is the obligatory musical equipment post.] The word ‘bushido’, the way of the warrior, thus requires some explanation. Bushi was the original term for the upper-class warrior. The Chinese ideogram used for this word has two component parts whose joint meaning has been variously interpreted. In any case, it seems to be a designation, in the Chinese cultural mode, of an upper class that ruled by knowledge (learning) and military leadership. Both qualities were considered essential to the “superior man” in China as well…

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