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Reflections of Life video with me

I’m sharing this video creation of filmmaking/storytelling team Justine du Toit and Michael Raimondo. I speak about identity development, family, and expressions of love. I had to sit with the chosen title, as I fear being perceived as having a…

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Black Arts Legacies

I am so honored to be in this year's cohort of Black Arts Legacies, presented by Cascade PBS/Crosscut. Click here for the article by Jas Keming about me! 

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Cello Glow online program notes

I wish to present this collection with honor and respect for those who identify as Christian, and those who connect with this music while identifying in other ways. My own spiritual path finds me somewhere between Humanist and Pantheist. I

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Town Hall residency - Final Findings

FINAL FINDINGS… 

I feel a lot more at peace than I did a month ago! I am inspired by so many people I’ve seen through Town Hall and beyond, sharing their messages in different ways. There is so much good…

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Town Hall mid-residency reflections

In the middle…. (November reflections) 

I’m probably right where I should be now—a mix of feelings: inspired, overwhelmed, reassured, anxious… Here is what has been on my mind. 

New piece written for my string trio 

Getting the AIR position filled…

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Reflections on Le Café from The Nutcracker

Le Café (Arabian Dance) - Tchaikovsky (from The Nutcracker, composed 1892) 

 There is a lot to work through, and a lot of people re-envisioning the ballet. There are many articles written about the potentially racist associations with these character dances…

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Thoughts on Taken From Us

I’m grateful to have my instrument to express and connect. I’m happy to play music that resonates with people and brings peace. 

And yet, there is a part of me that has been screaming and running for years. That part…

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Cello-ist

I get to be a part of some fun art! Here is a photo collage by Bob Scoverski. I appreciate one of the titles he gave this piece, which was "Celloist", because a lot of people do indeed call one…

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The Elephant and The Swan

It started in a rehearsal with Different Drummer Band, talking about what our spirit animal would be.... the Elephant and the Swan being two pieces from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens, representing the bass and the cello. The thing…

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Beginning Strings

I think about how I started playing cello. My parents signed me up for Beginning Strings class when I was in 6th grade, which was a surprise to me. I had a vague interest in playing clarinet, though for no…

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