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Is it ever difficult finding audiences for percussion music?
I don't think that it's percussion music that it's hard to find audiences for. Art music or contemporary classical music or experimental music, whatever you want to call it, can be tricky to find audiences for if it is presented in the wrong way. There is a history to fight against here, where things were presented in a way that was like taking your medicine or eating your spinach as a kid. You should do it because it is good for you, not because you like it. We do what we do because we love it, and it is much easier to find audiences to check out new things that people believe in strongly than to find folks to take medicine. Percussion music is the easy part. It's fun to watch people hit things!
How does the music scene in Brooklyn measure up against Manhattan's these days?
I don't have huge feelings on this. There are definitely interesting things happening in NYC all over. But I am glad I moved to Brooklyn in 2004 and not Washington Heights. It seems like musicians were moving to both spots in big numbers, and my girlfriend/now wife moved to Brooklyn the year before I did, and the feeling of being a part of this scene is great. It is vibrant. It is eclectic and at its best moments it is folks striving to do new things at a high level. I like being a part of that. And I am constantly struck by what it means to people outside of NYC to tell them you are making music in Brooklyn, whether that is someone in LA or Chicago in the US or in London or Paris. The Brooklyn scene resonates and it is great to be pushed by that energy and be a part of a very vibrant scene.
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