What are some of the coolest performances either as B is for Baroness or with Peach & Knife? On the other spectrum, what is a loathsome aspect of a musician’s life?
B is for Baroness played at the Eagle Rock Music Festival in 2007 opening for Leslie and the Badgers and Mia Doi Todd, at the Women’s 20th Century Building on Colorado Blvd. Both women continue to write and play so it’s nice to have been in their company. Playing with that band was a dream come true: I was playing with the people who were my very close friends at the time… and who still are my closest friends despite not playing together as much anymore.
A highlight was that we got to record with Tom Brechtlein of Al de Meola, Robben Ford and Chick Corea fame, and he brought life to the B is for Baroness songs that felt like magic to me.
One of the hardest things? It’s difficult if you feel like you should be getting some kind of recognition for your efforts. Everybody wants that but if it’s your only motivation, then you’re not making music from the love of the process. It’s easier to dedicate yourself to the music when you don’t worry about the business side of things. Unfortunately, we have to do both. It’s loathsome!
You also teach violin using the Suzuki method in the LA area. Can you share a music moment highlighting that role in your life?
Most recently I have been working with very young people, introducing them to free play, conducting, listening, singing and recognizing pitch. We have a small studio of sound filled with all kinds of instruments including a violin, guitar, cello and uke.
One young girl was playing violin while another girl conducted and another played a slit drum, and this girl who is about 4 years old was playing that violin very earnestly and responded to being conducted, and then stopped and said something like “don’t make the play sections so short”. She wanted to play longer between the breaks the conductor was initiating so she could feel her groove. It felt like I was in the room with a future band leader, someone who had a vision of how it should be, someone who was deeply experiencing her own music, and there is nothing more rewarding than that!
I started learning violin in the Suzuki method when I was six so I am familiar with the repertoire and am still in touch with my violin teacher from high school (Idel Low). When I moved back to LA it felt like a natural next step in dedicating myself to music, and it was something I fell in love with immediately and am so glad that I did the training and am a part of that community now. I sincerely love working individually with children and adults to nurture the musician is everyone.