Music

Let Me Tell You About My Father…

John Stanazzi

I invited some of the special people I know ~ from poets whose work has appeared in Combustus magazine to a dancer friend of mine who immigrated from Hungary ~ to share with us some of the wisdom they’ve received over the years from their fathers as well as what has been passed on to their own children.

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An Artist Dreamed: Interview with Ethiopian painter Yared Nigussu

I was in France at the time and I met a young guy in my French class. And he was an ex-child soldier. I saw him as always really sad. You didn’t ever see a smile on his face. We’d go for coffee or a drink, and one day I just asked him, “Hey man, why don’t you ever smile?” And he just explained to me that his childhood was stolen from him. I told him that if I was a writer I would write something, but I am a painter. So I painted his portrait.

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Creating in Community

Something happens when we get together to create. What could otherwise remain static begins to evolve organically. A co-mingling that forever alters the recipe. Chemicals react. There is a sense of something building, bubbling. The unpredictable. That which cannot entirely be controlled. Nor should it.

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Matteo Marchisano-Adamo, Narrative Filmmaker, Hollywood

“With the Internet and the advancements in technology and equipment, a new breed of moviemakers is evolving. This helps in making it an art again – it makes it democratic. It has been a long time coming, but now the technology and quality of the image and sound have surpassed storytelling. Now we need to relearn now to tell stories. We are still telling old stories.”
~Matteo Marchisamo-Adamo, Hollywood filmmaker, musician

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Trumpeter Erin Yanacek: Blowing Out the “Brass Ceiling”

Yanacek says that when she performs, she’ll typically choose one person out of the audience to play to. “Someone who happens to catch my eye. There are no similarities between whom I choose, but I make it the goal of my concert to move that person and to help them see the beauty of life through this art, through this shared experience.”

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Isolda, Singer-Songwriter, Pianist in London, England

Isolda

Composing music for me can be a very concrete way of immortalizing a powerful feeling or event by encoding it into a song. When you hear the song, it can take you right back to that particular moment when you wrote it, what you were feeling, what the weather was like that day, your mood.

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