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Get to Know Sound Anatomy

Posted November 24th, 2018  |  By A4A.admin

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CSMA welcomes Sound Anatomy for a free concert in Tateuchi Hall on Sunday, December 2 at 2:00pm. Sound Anatomy mixes traditional sounds with modern grooves and fuses musical cultures to celebrate all aspects of the human family.

We spoke to Ruth Parry, Sound Anatomy guitarist (and CSMA faculty member) to learn more about her background, and what the audience can expect from their performance in Tateuchi Hall.

Ruth Parry, Guitarist

How did you begin playing and performing music?

We had a piano at home and my older sister took lessons. My father also used to play it, plunking one note at a time! His father was a choir master and arranger. I remember going to a friend’s ballet class; my mother thought I might be inspired to study dance, but I couldn’t take my eyes off the pianist and his music. I was spellbound.

Did you have access to music education in school? If not, how did you find your way into music?

I had access to music at public school. We were introduced to different instruments and I decided to take up clarinet. I remember sitting on the bus, holding onto my clarinet case, watching a friend struggle into her seat with a French horn.

Tell us about a great music teacher you had.

My first guitar teacher had an amazing impact on me. He was a jazz musician and he changed my world. I ended up studying at his alma mater, Berklee College of Music in Boston.

How often do you practice and/or rehearse?

I play guitar every day. I don’t keep track of the time, though. I just play and play and play!

What advice do you have for young, aspiring musicians?

Explore many styles of music, not just what’s on the radio or what you family likes. Grow your ears.

Tell us a little bit about Sound Anatomy.

Sound Anatomy is a fusion of Indian ragas with different world rhythms, from Peru, Brazil, Spain, Morocco and more. We celebrate the human family in its many musical facets.

What can the audience expect during the performance in Tateuchi Hall?

We’re excited to perform at Tateuchi Hall! We’ve invited two dancers, one from Peru and the other from India to help the audience understand the music, especially the rhythms. It’s easier to understand music when you see the human form express it.

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