Working Out the Details

It’s easy enough to say you want to build a career in music or make an album or join an ensemble. But how do you get there? Big-picture goals can help inspire and inform your direction, but if you want to make those goals a reality, you’re going to have to dig into the details.  

In this month’s issue, we bring a tight focus to different aspects of musical careers. 

Soprano Estelí Gomez of Roomful of Teeth writes about the importance of defining home as a nomadic musician, navigating the physical, emotional and musical practicalities of a life spent permanently on the road. 

As part of our series on producing original recording projects, Louis Levitt, SYBARITE5 bassist and founder of record label Bright Shiny Things, lays out all the gritty details of building a budget for an album. 

In the first of a two-part installment, we explore the ideas leading change at an institutional level, reaching out to three music school thought leaders – Fred Bronstein, Mary Javian and Tayloe Harding – to learn how to build audiences, foster more inclusive spaces and deepen relationships within communities.

Creativity involves more than imagining new ideas and hoping they’ll happen. It’s up to you to bring them to life. 

Thanks for joining the conversation. 

Mark Rabideau
Director, 21CM


Why Practice? – A Prologue

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I wonder if you are like me. Can you point to the very moment you got hooked on practicing? Not the moment, remembered so fondly by many of us, when we picked the instrument into which we would pour our blood, sweat and tears, but when you made the decision to embark on a journey to become a musician and all that goes with that.


Joe Farnsworth – “See the drum. Hit the drum.”

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Drummer Joe Farnsworth has emerged as quite possibly the world’s leading jazz drummer. Fierce on the bandstand in laying down uncompromising and often lightning-fast time, he transports the audience back to the days when “Philly” Joe Jones proved to be the driving engine of what would become known as “The Quintet.”


re/CREATE: Sarah Goldfeather Reimagines Mitski

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re/CREATE celebrates musicians paying homage to the traditions they love while creating music from the heart. Here, we feature violinist, singer-songwriter and composer Sarah Goldfeather and her rendition of a favorite Mitski song.


re/CREATE: Kaoru Watanabe
Reimagines Björk

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re/CREATE celebrates musicians paying homage to the traditions they love while creating music from the heart. In this episode, we feature flutist and taiko musician Kaoru Watanabe and his rendition of music by Björk.