Hope all is well! We at The Mockingbird Foundation hope you are enjoying the Summer and staying healthy and safe. We are currently in the midst of a Back to School Campaign running through Labor Day to help ensure that music programs will be coming back on the right track. We aim to raise $50,000 to help support children’s music education throughout the country.
An incredibly generous donor has once again agreed to match the first $25,000 of donations that are made. You can make your donation by clicking on this link. Any amount - big or small - will help us reach our goal.
Happy New Year, everyone! Like all of us, I was astounded while watching the recent run of shows Trey and friends put on at The Beacon Theatre. It meant so much to us, and you could see how deeply it affected Trey on a personal level. Yet while watching, it seemed like that was only part of the story. The other musicians contributing were equal parts of this grand adventure. How did they come to be a part of this run? How did it make them feel? Besides being able to work and play music again, how did it affect them on an emotional level to be a part of something so unique and special?
I decided to try and find out. I reached out to Katie Kresek – violinist in the Rescue Squad – who graciously agreed to answer some questions on the topic. Hope you enjoy what she had to say as much as I did!
Stay safe and healthy and cheers to 2021!!!
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DB: How long have you been playing the violin?
KK: I've been playing since the age of five. I come from a long line of professional and amateur musicians, many of whom played the violin.
DB: Have you played with rock n roll musicians in concerts before?
KK: Definitely. I've spent most of my career playing for songwriters and with a variety of musical artists either on tour or in recording studios. There is a full bio of the artists I've worked with on my website, but some favorites include David Byrne, St. Vincent, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Adele, and Diana Krall. I also play on Broadway, which incorporates many different musical styles into the mix.
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