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This week, Pavoh features Talia Rubenstein from Brooklne as Pavoh Artist of the Week. Hear Talia play LIVE on Sunday August 14 between 2-5pm at Music Go Round Natick - when they host 'Pavoh Day' - a day of celebration, music, raffles - and accepting your instrument donations for Pavoh music programs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for instrument pick up if you cannot attend!
How old are you and where are you from? (You can live anywhere - but you must be 21 or under!) – I'm 18, living in Brookline. I play a combination of fingerstyle and jazz, and will be attending NYU next year to play jazz.
How would you characterize your musical style?
I play fingerstyle guitar, a relatively new genre that involves playing every part of a song (including melody, harmony, bass, and drums) on one acoustic guitar without accompaniment. Recently though, I've expanded to include playing with other instrumentalists and vocalists. I also play jazz.
Who are you - what is your story?
I started playing guitar when I was ten. A couple years later, I stumbled across a YouTube video of a guy playing fingerstyle guitar, and was instantly hooked. I immersed myself in the music, trying to learn to play it. Eventually, I started writing my own music. I now have a bunch of friends around the world who play the same style, whom I met at a summer workshop in Austria for fingerstyle guitar.
What do you think is the difference between good music and great music?
I think music is all about connecting with people while still making your music personal and important to you. A musician who can do both, along with many hours of practicing, can make great music.
What are the biggest challenges of being a young musician?
There's so much great music out there. It can be intimidating getting into the scene as a young musician, especially when you don't play a common style of music. Without much exposure, it can get frustrating to not be able to play for larger audiences, no matter how much you may practice.
How did you learn about Pavoh?
I learned about Pavoh when Laura contacted me about playing a Pavoh show.