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LIC Concerts: Hi Oren, Jessica. Thanks for deciding to play on our series. We are excited to have you! Since this isn’t a traditional concert stage, like you often perform on, can you tell us a little bit about what excites you about playing music in public places?
Oren Fader: We’ve always enjoyed playing outdoors, whether for the Pleasantville Farmers Market, Make Music NY, or for the Manhattan Plaza Block party. Playing community concerts gives us the chance to play for our friends and neighbors in a casual setting, which is a nice break from the usual halls. And sometimes we get to play for special groups like Lighthouse Guild for the Blind, and “Beginnings”, a support group for Alzheimer’s patients, in these concerts that gives us a chance to share our music with people who might not be able to attend a regular show. We are grateful to be able to do this again at LIC Concerts.
LIC Concerts: Can you tell us a little bit about what to expect on your performance?
Jessica Bowers: First, we like playing together! It is a lot of fun, although, not all married couples can make this work. Oren likes playing transcriptions of great music. Mozart and Brahms didn’t write for guitar and the transcriptions we play let us play the music of these masters. It’s also so gratifying working with living composers who write with our specific instruments in mind, and you will hear some of these on our program, too.
Oren: Yeah, to have new pieces written for us that we can program side by side with Brahms and Schubert makes us proud.
LIC Concerts: Can you tell us a little bit about these new pieces?
Jessica: One interesting part of the collaborative process is looking for poetry or text for the composers to set for us. In going through that process, I want to find poetry that I like, that means something to me, that will mean something to other people, and is inherently musical. These new songs fit all those requirements and are also very beautiful. We think they are a good introduction to people who may not get to hear “new music.”
LIC Concerts: Well, we are certainly excited to hear your program. Looking forward to having you on July 14!
Oren: We are looking forward to it too. See you then.