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Anna Maria Mendieta

Classical Harpist Treads New Paths Playing Tango Anna Maria Mendieta has no trouble recalling the dayspring of her lifelong love affair with the harp. At age five, her arts-loving parents (her mother was a pianist and accordionist; her father played classical guitar and saxophone) played a recording of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, and the overture […]

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From Jazz to Tango, Violinist Jeremy Cohen Plays Fearlessly

If your tango isn’t tinged with mugre, explains violinist Jeremy Cohen of Local 6 (San Francisco, CA), it will lack depth.

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Mayuto Correa: Multi-Instrumental Renaissance Man

Mayuto Correa isn’t much for labels and never lets tradition stop him from exploring new interests. This is true in the Latin Jazz-influenced music he plays—he is equally respected as both a guitar player and a percussionist, pushing genre boundaries with both—but also in the rest of life. Beyond music, Correa is or has been […]

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Ilya Toshinskiy

Nashville Picker is One-of-a-Kind You don’t often hear a Music City drawl layered on top of a Russian accent, but that’s far from the only way that Nashville picker Ilya Toshinskiy is one-of-a-kind. Born in Obninsk, a small city about an hour south of Moscow, Toshinskiy got his childhood musical start on the classical guitar. […]

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Multi-Instrumentalist James Pennebaker Ready to Return to the Road

Musical rebellion isn’t just for rock-and-rollers, though country and blues multi-instrumentalist James Pennebaker did spend a bit of time playing around with rock as a kid when he supplemented his classical violin studies with British Invasion records.

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Irving “Andy” Andrusia — A Union Man for 76 Years

Irving “Andy” Andrusia of Local 161-710 (Washington, D.C.) may be a centenarian, but his life remains busy and filled with song.

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St. Louis Symphony Bassoonist Felicia Foland: Music – and the Labor Movement – Are Both About Cooperation

Felicia Foland joined the AFM whe she was 16, and has now played bassoon in the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for nearly 30 years.

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