Tashi Brundige, a 16-year-old junior at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, has been playing piano for more than a decade. She said music is a perfect outlet for her, especially since other art forms don’t come easily.
Brundige shared with the Post Independent how she got her start as a musician, why she loves playing and where music will take her from here.
Post Independent: How are you involved in music?
Tashi Brundige: I love music. I am in a music class that I perform with at school, and I also play a lot of piano and sing outside of class. I take occasional classical piano lessons, and I am planning on performing for the North American Royal Conservatory next year. Right now I am working on two pieces by Chopin, a Bach and a Beethoven.
PI: When did you get started in music, and why?
TB: I started playing piano when I was 5. My father is a musician, and his passion influenced me greatly throughout my childhood. He spent a lot of time traveling and playing abroad and with jazz bands. Through this background, I was exposed to many different flavors of music, particularly Latin jazz and Brazilian music. My parents thought that I would be interested in music, so I started taking lessons in piano, and picked up the guitar, too.
PI: Do you practice any other kinds of art?
TB: I am not really involved in other kinds of art. I’m not very artistically talented, and though I would like to be able to draw and paint, it’s just not in the cards for me.
PI: What’s your favorite part about being a musician?
TB: Music is an outlet for me. It’s a space where my mind doesn’t race in six billion other directions; it’s almost meditative. I also love the community around it. It’s an art form that has brought people of different backgrounds, views and situations together throughout history. I fully believe in the power of music to heal and unite people.
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