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The ArtistShare Profile series features exclusive interviews with ArtistShare artists focusing on inspirations, current projects, and the creative process.

fabian almazan : part 1

Featured Artist: Fabian Almazan

ArtistShare:
Describe the moment when you realized you wanted to be a musician.

Fabian: There isn't a specific moment that made me want to become a musician but there was a moment that made me realize how much I appreciate and love music and that at least for the time being I need music to be a part of my life. Not being a musician/composer for me right now would mean a tragic end of a specific, special type of magic in my life that I love. It was when I was a student at Manhattan School of Music. Back then I was going through a rough time because I felt that I wasn't finding other musicians that thought about music in the way I did, which made me feel isolated and unsure of the path I had chosen. I was considering leaving music aside and focusing on becoming some sort of environmentalist/conservationist. At the time I had a part-time job as an usher at the school. One night, in the midst of my confusion about what to do, a cellist walked on stage with a pianist and they played a Brahms cello sonata. That moment, I knew that it was my responsibility to continue on with music because I was so moved by the beauty of what I heard. There was no doubt in my mind that what I was hearing needed someone to appreciate it and nourish it with love, which is what I continue to try to return to music every time I perform or compose.

AS: What was your most memorable experience as a music fan?

Fabian: I played in Rio de Janeiro a couple of years ago with Terence Blanchard and we met someone that invited us to go hear a samba school rehearsal up in one of the favelas on a Wednesday night at 2 a.m. Of course there was no hesitation on our part and when we arrived, we entered an enormous warehouse-looking structure made out of all sorts of materials that had hundreds of people gathered inside. Suddenly, at the end of the big space, approximately 300 people started playing a samba with pandeiros, tamborims, caixas, qweekas, repiniques, surdos, every Brazilian percussion instrument you could imagine. And the crowd went wild with every single person singing along and dancing. I've never heard such a massive harmonious wall of sound like that before and it was so joyful and gratifying to see how music united every one together in the middle of the night on a wednesday in a favela in Rio.

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