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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

String Duet, Below Brooklyn

Violinists, NYC
Photo by myself at the Atlantic Pacific subway station, in Brooklyn.

Two young violinists serenaded subway riders, Tuesday evening. They played a series of classical duets.

I spoke briefly with Abi and Tim, who were very talented and friendly. Both have completed their training and are trying to 'make it' in the City.

Abi told me she performs and teaches, no longer working part-time at a cafe. She said the hardest part about relying on music for a living is not knowing how much you'll earn each day.

They be found playing at various subway stations in Brooklyn and the Upper West Side, near Columbia University. (Union Square, Tim says, is oversaturated).

A large crowd formed at one point, before the subway came. The nice thing is, the violin case they were using was filled with donations.

Related posts: Pulling Strings on the Subway Platform, Singing the Blues, Below Ground and Strike Up the Band, in Washington Square Park.


Olivier said...

la vie du metro New Yorkais, belle photo

s.c said...

Truly sign of the times. Bach in that clothing. Great shot.

Beatrice B. said...

such a contemporary image... love it!


biebkriebels said...

That must have sound different from all the other subway artists.

Terry at Blue Kitchen said...

Great shot and story, Kitty! Chicago has musicians in its subway stations too, but I find New York's "underground" music scene much more varied--generally more talented too, if I'm being honest!

abigailloving said...

Thanks so much for the write up! It was good to chat. one thing...my name is Abi! Small detail!

I am following, now!

Kitty said...

Thanks Olivier!

Totally. I loved Abi's hair, too. Both musicians were very down to earth.

Thanks Beatrice!

Hi Bieb,
They were great. The acoustics in that spot was terrific.

Thanks Terry!
Ha! I haven't been to Chicago in a long time.

Hi Abi!!
I'm so glad you and Tim were open to speaking with me...and thank you for correcting me with your name!

I'm glad you found the blog!!

Leif Hagen said...

I wonder if they played Bach's "Concerto for two violins?!" That piece is in the Suzuki violin repertoire!

abigailloving said...

we did! someone requested Vivaldi, and we didn't have any, so we gave them the Bach double. similar era!

Banjo52 said...

I was going to say . . . I was going to make a CRACK, if you will . . . that if she rips up her shorts much more, she won't have to play music to get money . . .

Then I got ashamed of myself, the adolescence of it--Because I really like what you're saying about the kids and what they're doing.

Almost none of that could happen in a small town.

Kitty said...

Hi Leif,
Sadly, I wasn't there for the Vivaldi. But I must say that a good many passersby were transfixed.

We hear a lot of live music here but not many classical duets.

Ha Banjo...
I don't blame Abi at all. It was hot and humid all day.
Playing can be an almost athletic event!