Every week, we ask a different local artist to provide their unique perspective on the pandemic experience from a musician’s point of view. Through words, video and music, each musician will share their story, along with an audio or video sample of a recent project, and a link to purchase their music so that you can support their work.
This week, saxophonist, composer and educator Jane Bunnett is honest about the real costs of cancelled tours and the challenge of finding inspiration, while finding inner peace - in part in painting.
"The pandemic effected two years of touring for Jane Bunnett and Maqueque - three tours to Europe and four tours covering the USA. These were tours that took a couple of years to secure. We also lost thousands in attorney costs in application fees to the US state department, as our group is mostly Cuban, and lost money for visas that were bought and never used.
What l have learned during this time is to try to be more patient - enjoy the little things, try to find some inner peace, and reach out to friends who are maybe suffering some difficulties.
l have not been feeling particularly musical - a lot of sadness there, as so much of what l do is of a collaborative nature. Only lately have l begun to write some new music. I have found that painting has given me a lot of solace at this time..."
Support Jane Bunnett and Maqueque by purchasing their music from their Big Cartel store: maqueque.bigcartel.com.
Here's the official video for "La Linea," released in September, 2020. And below you can see some of Jane's paintings.
Inspired by Folkways Recording
The View Across the Lake
Thinking about Stanley Cowell