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, drummer Sarah Thawer talks about the importance of reflection, being generous with oneself, and finding opportunities remotely.
"Living through the pandemic has forced me to immerse myself into my work and art. It's made me pause and reflect, which I believe strengthened my music and vision. It gave me the gift of time and taught me patience along with the opportunity to look inward and explore creativity like I never had before. In the practical sense, all of my work became remote. Live streaming, recording, meetings, networking, shows, masterclasses, etc.
[I've learned] to be kind to myself. Some days I haven't wanted to practice or play music. Pre-pandemic I would have forced myself to do the work and I would have been hard on myself if I “wasted” the day and wasn’t at all productive. But I've learned the importance of just being, breathing, meditating and watching Disney movies all day.
In this past year I got to work and connect with my heroes remotely. I had the opportunity to collaborate with Sheila E, Steve Weingart, Sekou Bunch, along with being featured on Hockey Night in Canada and on Late Night with Seth Meyers, to name a few. And I’m working on music with some amazing people and hoping to get that music out soon! :-)"
Find out more about Sarah, and stay updated on her music and releases, at sarahthawer.com.
Here's a video of "Sarah Thawer and the Squad" recorded live in studio for the 2020 World of Jazz Festival.