1. Who are your favorite classical composers? But also, who are your favorite bands (rock, pop, country, whatever genre you listen to)?
I don’t tend to have favorites. Whenever something jumps out at me as particularly fantastic, I turn around and discover something else that is just as interesting. If I tried to pick just one, I’d go nuts! What I like most about classical music is the variety. There’s as much to choose from in classical music alone as in all other genres combined. As a listener, all you have to do is find one composer or one performer that appeals to you and then follow your instincts from there.

As far as favorite bands, outside of classical music I’ve been veering away from listening to bands and towards singer/songwriters and solo artists. Josh Ritter, Tom Brosseau, Gabe Kahane, Alexi Murdoch, Hauschka, Abigail Washburn, and lots of others. And then, I also like trip hop and old blues and jazz singers. Really, when I’m listening for my own satisfaction, I appreciate quality above anything else. I can tell when someone has put in the time on an instrument or on singing or on writing. I love eclectic music and complex layers. I also gravitate towards highly imaginative, unique creations. Those occur in every genre.

2. If you could have dinner with any composer, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I don’t know! Could we get them all in a room together and watch what happens?

3. What is your favorite city and why?
I like the fluidity of this lifestyle, visiting so many places in the course of a year and returning to cities and countries that I enjoy. If I picked a favorite, everything else would have to be lesser in comparison, which would be a shame. I prefer a nice mix of familiar and novel. The thing is, I’m only usually in any given city for 5 days or less at a time, every couple of years. I don’t see places as they are year-round. Sometimes there’s a parade, and it’s sunny and beautiful. Sometimes I hit terrible weather. The next time, I might have an opposite experience. Each time I see a city, I feel like it’s new in some way.