10 Questions with Brian Calhoon

July 18, 2016

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High heel-loving percussionist (and parentheses devotee) Brian Calhoon takes on Opus Affair's 10 Questions. Learn more about him and how to pronounce GIF.

What is your profession?
I'm a freelance percussionist by night, and Director of Admissions by day (guess).

Where do you live?
Jamaica Plain—home of the beautiful Forest Hills Cemetery & Arboretum!

When was your first Opus Affair?
Um, would you still print this if I told you I haven't been to one yet? It's not my fault; I had rehearsal (probably).

What's a cool project you're currently working on?
Last month (June) I debuted a show I've wanted to do for a long time: A Marimba Cabaret! Combining my love of theater and singing with my love of the marimba (and heels), I challenged myself to program a wild variety of songs in one evening. From world premiere compositions by Thomas Oboe Lee and John Murphree to covers of Radiohead and Steven Sondheim, this show has it all! Shoutout to Greg Jukes, my director and co-conspirator, for helping make this happen. Marimba Cabaret Version 2.0 will go up at Oberon on 9/21.

What's your current favorite Boston bar or restaurant?
DBar in Dorchester is our go-to Friday night date place.

Random fact about yourself?
I wear a size 15 women's heel and 13–14 men's, depending on whether it's a sneaker or dress shoe. (e.g. I'm always a size 13 in Fluevogs.)

I am powered by/run on _________________?
Iced coffee with soy milk, and bananas. (Not necessarily together.)

What GIF best describes you?
I'll answer this question with a question: Is it pronounced "gif" or "jif"? Delete this question/answer.
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What emoji best describes you?
These three:

What is your favorite #bosarts experience from the last few months (or of all time!)?
In May, an aptly-named ensemble I run, Boston Percussion Group, put on a joint concert with Lorelei Ensemble and it was a musical high of my life. We paired covers of Bjork and Bon Iver with a premiere by Harvard Radcliffe composer, Reiko Yamada, before closing it out with Steve Reich's Music for Mallets, Voices and Organ. It was a pure joy to work with the lovely Loreladies and furthered my mission to take over the world by combining percussion and voice(s).

Name the next three fascinating #bosarts people we should send these questions to next.
Maria Finkelmeier, Ashe Gordon, Javier Caballero

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