10 Questions with Maria Finkelmeier

January 30, 2017

Maria Finkelmeier
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We were so excited to interview percussionist Maria Finkelmeier that we forgot to keep count of the questions. Read on for Maria's answers to #10Questions (plus a few extras).

What is your profession?
Percussionist / Founder of Kadence Arts

Where do you live?
Jamaica Plain 

What/when was your first Opus Affair?

When I first moved to Boston in 2012, I started asking, "how can I meet cool arts people?" Opus Affair was the answer from so many! It was a great way to begin to engage with the community here in Boston! 

Favorite Opus Affair memory?

When Make Music Boston won a Punch Bowl event. We loved chatting with everyone and were so stoked about the energy and excitement for the festival! 

What's a cool project you're currently working on?
My artist collective, Masary Studios, has been commissioned by the Boston Center for the Arts to create a site specific piece for the Cyclorama. It'll feature new percussion music, sculptures, and projection! Mark you calendars for March 2017!

What's your current favorite Boston bar or restaurant?
Sportello will always have my heart and my belly! 

Random fact/hidden talent about yourself? 

When I was little, I could do a mean Elvis Presley impersonation. Curled lip and everything. 

What does it mean to live a creative life?

It means to live fully and attempt to answer questions for yourself and those around you. It's a responsibility and a challenge. It's full of ups and downs, and success reflects how you handle each one. I am powered by the next creative idea! 

What would your fantasy superpower be and why?
Flight, so I could cut down on my travel costs.

What GIF best describes you?
New Girl

What emoji best describes you?
monkey icon

What is your favorite #bosarts experience from the last few months (or of all time!)?
I recently worked for the Now & There, Inc presentation of Paul Ramires Jonas' Public Trust. I loved being a part of such an intimated temporary public art piece! 
What's your most memorable "That's so Boston" experience?
I'll never forget the snowstorms of 2014/2015. All the trains shutting down and mountains of snow against our triple decker. That's so Boston! 
If you weren't in Boston in 2017, what city and era would you be most at home in?
I used to live in Sweden, and love the Scandinavian lifestyle! You'd find me in Copenhagen or Oslo, present day (and with a kid, because a full year of parental leave is incredible!) 
Who would play you in the film (or musical or operatic) adaptation of your life?
Mindy Kaling

Name the next three fascinating #bosarts people we should send these questions to next.
Silvi Naçi, Mike Avitabile, Cagen

Photo courtesy of Maria Finkelmeier


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