Continuing our new quick-take interview series is Opus Affair Boston's other newest cohost, the undeniably dandy and incredibly handy Matthew Stein!
What is your profession?
A mix of Digital Strategy Consultant, Marketing Technologist, and Photographer.
Where do you live?
Winter Hill, Somerville.
What/when was your first Opus Affair?
I think it was 6 years ago, at Drink. That was also my first time at Drink. A lot of great firsts that night.
Favorite Opus Affair memory?
So many great memories to choose from, including getting trapped in L'Espalier during the Boston blackout. But, the most memorable was the time I thought I lost my wedding ring at Belly. After several people helped me look for it with no luck, I interrupted the party to ask everyone to check around them. Nothing. Turns out I left it clipped to my climbing gear earlier that day, and didn't notice it missing until I was at Opus.
Random fact/hidden talent about yourself?
People don't believe me when I tell them all the things I do. I used to be a professional chef for 7 years, but that's not an unknown or hidden talent. Here's a lesser-known one: I played electric bassoon with an indie pop band in Charlotte, LA Tool and Die. Our album broke the top 100 on the national college radio charts in 2004.
What is your favorite #bosarts experience from the last few months (or of all time!)?
Seeing Nice Fish at the ART last February. Elizabeth Hardy bought my wife Cathy and I tickets as a Christmas gift. (Awesome gift idea, BTW.) Mark Rylance co-wrote and played the lead. Elizabeth played with him on Broadway for the Globe Theater Company's productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night. Well, Nice Fish was like Waiting for Godot set in Minnesota. Funny and existential and just brilliant.
What's a cool project you're currently working on?
I just finished playing 3 concerts of Music from the Regensburg Manuscript. I played Bass Dulcian (Renaissance Bassoon) with the 7 Hills Renaissance Wind Band in collaboration with Convivium Musicum. I'm also working with Rachel Cossar on a photography project. That's been in the works for a while now. My current priority project is renovating our house, adding a nursery.
What GIF best describes you?
Considering the house renovations, definitely this one:
What does it mean to live a creative life?
Taking ideas and making things happen. Everyone should have some form of self expression in their life. Permanent or ephemeral, we are all creative beings and share the need to create something worthwhile.
Name the next three fascinating #bosarts people we should send these questions to next.
Jason McCool, Rachel Cossar, and Diana Hunt