January Topic Article: Why Music Matters

This month I’m thinking and writing on #whyImakemusic, and on Wednesdays I want to share articles and resources that have gotten me thinking about why music matters to me and how I can better share my vision with the community.

A recent article in the Atlantic highlighted how jazz musicians communicate through improvisation, unsurprisingly using the parts of their brains dedicated to speech and syntax. On top of that- music has no discernible semantic meaning the way that speech does, because it means something different to each listener. When two musicians are improvising back and forth, they are talking- but they’re sharing more than just words.

From the article:

“If the brain evolved for the purpose of speech, it’s odd that it evolved to a capacity way beyond speech,” Limb said. “So a brain that evolved to handle musical communication—there has to be a relationship between the two. I have reason to suspect that the auditory brain may have been designed to hear music and speech is a happy byproduct.”

So in a sense- why I make music, why you make music, why most cultures have developed musical systems, has more to do with communicating beyond our normal language abilities than just developing something pleasant to listen to. And whether you make music or simply curate a listening library of your own, you engage in musical activity that fires up an important center of your humanity.

I make music…because music makes me human.

January Topic: Why Music Matters

Happy New Year, all!

I’m always excited about the psychological fresh start a turn of the calendar brings, and 2018 is no exception. I’ve got big professional and personal goals for the year and am feeling energized to Get Stuff Done.

I’m using this blog post to introduce a new series. Each month, I’ll pick a theme or a subject to blog about, share resources and articles relating to that topic, and ask you to weigh in on your thoughts.

January is a good time to think about what’s important to you, and where you want to take it. So my question to you this month is: Why does music matter? What does it mean to you? How do you see the importance of music in your day to day life?

On Fridays, I’ll ask you to share your photo, post, or video online with the hashtag #whyimakemusic and link back to me so I know where to find it.

For me, music is communication. Sometimes I’m socially awkward, or feel shy around new people. When I play, I have a tool I can use that breaks down those barriers, gives me a construct for conversation, and helps me express myself to others. When I teach music, I feel like I am helping my students unlock their inner creativity and utilize those same tools to make their world a better and more open place. Music can change lives, music can change history.

I can’t wait to see why music matters to you.

Lunch With Lauren Husting 12.4.17

Recently I was honored to perform for Sundin Hall’s “Lunch With” Concert series on the Hamline University Campus! “Lunch With” concerts are informal, 30 minute presentations that introduce audiences to a wide variety of styles and performers.

I chose to present a program of three works for low brass by different women composers, and was accompanied by my good friend and colleague Rebecca Hass.

You can watch the whole performance below. Enjoy!

Brass Lassie Album Fundraiser Kickoff!

Brass Lassie is getting ready to go into the studio to record our debut album- but we need your help to do it! Join us on January 20th, 2018, at the Celtic Junction Arts Center as we launch our funding campaign to bring our music to you.

Donors will be an intimate part of the recording process- with regular updates on our progress, exclusive looks into the process, and lots of fun extra gifts and goodies in addition to the finished album!

See the posters below (and feel free to share them) for more info, or check out our Facebook Event for the details. We hope to see you there!

PS Brass Lassie now has a live webpage where you can find all our updates, sign up for our mailing list, and more!

An Autumn of Performances and Events

I’ve been doing a little marketing for the upcoming Brass Lassie concert, and it occurred to me that I have a busy fall filled with some amazing performances and events I hope you can make one or two.

Friday, September 29th, 2-4pm: I’ll be joining the Bubonic Brass for the Feast of Fantasy at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. This event is ticketed separately from the Fair; visit the link for details.

Friday, October 6th, 5-7pm: my good friend and colleague Rebecca Hass and I are hosting the second meet-up happy hour for women and GNC folks in the MSP area. We hope to make these a regular thing, so we can strengthen our community and build new connections.

Sunday, October 8th, 7-830pm: October Studio Class featuring guest artist Gabe Mueller! Gabe is a lifelong friend and the inspiration for my studio classes- she hosts her own each month for her studio in St Louis.  (This is an event for members of my studio and their families only)

Sunday, October 15th, 7pm: The aforementioned Brass Lassie concert! Buy your tickets in advance for a discount.

Sunday, October 29th, morning: Reformation Sunday Services with Accent Brass.

Saturday, November 4th, 4pm: Hamline Wind Ensemble Parent’s Weekend performance

Monday, November 6th, 9pm (2 sets): The Adam Meckler Orchestra at Icehouse. I’m really honored to be invited to join the AMO this season on bass trombone (I even bought my very own bass, something I’ve needed for a while, and will share it with you when I get it!). If you’re up for Monday late night jazz, join us!

Saturday, December 2nd, 2-330pm: Hamline Wind Ensemble Winter Concert @ Sundin Hall

Monday, December 4th, 12-1230pm: ‘Lunch With…’ Lauren Husting and Rebecca Hass! This is a tasty little lunch concert featuring works by women composers written for low brass instruments and piano. This concert is free and open to the public.

Sunday & Monday, December 24-25, various times: Christmas services at St John the Baptist in New Brighton. Stay tuned for more details.

As always, I try to keep my gig calendar updated with all relevant information.