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The Rest is a newsletter that answer the question, “Why do I continue to dedicate my life to music?” Regular subscribers can expect critical thinking about musicians’ lives and livelihoods in the global pandemic; thoughts on how race, class and gender biases shape our concept of what a musician is and who gets to be one; and notes from my process of active recovery from professional training—turning ghosts into ancestors, renegotiating my relationship to the viola, and building an ethical practice.

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Making music in a post-truth world.


Tanya Kalmanovitch

Violist. Associate Professor at The New School. Grist 50 Fixer. Displaced Albertan. Music; oil; climate crisis.