by The Alchemist. Photo by Daniel Martinez
At the beginning of the year, Alchemical Records correspondent Cynthia Gross provided coverage for us of the DC Music Summit that took place at Eaton Hotel on Feb 1, 2020 (you can read her full article here). She has recently reminisced over that experience in a new article posted on the DC Music Summit website, in which she discusses her initial skepticism of the experience, how her attendance transformed her opinion of similar events, and her anticipation for DC Music Summit 2021. Read about her full experience on DC Music Summit.
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Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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