BREATH Mark Retreat – INVITATION to Poets, Composers & Performers

BREATH Mark Retreat – INVITATION to Poets, Composers & Performers

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[Music] Anna, BMR Founder: “‘Breath mark’ comes from the musical term that tells performers where to breathe. If your whole life were a piece of music,
then this retreat would be a breath mark. Together we’ll relax, gather energy, and
create. We’ll teach you tactics and techniques that you can bring home to
create your own breath marks.” Helena, BMR Participant: “I have been to many many composer workshops and one way or another all of them focus on craft, compositional craft and this workshop is devoted to something different.” Mark, BMR Participant: “This is the only one that focuses also on life as an artist and how to like stay healthy and happy while doing that” Grace, BMR Leader: “Classical music kind of has this thing about being stressful, being competitive, and being honestly
just unhealthy, and so I think that this is a really, really important thing to
have people be able to participate together in community of creating new
music in like a more joyful, holistic well way instead of a competitive, mean-spirited, stressful way. And sometimes it’s not competitive. It’s just like there’s so much to do, and this was more like we’re just do it. Each step that it takes, it’s going to happen.” Jamie, BMR Participant: “I work a full-time job. I do all these multiple things. This is another thing that I do. I finally found a place where it’s like–yes, that’s okay. ‘Cause I think there’s so much pressure to be composition or performing (or both). That’s your life, that’s the thing–You are a ‘this,’ and it’s like no, you’re so much more than that. And hearing that from other people [laughs] is just so re-affirming. It was great!” Julie: “The whole community aspect of it, I felt like we were more just friends hanging out rather than it being cut-throat and competitive like things like this tend to be sometimes and just the fact that we just focused on ourselves as people rather than just as musicians, and so, it was relaxing. It was really nice.” Ariel, BMR Coordinator: “For me, this had like an intimacy. Not just because of our numbers, but I think also because like the way that this has been structured
and brought to life really allows it to be like a vessel for whatever each of us
needs to come forward. It’s funny because I think we’ve all had very similar
experiences but in the precise ways each of us needed them.” [Music]

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