Podcast Episode

Chris Blaber – Ecstatic Waves [S.1, EP.4]

On the physical demands of being a musician

On the Rhythm Changes Podcast, Chris Blaber meets me to discuss handling many projects, hardships, and growing pains in the arts—as well as the physical demands of being a musician.

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photo by A. Hill Photography

  • The Woodstove Festival
  • Playing Balkan folk music with Mike WT Allen, Ashton Sweet, and more in Balkan Shmalkan (kind of like my friend Steve Clements)
  • Dance’s role in folk music
  • Scrap Arts Music, with whom Chris plays and briefly moved to Victoria to work (founders Gregory Kozak and Justine Murdy; fellow percussionists Masako Hockey, Alex Campbell, Kristin Klehr)
  • Composing at Simon Fraser University and working with the Burnaby Arts Council in a 12-week project (David Knights Cowling involved)
  • Practicing for an audition
  • Ecstatic Waves projects with Jaya Story, Erica Regehr, and Nadia Schibli
  • Physical recovery for musicians

“Musicians don’t understand the concept of rest.”

-Chris Blaber
  • When to take vacations to rest your chops
  • Practicing slowly to learn how to move better
  • Differences between athletics and music (comes down to goals)
  • Getting better without hurting yourself

Top highlight

My top moment was when Chris talked about touring in BC by bike in 2018! Stick around for that.

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By Will Chernoff

William Ross Chernoff—known as Will to friends and colleagues—is a jazz musician, podcaster, YouTuber, and writer. He records and performs under his own name, William Chernoff.