10 Questions to Get to know me!
May or may not be completely about music
1. Top 3 favorite Film Scores
There's always some variation of this question and it's always THE HARDEST TO ANSWER.
Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse
**my opinion on these is subject to change every 5 minutes.
2. What is your favorite instrument(s) to write for?
I love a great horn feature or a bombastic low brass feature!
3. What was the first concert you attended?
My first concert (non-classical) was to see All Time Low my senior year! It was such a blast!
4. What was an impactful learning experience for you?
When I was a freshman in college, in one of my courses, we had an open discussion in class where the goal was for each person to name a composer as we went around the room, no repeats. People were naming these prolific composers like Dvorak, Bach, Mahler, etc. and I couldn't relate because I was a band kid who didn't get to play in orchestras. I just started naming my favorite band composers as people began running out of the main classical composers. From that experience, I learned that even though my realm of experience may be different no matter where I go, my experience still MATTERS and having a different perspective could be would saves the day.
5. What would be a dream project to do?
I'm a HUGE football fan, so if I could ever do one of the shorts of player intros, to give some epic background music, I'd be so thrilled!
6. What do you do when you are "running out of ideas" musically?
My friends can attest to this, I watch SmackDown. For some reason, whenever I play SmackDown reruns, my creative juices just start flowing again and I complete whatever project I'm on. Absolutely no clue why this is!
7. What is a pet peeve you would make illegal if you could?
Wearing hoodies with shorts when it is actually cold outside. What internal body temperature are you trying to achieve?!
8. What song will you never forget the lyrics to?
The entire Hannah Montana Discography. If I could have attended specifically a Hannah Montana concert, I'd be screaming every word perfectly.
9. What nicknames have you been called thorughout your life?
When I was young, my family used to call me "Sha-Nay-Nay" after a TV character. It drove me absolutely crazy at the time, but now I look back at that so fondly.
10. What does a relaxing day look like for you?
Video games, mud mask, tidying my room, composing for my personal projects, most importantly, not having to exit my home AT ALL.
Fantastic Performance coming up at Utah State University! Very excited and truly honored to have Dr. Jeiran Hasan, Professor of Flute, perform my piece for alto flute, Jurupari for their recital titled Fanmi Imèn: A Celebration of Black Artistry on February 17th, 2024.