Open Space Music

How to Live a Double Life in Computing and Music (Recording)

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Recording of event that took place on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 7:30 PM EST on Zoom

Mini-performance and Talk by Madang Artist, Cellist Gregory Beaver

Everyone says you have to choose: a career in music OR a career in something else. Cellist/composer and OSM Madang Artist Gregory Beaver’s experience shows us another way. Gregory was a founding member and cellist of the acclaimed Chiara String Quartet for 18 years. He started playing the cello at the age of 7, and around the same time, he also started computer programming. When the Chiara String Quartet’s career was at its busiest, performing and recording Béla Bartók’s Complete String Quartets by heart, he was always tinkering as a programmer coding in open source sites and even publishing a book on the PHP programming language.

After dedicating two decades to quartet playing as a cellist in the Chiara String Quartet, Gregory decided that if one has an authentic interest in music and other crafts, there are careers that allow you to live fully and inspirationally in both worlds. He now works as a senior software engineer at Braze and continues to perform regularly in chamber music concerts and teach music. Over the 2020-2021 season, he composed a 25-minute solo piano work and currently composing a requiem for choir and full orchestra. 

Gregory will share how he fosters creativity for both computing and music and ways to carve out your own unique path as an artist. He will also perform a selection from Gaspar Cassadó's Suite for Solo Cello. If you are an artist, music-lover, or a student who has an interest in the intersection of music and technology or you have questions about creating a different model for artistic life, please join us!

The tickets are limited and will be offered on a sliding scale. If you are not able to pay at the present moment, please select the free option. If you are able to pay, we thank you for contributing to our open space where the boundaries between groups of people, including artists and audience, fade away inspiring creative freedom. 

This event is a part of the Madang Project. Please find out more about the Madang Project here