We had the good fortune of connecting with Brianne Sargent and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brianne, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m from Pleasant Grove and “Dolphin Heights”, better known as “The Hill. I also spent most of my summers in my childhood in Highland Hills. My background mostly taught me to make a decision to either stay where I am and make a positive impact or move away and make a positive impact. Either way, making a positive impact was an inescapable part of forming my decision-making.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As of late I’ve been experimenting with ambient-electronic music and (what I like to call) “Robot Cello”. Robot Cello is basically when I connect my cello to effects pedals and with the right combinations, it sounds like a robot. Anyway, at the beginning of the pandemic I was pretty bummed out because Dallas shut down on my birthday and a few shows that the Polyphonic Spree was going to play at the Kessler had gotten cancelled. I was cooped up in my house with about 5 or 6 instruments and music production software so I thought that it’d be a good idea to write. I was actually inspired by Robert Trusko, local bassist, composer and very good friend of mine. He had just released a meditation track and it was so perfect! Not only because it was written with the right proportions of technique, soul and musically blissful ingredients, but it was also because it was a track that wasn’t what you would expect to hear from him, but you could hear his distinct voice in it. Shortly thereafter I did my own meditative track and my friends and supporters responded very well. When the George Floyd murder occurred it broke me into pieces. I still had not properly grieved over Ahmaud Arbery so verbalizing any feelings were out of the question. I decided to write and release Chakra Conscious 2020. It was a series of 7 tracks that were centered around the 7 Chakras (or energy centers within the body). It was therapeutic in ways that I had not prepared for. It had both helped me to mentally, emotionally, physically and artistically mend without pressuring myself to make much sense or musically verbalize within the context of how I typically communicate artistically.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, I’m not taking anyone anywhere with any urgency during a pandemic! I’m a bit of a homebody anyway so I’d probably invite them over and make dinner. I’m actually quite boring in the real world.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are entirely too many people to name so I’ll say my family, close friends and colleagues (teaching and performing).
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