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This interview with Otto Hauser was recorded in a music practice space at Musica in Hudson, New York on June 16, 2014. Otto was born in Pittsford, New York and moved to Toronto, Canada for college to study music (percussion). He moved to Rochester before moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to play music for a short while. He lived in Brooklyn, New York, where he was based while performing in a variety of bands and traveling for work. He relocated to Hudson with his girlfriend to continue playing in various bands in the Hudson Valley and elsewhere. He has studied jazz, percussion, and various styles of music under many different and notable teachers. Some of the subjects discussed include the artistic community in Hudson, music performance and composition, decisions to become a musician, college and education choices, moving around the East Coast, and changes to Hudson in the past few years. This interview would be of interest to people wanting to learn about music (jazz and percussion), moving from New York City to Hudson, young artists/musicians in Hudson, traveling artists based in Hudson, music education, and recent changes in Hudson through the eyes of recent residents.
Sabine Bernards works in New York City doing grassroots grant work. She is from Portland, Oregon and has lived in New York City doing housing organizing and non-profit work for three years. She is working on an oral history of community organizers in New York City, especially community gardeners. She is also involved in a childcare collective and other community groups in Brooklyn/New York City.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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