Venture into The Creative Minds of Local Artists

Artists Share Their Creative Spaces



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Greg Sauer 

Associate professor of cello at FSU, in his studio with his 1720 Tecchler Italian cello 

TM: You chose to be photographed in your office/studio at FSU. Does the Muse come differently to you here in this plain space versus when you are on stage performing?

Matt Burke

GS: They’re much different. In practicing here in the studio, the Muse is the soul of the composer, channeled through the music on the page. In public, it’s partly that, and partly the energy of the audience and the silences that envelop us all. Most of all, the one factor that influences and inspires me are the acoustics of the room. I guess you could say that my “creative space” exists within a “bubble of sound.”

TM: Where do you go mentally when you are playing?

GS: When I am playing alone here, I often see movement, something like dance … ribbons of movement. But lots of playing is done with other musicians, and I love seeing their motions and facial expressions. Together we create a kind of physical environment.

TM: What are the most inspiring places you have played?

GS: Possibly the abbey atop Mont St. Michel in Normandy and the beautiful foothills outside Boulder. Yet I’ve been inspired by some unlikely venues, like a geodesic dome in Utah. Old spaces tend to have tonal qualities that are good for stringed instruments, and nature can encroach on the concert experience in a very wonderful way.

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