Bria Skonberg: I have to use a different bathroom. That is the difference.
An article with Bria Skonberg
I grew up in a town east of Vancouver in British Columbia. My family were supporters of music, and there were musical instruments around the house. My brother played the fiddle. I picked up the trumpet in 7th grade, and then I joined the school band.
I first performed on trumpet, but I always loved singing. I’m a girl and we love to sing. By grade 11 they went side by side. I use the keyboard for composing. As the trumpet is a one note-instrument it doesn’t lend itself to that very well.
Bria Skonberg at the Atlanta Jazz Party in 2015
It was a good career counselor who helped me pick music. I was very active at school, doing lots of activities and playing sports.
Today I’m inspired by the experiences I get to have now. Traveling a lot, meeting people, watching other performers.
I have to use a different bathroom. That is the difference between me and male artists. I don’t focus on a difference. And I have never relied on that to put me ahead of the game.
I’m currently wrapping up finishing a recording. Tomorrow I’m going in the studio. So my future plans are mixing and mastering, and bringing the album to people’s attention. My band and I have been together for three years now, or two maybe, no it’s more like three.
I’m also into music education, and I’m starting a New Orleans-themed camp that will take place in New York in May 2016. It’s for people who want to learn to play that kind of music.
I like teaching because a workshop is like a higher form of improvisation. You walk into a room of people and never know what’s going to happen. And teaching also solidifies your knowledge. It’s one thing to know it and a completely different thing to say it.
"So Is The Day"
Bria Skonberg is a Canadian trumpeter, vocalist and composer, based in New York. She released her album "So Is The Day" in 2012, and she is working with a five piece band that includes Damon Ridenhour on piano, Darrian Douglas on drums, Evan Arntzen on clarinet and sax, and Sean Cronin on bass.
Find out more HERE.
Bria Skonberg, Darren Ridenhour, Darrian Douglas, Evan Arntzen, Sean Cronin
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