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Ragin Wenk-Wolff

This week we spoke to violinist Ragin Wenk-Wolff, who is currently enjoying Brazil! The lovely Ornage Twist photo was shot by Kai-Wilhelm Nessler...

WE ALL KNOW HELLO STAGE’S FAVORITE COLOR! WHAT’S YOURS?

Fuchsia.

WHAT WAS THE BEST ADVICE A TEACHER EVER GAVE YOU?

The great Master Nathan Milstein: "Think for yourself! Everybody is listening to everybody else; people copy each other and stop thinking for themselves". HOW HAS YOUR PRACTICE CHANGED WITH TIME? It has been a synthesis of several of the arts that I have been practicing all my life. That changed when I had three kids and they needed to be fed, driven to and from school, fed, driven to play dates, fed, driven to doctor´s appointments, fed, driven to music lessons, fed, bathed, fed, read to, fed, you get the drift. So, all you kids out there; run along and practice ... NOW!

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TRAIT OF A SUCCESSFUL ARTIST IN TODAY’S MODERN WORLD?

Resilience, a thick skin, a sense of humor about it all, hard work, belief in yourself, and above all exceptional talent.

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND EVERY DAY ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND WHICH OTHER WAYS DO YOU USE TO PROMOTE YOURSELF?

Sometimes I spend too much and sometimes too little time, and mostly I spend just wasted time. Promote myself? I can cook delicious dinners for my friends when I am in the right mood. But hey, who needs to worry, now that we can share conveniently to so many platforms simply from HelloStage?

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL HOBBY? My life is my hobby, and my hobby is my life. My work is my hobby and my hobby is my work. All day, every day. Music , the visual Arts and literature. And good food. And fine wine. And traveling; I will be in Brasilia, Brazil when this is published. And dreaming, and more dreaming, and out of the dreams new creations are born ...

When did you become aware of your synesthesia and how did it influence your choice of repertoire?

Synesthesia has been a part of my life since I was born and I have never known life any other way. For the longest time I thought everybody else also sees colors, shapes, textures and other associations with sounds, words, letters, numbers etc... I would not want to give it up. It is like explaining to a person born deaf what it is like to hear, or to a person born blind what it is like to see... hence my new show IMAGE IN MY MUSIC was conceived many years ago. And now you can see it too! I have chosen a varied repertoire that not only shows different colors, as each piece has its own main color, but other character traits that differ widely enough to make the show 'colorful' from beginning to end. What is your favorite and most 'colorful' piece to play? My show IMAGE IN MY MUSIC is a collection of some very scrumptious pieces, where the audience can get a cross section of how a variety of pieces 'look' in my inner world. I have a hard time choosing between peeled apples and twisted oranges (excuse the pun) ...but you can be sure that between the bereft young mother by the horizon with the slow waves cooling her tears in the Händel, or the sweeping scale starting low and dark from the ground, climbing up the chestnut trees and ending up with the highest, airiest notes way up in the translucent, light, ethereal sky in the Chausson, or the suggestive, slinky like shape and movement in the Gershwin, or the ride of your dreams in the leaf-turned bubble, white in the fluffy soft theme, turning yellow then red at its climax in the white and blue Chopin, or the aging process from girl to old age in the three minute Løvland, or the forest creatures in the Kvandal - all are favorites.

Ragin´s Image in my Music is a multi media, multi dimensional live show, a stage production created by violinist and visual artist Ragin, performing on her 1689 Stradivarius, immersed in large scale video projections. She carries the audience inside her imagination to experience the synesthesia of colors, shapes, textures, and images she sees simultaneously in her music.

You can follow and connect with Ragin on HELLO STAGE, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter.
Author: Nina HELLO STAGE
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