Topics will include:
1. How has COVID affected the life of musicians, and what is the current post-COVID situation for freelance musicians in the US, Germany and Europe?
2. At what point in life did Mario and Axel become entrepreneurs? Why did they choose to do so? Is it possible to run a company while working steadily as a musician? What strategies can assist in dealing with time management?
3. What is the value and relevance of music in today’s world, and how have things changed in that regard since the start of COVID?
About Marion Guarneri
Mario Guarneri has done everything from sitting in with Louis Armstrong at the age of thirteen to performing in the Los Angeles Philharmonic for fifteen seasons under conductors Zubin Mehta and Carlo Maria Giulini. He was principal trumpet for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for a decade, toured Europe with the Los Angeles Brass Quintet. In 1986, he developed the Buzz Extension and Resistance Piece (B.E.R.P.) for all brass instruments. The BERP turned out to be a dynamic advancement in brass pedagogy. Since then, Mario’s lectured extensively on the BERP concept at music conventions across the country In 2013 he founded a non-profit, Jazz in the Neighborhood which seeks to sustain the art form, establish equity for local jazz artists and provide access for young artists and jazz supporters of all ages. In 2021 Mario co-founded INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS ALLIANCE (IMA) which seeks to help musicians collaborate and improvise to help them gain a rational and solid economic footing in an uncertain world.
About Axel Mueller
Axel Mueller hails from Mannheim, Germany, and is a multi-instrumentalist. During the pandemic Axel became an entrepreneur, manufacturing and distributing a flute mouthpiece worldwide named the Fliphead, which he invented. In 2021 Axel co-founded the membership organization PRO MUSIK; its mission is to be the voice of Germany’s freelance musicians in the fight for fair pay and social justice.