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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Some FAQs with Brooke 'Viosocalist' Alford

  • Earl Randolph

Whatever you do, don't call Brooke Alford a violinist. Sure, the Marietta-born/Princeton, N.J.-based musician plays the violin, but she considers herself an "artist of the violin," and even goes by the moniker "Viosocalist." So what's the meaning behind these titles? Good question. It's one of many that surround the talent, whose jazz-meets-soul-meets-pop sound is on full display with her recently released second album, aptly titled The Viosocalist, and who also splits time as a fitness model. To help unravel some of her mysteries, we consulted with Alford, who will be in town for a live performance on Thurs., Aug. 15, and compiled this handy trio of frequently asked questions.

What does being a Viosocalist entail?

Pronounced VIO-SOUL-KA-LIST, the term, according to Alford, means: "A violin player who soulfully sings through the violin." It's an artistic approach she came up with early in her career. "When I was starting to hone in on my own voice on the violin, I wasn't listening to a lot of violin players, as far as in arenas outside of classical. But getting into my artistry, my goal was to pull out other voices that the violin could bring and have other influences, such as saxophone players, vocal artists, trumpet players, guitars, and every other instrument outside of the violin."

What role does fitness play in your career as musician?

Fitness is actually a No. 1 priority to me because without it, and without my heath, I wouldn't be able to do what I'm doing. And so from a very early age I've been an athlete - all my life really. Once I got out of school I continued training and running 10K races, and in the midst of that, I did get injured and had to take a hiatus for almost a year. Once I healed up that year, I wanted to take my fitness to another level. My goal is to bridge the gap with health and fitness and youth, to encourage the young musicians to be healthy, so that they can do what they want to do on that stage.

What's your approach to playing live?

The entire show, I'm presenting to my audience so they can experience a piece of my world and be inspired and be encouraged. That's basically my goal when I perform. That's the whole intent and my purpose for playing. It's no longer just, "Oh, I'm standing up here playing the violin."

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