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Anthony Blackman

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Double Bass

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
When I was young I was the smallest in my family so I wanted the biggest instrument and picked the cello. Bass was another step in the same direction. Now I'm the tallest in my family.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I seek to become a professional orchestral musician.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
I think it's pretty obvious why orchestral experience would be beneficial to someone wanting to be an orchestral musician.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Rhythm games. More specifically In the Groove which is basically the same thing as Dance Dance Revolution but much better in every conceivable way.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
I don't pick favourites.

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
See above.

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
The last song was Lawn Wake IX by The Flashbulb

If you weren't touring with NYO Canada what would you be doing with your summer? / Si vous ne faisiez pas partie de NYO Canada que feriez-vous cet été?
Either some other music programme or finding a summer job.

What is there about you that you think people might be surprised to know? / Y a-t-il quelque chose à votre propos qui est un peu surprenant ou hors de l’ordinaire?
I'm really good at dancing games. Currently I'm 7th in the world at double on ITG. (ITG is In the Groove as described above. Double is when one person plays on both sides with all 8 panels)

For returning members: What is your fondest memory from a previous session and/or tour? / Pour participants vétérans: Quels sont vos souvenirs préférés de la session ou tournée précédente de NYO Canada?
Ultimate Frisbee FTW!