Musicians Who Made Careers in Other Professions Keep Love of Music Alive Through Social Gatherings, Jam Sessions
A Tempo this Saturday (4/22) features a conversation with pianist-turned-financial advisor Nicholas King, who founded After Arts to provide professionals in business, tech, healthcare and other industries a way to share their passion for music.
After years of piano study and concertizing, along with some philanthropic endeavors, Nicholas King ultimately decided to pursue a career in finance instead. His love for music, however, remained, and as he met other professionals in various fields with a similar passion for music, he found that this shared interest provided a fulfilling and fun way to connect with others. This idea evolved into After Arts, which organizes salon-style musical events, discussions and other programs where members can socialize while discussing, listening to and performing music - including musical pajama parties and jam sessions. The group also provides mentoring for young musicians and helps forge connections between its members and arts organizations.
A Tempo host Rachel Katz this week speaks with King about these programs, including the After Arts Spring Showcase at Carnegie Hall on May 4, which will feature chamber performances by members including King. The program also includes an interview with Equinox Hotels CEO Chris Norton, whose own musical background included piano study, and who will also perform in the upcoming concert.