A Day in the Life: Paola Prestini

Friday, August 05, 2016

Paola and her son snuggle after a long day (Courtesy of the Artist)

How do artists refresh their creative lives? Every week, one of our favorite artists will take over our Instagram to reveal his or her favorite forms of down-time. Soon after, Q2 Music compiles the takeover into a web feature. Follow the live takeovers on our Instagram account and catch the write-up from the latest feature below.

Paola Prestini is a composer as well as the creative and executive director of new Brooklyn venue National Sawdust. In between rehearsals for her upcoming Hubble Cantata, Paola Prestini finds time to muse over John Cage sketches and snuggle with her son.


Aug. 4, 2016 — 9:39 am: 
The day begins, gramophone and conch, check! Hubble rehearsals at National Sawdust!

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10:19 am: 
Meeting with Kyla Rose-Smith, new artist in residence at National Sawdust. If you don’t know her, get to know her work through Freshly Ground or her website.

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10:40 am:
Musing over this Cage drawing and what it would look like if projected on the façade of a library…secret project in progress!

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10:40 am: 
Getting ready for Hubble! Artistic team ready for launch... 

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2:39 pm: 
That's a wrap on our rehearsal for the day. Don't miss our Hubble VR Performance August 6th at the BRIC Shell! 1b1, Jessica Rivera, Nathan Gunn, Novus with Julian Wachner.

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4:44 pm:
Terence Caulkins, Hubble's lead sound designer from Arup putting the final touches on this incredible 3D sound. Download our app here and check out the free concert on August 6, 7:30pm at Prospect Park Bandshell! 

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8:03 pm:
Recapping the end of the day with our Director of Marketing at National Sawdust, Caleb Cluster!

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8:46 pm:
This is the best part of my day! Thanks Q2 for letting me take over for the day! --Paola

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