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The life of a freelance composer: Music meets business

The work of freelance music composers is not as solitary as it may sound. They collaborate with institutions, theatres, and individuals. They work on solo pieces, operas, orchestra pieces, chamber pieces, and more. They have a flexible working schedule for exploring and envisioning creativity in music, yet they live a busy lifestyle managing their music careers and businesses at the same time.


Being one of the students who are staying on campus after the in-person class activities ended, Vicente Cayuela ’22 continues documenting the emptiness of campus and the end of a very special semester.  

A bit of color

In his latest photojournalism project, “A Bit of Color,” Vicente Cayuela ’22 documented the changes that the arts community at Brandeis has been going through in the past few months.

Interview with Prof. Gannit Ankori: The reopening of the Rose Art Museum

Although so much is closed or virtual this semester, Brandeis students will be happy to learn that one campus institution is still open in-person: the Rose Art Museum. It offers, as Prof. Gannit Ankori (FA) described it in a Nov. 1 email to the Justice, “a quiet space for reflection, contemplation, and enjoyment” that could be a good mental break from the chaos of 2020 for students, staff and faculty alike.

Man befriends mollusk in ‘My Octopus Teacher’

Perhaps the greatest appeal of “My Octopus Teacher’’ is in its ability to draw out our desire to return to the natural world. Even as we escape into it through a screen, once the film cuts to black, one cannot help but want the screen to stay that way, and get back in touch with the great outdoors.

Music in the time of COVID-19

Unlike people who lived during the Plague, the purpose of singing is no longer limited to religious reasons. Music became a common language where people shared emotions with each other. 

Behind the fetish: visibility, love and fashion of trans women

Jackson, the 45-year-old transgender advocate and actress, was invited by the Brandeis Film, Television and Interactive Media Program for a conversation on Sept. 10. She played Elektra in the “Pose,” a 2018 television show that featured gender-nonconforming ballroom culture in the Black and Latinx community in New York in the late 1980s and early 1990s. 

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