UNT Assistant Professor for Jazz Strings Scott Tixier was recently profiled by Alex Temblador in the April edition of D Magazine , one of the region's premier cultural publications. In the feature, Prof. Tixier described his winding route to Denton by way of New York and Parisian conservatories. He reflects on his opportunities to continue recording during the pandemic as well as his relationship to jazz music as a Black man and French immigrant.
Image: Scott Tixier at Modern Electric Sound Recorders studio in Dallas. Credit: Elizabeth Lavin
In speaking about his recent livestreamed performance at Dallas' Moody Hall as part of the Chamber Music International Festival, Prof. Tixier expressed his joy at performing even in these strange times:
“Moody Hall was incredibly necessary for my soul,” he says. “I didn’t realize how much I needed it. The energy from being onstage again defined the momentum in my life. More than 1,000 people have tuned in so far, and even if I couldn’t see them, I somehow could feel them. Playing in this empty hall was dramatic and grave but also joyful, electric, and exhilarating."