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Interview: Musician Martha Rodriguez Salazar

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COURTESY OF COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTER
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Flutist, Martha Rodriguez-Salazar

At the Community Music Center in San Francisco, Mexican-born, musician and teacher Martha Rodriguez-Salazar helps students make music for the joy of it. 

Along with her ensemble, the Bernal Hill Players, Salazar helps audiences enjoy music based on the place of it. She spoke to KALW’s Jen Chien about commissioning composers from San Francisco and Mexico City to create work inspired by both.

RODRIGUEZ SALAZAR: When I was a little kid and I thought about music, I remember taking a pencil in my hands, closing the door of my room, and conducting the 5th symphony of Beethoven on top of my bed.

Click the audio player above to hear the entire interview.