We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Murray and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Hannah, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
My business is multifaceted but at its core is my commitment to provide health and wellness resources for the international music community. When I wrote my dissertation about Yoga and Violin playing, I had to delve into the medical community’s research. I was shocked to find a substantial amount of research about our injuries, interventions, preventions, therapies, and solutions that are NOT part of the performer’s discourse and training. I couldn’t believe that this information was not reaching the musicians themselves. I realized it is my life’s purpose to bring the research to those who need it most. I became fixated on the notion that more performers, teachers, and students in all genres need to have easy access to resources, research, and information to stay healthy, avoid injury and perform at their best all of the time.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I do many things that are not easily summarized in one category: I am an entrepreneur in the emerging field of Musician’s Health.
I co-founded a platform and podcast dedicated to this called corpSonore – sound | body | wellness. I created a 3-month summer course for musicians called the Pain-Free Performer.
I am a professional violinist and music educator.
I am the only Timani Teacher in CA
I am a yoga teacher.
I am a writer about music, movement, culture, and history.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So many places! We would definitely enjoy a cozy dinner in Los Feliz at All Time or Little Dom’s, hike in Griffith Park (on some of the not-so-known trails and paths), watch the sunset on the beach in Malibu, get beers at Hinterhof in Highland Park, peer in the windows of the Cecil Hotel, grab a coffee and lounge at Barnsdall Art Park and tour the Hollyhock House before grabbing a meal at Kismet. Depending on who is visiting, we’d tour the Museum of Death (although sadly, I think it closed), and take a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame and compare celebrity handprints at the Chinese Theatre. We’d pick up wine and snacks at Sqirl Away and Vinovore before catching a show at the Hollywood Bowl. On a slow day, we’d head to Rancho Palos Verdes to hike along the cliffside and stop in at the Wayfarer’s Cathedral, and of course (because I’m completely biased) get tickets to a LA Philharmonic performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Drinks and an event at the Ace Hotel downtown would also happen, as would a long afternoon at the Last Bookstore.
I could keep going, but we only have a week.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to give a shoutout to a few people: To my business partner at corpSonore – sound | body | wellness, Madeline Stewart.

Secondly, Timani Teacher Training. Timani is a training method specifically designed for musicians to optimize and enhance how we use our bodies. It has completely rocked my approach to making music and teaching.

Thirdly, to my community at large. I am constantly supported, challenged, and growing (dare I say, blossoming?) due to their love and support in all facets of my personal and professional development.

Website: www.activeviolinist.com

Instagram: @activeviolinist

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannah-murray-a5952816a/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX9uvqetAdvqGRenwhRweag

Other: The corpSonore website: https://www.corpsonore.com

Image Credits
Martin Chalifour, Jeff Montague, Reel Initiative

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