A Role Model for the New World of Fiddling
Laura Cortese’s genre-bending techniques and unique collaborations put her at the nexus of now
These days, the fiddle-camp veteran has her sights set on starting her own summer camp, bringing in her collaborators and former schoolmates as instructors. The theme of the camp: “Think about creative ways your instrument can add to an ensemble,” she explains.
Once the camp is established, she’d like to host a few of her old friends. “I thought for many years that if I ever had a fiddle camp, I’d like [Fraser] to do a 3 am philosophy course rather than a fiddle course,” Cortese says. “That’s one of my biggest memories of being at fiddle camp: hearing these musical mentors think about other things in life than just music and think about the path that they’re making and be conscious about what they’re putting out into the world and how they’re affecting people in a positive way.”
For the next generation of fiddlers, that dream camp might make enough snapshots to fill a family album