I had been playing music, my own compositions, for many years with my band Alicia Borisonik and the Argentinian Project up until three years ago .
My well dried up and I feel sad about this.
Health problems(nothing serious) and the death of my mom had something to do with that , but I blame a big part on the MUSIC INDUSTRY MONSTER!
For me music was always about having fun, playing, creating, expressing myself, until I started to make it my carrer, maybe a mistake….or not.
I was very lucky since I came to Canada to received grants from Ontario Arts Council, Canada Arts Council, Quebec Arts Council and Socan Foundation.
All of this funding allowed me to create music without worrying about paying my rent, put together my band and record two CD's.
I am not complaining about that, and in fact, I feel a lot of gratitude for what Canada gave me
( included a husband)
But the problems started when I put myself out there in the market and try to make a living, not easy.
I never had a manager to help me BUT because I am very perseverant when I want something, I was able to do a lot of great concerts in Ottawa.
Each concert involved a lot of effort, stress and uncertainty . I will be fair, I also had the experience of fulfilment ,but only after I could see that I sold enough tickets to pay my musicians, the venue and all the marketing expenses and OH SURPRISE some money for me.
Another problem that I found many times is the tricky question:
Venue: WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU PLAY?".Salsa, merengue?
Me: No, I do a mix of argentinian, folklore, jazz and pop.
Venue: .Ok, you mean music for dancing, you are latino, are you?
Me: No, ok ,yes I am latino but my music is a mix , you probably will cry with some of my songs more than dance.
Venue: Sorry, we are looking for dancing music...
Anyway, I couldn't fit in the boxes they wanted to put me in.
To finish my story, I got tired of the stress of dealing with musicians, agents, cafes, venues, phone calls and emails without answers, etc .So I stopped pushing that envelope.
Something inside of me closed and I really hope will open again.
My advice is: play music for fun, because makes you feel good. If you get gigs, great but if you don't is ok.
What makes me happy now is that as the executive director of World Folk Music Ottawa I will be able to help other people perform their music and maybe share with them the good parts of my experience as a musician.
Thanks, don't forget that I am Argentinean, jewish and artist so expect some drama
hasta la vista bebes