This summer, we are saying a heartfelt goodbye to our Tafelmusik Media consultant, Randy Barnard, who—after a storied and decades-long career in the industry—is stepping away to embark on new adventures.
Before we share our conversation with Randy, he asked that we share this sentiment:
“With the recent and untimely passing of Jeanne Lamon, it’s emotionally difficult to reflect on my time with Tafelmusik. It’s impossible to talk about the orchestra without referencing what an extraordinary artistic leader, musician and person Jeanne was and how she shaped and refined the unique, and internationally acclaimed baroque ‘sound’ of Tafelmusik. I consider myself to have been very fortunate and blessed by my professional and personal association.”
Below, enjoy our insightful conversation with Randy Barnard about his career, his insights, and his time with Tafelmusik.
Randy Barnard, sporting his Tafelmusik shirt
How did you get your start in the music industry? What was your first early role?
Randy Barnard: It depends on how far back you want to go, as my first professional music gig was in high school—as part of a rock and roll cover band!
TM: Fun! Tell us more about that.
RB: We were called Paxton’s Back Street Carnival, named after a song from Strawberry Alarm Clock’s album “Incense and Peppermints”—we picked up on that one track as our as our band name. And it stuck.
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