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Meet Areté

Today we’d like to introduce you to Areté.

Areté, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started as a small child in love with movement, with rhythm, and with character. I’m still that child, but along the way I lived in NYC, Chicago, and LA, directed a feature, experienced deep physical and emotional pain, unlocked my ability to make music, found my chosen family, and started letting out the artist that had been beaten into a corner by intellectualism, control, and self-judgment.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I truly don’t believe ANYONE’s road is smooth. Smooth roads are manmade – nature is—by nature—irregular. My biggest challenge is my own mind, which likes to tell me I am small—and I am—but I am also as big as a world, which my body reminds me when I can listen to it.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am a concept-pop musician. Areté studios is a space for experimentation, exploration, and evocation. I create music, visual art, dance, video, and live performance along with an ensemble of collaborators who help me to draw my ideas down from being only light into also being clay.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in luck. I believe that we are playing a game with chance, that we are in a dance with reality, and that the world is by nature neutral: both “good” and “bad” exist in every moment. I believe that if you can find your way into surrendering, listening, and allowing you to hear the beauty, and that if you resist, reject, or try to control you hear only the disaster.

Both beauty and disaster are real—the key is to allow for both. When I’m listening, I hear so much “luck” it feels impossible. But when I’m cut off, it can seem like nothing in my life has ever worked. Life throws us into the game with a varying set of circumstances, and some of mine equal privilege and some pain and all of them make me the artist that I am.

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Alicia Fischmeister and Svet Jacqueline

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