Living with a classical musician for way too long, I know how difficult it is for people of their training and tradition to take to the streets and busk. Performing medium that still insists on bow ties, the risk of being seen by fellow graduates on the streets is too much to bear for many classically trained instrumentalists. So, it’s nice to get this honest interview from a violinist who has been busking in New York for several years. Filmed for Playing for Pocket Change.

Playing For Pocket Change: Episode 6
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Created by Mark Cersosimo and Michael A. Capasso

Playing For Pocket Change is a series featuring musicians playing on the streets and in the subways of New York City. Often overlooked and ignored, we find out exactly who these people are and what makes them want perform in what is arguably the world’s strangest venue.

Episode 1: Erich Woodrum and Francois Nnang
Episode 2: Johnny Sheppard
Episode 3: Angel Marin
Episode 4: Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz
Episode 5: Heth and Jed
Episode 6: Tom Swafford
Episode 7: Don Witter JR.
Episode 8: Erik Meier
Episode 9: The Singing Dragon
Episode 10: Shakerleg
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