T.L. Mazumdar talks to NYC-based Dutch Singer-Songwriter and Clinical Psychologist Vivienne Aerts.
(Photo: Renzo Candido)
The gentle and compassionate demeanor of Vivienne Aerts will leave you hard-pressed to guess the mammoth stature of her artistic endeavors in the past decade. A practicing clinical psychologist in Europe before she went on to be a Fulbright scholar and Suma Cum Laude Berklee graduate, her collaborators since have included some of the most iconic names in the world of jazz. The NYC-based, Dutch Singer-Songwriter composer's encounter with Kenny Werner while still a student eventually led to a unique synergy that has gone on to integrate itself as a core component of the Effortless Mastery Institute. In this long-form conversation we address some of the core issues artists and educators alike have been grappling with unnoticed for generations: mental health, well-being, and the hamster-wheel effect the neglect of the same threatens to have on the arts eco-system. With side-notes of entrepreneurship for the artist, disparities between European and North American attitudes towards education, and chocolate.
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