Art & Soul: The Performance Arts - The Beat Goes On For Ann Arbor Drummer Pete Siers In The Pandemic

Feb 25, 2021

Pete Siers
Credit Pete Siers / petesiers.com
Even though most in-person musical performances have been paused during the coronavirus pandemic, many local musicians are still staying busy.  Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor percussionist Pete Siers, who has found joy from performing in his neighborhood park to co-creating with other local musicians and planning more musical performances once the pandemic is over.


Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has kept local musicians from performing live, some still find ways to stay busy.  Ann Arbor drummer and self-proclaimed "student of rhythm" Pete Siers is definitely no exception.  Siers has tried to keep a routine while at home with his family throughout the pandemic, mostly for the sake of his keeping his sanity.

Pete Siers swinging it!
Credit Pete Siers

While live performances have been on hold, Siers has stayed connected with his fellow musicians.  He's been working on numerous projects, including a new trio with jazz artist Bill Evans and a series of Afro-Cuban tunes, which is something Siers has always wanted to try. 

Siers has also hosted an online talk show called "Jazz Chats with Cool Cats," which is made possible through the Kerrytown Concert House (check out his chat with Dr. Alberto Nacif below).

Still, Siers believes that "people need music," especially during times of crisis.  He hopes it won't be long before he can play live in front of a crowd once again.

  

**Special thanks to Paul Keller for providing the Art & Soul theme music.**

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