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Cari Palazzolo

Cari Palazzolo

Hometown: I’ve been here in Austin for about 11 years now.

Who taught you how to play the piano? My most notable teacher was Ms. Mundine, a Southern goddess back in North Carolina. She had a glass eye and two off-white baby-grand pianos in her living room. That was about 14 years ago, now.

What other instruments do you play? I frequent the guitar, drums, bass, tubular bells, synths of all sorts, and pretty much anything else I can get my hands on.

Your band, Belaire, did a fantastic cover of Kanye West’s “Through the Wire.” What is your dream cover song? My dream cover song would have to be “Feel the Benefit” by 10cc (with a full orchestra as well as a backing choir and air guitar section).

You’ve created videos and album art for Belaire. Do you have any formal visual art training? Yes, yes, I majored in studio art here at the University of Texas.

What other projects are you working on? Apart from Belaire, I play drums in the Golden Triangles and drums and synth in School Police. I also play in a Belaire side project called the Cari & Jason Band. I’ve got a couple of solo projects in the works as well, under the monikers Cari Music and Fancy Feast. There’s also another band called Downs in the works. Too many to count!

What have you been listening to lately? Anything from the Sandpipers or the Kinks, Os Mutantes, Love’s “Forever Changes,” Charlie Byrd’s “Bossa Nova Pelos Pássaros,” and the Everly Brothers on repeat.

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