Gettin' to Know CYO: Meet Aviva Klein!

Senior Aviva Klein wishes teleportation was possible, can't get over the cancellation of her favorite television show, Firefly, and thinks you really ought to get Pigpen Theatre Co. in your ears, stat! This talented bassoonist has included them in her playlist, so press play and get to know her as you read her interview.





What drew you to the bassoon?

The bassoon has a beautiful sound. It has a ridiculously large range for a woodwind instrument and each octave has its own resonance. I don't remember exactly when I decided I wanted to play, but I remember not starting on bassoon in fourth grade, because it was taller than me. 

What is your favorite television show?

Firefly, hands down. I'm forever upset that it got cancelled. Battlestar Galactica is probably a close second. 

Do you like to read? (if so, what's one book you strongly suggest?)

I love to read! And I live down the street from the library, so that's great. (Or terrible, when I should be doing homework.) The book I've been suggesting recently is Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It's an amazingly woven story, and the writing is beautiful.

What is one invention you wish existed that does not yet?

Teleporting would be pretty cool. Time travel would probably cause too many problems.

What is one of the best lessons you've learned from playing on CYO?

There are many quotes scribbled down in my music from things that have been said during rehearsals, like "Life is an art museum," but I think the first and best thing that CYO taught me is that music isn't about perfection. It's about being human, and it's about caring. In my opinion, if you play what's written on the page perfectly but don't care about the notes or what's behind them, you're not doing it right, and I think I've also applied this to everything in life. It's a hard thing to do, but what's the point of doing anything if you're not going to look at it critically and compassionately and put in effort (or decide it's not worth it)?

What is one thing you think should be taught in school that is not currently?

More than thinking there's something that's not taught that should be, I think we need to change the way we teach things. For one, sex education, when present, is usually terrible. Kids need to know how their bodies work, and that both wanting and not wanting sexual things is perfectly okay. Also, in core subjects, there is much more weight on test scores and grades than actual learning. 

If you could only listen to one band for the rest of your life, who would you choose?

Does the Cleveland Orchestra count? Hm. I might have to say either Pigpen Theatre Co. or Beirut. They're both innovative and different, and have a variety of styles. Pigpen has banjos and an accordion, obviously a plus, and they also put on theater productions, hence the name. Beirut has an interesting style and has used a smattering of brass instruments, which is pretty cool.

How has music changed your life?

I can't pinpoint a time that music came into my life and changed it, because I've never had a life void of music. Even so, music has always allowed me to connect with people on a level that words don't facilitate. Whether it's listening to a good piece or song together, playing with someone, listening to someone play, or playing to someone, there's this fascinating expression of art and recreative art and emotion and intimacy.