Welcome to the first post in our interview series with Emily "Birdie" Busch. Birdie's challenge is to tease out candid responses from fellow artistic, industrious women. Painters, mothers, musicians, brewers, bakers, and more. What muses! Let's begin...
Gretchen Lohse is a musician and mother who lives in Philadelphia with her husband collaborator and young son Cecil. It’s hard to quickly sum up Gretchen’s creative journey which I believe is what I have always admired about her. She has a perseverance to contain multitudes and a hunger to work on projects that are extremely varied in scope and imagination. In addition to putting out solo work in the past, she often collaborates with others, composing music for television and film, as well as live scores for projects like the experimental documentary The Pine Barrens. She currently teaches violin and handiwork classes to children in addition to it all. She has joked with me about her young son Cecil’s face observing his parents from his seat on the couch while they set up music videos in their living room involving stop motion editing and props. He seems to already understand that his mother is a peculiar creature and he is just starting to observe a fraction of the wonder they will share together.
I went to her house for the photo shoot and Cecil woke up early from a nap to join us. He became part of the series to fully capture a day in the life. It seemed serendipitous to document it all together as National Picnic clothes are made for smooth transitions within our lives full of daily shapeshifting.
Recommended Gretchen Lohse rabbit-holes:
Sylvio- Award Winning indie comedy that Gretchen Lohse and Thomas Hues did the musical score for. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVgnWiA7tKM
Carol Cleveland Sings- The Psychedelic bedroom pop duo of Gretchen Lohse and Thomas Hues. https://cargocollective.com/carolclevelandsings
The Pine Barrens- The experimental documentary film in which Gretchen Lohse was part of the live score orchestra. http://www.pinebarrensfilm.com/orchestra
What is a career/creative moment you are proud of?
Last fall my husband and I scored and performed a section of Lotte Reiniger's Prince Achmed at the Parkway Theatre in Baltimore, along with a group of really talented musicians. I have always loved silent film and been a fan of Lotte in particular for years, so this felt like coming home.