After graduating from Berklee College of Music, composition student Eden Raiz (M.M. '16) spent a year traveling and touring before continuing her studies at the Conservatory.
Which song in your iTunes has the most plays?
Trollhammaren by Finntroll. I love folk metal, and this song has done it for me for about 10 years. Best pre-show song to amp myself up with!
Who is your favorite composer, singer, artist, or band?
This is a cruel question! But I adore Olivier Messiaen. That's a solid pick, right?
When did you know you wanted to study music at a conservatory?
I spent a year traveling and touring between undergrad at Berklee and grad school here at the Conservatory, and after that, I wanted to be immersed with other emerging young composers and performers in Boston. Few places are more invigorating for a student than the Back Bay.
What do you do to "destress"?
I'm a walker. I like to hike and listen to and feel my feet against the ground. I need to be in the woods for at least a few hours per week.
What is your favorite thing to do in Boston?
I like to get lost here, getting on the T and getting off at some point that looks new. It's the biggest little city. So much to smell, eat, hear, and explore.
What's one thing about being a composer that most non-music people don't know or realize?
We are listening to you and watching you! We are hoarders of information, constantly feeding off of our surroundings.
What's your favorite thing about the Conservatory?
The faculty. Amazing teachers.
What has been your favorite thing about performance?
Performers are givers of intangible precious experiences. It's a huge responsibility, but if taken seriously, it can be very rewarding.
What do you think is the best aspect of the M.M. in composition program?
Definitely the classes. All the theory and history electives are fascinating. This semester I'm particularly excited about a class on pre-1900 tuning and temperament.
What do you hope to be doing in two years?
I want to write for adventurous performers, travel to beautiful places, tour with my rock band The Furies, and teach my wonderful students how to grow from learning music. I want to freelance and be as versatile as possible.
What are you are currently involved in that you would never have guessed you would be?
I'm suddenly into kettlebell training. Full-body workout without leaving the house. It's actually helping my cello playing!