Eerie Candy

It's proof that even though Brauer plays an ancient instrument, she moves in modern circles. For further evidence that she's plugged in, she's not only got an email address (brauerarmonica@webtv.net) but even has a website (http://www.gigmasters.com/ armonica/) that features playing the instrument. It looks like a cross between a sewing machine and glass-and-wood insect.

Words and music mix easily for Brauer. As she perches in front of her armonica, she punctuates her reverie with strange, percussive swipes at the glass bowls— part of a newly composed avant garde work for armonica she's been invited to perform for a recording.

"It's important for the soul, music is," she says. "When you're older, past caring about football scores and all that, why would you sit in front of the boob tube when you can settle down into the beauty of music?"

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