We had the good fortune of connecting with Kathryn Schulmeister and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kathryn, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born and raised in beautiful Kailua, on the island of O’ahu in Hawaii. Growing up within walking distance to the beach gave me a lifelong feeling of home whenever I’m near the ocean, and I love being near the Pacific here in San Diego. I love the outdoors, and living in Hawaii gave me an appreciation of how healing spending time in nature can be. Hawaii is also a very multicultural place, and I was fortunate enough to grow up with friends that have many different traditions and family histories which gave me an open-hearted perspective towards people with diverse backgrounds.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a musician and performing artist. My expertise is playing the bass, and I enjoy playing many different styles of music ranging from to classical to experimental. I also love to improvise and compose my own music. I enjoy working with different musicians and artists of various domains to create new works, especially those that challenge the boundaries of convention. I have an open mind and open heart, and I love to use my training to connect with people through music, regardless of their background.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If a best friend was visiting, I would start with brunch at Caroline’s Seaside Cafe in La Jolla. The food is great, and the view of La Jolla Shores is even better! Following our meal we could either take a walk on the beach in front of Scripps Institute of Oceangraphy or head to Black’s Beach or Torrey Pines, two of my favorite hiking and beach areas. Sunset Cliffs beach park is also a must, along with a visit to Balboa Park. There are tons of great places to eat in my neighborhood of Hillcrest, so we could easily enjoy a variety of cuisines within walking distance of my home!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I owe my parents absolutely 100% of the credit in supporting my education and pursuit of music. They have always been unbelievably supportive in my pursuing my passion, and I could never do what I do today without their support. I have also been extremely fortunate to have many fantastic mentors in my life from early childhood to today. Currently I am studying with bass legend Mark Dresser, and the incredible composer/producer/saxophonist Kamau Kenyatta.
Tracy Wright Corvo