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Students earn bigger bucks busking

Jan 22nd, 2009 | By | Category: Latest News, News

Wellington buskers Kaisa Beech and Jeremy Moskovitz at the train station.

Wellington buskers Kaisa Beech and Jeremy Moskovitz at the city's main train station.

A PAIR of Wellington high school students has found busking a more promising way of earning money over the school holidays than their part-time jobs.

The cash-strapped students say they can earn far more playing Irish and Jewish folk music than working in a rest home and glass-cleaning at a bar.
“We can earn more or less depending on the day, but about $30 an hour,” says 17-year-old violinist Jeremy Moskovitz.

He says during rush hour they can earn far more – on one day the duo made $150 in just two hours.

The combination of an acoustic guitar played by Kaisa Beech (15) with Jeremy’s violin is well received by the public. The duo were recently approached and asked to play an upcoming gig at the Welsh Dragon bar in February. 

“People seem to like the music,” says Jeremy. “It’s nice when you have old Jewish ladies coming up to you and saying ‘you play my music’.”

Despite filling their violin case with coins, they find not everyone is a fan of their music -including politician Trevor Mallard, who labelled their music “repetitive” at a Labour party conference last year.

Kaisa’s mother Lisa Beech is a violinist in the Vector Symphony orchestra and Jeremy is the son of Dave Moskovitz, lead vocalist for the Jewish folk band, the Klezmer Rebs.

The two have aspirations outside the music world. Jeremy wants to be a pilot, and Kaisa plans to work as a nurse or teacher.

“While I love music I prefer to keep it as a side passion,” says Jeremy.

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