Ten Questions with Justin Kauflin

When facing a 25+ hour trip, you have to find ways to keep yourself entertained, so I decided to play/force Justin to play “Ten Questions with Justin Kauflin.”

Lisa: When you’re packing for a trip, what are your travel “musts”?

Justin: An iPod loaded with music, noise canceling headphones – those are essential for plane travel (and noisy babies, yes that means you child on Lufthansa Flight 411), and my keyboard.

Lisa: Any travel beauty secrets?

Justin: Absolutely none, I just try not to offend anybody.

Lisa: Window or aisle?

Justin: Either. I’ve gotten pretty good at falling asleep in either one and that’s all the matters to me.

Lisa: If you had to choose just one album to listen to for the duration of the trip, what would it be?

Justin: Right now, the album of choice would be Brahms String Quartet.

Lisa: Do you have any pre-performance rituals?

Justin: Freak out, then pray a little bit and calm down.

Lisa: What are you most excited or the most nervous about for our trip to Georgia?

Justin: I’m both excited and nervous to learn about the culture and how things are done here. It’s always fascinating to get to know and learn another culture. We’ve got a pretty packed schedule and I’m hoping to meet and hear some of the many talented Georgian musicians. I’m especially excited to hear the traditional Georgian folk music.

Lisa: Best way to decompress?

Justin: Audio books.

Lisa: I know you attended the world premiere of Keep On Keepin’ On, a documentary film that featured you and your mentor Clark Terry, at the Tribeca Film Festival over the weekend. Along those lines, who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

Justin: That would be the worst movie. Hmm that’s hard one. Maybe someone like Toby McGuire? In a way I’m a big nerd, so it would have to be someone who’s kind of a mess, but means well and has a good sense of humor.

Lisa: Any other exciting travel plans in the near future, obviously aside from this trip?

Justin: I hope to head to Sydney, Australia, next month for the film. I’m going to France in July with Quincy Jones and company, and I’m also looking forward to a trip this summer to Brazil to do some performances.

Lisa: On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you about life right now?

Justin: Oh man, a 10, life is great.

And with that, it’s time to for us to get off the plane and take advantage of our 14 hour layover to do a little sightseeing in Munich, Germany. More to come later…

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