Public eye: Anne Marie Wiesner, 60

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Anne Marie Wiesner

Anne Marie Wiesner Photograph: Zenith Richards


Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park, Brooklyn

You don’t look 60. Thanks! I feel younger, younger, younger.

What’s your trick? Well, I’m a musician, and whenever I play I feel like I’m getting younger. Also, I do dance meditation. You can go into very wonderful states that way.

Are you sure it’s not just extreme dizziness? [Laughs] I know! But I look at my hands and I forget that I’m whirling. It’s very healing and cleansing.

And not in the throwing-up kind of way? No, except when you slow down, you have to go really carefully or else you’ll get really dizzy.

What’s your instrument? Violin. I always wanted to play violin, from when I was a baby. I was in Switzerland and I went to the Conservatory in Zurich. I really liked to improvise, but in those days, they didn’t let you. The Conservatory found out I was improvising during a performance and almost kicked me out.

You are such a rebel. I was a rebel. I was very happy I came to America. I got involved in charanga music, from Cuba. I wanted to play jazz, but jazz musicians aren’t crazy about violinists.

Do you have a band now? Yes, it’s called AW Flextet, because it’s flexible in size, style and media. I’m also making music for a DVD of a technique called Jin Shin Jyutsu, a healing practice that’s older than acupuncture.

Jin Shin Jyutsu, whirling, improv violin…I’m trying to connect the dots here. They all come together. The whole world is just frequencies and vibrations, so when we use those better, we can improve our quality of life. I’m sure you saw those Japanese water pictures?

Japanese water pictures? Yes, this man did research where he photographed molecules of water after he said something nice to them or played nice music. Or he would say something ugly or play some bad-vibration music. The good-vibration water molecules looked totally different from the bad-vibration ones.

How does science explain that one? I don’t know what the science says, but it’s very important how you talk to water.

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