ISSUE: Summer 2011
DEPT: Plugged In
STORY: Katrina Guevara
Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, this HBO TV series from David Simon (The Wire) follows the lives of struggling artists and musicians, including Annie, played by Korean-Italian American Lucia Micarelli, a real-life, Juilliard-trained concert violinist who has toured with Josh Groban and Jethro Tull. Currently in its second season, Treme (pronounced “truh- may”) is shot on location where the city is as much a character as its human counterparts.␣
Audrey Magazine: Has filming on location changed your perspective of New Orleans?
Lucia Micarelli: All these years later, you can clearly feel the gravity of the natural disaster in the city and its people. The city’s still not back, and the people are still hurting. At the same time, there’s a strong sense of community. It’s part of what makes it a really interesting cultural space and place to tell that city’s story.
AM: What’s happening to your character Annie this second season?
LM: I can say that she is in a new relationship, and she is really growing a lot as a musician. She just returned from being on tour and over the course of the season she’s being encouraged by different people to become her own artist.
AM: You were a child prodigy of sorts on the violin.
LM: I started off on piano, and that didn’t work out so well. And then I switched over to violin. I was like 3, so I don’t actually remember starting out. But my parents did tell me that I was a pretty quick learner.
AM: You did a lot of touring before Treme. Any favorite destinations?
LM: I had an amazing time in South Africa and Iceland. Red Rocks in Colorado was one of the most beautiful venues I’ve ever seen. But I still haven’t been to Japan and am really excited to visit one day.
— Katrina Guevara
More stories from Audrey’s Summer 2011 issue here.
Treme is a hit HBO series set in New Orleans, currently in its second season, following the lives of struggling musicians, including Korean-Italian American Lucia Micarelli, a real-life concert violinist who plays Annie on the show. Here, more of our conversation with Micarelli.