The Trumpeter


I watched him play like he was painting the song, his fingers danced the melody and swayed through the tune. Colors lifting me up and down as his hands timed in rhythm – Jazz. His instinct moving us, each breath defining the lyric of soul. Subtle slides giving motion to the current of the night. A quiet enticing choreography of instrument and man breathing passion into life.

© Nichole Donjé


On Monday February 9th I attended Live from Gramercy Park, a new performance series at The Players. I’m not typically a fan of trumpet but I had the pleasure to have my world open up a bit and witness Riley Mulherkar, a to be watched Julliard musician, it was a gift in many ways.

There was something in the way his hands told the story. I could read each note and follow along with him. Gentle and thoughtful, he took care with every tone and with our attention. His respect for the music he was sharing shown through. His heart filled with the love for his music opening up to all of us watching, listening, dancing in silence as his talent filled the room.

I, in the middle, was inspired with poetry and ideas for painting and color. What a pleasure.

Author: Finding True North

Nichole Donje is an interdisciplinary artist, activist, and leader. A philosopher and self-exploration addict, Nichole is currently working on two books of art and poetry FINDING TRUE NORTH and LIFE POEMS. She is a visual artist and photographer. Nichole founded and ran the highly regarded New York City based independent theatre company TAPT from 2006-2016. Serving as TAPT’s Artistic Director, Nichole worked diligently to support new and forgotten works that help shape the way we view the world around us. A recognized leader, Nichole served three terms as Vice President of the Board of Directors for The Players. Currently, she chairs both the Communications and Theatre Committees which she established. The Players celebrates the rich cultural life of New York City with exclusive member-only events that include live performances, readings by leading authors and playwrights, film screenings, and dining in its famous Grill Room. More information about The Players may be found at A key influencer of the Players current revitalization she has become an advocate for the art and livelihood of a social club. The Players not only honors yesterday’s and today’s luminaries of the performing arts but also reminds us of the necessity of building face to face relationships. Nichole is a member of SAG-AFTRA, LPTW/League of Professional Theatre Women, LeanInNYC, and The Players.

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