Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

Interview with Eli Keszler

Posted: October 30, 2014 by Mike in Interviews

From New Music Circle:

A percussionist, sound-artist and composer, Eli Keszler’s M.O. involves the dense and relentless movement of sound. His drumming approach is quick, with a vested interest in small, microtonal points of attack – little snippets of “bings” and “bangs” that go by quickly and aspire, in Eli’s words, to “create something that moves so fast that it is slow”.  On the other hand, his travel schedule is anything but slow, with recent performance collaborations involving the likes of David Grubbs (curated by none other than STL ex-pat, Paul C Ha), Tony Conrad and Joe McPhee.

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5049 Records Podcast: Matthew Welch

Posted: October 28, 2014 by Mike in Interviews, Podcasts

From 5049 Records:

Matthew Welch is a hugely talented contemporary composer whose work seeks to synthesize an incredibly broad and ecclectic range of influences from gamelan to traditional bagpipe music, Morrissey to Morton Feldman. He has spent the last twenty years traveling the world and immersing himself in various world traditions and academic institutions.

An Interview With Toby Driver of Kayo Dot

Posted: October 23, 2014 by Mike in Interviews

Kayo Dot

Cover of Kayo Dot

From Empty Lighthouse:

Toby Driver is the main composer/frontman behind perpetual envelope-pushers Kayo Dot. In an e-mail interview with Empty Lighthouse, he spoke about the influence film has on his work, the pros and cons of the internet, how Kayo Dot fans are pretty much unalienable by this point and the band’s spellbinding new album, Coffins on Io.

Interview with Marco Oppedisano

Posted: October 23, 2014 by Mike in Interviews

Marco Oppedisano

Marco Oppedisano (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Tokafi:

In this interview, guitarist, composer and sound artist Marco Oppedisano describes how originality can be seen as a factor transcending genres, styles and technique – which sometimes requires a certain temporal distance to be appreciated.

An interview with Vijay Iyer

Posted: October 22, 2014 by Mike in Interviews

Vijay Iyer

Cover of Vijay Iyer

From the Chicago Reader:

nist and composer Vijay Iyer belongs to a breed apart, alongside the likes of pianist and fellow MacArthur “genius” Jason Moran, drummer and bandleader Tyshawn Sorey, and flutist and music professor Nicole Mitchell—they all move with confidence among styles and artistic disciplines. Iyer’s oeuvre has its roots in jazz’s improvisational impulse but expands from there to encompass chamber music, abstract electronics, hip-hop, Indian classical music, and more. (He also has a PhD in the cognitive science of music.) Last year he was named a MacArthur fellow, and earlier this year he joined the music faculty at Harvard University.

5049 Records Podcast: Joshua Rubin

Posted: October 21, 2014 by Mike in Interviews, Podcasts

From 5049 Records:

Joshua Rubin is a virtuosic and highly engaged clarinetist who has spent the last 10+ years setting the classical world on fire as a key member of ICE. He is a mensch of the first order and I couldn’t be happier to share this conversation.

Jon Irabagon Interview

Posted: October 17, 2014 by Mike in Interviews

From All About Jazz:

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon likes challenges in music; likes attempting different things. He’s not opposed to things traditional, but would prefer to come at music and sounds from different angles. He enjoys the journey; enjoys experiencing the results. At 35, he’s on the go all the time, ubiquitous on the New York City music scene. In the next minute, he’s often off to Europe on tour with one of his own groups or playing as a sideman. Not long after he came to New York from Chicago in 2001, he was there for the birth of Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the brazen, experimental, sometimes chaotic group that combines different styles and genres in its improvisational mix. He’s played with daring trumpeter Dave Douglas, is part of guitarist Mary Halvorson‘s group and is putting together an album of more mainstream jazz. In August, Irabagon did a three-day residency at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York, playing with different musicians each night including Michael Formanek, Tom Rainey, Luis Perdomo, Yasushi Nakamura and Rudy Royston and others.