Noisy People Podcast 09: John Schott

From the Noisy People Podcast:

Most artists, either through their own natural inclination or following commercial considerations, limit their work, and thereby also their Musical Brand Image to a particular identifiable style or genre. My guest John Schott has not done this. Instead he has followed his Hoover-esque appetite for music of all types and styles, and his own music has incorporated these diverse influences, from traditional musics from every continent to American jazz, folk and pop traditions to 20th century serial and post-serial composition. If I seem to imply that this makes him a dilettante, you misunderstand me: he’s a deep and serious student of musical tradition, and of the culture and way of life of musicians. The result has been an array of recorded compositions, large and small, for ensembles large and small, in an unprecedentedly wide array of styles. Our hours-long conversation was a blast and ranged over a wide array of subjects – it took me weeks to figure out how to cut it down to size for this podcast! But I concentrated in the editing on his more philosophical insights about the place of music in culture and the lives of musicians.