May 24, 2024

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Interview with Andy Sheppard by sound and new CD: Romaria 2018: Video

Andy Sheppards quartet extends the musical explorations begun on the 2015 release Surrounded By Sea, an album praised by Télérama for its poignant serenity.

In this new programme of compositions by Sheppard (plus the title track by Brazilian singer-songwriter Reanato Teixeira), the drones and washes of Eivind Aarsets guitar and electronics aided by the generous acoustics of Luganos Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI help to establish a climate in which improvisation can take place.

Theres a highly atmospheric, ambient drift to the music which Sheppard clearly find liberating, as do Michel Benita and Seb Rochford, free to move in and out of conventional rhythm section roles and to make impassioned statements of their own.

Personnel: Andy Sheppard (tenor and soprano saxophones), Eivind Aarset (guitar), Michel Benita (double bass), Sebastian Rochford (drums).

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  1. And A Day …
  2. Thirteen
  3. Romaria
  4. Pop
  5. They Came From The North
  6. With Every Flower That Falls
  7. All Becomes Again
  8. Forever …

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Jazz interview with jazz saxophonist and composer Andy Sheppard. An interview by email in writing, but dear mr. Sheppard send sound file. 

JazzBluesNews.Space: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested in music?

JBN.S: – What got you interested in picking up the your musical instrument? What teacher or teachers helped you progress to the level of playing you have today? What made you choose the your musical instrument?

JBN.S: – How did your sound evolve over time? What did you do to find and develop your sound?

JBN.S: – What practice routine or exercise have you developed to maintain and improve your current musical ability especially pertaining to rhythm?

JBN.S: – Which harmonies and harmonic patterns do you prefer now?

JBN.S: – Which are the best jazz albums for you this 2017 year?

JBN.S: – Please any memories from gigs, jams, open acts and studio sessions which you’d like to share with us?

JBN.S: – Many aspiring musicians are always looking for advice when navigating thru the music business. Is there any piece of advice you can offer to aspiring students or even your peers that you believe will help them succeed and stay positive in this business?

JBN.S: – Аnd furthermore, can jazz be a business today or someday?

JBN.S: – Which collaboration have been the most important experiences for you?

JBN.S: – How can we get young people interested in jazz when most of the standard tunes are half a century old?

JBN.S: – John Coltrane said that music was his spirit. How do you understand the spirit and the meaning of life?

JBN.S: – What are your expectations of the future? What brings you fear or anxiety?

JBN.S: – If you could change one thing in the musical world and it would become a reality, what would that be?

JBN.S: – What’s the next musical frontier for you?

JBN.S: – Are there any similarities between jazz and world music, including folk music?

JBN.S: – Who do you find yourself listening to these days?

JBN.S: – What’s your current setup?

JBN.S: – Let’s take a trip with a time machine, so where and why would you really wanna go?

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