May 25, 2024

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Interview with Joan Chamorro: Music is something wonderful that allows us to express ourselves: Videos

Jazz interview with a bad musician, as if contrabassist Joan Chamorro. An interview by email in writing. 

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

Joan Chamorro: – I grew up in Barcelona, where I came when I was 2 years old.

I always liked music but I did not start studying or dedicate myself more seriously until I was 18, especially for jazz, for the sax sound of Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon and also the rhythm, the blues and being able to improvise

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

JCH: – Always look for a warm and expressive sound and for that I try to base myself especially on the two tenor saxes that I mentioned before. It is also important in my sound, the influence of Serge Chaloff, saxophone baritone, as well as that of Harry Carnie, of the bigband of Duke Ellington.

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

JCH: – For me, rhythms are very important in music. Jazz, especially, has rhythmic aspects difficult to define, both when I play saxophones and improvise, and when I am part of the rhythm section, playing the double bass. Walking, maintaining a firm and constant time, but at the same time be swinging and balanced. I work especially on the drums (or, failing that, a metronome) Also, without using any external rhythmic source, I try to play and have the sensations of which this is speaking; Swing, constancy and rocking at the same time, Many times ternary …

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

JCH: – I really like the harmonies of the classic standards, the blues, the I got rythm.

JBN.S: – What do you love most about your new album 2018: <Sant Andreu Jazz Band & Joan Chamorro – Jazzing 8 Vol. 1>, how it was formed and what you are working on today.

JCH: – Jazzing 8 vol 1 is part of the sample of our work  in 2017, with the young band SANT ANDREU JAZZ BAND, which is 12 years old and for which more than 50 musicians have passed between 7 and 22 years.

From this volume what I like the most is the ability of improvisation of most of the young people, with a coherent language and with a lot of tradition. Also, of course, the music of the guests and also how the themes really walk very well these days I’m finishing the jazzing 8 vol 2 and 3 and we are also recording what jazzing 9 will be, which will appear in 2019.

I have also finished the vol 11 and 12 of Joan Chamorro presents … in these cases to Carla Motis, (guitarist) and Alba Armengou (vocalist, trumpeter and saxophonist), both of the Sant Andreu Jazz Band.

JBN.S: – What’s the balance in music between intellect and soul?

JCH: – For me it is very important what music means to me, of course, but especially for young people. Music is something wonderful that allows us to express ourselves and that, in turn makes us work many aspects such as memory, understanding, sensitivity, etc.

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

JCH: – My last concerts in the USA with Joel Frahm and Wycliffe Gordon, with the quintet with Andrea Motis, Ignasi Terraza, Josep Traver with the Sant Andreu Jazz Band, I especially remember the concerts at the Palau de la Música and also at the jamboree jazz club, where we have recorded many time.

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

JCH: – So trying to listen to this type of music and to fall in love with it, giving them the opportunity to play it and trust that they can do it, since 7, 8 or 9 years old, Listening to jazz is very important. We started with names like Sidney Bechet, Johnny Hodegs, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitgerald, to continue with Lou Donaldon, Charlie Parker etc. etc.

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

JCH: – Life is something that “they” give us without us asking for it, that we live once and that we have to try to be happy and make others happy. Music is for it, a wonderful tool. If you are happy, you do not fear anything, and music has that power. Live each day intensely, enjoying each moment, each rehearsal, each new song, each concert, each new friend, etc.

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

JCH: – I would try to make music more present in our lives, in general. In schools, in free time, as something normal, as a game that entertains and entertains us. As an activity that makes us relate in a positive way.

I sincerely believe that a world with more music would be a much better world and for that the education through the music, in the young people is very important, because it makes develop aspects that already will be useful for always in their lives, beyond that they are dedicated or not professionally.

I would put a lot more music in primary classrooms (and if music can be creative, like jazz, much better).

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

JCH: – I’m listening to Scott Hamilton, with whom I’ve been lucky enough to play and record several times, and also Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington.

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

JCH: – I would like to go only for a few days to listen live to Serge Chaloff and Ben Webster, in a jazz club, in New York in the 60’s … and then I would return to this year and I would continue doing what I do, that passionate and makes me very happy.

JBN.S: – I have been asking you so far, now may I have a question from yourself…

JCH: – Well, more than a question for you, it is a thank you for your questions and for your interest in my work. Thank you for this and I hope you found it interesting and that it is also for your readers.

JBN.S: – Thank you for answers. Certainly interesting …

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