June 25, 2024


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Interview with Stefano Coppari: The music that is performed is dictated by an artistic need: Video

Jazz interview with jazz guitarist Stefano Coppari. An interview by email in writing. 

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

Stefano Coppari: – I grew up in the Marche region, precisely in Jesi in the province of Ancona. I became interested in music because I immediately found an ideal channel for me to be able to express myself.

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

SC: – I started playing when I was 12, I was playing rock mainly. Then I got into blues and jazz when I was about 18. Now in my sound there are involuntarily both rock and jazz sounds, even in the way of composing there are often more rock solutions, other times more jazz in a broad sense.

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

SC: – I study a lot with metronome!

JBN: – How to prevent disparate influences from coloring what you’re doing?

SC: – I often study with the metronome, but I don’t think the technique is so important, I think the perspective with which you do certain things is more important, I never cared to be technically impeccable.

JBN: – How do you prepare before your performances to help you maintain both spiritual and musical stamina?

SC: – I do not happen to prepare myself in a particular way, I live the exhibition quite serenely and I try to give my best.

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

SC: – According to the Pythagorean doctrines the soul is identified with the air, but it is also characterized by being composed of a mixture of body elements and, therefore, destined to dissolve together with the body and intellect. I therefore believe that balance occurs when the music that is performed is dictated by an artistic need.

JBN: – There’s a two-way relationship between audience and artist; you’re okay with giving the people what they want?

SC: – I try to do my best, in my little way I try to tell stories.

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

No memoris this musician, he must be is a beginner musician…

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

SC: – I think jazz musicians often play for themselves and young people hear it. In the “provincial” dimension there are many jazz bands that accompany aperitifs etc … young people who see and listen to those situations, often artistically not valid, associate that low quality with jazz. You have to think that when you play you have to have an artistic need. Only in this way will the young people get closer.

1JBN: – John Coltrane said that music was his spirit. How do you understand the spirit and the meaning of life?

SC: – It is a very complex question, to understand the meaning of life I believe needs to indulge in it, in a certain sense as with music.

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

SC: – The way we study music in public schools.

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

SC: – I’m listening a lot of different muscial genres!

JBN: – What is the message you choose to bring through your music?

SC: – learn to listen.

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

SC: – Maybe in the 90s, I am very fascinated by that decadent but also stimulating period in the world of rock.

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

SC: – How do these amazing questions come to your mind? 🙂

JBN: – So that to find out how you are without intelligence musician.

Interview by Simon Sargsyan

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