Jazz interview with jazz saxophonist and clarinetist Francesco Bearzatti. An interview by email in writing.
JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested in music?
Francesco Bearzatti: – I grew up in a little village not so far from Venice and I was always attract from the music of the radio.
JBN: – How did your sound evolve over time? What did you do to find and develop your sound?
FB: – I was exposed to many different type of music and my sound is a synthesis of all. As a saxophone player I spended a lot of time to improve the quality of sound.
JBN: – What practice routine or exercise have you developed to maintain and improve your current musical ability especially pertaining to rhythm?
FB: – First of all, as I said before, to me the sound is the most important thing to take care. For the rhythm I use to practice a lot with metronome.
JBN: – How to prevent disparate influences from coloring what you’re doing?
FB: – Lern to be concentrate.
JBN: – How do you prepare before your performances to help you maintain both spiritual and musical stamina?
FB: – I am very used now to be focus in what I am doing, especially during a performance. It’s what I really love to do.
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JBN: – Ism is culled from a variety of lives dates with various performers over the course of a few years. Did your sound evolve during that time? And how did you select the musicians who play on the album?
FB: – Every time I play with other musician I learn something, especially with some of them. With them I can write everything I want I know exactly how it will sound, they are great musicians and artists.
JBN: – What’s the balance in music between intellect and soul?
FB: – For me, intellect works before, when you study or organize the material, when I perform I close my mind and I open my soul.
JBN: – There’s a two-way relationship between audience and artist; you’re okay with giving the people what they want?
FB: – No, I want to communicate with them but playing my music. I want to be free.
JBN: – Please any memories from gigs, jams, open acts and studio sessions which you’d like to share with us?
FB: – There so many, but once I was in Denver for a live recording session with Valery Ponomarev and Ben Riley was on drums (Monks drummer, I never met him before). I was very scare but after I played a couple of notes, mr. Riley never stopped to look at me and smile. I feel great and It was a great session.
JBN: – How can we get young people interested in jazz when most of the standard tunes are half a century old?
FB: – Good music has no age, the real problem are the media. They only want to sale junk music.
JBN: – John Coltrane said that music was his spirit. How do you understand the spirit and the meaning of life?
FB: – Coltrane is a God of music and life!! With what I play, I try to express my self and tell stories that I like. This is, for now, the meaning of my life.
JBN: – If you could change one thing in the musical world and it would become a reality, what would that be?
FB: – The business! People cannot choose all the good music that all the good artists make in the all world.
JBN: – Who do you find yourself listening to these days?
FB: – I was listening a lot of rock and roll in this days but also jazz and classical.
JBN: – What is the message you choose to bring through your music?
FB: – Love and feedom for all.
JBN: – Let’s take a trip with a time machine, so where and why would you really wanna go?
FB: – I think I would like to be young between 60’s and 70’s, when people could still think and dream to change the world with music and poetry.
JBN: – I have been asking you so far, now may I have a question from yourself…
FB: – Francesco, do you think music is your mistress?
JBN: – 🙂
Interview by Simon Sargsyan