May 27, 2024

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Interview with a bad musician Gregory Privat: Music is a gift: Video

Jazz interview with a bad musician and a idiot and stupid person, as if pianist and vocalist Gregory Privat. An interview by email in writing. – Before we jump into anything historical, can you tell us about what we can expect musically this evening?

Gregory Privat։ – Are there sub-genres within the jazz field that you tend to stay away from or focus on?

GP: – I try to be as open minded as possible when I create music. I often keep influences from the music and tradition from Martinique, but I like to put also references to classical music, or even pop music. The most important thing is that I need to be connected to something spiritually when I play.

JBN: – When your first desire to become involved in the music was & what do you learn about yourself from music?

GP: – Since I was a little boy, somewhere in my mind I always knew that music would really count into my life. Even if I took a different path and had a job as an engineer during 5 years in Paris, my goal was always to be a musician.
I think music helps me to understand who I am as a human being, and also it gives me the opportunity to give happiness and hope to people who listen to it. It’s really something magical.

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

GP: – Usually, I try to save my energy during the day of a performance. When I’m alone backstage, I try to relax, and not to talk that much. But when I play in a band I really like a good laugh before the show. It helps to strengthen the bound between us. Also I don’t like long soundcheck, I prefer to save ideas for the concert.

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JBN: – What happened when you first heard Bird? Did it make an immediate impact on you?

GP: – Do you mean Charlie Parker? I’m afraid I didn’t listen to him a lot. I went into the jazz world when I first listen to Michel Petrucciani. Even if you don’t know jazz, his music and strong melodies will speak to you. I like the process of creating bridges between genres and bring more and more people into jazz music.

JBN: – With such an illustrious career, what has given you the most satisfaction musically?

GP: – I think what I am really happy about is the fact that I created my own label two years ago. I want to be able to create my music and to have a vision, and to be free to express myself as truly as possible. This is what gives me the most satisfaction !

JBN: – From the musical and feeling point of view is there any difference between a old and great jazzmans and young?

GP: – Of course. Wisdom comes when you grow older. But I think it depends more about the age of the soul. Sometimes I think there are really young musicians who have an old soul. Also, there are old musician who keeps ideas really fresh as if they were in there twenties ! Jazz music can show the age of your soul.

JBN: – What advice would you give to aspiring musicians thinking of pursuing a career?

GP: – To work hard of course, to trust themselves and their vision, to stay open minded, and to keep the passion and the joy of playing. Music is a gift.

Interview by Simon Sargsyan


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