June 13, 2024

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Interview with Gordon Grdina: Massive differences aesthetically and technically as arts: Video

Interview with a bad musician, as if oudist Gordon Grdina. An interview by email in writing. 

JazzBluesNews.com: – Before we jump into anything historical, can you tell us about what we can expect musically this evening?

Gordon Grdina: – I was using a new guitar that could simultaneously with minute latency so I could have a more orchestral sound while playing solo guitar.

So you’ll hear piano, Rhodes, upright bass, tabla, electronic percussive sounds etc all triggered live with the solo guitar.

I did some overdubs to play oud and guitar and one of tunes was written for two lines that couldn’t be played simultaneously on the solo guitar. The band plays Arabic classic repertoire and some Sudanese music from the first half of the last century.

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

Hmm not really, I’m not really focused right now on more straight ahead jazz but that could change…

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

I started playing piano at 7 guitar at 9, and got into the blues and improvising pretty soon after rock, I was pretty interested in music and improvising right away. But was a pretty badass dancer to Billy Joel and abba well before that so I think the desire was always there.

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

I try and get a moment to myself to gain focus and quiet.

There could be talk or advertising about your CD

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

When I first heard Bird it was impactful but didn’t have anything to do with this record or the Haram record

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

I think there are massive differences aesthetically and technically as arts are a product of the time they’re born into and dealing with the information at hand. I’m also not sure the intention is the same…as there has been a big shift in the industry side to create presentations and entertainment more than witnessing the creation and personal development of musical thought through improvisation. Of course these pressures have always been there but with the instant gratification and lack of attention span of the web they seem much more pervasive these days.

That said there are artists creating poignant, vital music and their spirit, intensity, and feeling is exactly the same as the old masters.

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

Not matter what aspect of the industry you get into it is going to be equally hard… meaning it isn’t any easier to sell out and much easier to get rich doing something else … so do exactly what you want to do and play the music that you love because if you’re going to work your ass off, it better be for something you believe in.

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