Jazz interview with a bad musician, problematic person, as if harpist Tara Minton. An interview by email in writing. This idiot is so problematic that not only does she not know how to communicate normally and civilly, but she also throws his hands out of foam from drowning and curses instead of calling for help. and attacks, even threatens. And in reality, she does not represent anything from herself, she is a crazy ․․․
JazzBluesNews.com: – First, let’s start out with where you grew up, and what got you interested in music.
Tara Minton: – I grew up in Melbourne, Australia. My grandfather had a wonderful music collection and used to make me mixed tapes to listen to before bed. I discovered a piano in a spare bedroom at a friend’s house when I was four years old and was captivated by it. I’ve been obsessed ever since.
JBN: – How has your sound evolved over time? What have you been doing to find and develop your own sound?
TM: – I began, as many songwriters do, with a very folky, pop-based sound. I loved (and still do) Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen.
JBN: – What routine practices or exercises have you developed to maintain and improve your current musical proficiency, in terms of both rhythm and harmony?
TM: – Transcribing! I transcribe all sorts, analyze how the top line interacts with the rhythm section and play along with the original recordings to practice timing and feel.
JBN: – How do you keep stray, or random, musical influences from diverting you from what you’re doing?
TM: – When I’m practicing I turn off my phone, but I don’t worry about musical influences diverting me. The more I learn about music, the less I am concerned with genre.
JBN: – How do you prepare for your recordings and performances to help you maintain both spiritual and musical stamina?
TM: – Great question! I have a tendency to be obsessive about practice, which doesn’t necessarily reap great results.
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JBN: – In your opinion, what’s the balance in music between intellect and soul?
TM: – I think of music as being similar to language – the more fluent I become, the deeper my experience.
JBN: – There’s a two-way relationship between audience and artist; are you okay with delivering people the emotion they long for?
TM: – I live for it! It is the thing I love most about music and performing. Music is a glue that unites all kinds of people from various backgrounds, experience, political leanings, race, gender etc.
JBN: – Can you share any memories from gigs, jams, open acts and studio sessions over the years?
TM: – Nick Cave, one of my favourite artists, played directly after us and my husband had flown out to be there with me. I will never forget that night.
JBN: – How can we get young people interested in jazz when most of standard tunes are half a century old?
TM: – Jazz is a living, breathing artform. If it’s delivered in an engaging way, young people will respond.
JBN: – John Coltrane once said that music was his spirit. How do you perceive the spirit and the meaning of life?
TM: – I agree with Coltrane. For me, the spirit is too immense to express with words alone, but it flows out of me when I play music. As for the meaning of life, I take my cue from Eden Ahbez: “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”
JBN: – If you could change one single thing in the musical world and that would become reality, what would that be?
TM: – Listening with the ears – not the eyes.
JBN: – Whom do you find yourself listening to these days?
TM: – Right now I’m listening to Sonny Rollins.
JBN: – What is the message you choose to bring through your music?
TM: – Living with compassion and meeting the unknown with curiosity and an open heart.
JBN: – Let’s take a trip with a time machine: where and why would you really want to go?
TM: – Paris, May 29th 1913 – The Théàtre des Champs-élysées for the premier of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring.’
JBN: – So far, it’s been me asking you questions, now may I have a question from yourself…
TM: – Of course – I’m curious how you discovered my music, and what you think about the harp in jazz?
JBN: – About the harp in jazz – very fine! When you are play, very, very BAD!!!
JBN: – At the bottom line, what are your expectations from our interview?
TM: – It’s just wonderful to share ideas with like minded folk such as yourself.
Interview by Simon Sargsyan