June 14, 2024


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Interview with Søren Lee: Its an album full of energi, drive, passion and commitment: Video, new CD cover

Jazz Interview with jazz guitarist Søren Lee. An interview by email in writing. 

JazzBluesNews.com: – Please explain your creative process …

Søren Lee: – I create music mostly on my guitar. Sometimes I record myself practicing on my Iphone improvising spontaneous on some chords and then I go back and listen if something could be used for a melody or part of a composition for a new song. Some of my songs came alive form improvising with a trio in the now on stage on a gig, then I listen to the concerts write down what sound great. It could be an open improvisation with guitar, bass and drums. I really enjoy that process in the now with other musicians.

JBN: – What are your main impulses to write music?

SL: – My main impulses to write music is either that I have to make a new recording and have to come up with let´s say 10 new songs or I just simply let it come out at that moment I am sitting down playing on my guitar, that’s always the most fun.

JBN: – What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your work and/or career?

SL: – I consider everyday equally important and incisive because I try living in the now and enjoy the process of being a musician and play music.

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

SL: – My second album with my Søren Lee Diversity Trio will be coming out as a full album on all streaming services the 28th of October 2022. Its already out on Vinyl and CD. I have also released about 5 singles.

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

SL: – I am very open minded I love many different styles.

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

SL: – I was 12 years old and was listening to an amazing guitarist from Sweden called Bjarne Roupé it completely turned me on to play the guitar. I love playing music it takes me to another place in space and time within myself. Its most of the time like meditation for me.

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

SL: – I try focus on the now and try being as relaxed as possible and makes sure that everything is right and in place for a great concert.

JBN: – What do you love most about your new album 2022: Søren Lee Diversity Trio – Some Funkyness, how it was formed and what you are working on today.

SL: – The recording is called Søren Lee diversity trio live in Copenhagen. Recorded live at Jazzhus Montmartre. Some funkyness is a single from the full album and is one of the songs on the double live album recorded at Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen to days in March the 6th and 7th year 2020 just a couple of weeks before the world epidemi covid turned the hole wide world upside down. With bassplayer Linley Marthe and drummer Niclas Campagnol both amazing players. Its an album full of energi, drive, passion and commitment. Just a great live album if you ask me.

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JBN: – Did your sound evolve during that time? And how did you select the musicians who play on the album?

SL: – My process with my sound has evolved some during that time and also after. The musicians is also on my former trio album of the same name Søren Lee diversity trio that is a studio recording.

JBN: – How would you describe and rate the music scene you are currently living?

SL: – Its okay I would like to come out and play more on jazz festivals around the world so that I started working on, it’s a long process.

JBN: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter of taking certain paths and certain directions?

SL: – Yes but its all about timing and go with the flow in the now, you have an Idea that leads you to another Idea etc.

JBN: – Do you ever get the feeling that music majors, and particularly people who are going into jazz, are being cranked out much like business majors?

SL: – That they are not really able to express themselves as jazz musicians?  I did not really think about that.

JBN: – What about somebody who is really gifted and puts together a band and just gets upset to the point of quitting because of the business aspects-the agents and the clubs?

SL: – You have to be patient and not give up it’s a very challenging path but its great if you keep on going and fighting for your music.

JBN: – And lastly, being a teacher, do you find it difficult to write music yourself?

SL: – Its not difficult for me to write music its most of the time very joyful but you have to be very disciplined and focused.

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

SL: – The fact of playing with so many great musicians around the world.

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

SL: – A musician is a great musician old or young. Being my age 56 years old. I had the chance to see and experience and listening to concerts with greats as Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins etc. And also had the great joy of doing an album and touring with the legendary bass player Ray Brown.

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

SL: – Newer give up and play because you love it otherwise its gonna be a very difficult journey.

JBN: – Do You like our questions? So far, it’s been me asking you questions, now may I have a question from yourself…

SL: – I think you asked some very good questions and that cowers pretty much everything I would like to talk about.

JBN: – Have you ever given a free concert during your entire concert career? At the bottom line, what are your expectations from our interview?  

SL: – Yes I have been given a couple of free concerts. Hope people will enjoy reading my answers and that maybe some will get something our of it.

Interview by Simon Sargsyan

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