June 17, 2024


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Interview with Espen Eriksen: I don’t play in any defined style: Video

Jazz interview with jazz pianist Espen Eriksen. 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?

Espen Eriksen: – That depends on a lot of things. One of the best – and sometimes most frustrating – aspects of touring and constantly playing new venues, is that where you are and who you’re playing for are crucial for the result. It means you have to build the framework each evening.

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

EE: – I don’t think I relate to any specific jazz genre. Different jazz styles have more been a sort of school to learn the craft and a springboard which have enabled me to find my own sound. So, I don’t play in any defined style, but feel free to pick both from jazz and other forms of music.

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

EE: – I really can’t remember what my motivation was, it just happened naturally.

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

EE: – I usually practice a lot in the days or weeks leading up to an important tour or a recording. I like the feeling of being prepared. It gives me some kind of confidence. There’s also a risk of burning off too much energy in the preparations, so lately I’m trying to force myself to give more of a damn about it.

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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?

EE: – Keeping a band together for a long time is a very valuable thing, because it gives the musicians a common understanding and a common musical direction. I think this creates a safe space where everybody is relaxed and genuinely present in the music.

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

EE: – I think nothing beats the feeling of being in “the zone” where everything unfolds without effort. I also appreciate the feedback from our audience. To make music is an everlasting search for the right note. You never get fully trained and I do get frustrated sometimes when I feel I don’t live up to my musical ideals. Then it’s even more important to listen to the audience who tell about their profound experience with our music, that our music has a great impact and enriches people’s life.

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

EE: – No! I think there are a lot of other factors that are more important than age.

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

EE: – I think it’s important to be honest. Find out who you are, what you like and what you can offer without looking too much to what everybody else is up to.

Interview by Simon Sargsyan

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