February 25, 2024

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Interview with Paulo Morello: The intellectual and compositorial aspects are very important: Video

Jazz interview with jazz guitarist Paulo Morello. An interview by email in writing. 

JazzBluesNews.com: – First, let’s start out with where you grew up, and what got you interested in music. 

Paulo Morello: – I grew up in Southern Germany close to Munich. I started with flute then switched to violin at age 6 and then finally to guitar with 12. Hearing Jimi Hendrix’s music was call to pick up guitar.

JBN: – How has your sound evolved over time? What have you been doing to find and develop your own sound? 

PM: – As mentioned I come from a first classical and then on guitar a rock background. I started to play in school bands and local groups early on. At around age 16 I discovered jazz guitar for me – the record Wes Montgomery plays the Blues was my door opener here. Then I studied Jazz guitar in Germany and at the New School in NYC.
Nowadays I love to use different sounds: straight ahead archtop sound, nylon or gypsy acoustic guitar or also bluesy sounds on my tele.

JBN: – What routine practices or exercises have you developed to maintain and improve your current musical proficiency, in terms of both rhythm and harmony? 

PM: – By playing as much as possible, also teaching on University level helps to stay fit.

JBN: – How do you keep stray, or random, musical influences from diverting you from what you’re doing?

PM: – I often get diverted by different musical influences – I think of this as a positive thing – often I get ideas out of these so called distractions.

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JBN: – In your opinion, what’s the balance in music between intellect and soul?

PM: – I`m more on the soulful side – but intellectual and compositorial aspects are very important, too.

JBN: – There’s a two-way relationship between audience and artist; are you okay with delivering people the emotion they long for?

PM: – Of course! I want to bring good vibes with my music.

JBN: – How can we get young people interested in jazz when most of standard tunes are half a century old?

PM: – By writing new stuff, and use interesting orchestrations or fusions of styles.

JBN: – John Coltrane once said that music was his spirit. How do you perceive the spirit and the meaning of life?

PM: – I free on what maestro Coltrane said. I keep the spirit by going forward and finding joy in playing music with people. Of course family and friends are also very important.

JBN: – If you could change one single thing in the musical world and that would become reality, what would that be?

PM: – The music market is really ruined by the streaming platforms – in the jazz world musicians earn far less money with recordings today because everybody is listening for free. I would like to change that: musicians should get paid for their music.

JBN: – Whom do you find yourself listening to these days?

PM: – I was listening to a lot of Django Reinhardt lately.

JBN: – What is the message you choose to bring through your music?

PM: – I don´t want to bring a message: I want to make the best music possible and that the audience has a good time listening.

JBN: – Let’s take a trip with a time machine: where and why would you really want to go?

PM: – Back to the 60s: meeting Coltrane, Wes…

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