June 20, 2024

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Interview with Debora Seffer: Music is a vector of emotions: Video

Jazz interview with jazz violinist Debora Seffer. 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. How exactly did your adventure take off? When did you realize that this was a passion you could make a living out of?

Debora Seffer: – I grew up in Paris in a musical environment, in contact with my father as a jazz musician (Yochk’o Seffer). I was pushed and encouraged by my parents to make music and natural way I evolved in this area by attending various conservatory, going to concerts and listening daily to jazz, contemporary music and classic.

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

DS: – Mainly listening to different music, concerts and advice from my associates and relatives.

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

DS: – The work of improvisation.

JBN: – Have you changed through the years? Any charges or overall evolution? And if so why?

DS: – My evolution came from the violin work to singing as two instruments in their own right.

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

DS: – I make music very spontaneously.

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

DS: – Without particular research I play and feel the audience.

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

DS: – By offering them things other than the classic and the standards and suggesting a openness to other sounds and music.

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

DS: – Music is a vector of emotions. Music is a perpetual movement.

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

DS: – I will intervene to ensure that European jazz is recognized and takes a more prominent place important in radio and festivals.

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

DS: – I listen a lot to Michael Brecker right now.

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

DS: – No particular message just the pleasure of transmitting the musical vibration.

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

DS: – Only in the present.

JBN: – So far, it’s been me asking you questions, now may I have a question from yourself…At the bottom line, what are your expectations from our interview?

DS: – My expectations are that you can appreciate my answers and that they will go into the sense of your expectations.

JBN: – I’m sorry, but those were empty platitudes, no one had answered our questions so pointlessly.

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