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Interview with Ana Carla Maza: Jazz is the liberty of mixing all the styles, languages, rhythms and genres: Video

Jazz interview with jazz cellist and composer Ana Carla Maza. 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.  

Ana Carla Maza: – I grew up in Cuba, in the Bay region of La Habana and Guanabacoa. My parents had a music school, and my Mother led a Choir for children that is where I first started to sing and play music.

Growing up in Guanabacoa, a part of cuba that has a lot of influence from the Yoruba culture, naturally I was raised surrounded by music. Dancing to Instruments like “tumbadoras” (congas drums), tres cubano, clave cubana, and Bass.

For my cello, since my parents had a music school a lot of people came from different parts of the world to learn music. One day a French man named Vincent Courtois brought a Cello to my parents school, he gave it to me and let me play it for the first time.

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

ACM: – I wave been studying jazz music and classical music a lot. I started to find my own sound when I was 13, the way learned to play the cello is from the stomach, and with the heart. To find a sound with my own body’s weight so that the cello becomes part of my body. And most importantly the sound is a reflection of my feelings.

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

ACM: – I practices many years with metronome, and I have been playing a lot with other musicians that play many different instruments. I love to explore all the different phases of the cello, rhythm, harmony, & melody.

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

ACM: – I find that being honest to myself, having faith and enjoying what I’m doing is very important. When I feel all this I know I’m going the right way.

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

ACM: – For me music is a way to communicate emotions, that is why it is important to know what you want to say.
For me it has always been the journey of life.

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

ACM: – After almost two years that live music was completely stopped, I think it is safe to say that music is good for the soul, to attend live events, get together with friends, have a drink and dance where all things we missed enormously.

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

ACM: – For me now a days jazz is the liberty of mixing al the styles, lenguages, rhythms and genres you want, we have seen this today with a lot of young musicians that have proposed something new. For jazz has evolved enormously and it’s not the standard tunes of have a century ago.

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

ACM: – For me the spirit is the faith that accompanies you during the journey of life. We are all looking for the meaning life and I found it spirituality.

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

ACM: – I think everybody should have the right to quality music in their life. This is part of the human essence and something that I strongly believe in.

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

ACM: – I love Avishai Cohen, Rodrigo and Gabriela, Césaria Evora, Gilberto Gil, Anne Paceo, Hiromi. Melody Gardot, Takuya Koruda.

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

ACM: – I would stay right here talking with you, for me living the present moment has always been important.

Interview by Simon Sargsyan

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