May 23, 2024

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Interview with David Larsen: I loved working with Ken Peplowski: Video, new CD cover

Interview with Jazz baritone saxophonist David Larsen. An interview by email in writing. – Please explain your creative process … What are your main impulses to write music?

David Larsen: – For me writing music is just a normal thing. I am constantly thinking of new melodies, jotting down ideas, and going to the piano to just work on new chord progressions. I work very organically. I simply play ideas and see what works. I also find it is best to have a project in mind, players I am working with, or an album to write for. Nothing gets me going like a deadline.

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

DL: – I think it was my album “The Mulligan Chronicles” and getting the opportunity to work with musicians I had been studying and listening to for years while I was working on my doctorate. It was a great experience and it really launched my recording career.

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

DL: – I am happy to play just about any style of jazz. I like the challenge of new music.

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

DL: – I have been playing music professionally since I was 18. I did not take music seriously as a kid so I did not get started till college. I realized very quickly that performing was something I truly enjoyed and music was definitely how I like to express myself.

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

DL: – I am a pretty simple guy, so I prepare to perform by just sitting quietly and relaxing. I hate to be rushed and I just need a minute to take it all in.

JBN: – What do you love most about your new album 2023: David Larsen – The Peplowski Project, how it was formed and what you are working on today.

DL: – I loved working with Ken. He is so gracious and funny. His insight to music has been amazing and he really adds a lot to the recording. I would simply say he has inspired me to work harder. This project makes me want to get out and record and perform more.

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JBN: – What other projects are you planning to tackle next, maybe just with juicy baritone or also tenor and clarinet?

DL: – I just finished recording with saxophonist Darryl Yokley and Trumpeter Delbert Anderson. Both of this albums go in a whole new direction for me so I am really excited to see how they are received. These albums focus on dance rhythms and hip hop grooves so it just new material for me.

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? That they are not really able to express themselves as jazz musicians?

DL: – Since I teach college I try to help students realize there is more to music than simply knowing tunes and playing changes. You have to know how to craft a solo and how to build your voice. It is just important to develop your own sound.

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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?

DL: – This is a hard part of music. It takes a long time to get used to the business of music. It takes a lot of pep talks and discussions on how the music business works.

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

DL: – One of my main musical outlets is composing and I do a lot of it. My students play lots of my music so it is actually a joy to have students interact with my charts. I get inspired by their energy.

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