Continuing with my exclusive interview with Andrea Veneziani from:
Both as a performer and as a composer can you shed some light on how the creative process works for you and perhaps tell us what artists have made the most significant impact on your career so far?
A.V. - "Being creative, as a performer, required a very different approach than the one you may have as a composer, even though the source for both creative process is the same. That's because performing improvised music is equivalent to compose in real time, so the time you have at your disposal to process and develop the information and the ideas is minimal and is the same time during which the music is actually happening. Also, the relationship with the mistakes that may occur it's completely different. They are incorporated into the instantaneous composition and can not be deleted from it, they may be corrected or manipulated to make them sound less of a mistake, while when you write down music on paper you can always take your time, think about it, and eventually erase it and start over again. So as a performer, I try to find inspiration in what's around while I am performing, so as to live the moment as much as I can, mainly listening to the musicians I am playing with, but also the sound of my instrument in that particular place I am performing. Something you get also inspiration from the audience, if there is any, and I guess I try to mix all those elements with whatever musical ideas come to my mind in that moment. But I think all of this is very subconscious and not really in my full control. Which is the beauty of it, even though sometimes may be frustrating. On the other hand, as a composer, I have more time to look into myself and so I try to refer to my musical ideas and myself as much as I can, even because I do this in solitude, as opposed to a group performance, so I try to look more into myself and translate me into music. Sometimes I can use some exercises to limit the field and get started, or to give myself some directions, and then go from there. There are are many tricks and ways to help your creative process when writing, but overall I try to be as spontaneous and honest as possible, otherwise I would probably not be satisfied with the result! There are many artists that have had a strong influence on me, some are not even musicians, and they are too many to write them down and discuss them. I can tell you now I am looking into the works of Anders Jormin, Stefano Scodanibbio, Glen Gould, and Edward Hopper."
Finally...A debut release is an exciting time but given the fragile economy equally as scarey. How would you compare jazz as viewed in the U.S. as oppossed to how it is viewed and even treated in Italy?
A.V. - "Musicians want to make music, regardless of how bad the economy is or any other social conditions of our time. Can you imagine a word where musicians will quit playing and composing music because the economy is so bad? Of course nothing is promised, but I guess the point is that there is nothing that has to be promised, because there is nothing else to get other than the pleasure to make music, which is already a big privilege. Again, I think musicians should get rid of unnecessary expectations, in order to have a more natural and healthy relationship with the musical experience. About the difference between U.S. and Italy I can say that of course, being a much bigger country, the audience is much wider and differentiate here than in Italy. I feel, in my experience, there is also a light difference in the way audiences participate within a live concert setting, much more interactive in the United States while more passive, not necessarily in a bad way in Italy. My first concert in New York was at the Blue Note, with Kenny Werner actually, and I still remember the presence of the people actually listening very carefully and participating actively to all the musical events that occurred. I remember I said to myself, "I better say something with these solos because people here are really listening!"
Very special thanks to Andrea Veneziani and be sure and check out my link to his debut review http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8267386462362958080#editor/target=post;postID=960574246926743586