FROM CLASSICAL MUSIC TO JAZZ
Exclusive Interview with Michele Andree - Friday, December 4th, 2009
Artists from all over the country want to work with him. This man is extraordinarily versatile, as much at home with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite to his rendition of Thelonius Monk’s “Blue Monk”. Although his roots were firmly planted in the world of classical music, his heart and mind became captivated by the music of jazz masters such as Miles Davis, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock etc. In 2002, Arshak decided to emigrate to the United States to pursue his new passion “Jazz”.
Thank you so much, Arshak for taking time to answer these questions in the midst of recording a new CD and all. I sincerely appreciate your generosity.
No. 1) What is music to and for you?
I’ve heard this question innumerable times and every time I think about it I come up with a different statement based on “where I am”. I still don’t have a settled answer, only thing I know is – it’s my life, my happiness and my food. So for me music is literally EVERYTHING.
The only “non-scientific” explanation I can give to -what is music- is: it’s an amorphous space with an eternal stream of aesthetic energy which drives our emotions into extreme degree of felicity and happiness. It reflects our feelings which of course can be sorrowful too.
Many of us comprehend the meaning of it by playing a little or major part in it. And when you see you create pleasure, merriment and a smile with a touch of a finger on the key or a draft of a note one a paper it makes you experience all of those. And then you understand ...
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