sabato 25 marzo 2017

Mariah Parker - Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert

Questa volta presento un album che viene da oltreoceano, mi hanno contattato per puro caso, avevo fatto un post su un vecchio gruppo New Age, gli Ancient Future, e un giorno mi è arrivata una strana mail, dove il loro "capo", Matthew Monfort, mi ringraziava e mi proponeva questa pianista, da lui rappresentata.

Matthew Montfort
Ancient-Future.Com Records
POB 264
Kentfield, CA 94914 USA

Sono intercorse alcune mail e alla fine mi hanno mandato l'album completo di libretto, e mi hanno chiesto se ero interessato ad un'intervista... ho accettato, ho aspettato, e alla fine mi hanno risposto, con l'intervista.
Ecco a voi quindi, per Quattro Chiacchiere, l'intervista completa con Mariah Parker.

Mariah Parker 
risponde alle domande di 
Roberto Roganti

1) Who is in the life of every day Mariah Parker?

As an artist and composer, I try to spend as much time as possible at the piano, practicing and composing. Even when the muse is elusive, the process of returning again and again to the art and craft is part of the ‘courtship.’  It’s all about listening, being open to new ideas and having the free attention to follow the threads.  As an artist my goal is to be as available as possible to the muse. Sometimes new compositions takes time and coaxing… an idea might arise (a thread of a melodic line or a rhythmic idea) but sometimes you need to play with it, incubate it… sometimes for months.  Other times a piece can emerge fully formed.  The composition “For the Waters” was like that.  I had gone to bed thinking about an oil spill that had occurred that day, and woke in the middle of the night with the entire piece fully formed.  

Being out in nature is another great form of inspiration. I had a teacher who would record the sounds of birds and then slow them way down and use that as a basis for compositions. I’ve never done that, but do love this concept of everything being alive with music, requiring fresh, open ears.  

In addition to all that, there’s the every day work that comes with getting your music out into the world… that’s not as much fun as the creative part, but it still needs to be done. It’s rewarding when the fruits of your inspiration touch other people, so a necessary part of being an artist is doing all the things that allow the music to fly as far as it can and reach as many ears and hearts as possible. My writing to you in Italy is a part of that process! 

2) Very interesting as sound, you listen well, who inspired you?

I’ve been very influenced by so many artists across a wide spectrum of genres. As far as pianists go, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and Bill Evans have all been huge inspirations.  And of course all the great Latin players such as Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chucho Valdes and Michel Camilo. I had the opportunity last year to see and hear all three of them share the same stage and that was a mind-blowing experience.   Chano Dominguez opened my ears to new ways of weaving the strains of flamenco into the piano.  And the bands Oregon, Ancient Future and Shakti gave me radically new perspectives on composition. Egberto Gismonti from Brazil, like Ralph Towner of Oregon, is a monster pianist, guitarist and composer and a major musical influence. I’ve studied classical music as well and composers like Bartok, Debussy and Erik Satie have all broadened my harmonic palette. 

On top of all that, I’ve studied and performed in various types of musical ensembles, from Indonesian gamelan to Shona African marimba band, and draw inspiration from those as well.

3) Your first album in 2009, seven years have passed, we have to wait long for the next?

Ah, this is a short answer!  I have all the material for the next project which will be a studio project. Most likely I will be crowd sourcing that project. If any of your kind readers are interested in learning more, they can write to me at and I’ll keep them up to date!  

4) You have to program on tour in Italy?

Yes, of course... I am looking to pull together a European tour next year if possible.  Any readers with suggestions on festivals or venues, feel free to write me. It’s been close to ten years since I’ve travelled in Italy, so my Italian is rather rusty at the moment, but I look forward to brushing it up and performing in your beautiful country!