Here are some transcripts of interviews I've done over the years with various people in music.
Admittedly, Q&A is a lazy format that's boring to read, but it offers both the subject and the
interviewer in the raw. You can watch me ask dumb questions as I get to know these musicians
a half hour at a time.
The composer talks about his opera "A View from the Bridge" and other projects -- with lots of detours into obscure corners of music history.An impromptu chat about nothing in particular with a pianist who was known as a master of spontaneityOn his arrival as a "name" composer, music in the icy ether and not having to be a revolutionary if he doesn't want toA conductor leaves his plum gig with the Houston Grand Opera after 18 years in order to do symphonic repertoire in Wisconsin but ultimately decides he can't live without opera.An abstract discussion with one of the founders of the French "spectralism" movement in contemporary music, conducted a couple of years before his premature death.
Kennedy (aka Nigel Kennedy, The Nige, The Punk, The Bad Boy, The Fiddler on the Loose)An unexpurgated Q&A with the British violinist the like of which you won't see in the New York Times, L.A. Times, etc.The story of subharmonics or how a Juilliard violinist, while noodling around one winter's day, discovered a whole register of notes below the G stringThe hermit of Orkney talks about Maxwell Davian things like magic squares, the Fires of London and life on HoyViolinist, conductor, teacher, honorary peer of the realm, patrician man of the people, Zen-like man of the worldDowntown composer whose music sounds more like hip hop than bang on a can classical traditionThe Chicago Symphony's resident composer on why music is her whole life and why the phrase "female composer" is fightin' words