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Ken Navarro インタビュー(Dreaming of Trains)

新作CD Dreaming of Trains がリリースされましたので、Ken Navarroにメールによるインタビューをお願いしました.
前作CD"The Grace of Summer Light" から大きく作風が変わっています.

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Yoshi:
Hi Ken,
Since "The Grace of Summer Light" released in 2008, you have diverted into more contemporary jazz flavor music. Congraturations your new CD "Dreaming of Trains" out. Thanks for couple of times E-mail interviews since your past CDs released.
Same as last time interview, I already read SmoothViews your recent interview article. Also, it has been taking three years since last time your interview article on my site (on Feb 12,2007) , world is changing and there are a lot of innovative new technologies available since then.
So that, I'm going to ask you some other viewpoint and evolved questions from my last interview.

Yoshi:
Q1:
From Smooth Views interview, I understood, you are a big "Pat Metheny follower" and tried to make same kind of music as Metheney but NOT to be a "second Metheney". I agree with you. I'm very interested in 20th century (later than impressionist Claude Debussy..) music theory and my music point of view is, "contemporary music" means 20th century music theory applied music style. I think, you were doing movie sound track composition and arranging when you were in LosAngeles. Pat Metheney is the good "20th century music theory" music player. Is this for you are following Pat Metheney and interested in movie sound track alike your recent two CDs music ? Please let me know your interest of these music composition and arranging ?

KN:
I am not particularly interested in pursuing soundtrack music. My music and the compositions from "Dreaming of Trains" stand alone and were not conceived or intended to be soundtrack music for a movie. Someday, it would be interesting to work with a great film director to create music which served their film. But until that happens, I will be continuing to compose and record music which is meant to stand on its own. It is interesting to note that many fans have written to me to tell me of the many pictures and images they imagine when they close their eyes and listen to "Dreaming of Trains".

Yoshi:
Q2:
For related with previous interview Q8 (Feb 12, 2007), I have asked internet based radio is efficient if music fan already know Ken Navarro, however, if anyone do not know Ken Navarro situation, regular FM radio music program may be used for music listeners to discover new musicians if listeners like same kind of music (genre). This time, you have had interesting answer for SmoothView interview question that,
quote from SmoothView your answer:
"I don't want to go to that group and say I'm another Pat Metheny because I'm not, but that is an audience that may think only one person does that. How do I get them to listen to other musicians like myself, with other things to say that would appeal to them too? "
- unquote.
Ken, do you think, music "genre" based FM radio station system in the US is still efficient even if new Internet media like FaceBook, Podcast, YouTube are getting popular right now ?

KN:
As regards radio, I feel that all of the outlets which are available now including internet radio, satellite radio (XM Sirius for example) and FM terrestrial radio are all viable ways for people to discover new music and my music in particular. I myself now have a daily radio show on the great internet radio station Smoothjazznow.com. It is yet another new way for me to connect with my fans as well as to make many new fans.

Yoshi:
Q3:
Related with your answer on SmoothView: "How do I get them to listen to other musicians like myself ...." When I found Ken Navarro, you were playing and releasing more Smooth Jazz music format like "Smooth Sensation" etc.. in 90s. Please let us know, your music composition and arranging difference between Smooth Jazz booming 90s and your current 2010 ?

KN:
The composing of the new music itself is where the real challenge lies for me now. The kind of long form, storytelling music I composed for "Dreaming of Trains" as well as my previous CD "The Grace of Summer Light" demands a very high standard. The smooth jazz format in the 90s was more oriented towards three or four minute songs with a verse, a chorus and a bridge. My new compositions go through numerous changes and shifts throughout. However what makes my music different from most progressive leaning music is that the changes are never meant to be jarring, but rather they are built around melodic themes and flow smoothly within the songs. The reason a group of songs with this level of complexity can be so accessible is because they are beautiful, diverse, and there isn't the dissonance that is often the hallmark of progressive and fusion projects. When I am composing, the music has to touch me deeply for me to believe that it's true and honest and therefore worthy of being recorded.

Yoshi:
Q4:
As you know, "Music genre radio station program" system is available in the US. Yoshi in person, I think this system works well in the US, related with previous question. (same kind of music is on same radio station and airplay all day makes new musicians will be discovered by new fan..) However, this way sometimes may not work well in non US countries. I know, Contemporary Jazz music composition and harmony theory is based on 20th century impressionist and later classical music composition and harmony theory. Pat Metheney, Burt Bacharach and YOU are very good musicians of this music genre. (I assume, you have Erick Satie name on "Dreaming of Trains") Problem that I found in Japan is, music has a lot of elements like melody, rhythm and harmony, etc.. If someone is thinking "same kind of music" is from melody not for harmony, on the other side, someone classify by rhythm. Some case, Smooth Jazz or Contemporary Jazz is sometimes misunderstood by Japanese regular music fan (not specific Jazz etc..) and Japanese broadcasting system organization is not going to provide "music genre based radio stations" system. I have had information that similar situation is in Europe like Germany, Netherlands etc.. There are a couple of Smooth Jazz musicians immigrated from Europe to US said when they were in Dave Koz Radio Show studio guest, "I'm born and raised in Germany, but there is no Smooth Jazz and American music radio stations near home town. I was moved to Munich, there was one radio station having American music... "
Ken, is there any your comment on this for developing more musician's opportunity to be discovered from new fan who did not know the music and musician ?

KN:
As a contemporary composer and guitarist, it is very difficult for me to categorize what I do. I have had so many different musical influences throughout my life. Pat Metheny and Burt Bacharach are just two of thousands of influences on my music. I naturally blend everything I love into something new which can be called "Ken Navarro" music. Improvisation and a strong sense of interaction between the musicians on my records creates a strong jazz flavor to my music as well. Yet there are also modern classical influences as well as popular song and rock influences too.

Yoshi:
Q5:
You have had, FaceBook utilized realtime online live for your fan and it was successful. Online live is very efficient for global fan for experience your live. You have had new CD sales because of that online live. This is good idea, but only problem is "how to get paid from online live". Regular (Physical) live performance should be paid by ticket, but YouTube and others are no way to charge live. Recently, paid online streaming system is available. So that, you might have "Ken Navarro Fan Club" and will it work with international your fan ?

KN:
I did a Facebook listening party prior to the "Dreaming of Trains" official release. It was a huge success! Over 500 Facebook friends had an opportunity to listen to the CD in its entirety and then purchase a signed copy directly from my record company. We sold many CDs that day! And we also publicized "Dreaming of Trains" to listeners who otherwise might not have explored it. Many of those listeners from the listener party have since purchased the CD or the downloads from retail sites such as iTunes and Amazon.com. They also told many of their friends about "Dreaming of Trains".

Yoshi:
Q6:
In Japan, due to recent economic downturn, there are many small live performance halls closed especially in Tokyo area. Also, many CD shops are closing or acquired by supermarket or convenience stores company. I know this is same as in the US. Fortunately, Smooth Jazz fan are existing widely scattered in the world not in single cities. I do not think, this is not only related with economic downturn point of view. World is changing and economy is matured. Jobs and lifestyles are changed. Related with previous question, do you have another Internet live for other enhancement for communicating with Ken Navarro fan all over the world ?

KN:
I am currently looking into the possibility of another listening party. However, this one would allow listeners to speak with each other and with me while we all listened together. In the meantime, I am very active with my Facebook page, MySpace and of course my excellent web site - www.kennavarro.com - where I am constantly providing new content and updating it on a daily basis.

Yoshi:
Q7:
"The Grace of summer Light" and "Dreaming of Trains" are both contemporary music enhanced music seems like movie sound track. I feel that, these two CDs composition and arranging will be fitting something like documentary or scientific movie sound track. If you have a chance to produce and composition/arranging movie soundtrack, do you prefer that non jazz musician job like sound track producing ?

KN:
I believe that I answered this question in answer #1.

Yoshi:
Q8:
You have put "The Stars, The Snow, The Fire" on your website front page. This tune seems, same kind of "Smooth Sensation". Are you going to lead existing Ken Navarro fan for using "Smooth Sensation" kind of sound then lead into your new contemporary jazz sound ? ( Maybe if "True Stories" is on your website first page, existing fan expecting "Smooth Sensation" Ken Navarro might be surprised.)

KN:
"The Stars, The Snow, The Fire" has 8 separate sections and is a long form composition which takes you on an extended journey, complete with a jazzy 7/4 section where I play one of my best recorded acoustic guitar improvised solos while the fantastic drummer Joel Rosenblatt from Spyro Gyra, the virtuoso acoustic bassist Tom Kennedy and the amazing pianist Jay Rowe (Special EFX) provide an intense, exciting and beautiful back drop for me to interact with. "Smooth Sensation" is also a pretty song but it does not have the same compositional attributes or sophisticated structure. I like "The Stars, The Snow, The Fire" very much and so I decided to use it as the music on my web site's home page. I plan to change the music on my home page to other songs from "Dreaming of Trains" during the course of 2010. I am sure I will eventually use an excerpt of "True Stories" at some point.

Yoshi:
Q9:
You are using Mandolin on this CD. Please let us know, reason how to use Mandolin and your preference ?

KN:
I play a very old (circa 1950s) mandolin made by Kalamazoo, a company that was once located in MIchigan. It is a gorgeous sounding instrument and it records extremely well. I played it on 3 of the compositions from "Dreaming of Trains", most notably on the song "Shared Air" where there are two mandolins.

Yoshi:
Q10:
According to SmoothView interview, you said, quote:
"It's difficult to finance a group tour right now. It costs a lot to travel,..."
unquote:

Last interview in 2007, I have asked and your answer was:
"KN: My CD sales currently account for approximately one third of my income. Another one third of my income is derived from my concert appearances and another one third from royalties from my compositions and publishing. "
Comparing now and 2007, Could you cover your Internet live performance or other cyberspace new media instead of regular live tour you were doing in the past ?

KN:
I am looking into the possibility of an internet concert performance. YouTube is also a wonderful way to give listeners a taste of my live concert experience. However, there is nothing that truly compares to feeling the vibrations and energy of a live performance in the same physical space. It is also very special for me to perform this new music from "Dreaming of Trains" and "The Grace of Summer Light" in front of as many live audiences as possible. Therefore, we are working to present this new music with my 4 piece band in such a way that is economically feasible. We will be able to travel to many cities and perform the music in the way I hear it. We have already scheduled several performances for 2010 and will be scheduling many more. I would love to perform "Dreaming of Trains" in Japan!

Yoshi:
Ken, thanks for answering my question every time and always I'm pleasure communication with you and exchange recent your information. I hope, you must be a good "Family Man" working always at home in your studio !!
Yoshi


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