Andrea Vicari interviews pianist and composer Vijay Iyer to discuss his CD called Uneasy and career to date.
Described by The New York Times as a “social conscience, multimedia collaborator, system builder, rhapsodist, historical thinker and multicultural gateway,” VIJAY IYER has carved out a unique path as an influential, prolific, shape-shifting presence in twenty-first-century music. A composer and pianist active across multiple musical communities, Iyer has created a consistently innovative, emotionally resonant body of work over the last twenty-five years, earning him a place as one of the leading music-makers of his generation.
Andrea interviews New York based guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg before his sell-out gig at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho.
Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg has been steadily building his name as one of the most compelling composer/performers in Jazz. Combining timeless melodicism with forward thinking lines and textures, His style and approach has created a strong following of fans around the world. He frequently tours worldwide and records with his own groups as well artists such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, who says of Kreisberg "He is a passionate musician with great vision, and he is constantly in fiery pursuit of innovation."
Andrea Vicari interviews internationally renowned US drum star Peter Erskine who enjoyed 'RockStar" fame as part of legendary band "Weather Report" in the 1970s before a long an illustrious career alongside musicians such as Joni Mitchell, John Taylor, Eliane Elias, Steps Ahead, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Brecker Brothers, The Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny and Gary Burton, John Scofield etc. He appears on 700 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music (1992).
Andrea Vicari interviews 2018 breakout artist Yazz Ahmed ahead of her extensive summer tour encompassing such prestigious events as WOMAD and LoveSupreme festivals in the UK and global venues across Europe and the USA.
Yazz Ahmed is a British Bahraini trumpet and flugelhorn player. Since releasing Finding My Way Home in 2011, Yazz has emerged as a distinctive voice on the UK Jazz scene, both as a soloist and composer. She has played alongside Toshiko Akiyoshi, Steve Williamson, Courtney Pine, Sir John Dankworth, Troyk-estra, Jazz Jamaica, The Human Revolution Orchestra, and Arun Ghosh. Yazz has also recorded and performed with Radiohead, Max Romeo, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, ABC, Swing Out Sister, Marc Carroll, and has toured the world with art-rock band, These New Puritans, as a soloist and member of their septet and quintet. She plays flugelhorn on Radiohead’s album The King of Limbs.
Andrea Vicari interviewed Ethan Iverson at Trinity Laban Conservertoire in London,. spring 2018. Pianist, composer, and writer Ethan Iverson was a founding member of The Bad Plus, a game-changing collective with Reid Anderson and David King. The New York Times called TBP “…Better than anyone at melding the sensibilities of post-60’s jazz and indie rock.” During his 17-year tenure TBP performed in venues as diverse as the Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, and Bonnaroo; collaborated with Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, and the Mark Morris Dance Group; and created a faithful arrangement of Stravinky’s The Rite of Spring and a radical reinvention of Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction ……..
US organ star Larry Goldings interviewed at Watermill Jazz Club in Dorking. Larry Goldings is a Grammy-nominated pianist, keyboardist, composer, and songwriter. Among jazz enthusiasts, Goldings' organ trio with Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart has been recognized for charting new ground, with synergistic playing and hard-swinging yet thoughtful music. Goldings' talents have been sought-after by an impressive range of musicians including James Taylor, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Tracy Chapman, Ricki Lee Jones, Charlie Haden, Steve Gadd, Herbie Hancock, Sia, Christina Aguilera, Elton John, and Leon Russell. The master of the Hammond Organ talks to Andrea about his life in music.
JOHN ABERCROMBIE & MARC COPLAND
Andrea Vicari hosts an interview with the legendary USA jazz stars, guitarist John Abercrombie and pianist Marc Copland. They played at the Watermill in Dorking in November and gave Andrea an exclusive interview just before their gig. John Abercrombie is best known for his recording career with ECM and work with The Brecker Brothers, Peter Erskine, Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Charles lloyd, Dave Holland; and has just completed his latest album “39 Steps” with Marc Copland. Marc Copland has worked with Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Hank Crawford, Art Farmer, Curtis Fuller, Tom Harrell, Eddie Harris, Harold Land and Blue Mitchell, Dave Liebman, Bob Mintzer, Gary Peacock, and Sonny Stitt.
Andrea Vicari interviewed Japanese piano star Hiromi at her hotel in London after a sell-out show at The Jazz Cafe in Camden. Hiromi started learning classical piano at the age of five, and at 14, she played with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. When she was 17, she met Chick Corea by chance in Tokyo, and was invited to play with him at his concert the next day.
Globally famous US drummer Bill Stewart has played, recorded and toured with will Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Larry Goldings, John Scofield, Seamus Blake, Maceo Parker, Lee Konitz. Andrea Vicari talks to him about his career and drum techniques after a concert at the Watermill Jazz Club in Dorking at which the "Great Day in Dorking" photograph was taken due to the large number of British Jazz musicians who attended the gig.
Marianne Trudel is a multi-talented pianist, composer, improvisor, and arranger. At once energetic and passionate, her music cross-cuts a wide swath of musical interests. As a performer, she pursues an active career in a variety of settings ranging from solo performance to duo, Trifolia, Marianne Trudel 4 + Ingrid Jensen, septet, and large ensembles. She has presented her music in various countries: Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Italy, Hungary, Lituania, and China.