martedì 22 novembre 2011

All Things Considered - Keith Jarrett

Il 9 aprile di quest'anno, Keith Jarrett sedeva da solo sul palcoscenico di un vecchio teatro d'opera a Rio de Janeiro, la sua unica compagnia era un pianoforte - uno Steinway americano che descrisse come  "Non proprio perfetto".
Per quasi due ore, Jarrett suonò - come fa spesso - senza alcuna idea di cosa sarebbe accaduto dopo. Era pura improvvisazione.
Secondo Jarrett il risultato, ora disponibile sull'album Rio, fu una delle migliori musiche mai prodotte in una carriera che dura da quasi 50 anni.
Il programma radiofonico della Npr All Things Considered condotto da Guy Raz ha recentemente parlato con Jarrett di quella notte e di questa registrazione.

"I get to the place, I try to absorb the culture that I'm in, listen to the language, think about where I am, and that's about the only preparation that might be important," Jarrett says. "It was obvious when I listened to the CD that I was connecting to the culture. It wasn't Holland, or Germany, or the States, or Japan — it was south of the equator. So that made me free of something, I think."
It's a liberating experience, he acknowledges, to play solo.
"But you have to be ready to fall on your face — flat on your face — and have failed miserably," he says. "Like Jennifer Beals in Flashdance: She falls over; it's her worst nightmare come true. But what can you do worse than that if you're dancing? The same with this."
Three years ago, Jarrett went through a divorce from his wife of 30 years. He speaks of the experience as an influence on his music at the time.
"Whenever a change happens in a person's life — especially a large change, and especially an unpredictable one, like your spouse leaving or something — if you're an artist, you can use that," Jarrett says. "That's an energy force. It doesn't feel good, but if you're an improviser, you wonder, 'What will I play now?' So for a while, the curiosity of your new situation creates the music."
Now, he is engaged again — and in Rio de Janeiro, the relationship was still new.
"But in Rio, it's as you say, much more positive, and much more hopeful, and much more joyful," Jarrett says. "And I remember being at ease, and I can only say that was because of a new relationship, partly. Something about the way my life has gone has allowed me to weave through that stuff, and use the next experience in my life as fuel for the music. And this particular fuel was full of hope."
Perhaps it's a part of the reason that Jarrett claims to have made some of his best work after 50 years.
"I felt strangely at ease on stage, which is rare anyway," he says. "No matter what people think, no matter how many hundreds of times I've done it, it doesn't get easier. It gets harder, because my whole goal is not to repeat myself, and in some way bring something else into the world that wasn't there before in quite that way."

Ecco la registrazione della puntata di All Things Considered, con l'intervista a Keith Jarrett, dove è possibile anche ascoltare alcuni pezzi tratti dall'album Rio.

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