"Music, like every art, needs to make people think, laugh and most importantly: feel! Music and musicians are the perfect representation of community, respect, diversity and even while we're still competing! Sound also has an ambiguous nature that allows for the listener's personal perspective to filter and be a part of the creative process...if the musicians play in artful way. We all have an Orpheus complex. It is my hope that our example can affect…Continue
"The most important thing I have learned is to be true to myself. There are always people who will come around and offer you something that seems to be better if you’ll just give up something of yourself. I am not willing to sacrifice anything that is important to me just to move up a rung on the popularity ladder."
Joyann Parker: Into the Light of Music…Continue
"Most of the greats are gone, headliners and side people. The level of musicianship is weaker, less inventive. I have no thoughts on the future because of this pandemic. We are living in intense times."
Joanna Connor: The Blues Rock Queen
Chicago-based slide guitar virtuoso and singer-songwriter, Joanna Connor, who is best known as one of the…Continue
"It definitely can be a challenge. Women have faced so many obstacles that men would never think about. Although I believe things have improved quite a lot recently, it still can be tricky at times. But the key for me is to work with really good and dedicated people where music is first and foremost, and respect for each other as artists reigns supreme."
Bette Smith: Long Walk To…Continue
"I guess that the 70’s were really important for the European jazz musicians to get recognized and to develop a thing of their own. The whole scene from the 60’s had opened a lot of doors: rock musicians got interested in jazz or free music (like me), classical musicians got interested in improvising, traditional jazz got mixed with R&B etc. This creative opening-up was important."
"Music heals us. Music changes to spirit within us on a deep soul level. Nothing can take us back in time like hearing a special piece of music—it’s the ultimate time machine. Music connects us to moments, people, places, like nothing else on earth."
The Mastelottos: Heartbeat of Music
Valentine’s Day 2021 delivers an…Continue
"Music is the most powerful form of magic and has the power to change people. And people can change things... The problem is how the right music finds the right people and the fact that there is way too much information, and nobody can deal with all this flow... We are drowning in meaningless stuff and missing on important stuff that could change things... From that chaos the culture is being destroyed because it is falling to reach the right…Continue
"Klezmer is emotional, fascinating, deep music with a connection to an ancient culture. It moves people in their hearts, in their feet, and for some it gives them a way to feel connected to their Jewishness."
Alicia Svigals: The Vessel of Soul Melody
Violinist and composer Alicia Svigals is the world's foremost klezmer musician and founder of the…Continue
"Oh, I miss a lot of things. I must admit that I just don’t find modern music as interesting as the music of the for instance the 60’ and 70’. I mean where’s the new BB King, where’s the new Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin? Who’s here to take over? I can’t see or hear them, but maybe I’m just to old to understand and appreciate modern music."
Thorbjørn Risager: Let The Groove…Continue
"Of course, I want music and jazz especially to have a positive and uplifting effect on people. As jazz was initially created in the Afro-American community, as such, it was has had a positive social impact on acknowledging this importance of this culture."
John Stowell: A True Jazz Musician
John Stowell is a unique jazz guitarist influenced as…Continue