Jacob Koller known as The Mad Arranger tells us about his coming projects and his inspiration.

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What does music mean to you personally?
Music is my method of communicating thoughts and emotion that I cannot properly express with words.

Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?
No. Music can be all types of things. It can be very literal or very abstract. However, the same music can have a completely different meaning depending on who is listening.

If you were not a professional musician, would would you have been?
Probably a school teacher because I love to teach.

The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about your future?
I am not a straight classical artist so I don't worry about my future. I think there will always be a future for classical music. As the younger generation gets older they will long for something more soothing and relaxing.

What do you envision the role of classical music to be in the 21 century? Do you see that there is a transformation of this role?
I feel that classical music has an image of being for the rich and elite. I think classical musicians need to find a way to communicate its beauty outside of the rich and elite world.

When I say that classical music is searching for new ways or that the classical music is getting a new face, what would come to your mind?
There are a lot of crossover musicians now combing classical music with pop, rock, jazz etc. There are also many new classical composers who are experimenting.

Do you think that the classical musician today needs to be more creative? Whats the role of creativity in the musical process for you?
Most classical musicians play and interpret the music of others. There is definitely a need for highly skilled players in order for composers to achieve their ideas. I am more of an arranger and composer. So creativity is everything to me. I am always looking for new ways to test the limits of my instrument and my own musicality.

Do you think we musicians can do something to attract young generation into the classical music concerts? How will you proceed?
We have to play for kids as much as possible and introduce them to all kinds of music. I play concerts for kids(often for very low pay and sometimes for free) at least once a month. We have to give back our gift of music and share it with kids who may never get a chance to see acoustic music live.

Tell us about your creative process. Do you have your favourite piece (written by you) How did you start working on it?
I'm composing and arranging all the time. I can't really play the same piece exactly the same way twice. To me music is always evolving and even if I play an arrangement of a piece 100 times I am still thinking of different ways to play it.

We, Moving Classics TV, love the combination of classical music with different disciplines: music and painting, music and cinematography, music and digital art, music and poetry. What do you think about these combinations?
I've always been into music and film and often play video images of scenery that inspired my music at live concerts. There are so many possibilities of combining music with other art forms.

Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?
You just said it in the question. You have to discover it for yourself. Go to concerts, listen to recordings, play with many other musicians. Figure out what inspires you. Don't be afraid to try a bunch of different things until you figure out which direction you want to go in.

Now it is a common practice in the media to talk that the classical music is getting into the consumption business, do you agree? We are speaking about the supply and demand rules and how to sell your “product” in your case your compositions. How do you see it?
Music should first and foremost be about your art. But for most people, including myself, we have to provide for our families so if I can't make money doing music that means I have to do something else which means I will have little to no time for music. Most musicians I knows have had to struggle with this balance in life.

What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?
All my projects are experiments. My next project is an all original album inspired by forests and nature in general called "Healing Forest." Nature has always been my biggest inspiration and one of my gravest concerns for the future. I have never done a project like this but am very excited to release it.


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