Very original composer Jes Grixti talks about his composing style, why he is in another planet when he composes and sheds some light on his personality
It is a necessity similar to have breakfast, lunch and dinner
Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?
Life in itself is a fantasy, we are a product of fantasy and we live by dreaming, and hoping.
If you were not a professional musician, would would you have been?
I am who I am because I'm a miso! - hard to answer - so much things put there.. who knows... I do not rule out nothing!
The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about your future?
Its a fact that high art is in crises, lot of factors, circumstances and expectations. We need to be closer to the audience and more education/awareness is needed!
What do you envision the role of classical music to be in the 21 century?
To be an integral part of the society, Do you see that there is a transformation of this role? Should be more relevant, and be part of a synergy - high art music needs to stay exclusive because it is yet inclusive - I suppose we are missing the latter!
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?
Reflecting and capturing our society - our world - our lifestyle etc - being the barometer!
Do you think that the classical musician today needs to be more creative?
For sure - sadly for an entrepreneur!
Whats the role of creativity in the musical process for you?
I enjoy very much the composition side - the creative process, unleashing my fantasies, emotions, expressing my feelings and personality. When I'm composing I'm in another planet!
Do you think we musicians can do something to attract young generation into the classical music concerts?
Friendlier approach, and be part of for example add classical music to family photos, or great moments in once life such as the birth of a new baby in the family etc How will you proceed? as stated before
Tell us about your creative process. Do you have your favourite piece (written by you) How did you start working on it?
Every piece is unique - it is like having kids - you cannot compare - all yours and all have their own personality! recently I've composed a piano trio and an orchestral work - different yet capturing my journey! - that's what makes composition unique - it is my inner voice and I compete with myself because it is so personal.
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?
Great and to be encouraged. Nothing exists in isolation!
Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?
Relate, for example watch a movie that has some classical music and take the journey - the journey will take you to amazing places. Simple from the 'known to the unknown' - the joy of discovery.
Now it is a common practice in the media to talk that the classical music is getting into the consumption business, do you agree?
Sad - but it is the real world ruled by the rule of economics. 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? Composition is not there to be sold - it is higher than that - but one needs to secure a measure of financial stability!
Do you have expectations what regards your listeners, your audience?
Bringing them on board - lift them up - taking them on a journey.
What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?
I believe in substance, and quality. I work on one or two good works. I reflect and I need to feel the necessity to tell a story - a relevant one - otherwise whats the point? If I were in commercial writing that's another story - therefore, 'horses for courses. Country: