Composers Eating Kettle Corn – Michael Ippolito

Composers Eating Kettle Corn - Michael Ippolito

I'm here today with composer Michael Dippolito Michael thanks so much for joining absolutely happy to be here so the first question I like to talk about is how do you take your popcorn I guess I would have to say usually I just do a little bit of salt otherwise plain popcorn mmm classic yeah cuddle corner music is our serious and I like to present music and a bit more of a laid-back environment a bit of a different experience and one of the things we like to ask is what have been some of your experiences outside of a traditional concert setting well probably one of the most formative musical experiences I've had was playing klezmer music I learned to play the accordion when to a really great festival in Germany where I spent all summer kind of learning this instrument I knew nothing about and learning about this music I you know think about these kind of jam sessions that would happen in the towns where and you know late night kind of you know what tunes do you know what tunes do you know and they're just that kind of like raucous freeform kind of jam the session was you know I was thinking that really finally it was a great great time how do you think that your interest in folk music and in jazz and other repositories traditions affects your music you know in a kind of counter intuitive way I find that as a composer and more interested in whatever that category of music is that can't be improvised if that makes sense that spending a lot of time experimenting with how far we could push an improvised medium and then really trying to create some sophisticated structure and almost composed sounding improvisation for me kind of narrow of the focus of what I wanted to do as a composer and and I certainly like a lot of composed music that sounds in private or E so I'm not knocking yet it's just for me I become much more interested in gestures that are very clear and kind of clear lines unisons things that are unnamed yeah so keep talking about smoke really yeah yes so smoke rings is this is actually a new version of the piece it was originally written for our show that's right for cello that's right yeah and actually and through the cellist in the Otago quartet was really interested in the piece we're doing that reporting project next week actually and we were scheming about how we could get in there to report all four cello parts and it was gonna be kind of a nightmare to record it so I thought oh you know he likes the piece and I really like to put it on the album so I made a quartet arrangement and this will actually be the first performance of that oh yeah yeah nice kind of premiere and yeah and then the original piece was inspired by this really weird song by Sailaja late middle ages who knows her and it's lulu-nee which kind of the text is very weird but it roughly means something like the smoky one smokes locally or something along those lines and it's just meant to be kind of almost a parody on deliberately obscure poetry overly complicated but I was just really drawn to the you know non totally related chords but they're very simple they're major minor triads they just don't make any sense following one another but the moist eating is very simple somehow that just got any kind of started the piece a little bit of a quotation just a couple of quarts from the original song but it was mostly the idea I guess the way it is move depending on going and you have other pieces that they draw from like medieval yeah yeah I have I don't know this is something that's kind of become a recent interest of mine read this really interesting book called a distant mirror by barbara tuchman and it's a really in-depth history of 14th century and yeah I suppose it shouldn't come as any surprise but her art stereotype of the Middle Ages that's very dour and kind of dark serious time but they were really just as like goofy and terrible and no I mean just you know yeah I mean it again that's kind of silly when you say it but but of course people are the same in all times it's just a mirror of it I didn't I didn't have much more than a superficial understanding about and the music is wonderful and weird so that's kind of a nice nice touch point but I can find these little examples in the mind mood for something cool yeah yeah Michael thanks so much for joining me absolutely a real pleasure talking yeah me too so in looking for to the concert yeah it's good I like the I like the parmesan okay Torian say down I like the secret I like the secret ingredient you can just bleep


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