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15 Questions to Dale Kavanagh

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Hi! How are you? Where are you?
Hi there, I am in Iserlohn, Germany.


What’s on your schedule right now?
Well I just finished a hectic spring consisting of performing and teaching in Canada, Italy, France, Germany and England. In 2 days I am off to a guitar festival in Koblenz to teach for 3 days and then have a couple of weeks off before the summer festivals in Canada, USA, Spain, and Malta.


If you hadn’t chosen for music, what do you think you would do right now?
I would be doing something involving nature either Biology or Oceanography


What or who was your biggest influence as an artist?
That is vary hard to say.... Nature, ....need to express without words............ Great artists in differrent fields ie: Pollock, Picasso and Monet, John Cage, Kurtag and Gismonti. And, and, and, and, and a never ending on it can go.................


What’s the hardest part about being a musician and what’s the best?

The hardest part????? Being strong when I am feeling weak............ never giving up when wondering why ........ but that is in any field............ or... figuring out how a career works as there is no recipe.......... The best is doing it living it and feeling music art and expression.


What’s your view on the classical music scene at present? Is there a crisis?
Not that I know of. There will always” be and not be” a crisis in the classical field. It depends and who you are talking to.


Some feel there is no need to record classical music any more, that it’s all been done before. What do you tell them?
Everyone is allowed their opinion. An artist must do what they must. If it means a new interpretation of an older work, then that is purely their calling and they must follow. There will always be complaints, no matter what we do. That is just fine.


What constitutes a good live performance in your opinion?

A good live performance is giving all you have, saying what the composer wants and being successful at it.


What does the word “interpretation” mean to you?

Perfoming a piece as I have come to understand it. (within the rules of performance practice of the time)


True or false: It is the duty of an artist to put his personal emotions into the music he plays.

Absolutely. Why else would we be doing this? I am not a researcher I am a performing artist.


True or false: “Music is my first love”

Most definitely


True or false: People need to be educated about classical music, before they can really appreciate it.
For some more complicated pieces, I must say that it is true, however, there is a lot of “easy to understand” classical music.


You are given the position of artistic director of a concert hall. What would be on your program for this season?
I would put on as much modern music as possible............both abstract,, intellectual, plus melodic rhythmic fun music.


What’s your favourite classical CD at the moment?

“Dancing in the Light” by Christos Hatzis


Have you ever tried playing a different instrument? If yes, how good were you at it?
I have played, piano clarinet , saxophone, mandoline, banjo, electric guitar and mouth harmonica.


Discography:
Solo:
Music for Guitar Solo (Haenssler)
Rêverie (Haenssler)
Toccata in Blue (Haenssler)
20th Century Variations (Haenssler)
Lyrical and Virtuosic Guitar Music (Haenssler)

With the Amadeus Duo:
Intimate Inspiration - The Very Best of the Amadeus Guitar Duo (Haenssler)
Baroque Moments (Haenssler)
Guitar Gala Night (Haenssler)
Hommage (Haenssler)
Dedication (Haenssler)
Mediterraneo (Haenssler)


Homepage:
Dale Kavanagh
Dale Kavanagh & Amadeus Duo


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