Our work is in skills and craftmanship and that takes time and every day you make music is a progression to a day when it will feel easier or different. It’s a life-long process, and it will be ever changing and that’s ok.
I try to listen intently to my inner voice and the serendipity of what’s around me, but I find as I improvise on that idea I’ll catch a whisper, almost a scent of something which I chase that ultimately ends up being the composition
“I’m a huge fan of salon concerts. I love the intimacy of being in a small space with 20-50 audience members, sharing something immediate and tangible.”
#MeetTheArtist interview with @newmusicker Adam Marks #pianist
The great thing about being a composer in the 21st century is that we no longer need to be the least bit affected by anyone’s arbitrary rules about what’s considered acceptable or not in concert music
The greatest challenge is the first attempt at composing every next work: inevitably I ask myself ‘Do I have something to say with this work? Are these notes relevant to the human condition of today?’
The moments when I’m on the podium, making music, and diving into a piece, connecting with all the musicians – those are the most rewarding and fulfilling aspects of being a conductor for me.