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
I like to have a theme, or subject matter, for my piece either before I start, or in the very early improvising stages. This helps me shape my piece. I often use landscapes, both rural and urban, to inspire my work. Sometime I draw a picture of what the piece should look like!
‘Stardust’ is all about melodies. I really wanted to get back to the core of every composition, to the beginning of every cosmos. Every track is concentrated on its own melody and every melody shows its own universe.
So many people have inspired me; not only composers or musicians but also artists in various disciplines.
The composer must produce what he/she has in his/her mind, pursuing his/her own musical language, but also taking into account particularities of the commission and exploiting them to his/her advantage.
The joy when the work will be played is definitely a special pleasure. I mostly use Sibelius for writing and once when I give a musician a part, then my music come to life. That is a very special moment.