Ron Davis, composer & jazz pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Big question. Many people, many things inspired me. Great pianists like Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson. Great musical minds like Glenn Gould and my teacher Darwyn Aitken. Great performers like Take 6 and Bobby McFerrin. My parents’ deep respect for…

Kit Downes, composer, pianist and organist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I started playing organ and piano quite young, and sung in a choir when I was at school. This was very inspiring as we would get to perform new choral music by people like Arvo Part and John Taverner, as well as singing through…

Rowan Hudson, jazz pianist

The nature of improvised music means that it’s very rare that everything falls together perfectly in real time, and in a way that’s not the point. There’s a Miles Davis quote where he says something like ‘I can play music all night, but there will only ever be about 8 bars where I really nail it’, and I know what he means