Following his memorable, sold-out solo recital at the lavish Ian Potter Sound Gallery in Monash, CHTNetwork spoke briefly with pianist-composer Benjamin Martin, who the great American pianist John Browning called “the young Horowitz” by. When asked how Martin successfully blends contrasting sounds, his eyes lit up. “I try to think of painting different sounds. And as Horowitz puts it, “A pianist need not be confined to watercolours. One can be an oil painter too.”
Yet why do some find classical music boring? “That’s actually becoming an old-fashioned idea”, he says.
He believes the term classical needs to be reimagined – “It takes great imagination and an element of risk-taking on the part of the performer to convey truth, and if any of those elements are absent, your audience switches off. Art’s not about being safe”.
What about musical influences? “Meeting Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood was definitely a pivotal moment for me in my youth. His conducting classes were especially instructive and rhythmic.”
I then asked how one balances playing and composing? “With composing it’s ultimately necessity that motivates you. The moment you’re gripped by a spell of creativity you just must go with it. Playing and composing are entirely different disciplines”
And the future of classical music? “As the great cellist Anner Bylsma (who just passed away) said, “Music is so miraculous, when it happens. For instance, you’re sitting in a room with your friends. You’re playing Ravel’s String Quartet – a wonderful piece. Suddenly the walls seem to disappear. You don’t think about your colleagues or your friends anymore. Something happens in the room. I find it mysterious, it suddenly is beautiful. You can’t force it, it happens.”
Below is a link to Benjamin Martin’s arrangement and live performance of Ary Barroso’s ‘Brazil’: soundcloud.com/benjamin-martin-974049038/martin-barroso.
在莫纳什华丽优雅的Ian Potter Sound Gallery音乐厅举行了一场令人难忘、座无虚席的独奏会后，CHTNetwork与钢琴兼作曲家Benjamin Martin进行简短访谈。美国伟大的钢琴家John Browning将Martin誉为“年轻的大师霍洛维茨(Horowitz)”。当被问及他是如何成功将形形色色的声音融合一起，Martin的眼睛亮了起来。“我试着描绘出不同的声音。正如霍洛维茨所说，“钢琴演奏家不必局限于水彩画。一个人也可以成为一名油画家。”
至于为何有些人觉得古典音乐枯燥无味呢？“实际上这是一个已经过时的想法。”他认为，古典主义这个术语需要重新构思 – “表演者需要加入极大的想象力和敢于冒险的元素来传达真理，缺乏这些元素，观众们就会失去兴趣。而艺术与安定是无关的。”
以下为Benjamin Martin对Ary Barroso“Brazil”的编排和现场表演的链接:soundcloud.com/benjamin-martin-974049038/martin-barroso