Toronto jazz musician Drew Jurecka in conversation at Berkeley Bicycle Club Toronto on jazz and improvisation.
I’m Drew Drecker. I’m a violinist. I love playing jazz. I love the way that it sounds and also the way that it is played where the songs are just a framework for a deeper improvisatory conversation that happens. There’s a connection with musicians and also with an audience that happens in a live situation that you can’t duplicate. You really just have to be in the room with somebody and kind of feel it. I love the melodies and I love keeping old melodies alive but I also just love jazz as a comfortable safe place to try out musical ideas that you can’t in pop and rock music.
There’s a disposable element of the improvisation process which really benefits from seeing it live once and never seeing it again which allows the artist to be more free in what they try to do and allows them to fail and also allows the audience to experience the frustration and effort and exaltation of the performer as they succeed or fail with what they are trying to do in real time. Every time I get to play live and have this experience, I always value this experience. It’s always exciting to go and play a gig and try things and start doing things that I’m not totally sure I can achieve. That’s really what’s magical about it for me.
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