53: an espresso with Jacky Terrasson

February 18, 2020

Personal and intimate

We interviewed Jacky Terrasson who, with the publication of “53”, confirms that he is a brilliant author and a pianist with a very personal voice.

> Ivano Rossato


What is the creative engine behind your new album “53”?

The main idea was to present an album with only compositions. Composing and playing your own music challenges the ways to define your own style, your musical vocabulary and so on… it was important to me to give it a go.
 

I love melody, harmony, rhythm, form, in all kinds of styles.

How did you choose the original compositions and the reinterpretation of Requiem in D Minor?
I just kept writing and kept the pieces I thought would work well on a recording. As far as the Lacrimosa goes, I just love that piece of music and thought it could be interesting to just play and improvise on the first 16 bars. It’s very short on the cd. Now, in concert, we expand on it a bit more…
 
The 16 compositions of the album impress the listener for their variety: do they represent your artistic evolution over the years or are all the facets part of you today?
I think it is both the suggestions you mention in the question. My tune Babyplum was recorded on one of my first CDs but most of the music on “53” was written within the two years before we recorded. I love melody, harmony, rhythm, form, in all kinds of styles so yes there are many colours.
 
 
You recorded the album with three different combos: what are the main differences you feel playing with each of the three?
I can’t say there are that many differences because we always try to do the same thing. That is: connect, listen, be creative, focus, have fun. In other words, make music. And they are all excellent musicians. The main reason for having 3 trios was to distract people and the press from thinking: this is the new Jacky Terrasson trio. I wanted to keep the focus on the fact that it’s a personal, intimate album made of original music.
 
Your style in solo improvisations gives a feeling of sobriety and sometimes self-irony… which soloists have inspired you the most?
I believe recording is a discipline of it’s own and an opportunity to document your work. It’s not like being on stage. In the studio, I like the different messages to be clean, precise and musical. Things get a bit crazier in live situations. As far as inspiration and influences, there are many, I’ll let the listeners guess…
 
 
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