Reviewer: Good morning, Adam! How are you doing? Adam Klipple: Hi! Very good, thanks! I was waiting your call. Reviewer: Music is playing so loud, what are you listening? Luis Armstrong? I'm not mistaken? Adam Klipple: Exactly! You aren't, its Luis Armstrong. Every morning I wake up with music. Reviewer: Oh I see, music became a part of you. Adam Klipple: Right. I cannot imagine my life without it anymore.
Reviewer: So when did you know you were going to be a musician? Adam Klipple: It was in school. I wasn't interested in anything else. Music is my life, part of me, as you said before. Reviewer: So, music plays a major role of your life. Were your parents musicians? How were you encouraged to start a jazz musician's career? Adam Klipple: The music and I are one. There is no separation.
My mom played the piano a little because she taught young children and she played nursery rhymes for them to sing in class. My dad was a piano player also. May be that's why you can see me playing electric pianos and a variety of vintage keyboards. But I don't think I was encouraged to start a jazz career. I might have had the support of my parents to play the music that I wanted to play, but this jazz musician label is recent.
I also play funk, swing, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and West-African. Reviewer: What was the first musical instrument you were played on? Adam Klipple: The piano was definitely the first musical instrument I was played on. Well, my mother wanted me to study in the music school in Brooklyn and that she asked me what instrument I wanted to play, I said guitar - that was the second instrument I tried myself. After that I tried many others, like drums, electric piano, electric guitar. Reviewer: Are you from Brooklyn? Adam Klipple: Yeah. Reviewer: Whom did your parents want you to be? Adam Klipple: Well, as I said before, my mom saw me musician.
My dad, he also liked me playing, but he wanted me to be an engineer. Reviewer: So your father didn't like the choice you have done? Adam Klipple: No, no, of course he did. Music is also a part of his life. Reviewer: OK. Tell us with whom did you work before your current jazz band "Adam Klipple and quartet"? Adam Klipple: I don't want you think I'm a show-off, but here I can tell you a long story! Reviewer: Come on, Adam, don't be shy, I'll listen you with great pleasure! Adam Klipple: Well, I worked with artist like Joe Bowie and Defunct, Ron Aff if, Michael Ray and Cosmic Krew e, Craig Harris, Marc Ribot, John Medeski and some others. Now I can call myself instructor also.
I taught workshops in odd meter rhythms, world music performance, and improvisation at Rutgers University, Dartmouth College, and Goddard College. Reviewer: You are pretty young man but you have done so many things! Adam Klipple: Thanks! Reviewer: How did you go about choosing your musicians? Adam Klipple: To tell the truth, that was a really long process. I needed such people who would understand me without words, who can read my mind, my crazy and unexpected new ideas, you know. Reviewer: I've visited your concert in Bishkek, your music is complete improvisation, am I right? Adam Klipple: Mostly, yeah. But we have some sample, pattern of different kind of music and then we can change it.
It usually depends on mood, environment. I like guys I have, they are me as I'm they. They know me, they can predict. Review: Who were the original sources of inspiration and influences as far as improvisation, etc.
? And do you take it as a "route" or as "direction?" Adam Klipple: My inspirations came from may sources - the jazz greats from Charlie Parker, Louie Armstrong, Miles, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Christian. You see I listened to a lot of people. I played on shows with a few of them also. There is a lot of music out there. If you drive down the street with your car window open you will hear a different radio station blasting out of the window of every car you pass. All of these were influences at one time or another, even the classical.
I'm listening to movie soundtracks at this time. As far as the route or direction, I hear stuff that touches me. If the guys like it - we play it. If not, we " ll do something else. Reviewer: How long do you work together? Adam Klipple: ... mmm...
let me think... About three years, yeah, mostly four. Reviewer: Can you please mention everyone? Adam Klipple: OK, David Ambrosio. He is from New York. Plays acoustic bass, especially applies electronic effects.
He had few tours the U. S. , Canada, Europe and Japan. He has a BA in classical composition from the Manhattan School of Music and MA in jazz performance from Queens College. Frank Colon. He is our percussionist, plays congas, bongos, timbales, bata drums, chequere, cui ca, berimbau and tabla drums.
He was raised in Puerto Rico, studied in University biology, political science and psychology. With his band "MPB 4" he recorded three albums where were introduced the Afro-Caribbean chequere into Brazil music. Aaron Johnston. He is a drummer, also plays Afro - Cuban, Brazilian, West African and Latin styles.
Graduated Wichita State University of music program, where he studied jazz drumming and classical percussion. And he also served as director of the Wichita Escola De Samba.