We had the pleasure to sit and chat with Jazz musician Matt Herskowitz last week. We asked him a few questions on inspiration and creativity. Here is what he had to say :
I’m a jazz/classical pianist/composer who can’t just choose one style and stick with it. I love going out on the road to play concerts for a month or two at a time, and performing in small, intimate jazz clubs as well as in big concert halls. I’m a stubborn perfectionist in my music, and in my life.
What is your favourite creative outlet?
In addition to music, I enjoy writing as well as creative conversations with really smart people who make you see things differently. Unfortunately I’m no visual artist (my horses have six legs) but I love admiring great works of art. In music, I’m doing just about everything creative I can do: musical theatre, film scoring, song-writing, arranging and composition.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Like most other artists, I draw inspiration from moments of strong emotion, whether it’s a surge of vibrant energy or a moment of soulful pain. I find that I need some contact with the outside world for inspiration; a crazy night out with friends, a romantic relationship (the world’s oldest inspiration, of course), or just the misadventures of life itself, which I’m fortunate to have on a consistent basis.