TERENCE BLANCHARD: REQUIEM FOR KATRINA
Terence: In fact, a great concert. This music makes an impression even on those who do not like to show emotions, do not like to cry. I had a friend from Virginia, who told once how he was sitting in the car, listening to a CD with this music, he listened and went somewhere. So he ended up in the cemetery where his relatives were buried. He stayed there for a few hours and cried.
After Hurricane everybody tried to help - did what little they could. Helped until all around was quiet. You know, the Americans always "trying to take care, pay attention" (laughs). And then return to normal activities.
Ian: Yes, the memories of the hurricane ... You know, just last night I saw the photos.
Terence: In a documentary about the hurricane, my mother was in the picture. She knew nothing about the film, and I wanted to prepare her before she would see what happened to our house then, how it was destroyed.. I knew that she had a friend who died after seeing the ruins of his house from the car window. That's why I sometimes lose my temper when I see how thoughtlessly people talk about politics. After all, it affects the real life. See what I mean?
Ian: I understand you. Politics is there, far away, but what's the relation?
Terence: The relation is in life itself, in truth. Bureaucrats are somewhere there, but the reality - it is the memory of the innocent people, of the man whose heart has not sustained tragedy. He was 72 years old, he spent on the roof of his house for five days. Five days in the dark, water was everywhere, scorching heat. Authorities knew of the impending hurricane and lied. There is a picture, which shows the head of government, looking through binoculars. He poses, shows compassion ... Damn his binoculars. Sorry, I'm nervous. Sorry.
Soldiers who came from war talk much about it. Afghanistan, Arab countries .. Only among their stuff, soldiers tell about the massacre of people .. how they collected the corpses of children in the car ... but nothing like that was never mentioned in the news ...
CNN has demonstrated the effects of Hurricane 24 hours a day, so what? In one of those tragic days, I went to the gas station, handed a credit card to the employee, but the owner of the filling station did not take my money. Here they are - real people. They are those who listen to music. I can not forgive myself a lot - why we made that happen? We do not vote, we sit at home and watch TV. We need to be more active, we should not live like this, should not be idle.
Ian: I'm from England and there, things are much the same. But the fact is that formerly I was interested in politics, and now I see everything more widely. Here is a real communication with you. How do you like our band?
Terence: I never rehearse. I do not want to transmit feelings that do not feel.
Ian: In fact, today's performance was stunning.
Terence: It was glorious (smiles). And when it happens, you feel the joy with enthusiasm.
I love art, but this music - is the result and a kind of attempt to speak for those who can not do this. I can not explain everything, but I'm trying to ... You know, it's as if you've seen every day your hometown shown on TV, people you know, but who are no longer with us ..
You know, Louis Armstrong was called the "ambassador of peace." I am a frequent speaker around the world, with musicians whom I do not even know.
And we change something. It's like an energy exchange, the impact on the human aura. I want to talk about Azerbaijan. Yes, of course, it has own traditions, its own culture, which is different from that which is familiar to me. See what I mean? Music does what can not do knowledge of the language. Speech has its limitations. This eventually leads to the fact that you feel the difference. Music is above it, as if it connects people energetically, as if under the law of the universe. It is very interesting and at the same time contributes to development of society.
Ian: Art - unites, does what society can't do.
Terence: Yes it is. But think of some politicians. Those who want to remove the music from the curriculum.
Ian: Music? From the school curriculum?
Terence: Yes, here is an example. After the hurricane, some houses have been restored, but there was an incident involving a water supply. The discrimination was shown, and yet what does water have to do with whether you are rich or poor? What is important and what brings people together is the humanity. Do you understand? Man - this is who unites. I've never been here before. I do not know the local traditions, norms of behavior, but I'm not worried about it. That calms, it's the idea that I should mind my own business, playing music. And people appreciate it. Yes, we - a single unit.
Ian: It is truth. The orchestra, the audience, feelings, the hurricane ...
Terence: I played in unison with musicians. It was great. I was able to do it (laughs).
Ian: You have to come here again!
Terence: I would like to. Thank you!
Ian: Thank you!
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