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The ArtistShare Profile series features exclusive interviews with ArtistShare artists focusing on inspirations, current projects, and the creative process.

fabian almazan : part 3

Continued from Part 2

AS:
What was your most memorable experience with a fan (of yours)?

Fabian: The first time I played in the Village Vanguard with my own trio, a young teenage boy came and sat right next to me with his parents and spent the whole set staring at us as we played with wide open eyes and ears. Afterwards, his parents came forward and asked if I could talk to him. It warmed my heart to talk to him because only a few years earlier, I had been exactly that kid, completely mesmerized by someone such as Gonzalo Rubalcaba... and the fact that the roles had been reversed made me realize that I now had a certain responsibility to young aspiring musicians to give them all I have the same way my mentors did to me.

AS: Describe the latest creative process update you made to your project.

Fabian: I have experimented with adding subtle audio effects as well as electronic elements to the recordings which I think enhance the experience. I felt compelled to do this to one specific piece, “The Elders” because it was originally recorded by the band Weather Report, composed by Wayne Shorter. Even though I rearranged it for Rhizome (the name of my trio and string quartet) I still felt like in needed that subtle electronic element for it to really audibly work.

AS: If you could collaborate with any musician (dead or alive) and share the process with your fans, who would it be and why?

Fabian: Well, I’m a huge Maurice Ravel fan so I would have loved it if I could have had an opportunity to just talk to him about music with him, let alone collaborate. To me, Erroll Gardner was one of the most unique voices in jazz piano to ever have existed and I’m fascinated by people that seem to come forward with their own identity on an instrument seemingly out of nowhere. I’d love to talk to him. Out of living musicians, I’m very interested in the things that Jonny Greenwood is doing and feel like we have a good deal in common. Also, in the world of hip-hop, if I were to really stretch, I’d like to work with KRS-ONE, I find what he does to be honest and genuine and that’s what I always look for in musicians.