Remember that scene in Bull Durham where Kevin Costner's seasoned character tells the young pitcher how to talk to reporters?
You have to tell them exactly what they want to hear. Well, guess what, same thing applies to classical musicians. You have to tell the reporters exactly what they want to hear. I just ran across a great example in the Guardian. Here is violinist Leila Josefowicz showing us exactly how a classical musician shows how cool they are:Crash Davis: It's time to work on your interviews.Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: My interviews? What do I gotta do?Crash Davis: You're gonna have to learn your clichés. You're gonna have to study them, you're gonna have to know them. They're your friends. Write this down: "We gotta play it one day at a time."Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: Got to play... it's pretty boring.Crash Davis: 'Course it's boring, that's the point. Write it down.
What was the last piece of music you bought? The latest by the Kings of Leon - there’s something beautiful and grungy about the sound of that band, and I love that they’re three brothers and a cousin.
What’s your musical guilty pleasure?
No guilt at all: Justin Timberlake! And Eminem. And Nirvana... Rhythm rules the world, and always will.Could you stand some more?
Is applauding between movements acceptable?I wish it happened all the time, and was the correct audience “behaviour”. Sometimes the sound of silence in between the movements feels so awkward and wrong. But if audiences save all of their feelings until the end and finally really SHOW them then it’s at least a very much needed outlet.
What single thing would improve the format of the classical concert?
Hard to say without it being cliché. Bring a guest along to the concert and they get in free - and as an extra bonus they get to meet the artist to show them we’re human? We need to continue to introduce people to classical music that have never had the experience of it.Just one more?
Which non-classical musician would you love to work with?Björk. She’s so imaginative and intelligent.You just knew that one was coming, right?
OK, I didn't make any of this up. This is really what Leila Josefowicz, a formidable performer of contemporary music, actually said.
But I think she could work on it a bit. Here are some suggestions:
What are the last ten recordings you listened to?
Björk, Lady Gaga, Björk, Mahler, Beyoncé, Björk, Public Enemy, N.W.A., Björk and Ajerbaijani polka music.
What musicians do you most admire?
Oh gosh, I really love Justin Bieber, mostly for his harmonic sense. And Madonna--I think she has so much to say.
AAAGGGGHHHH!!! I give up, I honestly can't do it better than she did. Oh, I know, "You gotta play it one day at a time."
Here is Leila Josefowicz when she isn't shining on some junior reporter at the Guardian: