Yorg These days for octaves I prefer a grasping motion, which you can see in this video here. Bohemian Rhapsody Jarrod Radnich. Whatever way you play the octaves and chords, it helps to practise eyes closed. This is a 1 page sample. This piece, as you may notice, has some very interesting aspects.
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To me, this year-old Southern Californian embodied an epitome of a true performer who not only engages the audio senses of a listener, but also brings so much more in delivering a rich multi-sensory experience of piano performance for a diverse audience.
A creative talent not so common in the piano world. All that inspired me to reach out to Jarrod Radnich for an interview. Where and how did you grow up? My parents used to live on the beach. When they decided to start a family, they wanted to move out of the city. I was playing with Legos when my mom came in my room and asked if I wanted to start learning the piano. JR: Actually, although most people find this difficult to believe, there was never a time where I decided I wanted to become a pianist.
Instead, my early passion for composing was the driving force in my decision to be a professional musician, and the pianist part just came naturally with that.
Having said that, the piano is truly unique and unparalleled. Being concerned because I was getting all of my homework done before the school day was over, she suggested to my parents that I needed something to challenge me.
She recommended that I take piano lessons. The next day I was playing with Legos when my mom came in my room and asked if I wanted to start learning the piano. PPM: What did your parents do for living and how did their choice of occupation influence you? JR: While an avid surfer in his recreational time, my father is inherently an artist and became a highly sought-after general contractor and creative tile specialist, co-writing the California licensing tests for both tile and wrought iron installation.
He now designs and builds incredible custom hot rods. Back when I was growing up, my mother worked with my father in their construction business and also as the executive director of the local chapter of the American Red Cross. I believe it was these environments where I learned the value of an intense work ethic and learned the importance of volunteerism, which is how I spend a significant portion of my time.
I also was exposed to creative thinking and artistic expression. PPM: Do you have any siblings? I, too, enjoy fast and exotic cars, and am thrilled to have recently added the new Lamborghini Huracan to my garage! PPM: Do you have a family of your own? What are your views on importance of a family? I believe family is a state of mind — blood is important, but ethics and character matter most. PPM: In one of your interviews I read that you became a piano teacher at…..
How did that happen and who was your first student? JR: I had already been performing for several years, accompanying school plays and the like, and parents would ask if I would teach their children, many who were in my elementary school. Within two years, I had a regular weekly roster of over 30 students, from youth to adults, and was ironically getting paid more money than my school music teachers.
There is an excitement in being able to help someone else realize their musical goals — and even surpass them. Teaching is such an honor and a responsibility, and I am appreciative of having been given the gift of being a great teacher myself — and when the passion is real, it naturally spreads and you pass along that gift. PPM: When and under what circumstances did you have your first public performance?
How did you feel before and after? Those were always fun because, as is typical of a boy at that age, I got to get out of my regular class to work on the play. It was pretty incredible having the humpback whale pod circling around and not continuing on their trek — some say they stayed for the music. It was a fun, intense video to shoot, and it played for the Emmy Awards.
Are you your own creative director as well? As is the case with all of my compositions, I conceptualize the visuals as I create the piece itself. We have a phenomenal production team with incredible talent in creating beautiful content and footage.
We discuss and collaborate on angles and techniques, scenes, and concepts. Then my co-producer and I go back into the editing studio, choose which footage we want to use to work within the story board, and, finally, do the post production video editing and mixing that builds the visual rhythm and movement to match each part of composition as it unfolds.
How does a process of bringing out an idea from the ether and implementing it in physicality work for you? While many notes can be written to underscore drama either on film or stage, I believe that the melodic themes unto themselves must carry the ethos of the piece in a way that is both familiar, yet intriguing.
In discussion particular to composition for the piano, I heavily experiment and improvise on the piano, turning themes inside and out, looking at various small motifs and elements on which to build upon. I also write-out the many contrapuntal elements that I am working with so as to find the best way to bring them to life within the confines of only two hands.
I heavily experiment and improvise on the piano, turning themes inside and out, looking at various small motifs and elements on which to build upon.
PPM: Do you have a favorite video that you produced and why? JR: Where to begin! PPM: Do you practice piano every day? And how many hours a day? It tends to vary depending on project and performance deadlines. Other times, well, I practice for hours a day and go for a week without doing much else. PPM: What was the first music piece you ever wrote?
My first copyrighted piece was a song composed for a ninth grade girlfriend sappy, I know. Ironically, the piece was later used for a TV special when I competed as the top pianist in the L. I loved that guy and everything he brought to the world. He was classy, brilliant, entertaining, and knew how to hold an audience and give them the gift of enjoyment.
What was that project about? PPM: Who are some of your favorite classical composers? This means that, for example, my actual keystrokes with their nuances are digitally communicated and then physically executed on another piano somewhere else that is playing the YouTube video — right before the eyes and ears of those people at the other piano. One can record and upload their performance or stream it live simultaneously to literally millions of pianos around the world through the YouTube distribution network without an issue of requiring significant bandwidth.
PPM: What commercials have you written music for? JR: As a ghost writer, that information remains confidential. One public commercial is a public service announcement for the Great American Shakeout — an earthquake preparation reminder. In that I wrote the music and also sang. PPM: How is writing music for commercials different from writing for other projects?
JR: It completely varies depending on the project. Inherently, the entire piece lives in a much shorter lifespan, so everything has to be very efficient and development if there is any has to occur very quickly. PPM: What music have you written for Disney? If so, what are your responsibilities there?
And what are your goals for this organization? JR: I volunteer most of my time helping to rebuild this iconic arts center in my community. We offer first-rate arts education to over area youth in our after-school programs where no child has ever been turned away due to inability to pay.
We are now part of a team forming a new school for arts and technology. Additionally, the Cultural Center has now become one of the top producing theater organizations in Southern California and is home to the Joshua Tree Philharmonic, an inter-generational community orchestra of which I am the volunteer maestro. JR: You jest. What is that?
Generally, I decompress in nature and have a passion for botany… and exotic cars. PPM: Do you exercise regularly? JR: I joke that conducting or playing the piano the way I do is definitely a sport!
Seriously, I do some running, hiking, smart weight lifting. PPM: Do you eat healthy? What is your favorite food? JR: I definitely eat healthy, and my body prefers the cave man diet — keeping it organic with as few ingredients as possible. PPM: Do you practice any form of religion?
What is your understanding of and relationship with God? JR: Music is a spiritual experience, and as a Christian I have always had a close relationship with God and acknowledge that higher power. There are few great musicians I have met that do not acknowledge and revere that there are forces far greater and more complex than ourselves. Enjoyed the interview? Please, consider donating a small amount to the author to express your appreciation.
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