One of my professors in college would take time in our music class to talk about the importance of surrounding ourselves with not only quality music but also quality art, literature, film, poetry and such. That class changed my life. I suspect this same class also changed Joãl Alexandria Cachero’s life too. We both studied jazz at WSU over the last few years and it sure seems like we were opened up to new ways of thinking and looking at the world. This week Joãl took some time to answer a few questions for us:
What was your first musical experience? My first musical experience that I can remember is probably listening to my grandmother play organ, or singing hymns at church. I can say that old video game music has had an influence on me as well.
Does music serve as a vehicle for you to deal with different situations in your life? Music has always has been an outlet for me. I'm sure most musicians would say that. There is music for every situation in life. There is always music to accompany your mood. I like to use music as a vehicle to enhance my moods during the day.
What would you say is the most important musical endeavor taking place in the 21st Century? In my opinion, one of the most important musical endeavors taking place right now (akin to my interest) would be the kick back to synth music. I really like how musicians are using harmonies that were very common in 80's and 90's music and fusing them with drones and more modern, intentional 'low-fi' sounds. It reminds me of when I was younger playing Sega Genesis while running a high fever. This music is almost purely digital now with musicians hovering around sound boards and sequencers, making extremely interesting live music.
One thing we addressed in the jazz program at WSU was how music, art, literature, film, poetry, etc. was connected. What do you think about this? I was just getting ready to address that in the previous question, this new scene accompanies their music with film art. They collaborate with artists skilled in editing video (primarily VHS) to create very interesting scenes that add to the mood being created by the music. It's hard to explain. It's almost as if the music and film are inseparable. The arts have always been interrelated. In my opinion our culture has tried to separate and categorize them, and failed because the arts are related and always have been. You can't have one without the other.
What musical projects are you currently involved in? Currently I am playing in a jazz quartet regularly on Sundays at the riverside perk. I mainly use that group to gain experience playing jazz live. Most of my projects have been solo. I can't really call myself a solo artist because I never play my 'other' music live (other meaning music outside of jazz.) I'm currently collaborating with a friend of mine who is a film artist. I have been composing music for her films for the last 5 years. There is always talk about collaborating with other musicians, but frankly I'm sort of a loner when it comes to collaborating outside of jazz. I compose a lot of music and adapt it to both jazz and my solo music.
What’s your favorite style of music to play? Favorite style to play live is Jazz, but when I'm by myself I compose a lot and play a lot of Classical and Brazilian music.
Top 5 Musical Influences on you:
• Heitor Villa-Lobos (Brazilian classical guitarist/composer)
• Nobuo Uematsu (Video game composer)
• Thelonious Monk (jazz pianist/composer)
• Sonic Youth (alternative rock band)
• La Monte Young (Minimalist/Avant Garde composer)
If you want to check out Joãl’s jazz performances:
• The Riverside Perk – Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
• The Pump House – Every other Friday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
• Poetic Justice - In the fall every Monday at 8 p.m.
You can find his solo music on his Myspace page www.myspace.com/joel32067 or Youtube channel www.youtube.com/jac32067. Joãl regularly uploads new songs on both pages.
In listening to Joãl’s music I can certainly hear the influences of his grandmother’s organ playing and hymns embedded deep in his music, but there is also a modern air to it. I can definitely hear his music in combination with film or balancing beautifully with poetry.
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