David Lanz - Biography

David Lanz (David Lanz) - a brilliant pianist, a well-known not only in his home country, in America, but throughout the world. He - one of the brightest stars of contemporary instrumental music. David hails from Seattle, the north-western United States.

His career began in the distant 70s, when no one has a well-known musician on the piano soloist in the local club teams, masterfully playing jazz and blues. Who knew then that he was prepared for a very different path in the music ... 


Time of great change in the life of the composer came in the early 80s. "One friend of mine, to hold seminars on chakras and working with the body, required music illustrating the flow of energy through the chakras - later recalled David. - I recorded the music for the workshop, and everyone who heard it, I have a copy." With this little tape and began the ascent to the musical Olympus Lanza. "Then there was no musical style closely resembling mine, - continued the composer. - And it definitely was not called New Age. I used some of the music for the workshop on my first solo album" Heartsounds "(" Sounds of the Heart ")." This CD was released on Narada company in 1983. This was followed by many albums, received enthusiastically by critics and the audience snapping up well. Real triumph came in 1988, when the album Lanza "Cristofori's Dream" (so called little-known inventor of the piano from Amsterdam, who inspired David to write this music) soared to the top of the New Age charts "Billboard" and did not leave it for 27 weeks! Then the composer for a long time collaborated with the company Narada, releasing albums with beautiful music, including the autobiographical "Return To The Heart" ("Return to the Heart") and pays tribute to the "British invasion" 60 project "Songs From An English Garden" ("Songs from an English Garden"). 

Music by David Lanz's incredibly romantic. It is very light, light and deep at the same time (I would even say, suffused with wisdom). And this, of course, due to the spiritual search Lanza. Theosophical Society, Rudolf Steiner - here are some of his hobbies. By the way, in his youth, David was not only a big fan of Keith Zharretta (Keith Jarrett) and Bill Evans (Bill Evans), but also fond of music an electronics experimenter Steven Halpern (Steven Halpern). David listened to his music while doing yoga. "I loved the atmosphere of the music Halpern, but it does not cling, there was no music, no structure. I started my career, seeing this genre. And although I could create the same atmosphere, I tried to do it by writing a" real "works: the entry, the culmination, the middle and the coda." And the music Lanza has quite a traditional structure. 

I wonder what an amazing event, determined the fate of David, came to him when he was only 4 years old. "I was lying in the grass and I saw Jesus in the clouds. I had such supernatural events throughout my life who have guided me so that I can remain in contact with the astral or intangible area. Some of them moved to the music that I play , and other people can penetrate it. "


David himself has an excellent sense of humor and self-irony even calls himself a funny name SNAG, which stands for "Sensitive New Age Guy" (Sensitive New Age Guy). He recently began working with the famous company Decca, on which he released his last album to date "East Of The Moon" ("East of the Moon"). 

David Lanz's goal, which he wants to achieve in his work, simple and clear. "You can look and see that I have never written a product containing the title the word" love. "I deliberately avoid writing love songs. I see my music as more music for healing. This is something for me in the first place . I figured this was the way to positive change in people. I use the term "healing" in the broad sense, not only in relation to physical illness. we are all mentally ill. Today we - being "broken" in many different directions at once. I find that the music - it is a means to soothe our longing for unity, "the way home" ... People need to create peace within themselves before they rush to save him. "

Speaking about the work of Lanza, not to mention his long and very fruitful collaboration with guitarist Paul Speer (Paul Speer), as well as participation in the creation of original music for your video projects "Desert Vision" ("Types of the Desert") and "Natural States" ("Natural conditions "), issued by Miramar. 

David is teaching, actively touring. Recently, coming home and having a short rest in between concerts, musician agreed to give us an interview, which we bring to your attention. 


- When you listen to your music, it seems that it was written in a state of great love. Due to this your music, which does not seem too complicated, very deep and has a strong emotional impact on the listener. What inspires you to create it? How would you explain why it has such an impact on the listener? 

- I like your expression - "a lot of love." I write music for about forty years, most of my life. I spent so much time in the world of the imagination, I can "go deep", as you say, and be inspired by the experiences of my life, in mythology and in my own spiritual nature. I wish only the highest good listener created my music.

- What are your creative "roots"? Who and why most influenced your work? 

- I can not thank so many creators of music for inspiration and influence. First influenced me my mother. She led me to the delight of his execution boogie-woogie piano, this is one of my first musical memories. I grew up listening to Ray Charles (Ray Charles), Nat King Cole (Nat King Cole), Frank Sinatra (Frank Sinatra), and other popular music of the forties and fifties. It was the music that played and loved my parents when I was a kid. In the 60s there were a lot of instrumental pop and rock music, for example, "Telstar", "Pipeline", "Theme From A Summer Place", "Exodus", "Theme From Route 66", this music by Henry Mancini, as "Peter Gunn "," The Pink Panther "(" The Pink Panther "), and" The Theme From Romeo And Juliet "(" theme from Romeo and Juliet "), and I was soon captured popular topics of instrumental music. 

BEATLES really affected me at the time, and in general the British pop music 60-70. My piano lessons never deeply concerned classics, and in 12 years I stopped them and began to learn to write and play rock and roll and learn as much as possible of musical styles. This went on for several decades. I discovered jazz and classical music as a listener, as a teenager. I have experienced a lot of different influences. In the late 60s and in the 70s, I also liked to listen to classical Indian music, funk, soul and even a little country-style Floyd Cramer (Floyd Cramer). Music group PROCOL HARUM also extremely influenced in his youth in my approach to writing ... I think that you should not list a huge number of classical composers and jazz pianists, so let's move on to the next question. 

- We would be very interested to know what is your impression of the creative musicians Windham Hill Records? Does it affect your creative exploration? 

- There are parallels between the music of Windham Hill, and the one that I do. I was inspired by the fact that the music of George Winston so well received. Until then, I never thought that a solo piano can be so popular. The studio has released a lot of great music. 

- Your music is reminiscent of the music of Susan Chaney (Suzanne Ciani). Your musical styles are pretty close. I wonder if you know the music of Susan and what is your attitude to her work? 

- I've heard a lot of the early work of Susan. Her style is similar to mine, as it uses in his music melodic and simple shapes. 

- What are your impressions of the group THE WAVE, serving with Chaney and includes some well-known artists Windham Hill, and musicians involved in it? 

- I know about the group, about which you ask, but, to my shame, had never been heard. While Susan and I know, and one day we had a short co-headlining tour. 

- Where and how do you usually find ideas for your album? 

- Ideas and themes of my albums come from nature, from a reading of the mythological and religious literature, of experience and of the use of the power of imagination! I let the album art to evolve with time. It really is an organic phenomenon. 

- What musical instruments do you use in your work now? 

- When writing, I use a large acoustic piano, but also love to play the drums - for fun and practice! 

- I want to know about your work on the album "East Of The Moon" ("To the east of the Moon"). How did the idea of its creation? Why did you decide to implement this project now, before the start of the new millennium? What ideas have inspired you to record a suite of "World In Peace" ("The world - the world")? 

- The original title and the theme of the disc was "A Time For Peace" ("Time of Peace"). I've been working on this concept a year or so, and eventually the name was changed to "One World" ("One World"), and then - on the final - "East Of The Moon". John Tesh (John Tesh) released a CD called "One World", and I had to rethink its approach and subject. 

Music "World At Peace" - a concept for the realization of which I was expecting the new millennium. It seemed a good time, a time for peace. This is my musical vision of the world and part of my personal mythology. The rest of my new galleries devoted to ancient mythological themes. Interest in the "Green Man" (from the Celtic mythology. - Comm. Aut.) Led me to the book with the same title, which gave the name "East Of The Moon". His quote "Green Man" in ancient history given in this book. 

- Could you tell us about those of your albums that you consider most important and interesting in your work? 

- Important to me all my work. When I first started recording, I had to be limited to a piano solo. Eventually, I drew in my studio and more musicians, my budget has grown, and I could not afford to spend money on real musicians ... for example, use "live" instead of string synthesizers. In synthesizers have their place in music ... but not usually in my compositions. 

- What is important for you to express your music? 

- Each song tells me that she needs to come to life. I believe in the soul of the song. A soul needs the freedom to speak. That's what you need to express. 

- As far as we know, you are one of the pioneers in the creation of music videos with views of nature. Please tell us about their development and cooperation with Miramar. As we know, by now you have created three video programs ("Through The Hands of David Lanz" ("Through the hands of David Lanz's"), "Desert Vision" ("Types of the Desert") and "Natural States" ("Natural phenomena") ). Which one is your favorite? Do you plan to continue working on similar music video projects? 

- I enjoyed working on "Natural States" and "Desert Vision". They were made in collaboration with director Yenom Nikmanom (Jan Nickman) and my producer Paul Speer (Paul Speer). Miramar, we have created a company to make such a video. Now the situation has changed and we are no longer the owners of Miramar. These works have been our reaction to the new (at that time) videorevolyutsiyu MTV (mid-1980s). We used nature, and our subjects seem perfectly compatible with our music. It was the music of the time, and we have no plans to do it again. Ian Nikman now works mainly with computer graphics. 

"Through The Hands Of David Lanz" - a methodical video intended for the many students and teachers of piano playing that perform my music. Music books with my music is very popular in America, and I wanted to share his approach, his style of play, and - a little - his philosophy of music. 

- What do you think about the prospects and trends in the music video for the 21st century? 

- Live - see ... 

- It would be very interesting to learn about your collaboration with the music companies which produce your albums. Why do you cooperate with these companies? With what company are you working with now? 

- My music is very well known here in America. Until recently, my label was Narada. Now I am working with a company Decca Records, and I hope that this will help to spread my music around the world. This company is much larger, and its distributors are working almost around the world. 

- Could you tell us about your collaboration with Paul Speer? 

- Our relationship has been very fruitful, we worked on a dozen or so musical projects. We have developed a very popular style. Paul was very good in the studio and was able to supplement my piano with his guitar. Like any relationship, this contributed to further development for both of us. 

- Are you planning other joint projects with Paul? 

- At the moment - no. 

- Could you tell us a little about your collaboration with David Arkenstone (David Arkenstone)? What do you think about his work? Whether you're planning with it new joint projects? 

- Arkenstone - it's a great musician, and I am sure that his best work is still ahead. We have worked with the same company and we were brought together for commercial reasons. I'd like to have to work with him, but now those plans I have. 

- Which of the musicians can call your friends? Who helps you in your creative work? 

- I can call my friends all the musicians with whom he worked. I am open to cooperation with all good performers. My creative work in the hands of the "Great Muse", which is present in all good musicians and studio technicians. I am open to the free exchange of ideas in the studio. 

- How about a tour? Do you give concerts? 

- Now I have a tour dedicated to my last disc "East Of The Moon". It lasts the whole year with breaks, tearing me from his family and work on other projects and works of music. 

- What are the religious and philosophical views are close to you? What is your spiritual quest? Do you do any spiritual practice? Have you taken or are taking now participate in any spiritual courses or meetings? 

- For many years, I am aware of their spiritual nature. I studied various systems of philosophy, eastern and western. I meditate every day, but do not follow any religion. I believe that God is in all things, all people and all phenomena. Music, of course, is divine! 

- How does your music relate to your spiritual quest? 

- Music - a reflection of the soul ... it may be good, bad or indifferent. Music for me is very spiritual. I do not see any preference in my work. 

- What are your creative plans? What are you working on now? When can we hear your new album? 

- All the time I compose new music. But the new album as such has not yet been scheduled. Maybe next year I'll be able to talk about the new project. 

- Do you like to travel? In some countries and places you most like to visit? 

- I have been to Spain ... I love Spain ... as well as some other parts of Europe, Korea and Japan. I love all people, and travel help expand my understanding of the world. And, of course, I will ever be happy to go to your edge! 

- Where do you live now? Do you like this place? What is your family? 

- I live in Seattle (Seattle), Washington, in the north-western part of America. It's very beautiful. Many mountains, rivers, lakes, near the Pacific Ocean. It is very inspiring to me to make music! I live with my wife, she was a consultant on spiritual matters, and teenage son, who plays drums in a rock band. 

- What interests you in life? What are your long-term goals? 

- My goal in life - to continue to spread my music to it to reach as many people on our planet. My message - a message of peace and unity. Peaceful world - that's what worries me the most in life. Since my family and finishing my musical work. 

- What is, in your opinion, new age music? How would you define it? What are the prospects and trends do you see in the new age music and all the music in the 21st century? 

- "New age" - it is not really a musical term, so it is difficult to determine. I am sure that my music speaks for itself. It is full of hope for the future. I hope that the music will continue to encourage people to disclose their highest potential. Oh and you can not ask for more! 

- What would you like to wish our readers and your fans in Belarus? 

- I wish everyone in Belarus, peace, hope and blessings in their lives, and I hope in the future to play a lot of gigs in your country! 


The authors Andrew KOROTKEVICH, Alexander Petrov, Sergei Kozlovsky. 


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