Featured Artist Interview with Dave Fox.

This featured artist interview ends with my guest Dave Fox playing one of several pianos that fill his spacious office. I found myself transfixed as he elicited tone after beautiful tone, his hands moving across the keys with grace and precision. That's talent, for sure, but much more. It is also the product of a lifetime of acquired knowledge, practice, application and passion for music in its many forms and means of expression. It is all that wrapped up in a man that just can't wait to share it all with a friend, a band mate, a classroom full of students, or an audience. There's a lot more to know about him, but somehow these images seem most poignant and serve to portray the essence of who he is.

There are undoubtedly many accomplishments of which he can be proud yet Dave does not give one the impression that he ever feels the need to point them out, drop hints or invoke them through innuendo. Instead, there is just an everpresent glint in his eye that tells you he is already visualizing and planning the next project, the next lesson, the next gig and they are each exciting to him in their own ways. With new students, varying band members and gigs in venues throughout the state, Dave manages to keep things fresh and vibrant moving fluidly through these ever-changing scenes. For a man in perpetual motion, he seems to have found a rhythm that allows him to keep the pace while appearing to be ambling along in a laid back, free and easy style. Part of being talented is the ability to make what, to the casual observer might seem difficult, look easy. Most of that my friends comes from drive, persistence and plain old hard work. Here's one man who genuinely appears to enjoy the work. I hope you have a good time getting to know a little about him here. I did!

And now for some links to occupy you:

Many thanks to Dave Fox and Greensboro College for graciously hosting us for this interview and to Melody Watson for her inspiration, technical, and blogging expertise.

Featured Artist Interview with "A Mad Affair",

Back in January of 2013 my Collabative partner and I had the pleasure of traveling to Reidsville, NC. to spend an evening at Brad and Tammy's Listening Loft. It was the first time we had been in their space and we were enthralled with what we found, including "A Mad Affair", the band that performed there that night. We had a great time and enjoyed meeting and chatting with band members Valerie Wood, Garth Robertson and Eric Smith. Towards the end of the evening, I mentioned that I did interviews with indie musicians and would like to have them if they were interested, to which there was expressed some mild interest. Over the course of the weeks that followed, guitarist / vocalist Garth Robertson and I began communicating back and forth via e-mails, which led not only to my being able to interview them, but having them perform at The Showcase of Original Music.

The day of the interview, the interaction was casual, animated and lively as the band members kept the banter flowing, while answering questions insightfully, mixing subtle humor and careful thougtfulness at different moments throughout our time together. We ended up with almost 45 minutes of material; far more than we had at any previous time. And even then I knew there were things that we didn't get to touch on, which made it hard to stop.

In the opening segment we talk about their commitment to being full time musicians, some of their history as friends and as musicians, their song writing process and how they present their music, among other things. We moved from there on to talking about the different types of venues they play and if they had any preference. There's also a lot of discussion about the business side of being a full-time musician these days and how the internet has affected the way bands go about booking, promoting and interacting with followers. We even got into some more personal taste and philosophic topics in the last segment before wrapping things up. Never has it been easier for me, as the interviewer, to get comfortable and into the flow, allowing an organic exchange to take place. Thanks to their relaxed personalities and demeanor, once we all sat down, the next hour or so seemed to fly by and was most enjoyable. I hope you get that sense when watching.

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Many thanks to The Creative Center for graciously hosting us for this interview in the Showcase Gallery. And to Melody Watson for her inspiration, technical, and blogging expertise.


on 2013-05-03 19:21 by Kris Ferris

In case you live in the Greensboro area and want to see "A mad Affair" tonight - Friday May 3rd, 2013 - in down town Greensboro at "First Friday", click here. Scroll down the page to Chakras and you will find some info. See you there!

Featured Artist Interview with Cabaret Singer, Ellen Ciompi

It was shortly after my Featured Artist interviews started, that I received a comment on an interview from a Cabaret singer from Durham, NC. by the name of Ellen Ciompi. She was full of praise and admiration for my support of local musicians. Ellen moved from those compliments, right into asking how someone could be considered for an interview. I wrote back explaining how I focused on artists who write and perform their own music and so wasn't sure that she would quite fit into that picture. I soon received another passionate and eloquent e-mail pointing out that there would be a lot of songwriters whose works may never have been heard, were it not for musicians, and more specifically, singers like herself to perform their compositions for them. She presented ideas that were well thought out and spoke with confidence and conviction. I was impressed with her enough that I wanted to find out more abouth this person, so we went about setting up a date to do an interview.

Ellen's intention to perform in the open mic at The Showcase of Original Music made it possible for me to arrange for our interview to take place in the library at The Creative Center where the Showcase is hosted. We met in the late afternoon on Saturday January 19th 2013 to talk. Ellen was a delightful guest and we had our share of smiles and laughs during our chat, which you will see.

Recalling how she first contacted me, I get her to talk more about her tenacious personality, which she ascribes to not liking to sit still. She makes a good point about the fact that though she does not write her own music, she does give the songs she performs her own touch and therefore makes them unique in her own way. I acknowledge that without singers like herself, there are some song writers who might never have been heard.

As the interview continues, my curiosity gets the best of me and I ask about whether there are song writers out there writing in the Cabaret style, or specifically for Cabaret singers, which lends itself to her sharing some insights into the way she interprets music, the selections she makes and the process that goes on with her musical partner Glenn Mehrbach. Having little background in the field, I find it all very fascinating. I ask her one final unscripted question as our time winds down. You'll have to watch to see what it is and how she responds. I hope you enjoy listening to Ellen as much as I did.

Some Links of Interest, Mentioned in our Talk:

Many thanks to The Creative Center for graciously hosting us for this interview. And to Melody Watson for her inspiration, technical, and blogging expertise.