Making Conversation, Episode 20: David John Lang interviews Jakub Jankowski

In this episode you’ll hear:

Composer: Jakub Jankowski
Website:  https://www.facebook.com/jakubjankowskicomposer

interviewed by: David John Lang
Website: www.davidjohnlang.com

This conversation was recorded on the 29th of November, 2016, in the composer’s home studio, South Australia.

Show Notes

“I like the concert hall… I like this tradition of… you sit there quietly, you listen intensely… I like that, and I suppose people go because they also do… and I write for those kinds of people…”

“Actually, I think if Beethoven had a drumkit, some of those symphonies would just… [*clicks tongue*]… just that extra bit more… I suppose that’s a heretical statement!”

Jakub Jankowski interrupts work on a string octet to chat with David John Lang about the enigmatic process of discovering a piece as you compose it. Why is he drawn to writing music for the concert hall? Why does he like to use pencil and paper so much? And what’s with those surprisingly stylistic juxtapositions that occasionally appear in his music?

Music in this Episode

Rejoice
Composed by Jakub Jankowski.
For the Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra, the Band of the South Australian Police and Robert Hower.

Ritual
Composed by Jakub Jankowski.
Performed by Janis Laurs, Ewen Bramble, Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra.

Les Commandements du Catéchisme du Conservatoire
Composed by Jakub Jankowski.
Performed by Mekhla Kumar.

The music you heard in the opening and closing credits is:
I/O (2014), by Eli Simic-Prosic
For diskclavier, recorded by the composer.
Used with permission.
https://soundcloud.com/eli-simic-prosic

Production Credits

The Making Conversation: Australian Composers’ Podcast is brought to you by Making Waves.
This episode was recorded and produced by: David John Lang
Audio consultant: Daniel Thorpe
Mixing and Mastering: Thomas Green
Executive Producers: Lisa Cheney & Peggy Polias Making Waves

With Thanks

The Making Conversation Podcast has been made possible with the generous support of:

Project Patron: Cameron Lam of Kammerklang

Production Donors: Kieren Paynter, Nigel Poole, PLEXUS, Callum Moncrieff, Constance Barberakis, David John Lang, Christopher Gordon, Anne Gill, Brian Howard, Caroline Thompson, Leah Barclay and Jocelyn Wolfe and all who contributed to the successful crowdfunding campaign

Making Conversation is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH.

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