The Oak Park-based composer’s arrangement of the spiritual “Blin’ Man” will be at our upcoming concert, Wade in the Water.
1. What are you listening to on your iPod these days?
Both of the new Grammy-nominated discs by the choir Seraphic Fire from Miami. One is a Christmas CD and the other is the Brahms Requiem in its more intimate piano 4 hands version. I am supposed to review them soon on my choral music blog: www.paulcarey440.blogspot.com.
Otherwise I unwind listening to quality Latin jazz.
2. What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done — musically or otherwise?
Become a father! Otherwise, climbing a mountain in upstate New York. When I got to the top and my lungs were dying, I met a 75 year old lady basking in the sun—made me feel really out of shape to see her there in apparent ease. But then I found out she had climbed all of the "50 high peaks" at least twice in her life.
3. If I weren't a musician I would be…
a baker (or a candlestick maker, or string bass jazzer).
4. If I could change one thing about classical music…
I would knock down "the fourth wall" as often as possible. Without dumbing down the product, I’d strive to make classical concerts less stuffy, more inclusive, and maybe add door prizes, chainsaw jugglers, and a dancing platypus to the show.
5. A musician or composer people might not know about but should is…
Tarik O'Regan, a great composer currently in NYC (originally from UK). Also the violist/madman Yuri Bashmet.
Thanks for asking, Chicago a cappella!