The Inside Story: Jan Jirásek


Who was your first favorite artist(s) growing up?

To feature just a few out of many – Arthur Honegger, Black Sabbath, J.S. Bach, Jethro Tull, Ludwig van Beethoven, folk music… I sought to absorb from many sources.

What was your most unusual performance, or the most embarrassing thing that happened to you during a performance?

Sometimes I focus on the performance so much that my breathing disturbs the audiences sitting nearby.

If you could do any job in the world and make a living at it, what would that be?

I’m happy with what I do and what I have. To me, happiness is not to have what you want but to want what you have already.

If you could spend creative time anywhere in the world, where would it be? And why?

It’d definitely be in the mountains – either in Orlické hory (Eagle Mountains) in my homeland Czech Republic or in Colorado (Rocky Mountains). I need a deep resonance with nature.

What would you say to an artist performing your work that nobody else knows?

At the beginning, I’d give him/her no instructions. It’s very interesting to me how he/she understands my music without any previous verbal or written comments.

What was your favorite musical moment on the album?

It is the very first track, Kyrie eleison. It was my first serious choral piece. The kind and positive response from choirs and audiences encouraged me to write more choral stuff.

Was there a piece on your album that you found more difficult to compose/perform than the others?

Writing a simple, interesting melody is a great challenge. The most difficult piece of writing was for me “Kyrie eleison” (Missa propria). I’ve been working on that 7 minutes long piece for six months.

What does this album mean to you personally?

It depicts a great part of my life. By listening to individual pieces of music I always feel what my life was about at the time I wrote the piece.

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