Exclusive: Musical adventures with composer Javier Rodriguez

by | Dec 14, 2023

Javier RodriguezA dynamic performer and adventurous composer, Javier Rodriguez has graced the biggest stages in Europe, created a number of groundbreaking film scores, and left a personal mark on the modern music world.

Born in Spain, Javier studied with legendary pianist Rafael Orozco before embarking on a career that would take him around the world. He spent several years as an in-demand composer for both ballet and cinema, while also becoming a highly sought-after educator.

In 2014, Rodriguez was appointed Music Director of The World Ballet, and went on to become nominated for two Tony Awards and a Spirit Independent Cinema Award.

The artist has collaborated with some of the most accomplished musicians in the world, including Ravi Shankar, Sura Susso, Yaroldi Abreu, Jansen Santana, Mutsumi Abe, Helio Delmiro, and Modou Toure.

Javier is currently based in London, where he maintains a steady schedule of performances. 1 In Music e-meets the accomplished music artist.

The Sound of Javier Rodriguez

My life without music is somehow incomplete…

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

Javier Rodriguez [JR]: Undoubtedly, the style and objective are to create immersive and emotional soundscapes. My compositions are characterized by the repetition of patterns to create a sense of calm and serenity. It’s melodic music but it also uses textures and layers of sounds to create a unique experience for each listener. I also incorporate elements of classical music, jazz, and electronic music to create a distinctive and recognizable style. Overall, my music is introspective and evocative, and is often used in film soundtracks and television commercials.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

Javier Rodriguez [JR]: My music is deeply rooted in my personal experiences and surroundings. I often draw inspiration from nature, landscapes, and the concept of time. This connection with the natural world is often reflected in my compositions, which often evoke a sense of serenity. Also my music is influenced by various genres and styles, including classical, minimalist, and film music. Composers such as Igor Stravinsky, John Cage, Arvo Pärt, and Philip Glass have played a significant role in shaping my compositional approach and the atmospheric, introspective qualities of my music.

1 In Music: We can definitely feel everything you say in the sound of your music, thank you.

The making of Javier Rodriguez

Javier Rodriguez1 In Music: You have spoken about the people who have inspired your music but what or who shaped your music further?

Javier Rodriguez [JR]: I have collaborated with several renowned musicians and performers, expanding my artistic reach and experimenting with different genres. These collaborations have further exposed my music to new audiences and allowed me to explore different musical styles and approaches.

1 In Music: Who supports you most?

JR: In terms of support, I have received critical acclaim for some of my works throughout my career. My music has resonated with people from various backgrounds, attracting a diverse audience that appreciates the evocative compositions.

1 In Music: Peer recognition and fans have that positive effect. But before these all came, when or how did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

JR: When I realise that my life without music is somehow incomplete…

Who or what else inspires Javier Rodriguez?

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

Everything: Classical, Neo-Classical, Electronic, Jazz, but also Metal, Rock…

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

It’s a question of personal opinion, but for me, the most undervalued music artist is Dorothy Ashby. Their talent, creativity, and impact on the music industry often go unnoticed or underappreciated. Their music contains a unique blend of genres, thought-provoking lyrics, and exceptional vocal abilities that deserve more recognition.

Gleaning secrets and inspiration from Javier Rodriguez

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

Javier RodriguezJavier Rodriguez [JR]: I think I have a meticulous preparation process for each performance. Some key aspects include:

  1. Score Preparation
  2. Rehearsing with Musicians
  3. Conducting
  4. Technical Preparation: Paying close attention to technical aspects, such as sound production and amplification.
  5. Revisiting the Music: the most important part, just after performing a piece multiple times, I revisit and re-evaluate the compositions.

1 In Music: What do you do beside music and that you are passionate about?

JR: Travelling, socialising, cycling and playing chess.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

JR: Success is Audience Connection and Emotional Impact in the listeners: music is, over all, a universal language.
Also, Success is Personal Growth and Exploration: for me, it means freedom to explore different musical territories, challenging myself by experimenting with new genres, styles, or techniques, pushing my own artistic boundaries and expanding my musical horizons.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

JR:

Play what you mean. Mean what you play.

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1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

JR: Next release will be the musical album “Morpheus”, scheduled for January 2024. This project represents an evolution, exploring new genres and fusions.

Morpheus” will be a unique sonic journey, transporting the listener to different musical landscapes ranging from experimental electronics to minimalism and incorporating elements of jazz. The album will feature collaborations with some artists.

1 In Music: We can’t wait to hear it! Thank you so much for sharing your musical world with us. Where do we find your music?

On all major platforms.

 

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