Monday, August 1, 2011

Gustavo Dudamel: "Music is a shortcut to beauty"

The Venezuelan director Gustavo Dudamel, which opens today at the Salzburg Festival, toured Europe with the Orchestra Simón Bolívar, argues in an interview with Efe the validity of classical music, in his opinion, allows "direct access to beauty." At just 30 years, the director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic has rejuvenated classical music with a torrent of passion and energy that has conquered giants of the baton as Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado, who saw him as someone capable of revitalizing and wider audience.

Dudamel is also the most recognizable face of the musical miracle that make up the Youth and Children Orchestras of Venezuela, founded 36 years ago by Jose Antonio Abreu and free melodic has trained hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged children. The young teacher is clear on the origin of the bad image that comes to classical music: "The elitism which has been linked," which in its opinion has made the public has seen "as something inaccessible," and even boring.

Therefore, your ideas are clear: you have to bring music to people to undo the image that provokes yawns. "What really matters is the people, people, access to music at the highest level. And you see it's made by youth and professional orchestras also, "he says." In the view of many people, art is a job.

And a very boring job. Not knowing that all art comes from an inspiration of creativity and something that really is magic, "he adds. That magic is produced, for example, "recreation" one of scores that have been played over and over again, and in some cases were composed centuries ago.

In trials, where he is director, but also a mentor and teacher of youth orchestra of 20 to 28 years, Dudamel is the music strives to be interpreted not only good, but transmit and project feelings and energy. The importance of music he said, is offering "an absolutely direct access to beauty," which "makes the human being sensitive" and expand their spiritual borders.

But to cross those boundaries, symphonic music, which is "an art collective," as pointed out, education in the discipline and the desire for constant improvement. "An orchestra is a community where interaction is permanent, and understanding must being permanently mutual. Always listening and always growing together.

It even has to do with the level. That forces you to push yourself, "he says. Passion is also a key ingredient: "If you have passion you will never get the discipline. And without discipline you can have passion, but you can never get anywhere. Both terms are linked, are the same concept in art.

"" That is part of what music can give discipline. The director says that the music also "demands to be aware of a thousand things about art philosophy, history ...." Dudamel is defined as "one of the family" that forms the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, the spearhead of the collective endeavor of the nationwide network of orchestras in Venezuela, and is pleased by "the opportunity to grow together in community to create something "." It is only what is happening in Venezuela.

I am part of it, I'm one more. The real reason for this is the maestro Abreu, who had the vision, commitment and passion to create this, "he highlighted. Abreu, the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts in 2008, was honored yesterday in Salzburg, where he was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor for Arts and Sciences.

The Salzburg Festival has announced that tickets for the concerts of the Simón Bolívar are sold out for weeks in 2013 and aims to bring a broad program with several child and youth orchestras and a choir of children with disabilities are part of the musical Venezuela.

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