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All About Jazz: "Take 5 with Maria Neckam"

Mini-Interview on AllAboutJazz: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=30837


Teachers and/or influences?

Teachers: Luciana Souza, Peter Eldridge, Nils Vigeland, Samir Chatterjee, Theo Bleckmann, Kate McGarry, Sandhya Sanjana, Annett Andriesen.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
I was born (well, probably before that).

Your sound and approach to music: 
My music is a reflection of my life. I never try to be someone else than myself. I believe this is the only way other people can find themselves in my music.

Your teaching approach:
Find your own voice. Don't go against what's natural. (I use Estill's Voice Technique. It's the best. Simple and clear.)

Your dream band:
It's my band! Lars Dietrich (alto sax), Samir Zarif (tenor sax), Aaron Goldberg (piano), Thomas Morgan (bass), Colin Stranahan (drums).

Favorite venue:
55 Bar, Cornelia Street Café, Rockwood Music Hall These places really support good music and appreciate it.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
My new record that's coming out soon!

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? 

Did you know...
that I am from Austria and speak German?

How do you use the internet to help your career?
I try to connect as much as possible with my fans and give them insight into my creative world, how I make music and why. Mostly through my website,marianeckam.com but also through my MySpace Page and Facebook Page. And of course through my mailing list—sign up by e-mailing info@marianeckam.com. I try to bring a bit of sunshine to my friends and fans with every e-mail.

CDs you are listening to now:
Kneebody, Kneebody (Greenleaf Music)
Moss, Moss (Sunnyside)
Sigur Ros, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum
Kurt Rosenwinkel, Heartcore (Verve)
The Notwist, Neon Golden

How would you describe the state of jazz today? 
It's time for something new! It's coming... Check out www.thestorymusic.com, for example.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? 

What is in the near future?
New record Deeper will be released shortly.

New project, Electronic Music, with Lars Dietrich Duo, with classical pianist Asami Tamura.