Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

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– Three good scores in one day

August 8, 2014
Deep Purple celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall. Photo: Ariadne Moraes

Deep Purple celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall. Photo: Ariadne Moraes

deutschland_flag_25In this third and final part of our exclusive interview with conductor Paul Mann, he looks back at the rockier second half of Celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall last April.

Paul was instrumental in helping The Sunflower Jam create this unique musical evening - a successful celebration of Jon Lord and his life of music.

Paul Mann discusses the concert’s second half as well as the aftermath and the emotions that ran through the Royal Albert Hall during the concert.

Paul Weller opened the evening’s second half with two Artwoods tracks. Photo: Moth Clark

by Rasmus Heide

The film and live album of Celebrating Jon Lord has been announced for September 2014.

The film and live album of Celebrating Jon Lord has been announced for September 2014.

As we move into the second half of the concert, the orchestra wasn’t involved in the Artwoods segment with Paul Weller singing. His involvement puzzled a few people. What was his connection to Jon?

- I think that Jon and Paul Weller were friendly, met occasionally and were mutual admirers, but I don’t think there’s necessarily any reason why we should have been restricted in our choice of performers only to people who were especially close to, or associated with Jon – especially when you have the chance to have someone like Paul Weller to do those songs.

- When we decided to include Artwoods material, he seemed the perfect choice, and besides which, I’ve always been a huge Jam and Weller fan.

Jon with Paul Well, Robert Plant and Ian Paice at the Sunflower Jam 2006

Paul Well, Jon Lord, Robert Plant and Ian Paice at the Sunflower Jam 2006

How were these two particular Artwoods tracks chosen?

- I think Paul Weller must have chosen them himself, in conjunction with Wix.

The Paice Ashton Lord pieces were a great surprise. How did you choose those two tracks?

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– To my friends pictured within

July 14, 2014

deutschland_flag_25In part 2 of our exclusive interview with conductor Paul Mann, he looks back at Celebrating Jon Lord, the concert event staged at London’s Royal Albert Hall on April 4 this year.

Paul offers insight into his experiences in helping The Sunflower Jam create the unique musical evening that was a successful celebration of Jon Lord and a life time of his music. This is part 2 of 3.

Celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall, April 4 2014. Photo: Ariadne Moraes

Celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall, April 4 2014. Photo: Ariadne Moraes

The first half of the concert consisted mainly of orchestral or semi-orchestral pieces by Jon. Some of the highlights were three sections from Sarabande as well as Pictured Within and Afterwards.

Read a detailed run through of the first half including details on the pieces and parts that had never been performed live before.

by Rasmus Heide

The film and live album of Celebrating Jon Lord has been announced for September 2014.

The film and live album of Celebrating Jon Lord has been announced for September 2014.

Having seen Jon perform with several different orchestras over the years, I can only say I’d rarely heard his music performed as well as it was at Celebrating Jon Lord – even allowing for Jon’s absence.

- Well, that’s lovely to hear of course! I would say straight off that it was clear from the first couple of minutes of rehearsal that the Orion Orchestra had their hearts in exactly the right place for this. I was afraid they might have thought they were just there to play lots of long string chords behind a rock band. But there was none of that – they grasped very quickly the true scope of what they were being asked to do.

- It’s a tall order for an orchestra to be so many things at once: playing rhythmically intricate symphonic music such as the Durham Concerto, providing hard-edged backing for rock songs, as well as subtle and lyrical accompaniments. It was all in there, from one extreme to the other, which is of course a tribute to Jon’s unique scope as a composer, but also to this young orchestra’s ability to encompass so many things in such a short time.

- One of the things I did in the preparation for this concert, having made the new editions, was to set about re-studying them as if they were by just another composer, someone I didn’t know. I wanted to keep my approach to the music fresh – you know those wonderful T.S. Eliot lines, “to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

Paul Mann with Orion Orchestra opening the concert to celebrate Jon Lord. Photo: Nigel Hopkins

Paul Mann with Orion Orchestra opening the concert to celebrate Jon Lord. Photo: Nigel Hopkins

Let’s look at the setlist and start with Fantasia from Sarabande and the excellent decision of opening with this.

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– I gave myself goose-bumps just imagining it

July 4, 2014

deutschland_flag_25In this exclusive interview, conductor Paul Mann looks back at Celebrating Jon Lord, the concert event staged at London’s Royal Albert Hall on April 4 this year.

Paul offers insight into his work in assisting The Sunflower Jam create a unique musical evening that was a successful celebration of Jon Lord and a life time of his music. This is part 1 of 3.

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Royal Albert Hall Celebrating Jon Lord. Photo courtesy of Paul Mann

Since Jon passed away, Paul Mann has been working on producing updated editions of all of Jon’s musical works. This work made him an integral partner for The Sunflower Jam when the preparations for Celebrating Jon Lord began.

Apart from adding his input to the setlist of Jon’s music to be performed at the concert, one of Paul’s first ideas was to add orchestral arrangements to two tracks off Deep Purple’s most recent album, NOW What?!

Read here about the initial meetings to get the concert plans off the ground, the hectic rehearsals, and much more.

by Rasmus Heide

Looking back at Celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall on April 4, would you agree that this was much more than a regular evening of music?

- Yes, there was a very strong element of catharsis about it for very many people – a way to deal with their feelings about losing Jon. With all of that emotion together in one room, even (or perhaps especially) one as big as the Albert Hall, something special was bound to happen.  And that incredibly moving appearance of [Jon’s wife] Vicky onstage with Ian [Paice] by her side – it was so brave of her to do that – this set the emotional tone of the whole evening.

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Vicky Lord with Ian Paice. Photo: Moth Clark

If you go back to that evening in your mind now, what do you remember going through your head?

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1974 revisited: Jon Lord radio interview

April 30, 2014

From the history department, this is a 1974 radio interview with Jon Lord and Glenn Hughes promoting Deep Purple‘s then brand new Stormbringer album.

bookonwhite webGlenn Hughes contributed greatly to the recent Celebrating Jon Lord concert in London.

Glenn has also contributed to the brand new Jon Lord photo book All Those Years Ago available from our webshop.

With thanks to Deep Purple (Overseas).

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New song world premiered in Wales

March 7, 2014
Jon Lord in writing session with Steve Balsamo, February 2010

Jon Lord in writing session with Steve Balsamo, February 2010

Today, Friday March 7 at 3.30pm GMT, singer Steve Balsamo will guest with Wynne Evans on BBC Radio Wales.

The show will play a world exclusive premiere of All Those Years Ago, the unreleased song by Jon and Balsamo, from which Jon Lord’s photo book takes its title, and which will be released together with the book.

On the show, Balsamo will talk about his work with Jon Lord, the upcoming photo book and the concert at Royal Albert Hall celebrating Jon next month.

The song itself is a gentle ballad with Jon on eloquent piano and Balsamo on eminent vocals, recorded in February 2010. Balsamo has confirmed that he will sing the song at Celebrating Jon Lord on April 4.

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- Maybe Jon caused the blizzard

June 7, 2013

Shades of Jon and RitchieRitchie Blackmore explains to NJ.com the origins of his instrumental tribute to Jon – Carry On… Jon:

- We were snowed in, in that blizzard (on Feb. 8). The engineer and myself, the producer, we had nothing to do. I said, ‘I have an instrumental that I’ve vaguely finished. Do you want to try it?’

- I wrote it on the spur of the moment. I had a very melancholy kind of tune. Then I started thinking about Jon. I thought maybe we should do an organ part at the end, as a tip of the hat to Jon. Pat Regan is an accomplished organist. We put the organ sound on, and off he went. I guided him on a few things, like riffs and how Jon played syncopation with his right hand.

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- So it was a throwaway idea that turned into something. It was something to Jon, a way of saying thanks for the years. It’s hard to talk about, when someone says, ‘What did you think of Jon?’ I’d rather play a tune. We wouldn’t have put it on if we hadn’t been snowed in. Maybe Jon caused the blizzard.

Carry On… Jon is included on Blackmore’s Night’s new album, Dancer And The Moon

Buy the album from Jon’s webshop.

Read the full interview.

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BBC Radio 4 to rebroadcast Jon’s final interview

June 2, 2013

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BBC Radio 4 are repeating Rock’n’Roll in Four Movements, the programme first broadcast last August, which featured Jon’s last recorded interview.

Taking a closer look at the musicians that have worked to combine the worlds of rock and classical music, in the programme, Jon talks about his passion for writing classical music, inspired by his early experiment with his Concerto.

Also featured are Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson who talk about the genre’s excesses, and Roy Wood who talks about the early days of the Electric Light Orchestra.

Listen to BBC Radio 4 Monday June 3 at 4pm UK time – or listen online right now.

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- I’ve always been impressed by Jon Lord

May 29, 2013

Watch Jon discuss the resurrected Concerto for Group and Orchestra with Tommy Vance in 1999 on VH1′s Friday Rock Show.

Filmed mere days before the Concerto’s 30th anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall, Ian Gillan lovingly explains how Jon’s Concerto originally helped raise Deep Purple‘s profile as the band was breaking through in 1969/1970 – and shows his affection for Jon.

- I’ve always been impressed by Jon Lord.

With thanks to Tim Summers.

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