‘Inartificial, talking, sensual’ | Interview with Marina Geller

These dancing fingers across a board of keys..
Israeli composer, musicologist and teacher of theoretical musical disciplines, Marina Geller, with her last work title Cobweb in the Wind is showing the way to be romantic without being cheesy. Read our discussion with the artist below!

Describe your sound in 3 words

Inartificial, talking, sensual

Tell us a few things about your song Cobweb in the Wind. What is the story behind it?

Cobweb in the Wind was written as a continuation of a series of piano pieces like elegies or intermezzo. I tried to express in it my own life experience when I had a time of hope, a time of happiness and a time of the tragedy of the loss of loved ones. When I looked back, I realized the fragility and the vulnerability of the present, the moments of life, woven from hopes, regrets, bright memories, the moments of the present and elusive, like a spider’s web in the wind …

In the middle of the song you switch to a major scale before returning to the original theme. Does your music somehow reflect real life where fragility is followed by brighter moments and so on? Where do you draw inspiration from?

You are right, switching to a major scale in the high register is an obvious analogy with vivid happy memories. I draw inspiration from reality, no matter how absurd it may be.

Favorite pianist?

Aimi Kobayashi

You are also a musicologist and teacher of theoretical musical disciplines. Is songwriting talent or a skill?

The songwriter must have both talent and skill. I know from my experience in composition’ teaching that talent is not enough.

If Cobweb in the Wind was to be a soundtrack in a movie, what movie would that be?

It could have been a movie like Andrei Tarkovsky’ “Mirror” style: a field of high grass, swaying in the wind, frames of an abandoned old home, a nostalgia in frozen time.

If Johann Sebastian Bach were alive today, what kind of music would he compose?

Johann Sebastian Bach was an ingenious and very professional composer. If he lived in our time, he would write serious professional music, even if it was listened to by a limited circle of listeners, but definitely not pop music.

Tell us something about you that has nothing to do with music!

I have always loved reading books, especially fairy tales, fantasy and science fiction. But lately, I haven’t been reading much, because I work a lot, and I don’t get to reading. I think something happens over time. I myself would like to write something like Solaris or the Lord of the Rings. Likewise, I understand the degree of my exaggeration.

Thank you!

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