Artists keep music entertainment, not education

Peter Martin says it was the “improvisation, freedom, communication, groove and joy” he first heard in jazz that drew him to the genre. And these elements are what still speak to him when the acclaimed pianist listens to or plays jazz today. He brings that uninhibited spirit to his performances with Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo on September 7 at the Guisinger Music House (Roots Festival HQ) in Fayetteville.

“We strive to always have a performance that includes as much spontaneous creativity and interaction as possible,” Martin says of the duo. “It means we rehearse and plan what we’re going to do only up to a certain point. That way we can be open to the elements of the performance that come up — the audience, the physical space, the ideas of each — This means a higher risk of some things going wrong, but the payoff (if done right) is something exciting and unexpected for the performers and the audience, together, and living in the moment .


Peter Martin and Romero Lubambo Duo

WHEN — 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. September 7

WHERE — Guisinger Music House, 1 E. Mountain St., Fayetteville

COST — $20 to $35

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The paths of the two musicians vary in origin but not in soul as they fuse two flavors of jazz together. The main basis that Martin and Lubambo share, Martin reveals, is jazz and blues. They blend the musical heritages of Brazil, New Orleans, classical music – and many influences in between – through this filter of jazz and blues. But, argues Martin, that doesn’t mean a listener has to be steeped in the traditions or infrastructure of these genres to appreciate their performances.

“Music should (and can easily be) inviting to the audience, not something they should be afraid of or bored,” he says. “But artists have to adapt the music that way, and that’s what I try to do. It’s not about watering down the music or flattering the audience, but rather organizing it and present in a way that the wonderful elements of jazz that make it special are highlighted and more easily accessible to the audience. I don’t think audiences should have to do their homework to enjoy one of my shows, I see it more as entertainment than a lesson.

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Ada J. Kenney