Our intern Laura met Darren Acosta with his trombone at the Concert Hall and had a small chat about the moving (in many ways) solo piece of the concert on Thursday 12.9. and why he chose classical music instead of jazz.
1. How was the rehearsal?
It is an immense joy. To play this music is a huge privilege and I´m having possibly the best time of my life. To do a trombone concerto is very rare and could be the highlight in one’s career. But way beyond that is a brand-new piece that this genius composer Jukka Tiensuu wrote which gives the player the chance to be more artistic.
2. Can you tell us a little bit about the soloist piece you are playing, Jukka Tiensuu´s “Suuna”?
The parts of the piece are ready, steady, go. Just like running a marathon: You get ready and then the official says “steady” and then you are waiting for the go. And when you go, it´s all out. It´s a 25 minute concerto – and traditionally, long trombone concertos don´t exceed 15 minutes – so that´s a good challenge of duration. And also for the listener, who is not a custom to listening to trombone as a soloist and a more contemporary harmonic language either.
3. We heard about a choreography in that piece as well. Can you tell a bit more about that?
Maestro Tiensuu uses very charming details. In this work he uses some motions as the players play, kind of an angular redirection. It´s interesting visually and it´s also kind of a stereo effect. There´s another moment where I actually say something through the instrument to the orchestra.
4. It´s kind of a cliché but: you grew up in New Orleans. So why classical music and not jazz?
Well, I love jazz. It´s in my family because my middle brother is a jazz guitarist and my oldest brother is a jazz drummer. Maybe since I am the youngest of the three, I said: “I wanna do this”. What caught me was an album called Hooked On Classics when I was 10 years old. I would listen to this every day and I knew: “This is what I wanna do”.
Thank you very much Darren for your time and answers. All the best for the concert!