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Ingrid Jensen Interview

An Interview With Ingrid Jensen Part 1

22 April 2016

We sat down to interview Ingrid Jensen ahead of her Orpheus Project tour in May/June 2016.

What was your favourite album that came out in the last 12 months?

My favorite album(s)in the last 12 months would be Haitus Kaiyote’s “Choose Your Weapon” and Becca Stevens’ “Perfect Animal”. It’s a tie.

What are you listening to at the moment?
My personal listening time is fairly limited by the Star Wars obsessed child in my home. Between the Star Wars iTunes radio station and the music from Ice Age 2 we have a pretty crazy house. Not to mention the instruments everywhere that she is picking up and playing all the time. From sticking her head in the piano to hear elbow chords resonate via her latest discovery of the sustain pedal, to blue pocket trumpet jams and more. MUCH fun.

What are you working on at the moment, in your practice?
In my practice I am always looking for a new way to get around the music while getting into it, dealing with the ever present need to develop ideas which I find lead to chop development, rather than the other way around.

I’m basically developing my playtime around the music I want and need to internalize. Many times this process leads me to writing and or arranging a tune, finding a set of changes I like that lead to a cycle, a rhythmic idea, or more. (hopefully more!)

What’s the best/worst piece of advice you’ve been given?
The best piece of advice I’ve been given? So many… I was very lucky to have so many great mentors in the music. From Clark Terry to Hal Galper, to Art Farmer and George Garzone. Kenny Wheeler!!!

The bottom line advice they all gave me was to play, write and lead. I think what they all meant more than anything was to get out of my head and get on the stage and play. Memorable advice was my heros advising me to stay on my path by encouraging me every time our paths crossed. I think I’ve forgotten the bad advice. That could go in the good advice category! ha!

— Ingrid Jensen