Najbolji plivači vježbaju u nemilosrdnom oceanu

Najbolji plivači vježbaju u nemilosrdnom oceanu
Datum objave:
21.05.2017.

Stjepko Zebec je basist, skladatelj i aranžer rođen u Zagrebu. Nakon što je završio zagrebačku Privatnu klasičnu gimnaziju, odlučio se upisati na prestižnu njujoršku jazz akademiju The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Dosad je objavio nekoliko singlova s pjevačicom Amandom Barise te jazz obradu “Lijepe naše” odsviranu samo na bas gitari.

 

Kako si došao na ideju da obradiš “Lijepu našu”?

Na ideju da obradim “Lijepu našu” sam došao još prije odlaska na akademiju. Bio sam svjestan da nitko nije obradio našu himnu, i da bi jazz/funk obrada definitivno bila zanimljiva…bar meni. Najveću ulogu u realizaciji ovog projekta je odigrala želja da nagradim svoju domovinu suvremenim pristupom nečemu neočekivanom.

Kako je studirati u New Yorku?

Studiranje u New Yorku iznimno fascinantno, jer nisi samo pod krilima nevjerojatnih glazbenika poput Reggie Workmana, Jimmy Owensa, Billy Harpera, Rachel Z i mnogih drugih, nego si također okružen neopisivo talentiranim studentima koji te svakodnevno iznenađuju. Osim studiranja, najviše me fascinira sam život u New Yorku. Mnogo puta sam čuo da te New York prvo pojede, prožvače te na kraju ispljune. Nakon toga se opet pripremi na jedenje. Vjerujte mi, istina je.

Kako je jednom jazz glazbeniku živjeti u New Yorku?

New York je umjetnički epicentar svijeta. Osim što na koncerte možeš ići svaki dan i to na stotine različitih mjesta, on je također mjesto gdje se konstanto rađa nova glazba. Tko zna, možda čak i novi žanr.

Odlaziš li na jam sessione?

Na jam sessione odlazim povremeno. Iako sam svjestan da bih trebao ići često, teško je uskladiti odlaske na jam sessione, koji najčešće nalaze svoje termine kasno u noći, i rano buđenje za odlazak na faks.

Jesi li učio od nekog od poznatijih glazbenika?

Dosad, neka od imena s kojima sam učio su Christian McBride (Sting, Paul McCartney, James Brown), Reggie Workman (John Coltrane, Art Blakey), Billy Martin (Iggy Pop, Medeski, Martin & Wood), Jeff Carney (Barbara Streisand, Bobby McFerrin), Rachel Z (Wayne Shorter, Stanley Clarke, Omar Hakim) i mnogim drugima koji su jednako važni, ali negdje moram stati. Najzabavnije je kad se individualna poduka pretvori u jam session jer onda imaš čast zasvirati s velikanima poput gore navedenih.

Kako si se upisao na školu?

Kao 17 godišnjak, na ljeto 2015. sam se odlučio upisati na dvotjednu jazz školu u Grožnjanu. Nakon što me njujorški jazz trombonist Luis Bonilla čuo kako sviram, predložio mi je da apliciram na The New School, jer je mislio da mogu upasti i dobiti stipendiju. Nadolazećeg prosinca sam aplicirao, te nakon tromjesečnih video audicija upao i dobio stipendiju.

Što je najvažnije što si dosad naučio?

Najveća škola nije akademija, već New York. Otići od doma s 18 godina u grad u kojem nikad nisi bio, potpuno sam – nije lako. Ono što sam dosad naučio je da uvijek moraš znati u kojem smjeru u svojoj karijeri ideš. Možda će putevi kojima ideš biti mračni i nepoznati, ali to ne znači da nećeš završiti tamo gdje si htio. Također, nikad ne treba zaboraviti napuniti džepove nadom i vjerom, jer će te odvesti dalje nego što misliš.

Što se može, a što ne može naučiti u školi?

Iako bi fakultet trebao biti mjesto koje te priprema za budućnost, postoji mnogo aspekata gdje smatram da radi upravo suprotno. Ono što je po meni najbolja strana fakulteta je to što upoznaš nevjerojatno puno talentiranih kolega glazbenika koji imaju iste snove kao ti. Upravo zbog toga, od svakog možeš uzeti malo boje koja ti se sviđa te staviti u svoju sliku. Odlično je što nas profesori potiču da se ne ustručavamo napraviti greške, i tjeraju da radimo na onome što nam ne ide. S druge strane smatram da je fakultet uvala u kojoj smo zaštićeni od valova koji nas čekaju u pravom životu, u oceanu koji je odmah iza ugla. Iako većina studenata usporedo sa studiranjem radi na svojim karijerama, teško je naći vremena za oboje. Na kraju krajeva, nije najteže naći vremena, već otputovati iz te mirne, tople uvale u valoviti i hladni ocean.

Što je osim škole potrebno za obrazovanje jazz glazbenika?

Osim škole za obrazovanje je potrebno samo iskustvo. Iskustvo koje se stječe svakodnevnim vježbanjem, pokušavanjem, eksperimentiranjem i druženjem i upoznavanjem ljudi. Najbolji plivači ne vježbaju samo u mirnim uvalama, već u valovitom i nemilosrdnom oceanu. Ono što sve to čini lakšim i zabavnijim je ljubav.

Samo ljubav.

 

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The best swimmers practice merciless waters

 

Stjepko Zebec is a bass player, composer and an arranger born in Zagreb, Croatia. After he graduated from Accredited Private Classical High School in his hometown, he decided to enroll in The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, a prestigious jazz academy in New York City. He has now released a several singles with singer, Amanda Barise and a jazz arrangement of the Croatian National Anthem played on a bass guitar.

 

How did you come up with the idea to rearrange/cover the Croatian national anthem?

I came up with the idea of the arrangement before I came to school. I was aware that no one did anything like it before and that it would definitely be interesting… at least to me. Wanting to honor my country with a contemporary approach to something unexpected was the biggest reason for this idea becoming a reality.

How do you like studying in New York?

Studying in New York is extremely fascinating because, you're not only led by amazing musicians like Reggie Workman, Jimmy Owens, Billy Harper, Rachel Z, and many more but you are also surrounded by unbelieavably talented students who's playing surprises you every day. Besides studying, I'm most fascinated by New York itself. I've heard that at first New York eats you and swallows you, then spits you out. After that be ready to be eaten again. Believe me, it’s the truth.

As a jazz musician, how would you describe living in New York?

If you're looking for a creative and artistic epicenter you can never miss with New York. Besides non-stop concerts all over the town, it's a place where new music is constantly born; who knows maybe even a new genre.

Do you go to jam sessions a lot?

At times, I’ll visit a jam session even though I’m aware that I should be going all the time. To be honest, it’s rather hard to wake up for an early class after a late night jam session.

Have you studied with some well-known musicians?

Some of the people that I have studied with are Christian McBride (Sting, Paul McCartney, James Brown), Reggie Workman (John Coltrane, Art Blakey), Billy Martin (Iggy Pop, Medeski, Martin & Wood), Jeff Carney (Barbara Streisand, Bobby McFerrin), Rachel Z (Wayne Shorter, Stanley Clarke, Omar Hakim) and many more, but I have to stop at some point. The best moments are when a private lesson morphs into a jam session… it’s a true honor to play with legends that I have previously mentioned.

How and why did you choose The New School?

When I was 17, in the summer of 2015 I decided to attend a two-week jazz program in Grožnjan, Croatia. After Luis Bonilla, a famous trombone player from New York heard me play, he invited me to apply to The New School, because he believed that I could get in with a scholarship. 5 months later in December, I applied and after 3 months of video auditions I got in with a scholarship.

What is the most important thing you learned so far?

The place where you learn the most is not the school but New York itself. To leave home when you’re 18 to foreign a city you have never been to… all by yourself – it’s not easy. By now, I have learned that one always has to know which direction they want to go. The roads may be dark and frightening but that doesn’t mean you won’t end up where you want to go. Also, don’t forget to fill your pockets with hope and belief, as that will carry you farther than you think.

What can you learn in school and what can’t you learn in school?

Even though I think that school is a place that should prepare you for the future, there are many sides that are doing the exact opposite. In my opinion, the best thing about being in school is the fact that you meet many incredible artists who have the same dreams as you do. This allows you to take a little bit of everyone and develop yourself faster. Moreover, a great thing is that the teachers make us make mistakes and always try to push us out of our comfort zone. On the other hand, I think that school is a cove in which we are safe and sound and protected from all the waves that hit us in the ocean which represents real life. Even though a lot of students chase their careers while in school it is hard to find time for both. In the end, the hardest thing is not finding time, but to leave the small cove and try swimming in the real ocean.

Besides school what is most important in educating a jazz musician?

Besides school the only thing that matters is experience. Experience that is gained by daily practice, trying, experimenting and meeting new people. The best swimmers don’t just practice in calm coves but in wavy, merciless oceans. The single thing that makes it all easier is love.

Just love.

 

Davor Hrvoj

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