The Inventory of Caspar Hesselager
The Inventory Series is an ever-growing stockhouse of information and inspiration. An appreciation of all things creative. A place where creative professionals share resources for discovery and inspiration: the tools of creation.
This is Caspar Hesselager's Inventory:
"Everyone that plays music has had moments where your path suddenly changes after being introduced to an artist, a song, or a piece. It’s like something just grabs you and then puts you back down some place you never knew existed. I remember feeling that way after listening to Keith Jarrett’s Sun Bear Concerts.
A monumental 6 CD box set of completely improvised hour-long pieces performed live in concert over the course of a couple of weeks in November 1976, I must have been 16-17 when I came across it, and to this day when I listen to it I find it awe-inspiring. So much of it informs and has affected my own playing, writing, the way I approach harmony, melody, form, etc.
Still, I haven’t heard anyone come close to what Keith Jarrett accomplishes alone at the piano. Whether you’re an improvising pianist, or ‘just’ a listener then, well, solo piano starts and ends here. It’s a journey encompassing centuries of tradition and styles, ranging from the blues to modern jazz, over drone-like minimalism and lyricism to Shostakovich and beyond. One of the greatest musicians to ever walk the earth, and one I’ll never stop listening to."
"I discovered the paintings of Mati Klarwein while searching for album artwork, and was blown away by how powerful they were. They really strike something in me, and I feel a kinship to them in some way. To paint like that, you must have an open mind and must always be looking for something new.
A virtuoso surrealist and ‘disciple’ of Dali, he also made paintings for album covers, probably most famously for Miles Davis’ iconic Bitches Brew.
“I like to paint paintings I haven’t seen”, he said. A very profound yet simple statement. I feel the same about making music. Let’s hear, see, taste something new. In a way, that’s all you need to remember."