Interview with Oliver Lake: Another side of the famous saxophonist
First time I saw Oliver Lake —the well-known composer, saxophonist, flautist, and bandleader— it was in rehearsal for Jazz Poetry 2008, organized by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. His music gave me goose bumps and made me dance in my chair.
Oliver is known the world over. Nikola Nadzirov, a poet from Macedonia, called him a “giant musician.”
Oliver has travelled to many countries and, in each of those places he has answered hundreds of interviews —most of them related with his music. I wanted to explore another side of him and go beyond his normal profile. I was interested in his work not only as a musician, but also as a writer and visual artist.
Taking advantage of the fact that he is creating COA/P’s new “house publication” on the facade of 320 Sampsonia Way, I sat down with Oliver and we talked and laughed for a while. What a great time we shared!
Do you want to ask Oliver Lake something else? Let me know and I’ll pass along your questions and post his answers.