Interview with Oliver Lake: Another side of the famous saxophonist

by Silvia Duarte    /  May 28, 2010  / No comments

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.

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About the Author

Silvia Duarte is the managing editor of Sampsonia Way. She received her degree in Communication Sciences from Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala and her masters in Latin American studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain. Duarte was editor of El Periódico de Guatemala’s Sunday magazine from 2001 to 2006 and has written scholarly and journalistic articles in Germany, Spain, and the United States. She came to Pittsburgh in 2007 with her partner writer-in-exile Horacio Castellanos.

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