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Take Five With Lisa Hilton

By Published: April 3, 2013
We are living in an incredibly exciting time for the arts in general. Before you will actually see change in the marketplace, we, as musicians and artists, feel the dramatic urge to create work with new directions and energy. If you look back 100 years ago, Monet was painting water lilies, Debussy was composing, and jazz was getting rolling. This is a very fertile time for the arts.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?

If art and music are only reserved for the most wealthy individuals, it places strong limits and parameters on growth in those areas. Presenters must create events that appeal to consumers at all levels. Anything that is overly curated will also have difficulty flourishing.

What is in the near future?

Getaway just was released, so there are lots of details to finish, and then tour. Over the summer I like to just explore all types of music, though.

What's your greatest fear when you perform?

What you hear is always the result of several effects: the artist; the instrument; the audience; and the engineer, (or sound system). As a musician you can only control the music that you bring with you; everything else is dependent on everything else. A bad piano or bad mics—no green room or bathroom —nothing you can do about that stuff. You always work with what you have.

What is your favorite song to whistle or sing in the shower?

There's a lot of music in my life, so I normally am not singing and whistling.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:

An artist—that is what my degree is in.

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Lisa Hilton
Lisa Hilton


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