Kerry Politzer: Voice And Voicings
GC: How do you approach composition? Where do you get your ideas?
KP: I either start by hearing chords and a melody together, or just hearing a melody, or just noodling around with some chords that sound good to me. Harmony really excites me, which is why I like listening to compositions by Richie Beirach and Kurt Rosenwinkel, and you, of course. Lately, I've been having fun with trying to write multiple parts because I used to just write lead sheets. Also, although I haven't written any Brazilian tunes in a while, I used to like to play a Brazilian rhythm, find some chords that appealed to me, and write melodies over the rhythms.
GC: What made you interested in becoming a singer/songwriter?
KP: I guess there are many factors. Singer-songwriter music is so immediately accessible to the listener and there are so many ways to approach the singer- songwriter genre. There's just so much good music out there with lyrics. I took a year of SongHall writing workshops with Lorraine Ferro, and that was a lot of fun.
GC: What do you think your next album will be? What are your long term musical goals?
KP: I'd like to do an album of the newer jazz tunes with multiple parts, and I'd also like to do another singer-songwriter album that is more cohesive than the last one, which was really a mishmash of genres. I'd like to have a more consistent sound and instrumentation. This isn't to say that I don't want to continue making a lot of different kinds of music.