Today’s spotlight is on a 2019 Artist Grant recipient, Tamir Kedem. He is originally from Israel and currently studies in the Jazz Program at CalArts Valencia. I had the pleasure to speak with this young 25 year-old talented musician and he shared with me some personal insight on why music is his passion.
When did you start playing music?
I started playing when I was 9 years old. My Grandmother had an upright piano in her house that she used to play. I remember watching her play when I was a younger. I remember seeing her playing the piano and saying to myself, “I want to try this!”. I had a friend that was studying with a music teacher, and so I started taking lessons with her as well. The old upright piano was eventually sold, but my memory of my Grandmother playing that upright will forever with me.
Why do you play music?
The reason I play music is to connect with people. Music is an international language that brings a variety of people together. Music makes people connect, and feel, and think. When I was 14 years old, I realized that what I wanted to do was play for people. I started playing with friends and it made me feel good. I decided that music is what I wanted to do. I currently play in a couple of groups, one of which I will be playing with at the Satellite in Los Feliz, Los Angeles in March of 2019.
What were you’re the first songs you began to play?
My first songs were old traditional Israeli songs.
When was your first concert?
My first concert was a student concert at my teacher’s house when I was 10 years old. I don’t remember the music that I was playing at the time. I was just one year into learning.
What is your favorite style of music?
My favorite style is definitely Jazz, which I am now studying my undergraduate at CalArts. The program is 4 years total, but I was able to transfer from The New School, College of Performing Arts, School of Jazz in New York City and come to CalArts for 3 years. I have one and a half semesters to go until I fulfil my degree.
Who is your favorite artist?
My favorite artist is Kenny Wheeler.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Honestly, I can not say because I never thought that I would be in California studying! A friend of mine was studying her masters at CalArts and she told me about the program so I applied. I was accepted and moved from New York City. I hope though, to be playing around the world someday as a professional.
What will you be using your grant money for?
I hope to use this grant to record my music in the studio. Sharing and performing music is very important to me. I am very grateful for the Grant. Thank you for making this possible.
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Article and photos by AYF / David Glowacki , Feb 13, 2019