Sunday, April 1, 2012

Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett: What happened in Rio

Note: Most of the article below is about the creative aspect of Keith
Jarrett's work, but it is put in context by his account of contracting
CFS.

Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett: What happened in 'Rio'
By Howard Reich  Chicago Tribune
March 30, 2012

"...For Jarrett, like anyone who has reached age 66, has been through
his share of troubles. In addition to the aforementioned dissolution
of his marriage, he was struck by chronic fatigue syndrome in the
summer of 1996 and housebound through 1998.

When he slowly re-emerged from that extended period of silence, he
was, understandably, transformed, musically and otherwise.

"That had a more profound effect than anything else that ever happened
to me," says Jarrett. "It took away — I can't think of the right word
… but I became humbled by that experience, and determined.
Simultaneously humbled and determined, but the determination was that
I would not stop improvising. If I could ever play again, that's what
I would do.

"All the things I used to say to my students, like, 'Play like it's
the last time you will ever play,'" suddenly had literal meaning for
Jarrett himself.

"They were things I thought I knew, but I knew them so much better
after that illness.

"Like, maybe this is the last time, And what if the last time was the
last time. And that pissed me off. And I had chronic fatigue syndrome,
so you can't really be pissed off, because it takes energy. So the
patience that whole time required was unbelievable."..."

The full story can be found here:
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/MUS-JARRETT_7646301/MUS-JARRETT_7646301/

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