6/26/2006

WuiT #031: Jamii Szmadzinski


Filed Under: Award Winning Artist, Music Business.
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Jamii Szmadzinski is a world-class musician, and a key member of the Grammy awards winning “Shadowfax”, which is one of the most influential groups in New Age music.

Jamii did a small recital at a local lounge bar as a favor for the owner who has been his good friend for over 20 years, and we were invited to attend. Although Jamii had a very limited space to perform, and the place was packed with customers chattering away while covered in cigarette smoke, he still delivered a wonderful show that was equivalent to a large stadium concert.

He still practices his violin skills at least 3 hours a day from what we heard, goes to show you that excellence doesn’t come easy in any field.

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故事要從二十年前說起,年輕一點的網友大概不知道『蚱蜢』李恕權是誰了,但也許你看過一篇在網路上被多次轉寄的文章『五年後你在幹嘛?』。短文的作者李恕權,在亞洲一炮而紅的首張專輯『迴』,製作班底中有一位兩屆葛來美音樂獎的得主,也就是本集的受訪者,Jamii Szmadzinski。在八零年代的音樂場景中,New Music曾一度引領風騷,Jamii也是當時New Music的一個重要團體Shadowfax的小提琴手。

從來台擔任『蚱蜢』的演唱會樂手開始,Jamii展開了一段令他又愛又恨的台灣音樂之旅,他參與了許多可說是流行音樂里程碑的專輯製作,(例如潘越雲的“謝謝你曾經愛過我”),但過程中,他的音樂創意也受到嚴重的剽竊與侵佔。

這是一個音樂製作的灰色地帶,從事音樂編曲的朋友必定會有更深刻的體會。我分別聽過兩位重量級的編曲人向我抱怨過,某幾位大牌製作人,會在沒有旋律的情況下要求先編曲(是的!我沒有寫錯),然後在編好的音樂中即興出主旋律,於是便掛名作曲,一首歌的版權便占為己有,因為編曲是不享有版權的,一首暢銷曲的版稅或將來重新翻唱,都與編曲者無關。這些編曲人告訴我:“你去聽嘛,旋律其實已經都在裡面了!”這兩位重量級的編曲人,現在都已轉任製作。你比較能了解Jamii的感受了嗎?

不過Jamii畢竟是個純粹的音樂愛好者,一直到今天,他每天還是要練三個小時的琴。即便是應朋友之邀,在台北的小酒館內演出,酒客喧囂、煙味瀰漫,他還是百分之百的投入演出,這是我親眼所見。

4 comments:

Toby said...

Great guest, great music, great show. Thanks Henry and Julian. I think this is one of the best episodes you guys have ever made. CU in Taiwan in September.

Henry said...

Hey Toby,
thank you for the support, we do what we can, and it was a great honor meeting Jamii. Looking forward to meeting you in September on our favorite island...

Henry

marcus said...

What was that final insertion of the background music with Buddhist scripture?

Great show though
Never missed an episode.

Anonymous said...

As a student who study in Canada, your podcast has been keeping Taiwan so close to my heart! I really want to thank you for what you're doing. I've also been a royal listener too.

I just want to find out from you that what's the name of the CD Jamii mention at the end of this episode? Can you please reply with the name for the CD?

Thank you so much and keep up the good work!!

Andrew