For the next instalment of our Brainiac Passions series, we took a gap in between deadlines and pitch meetings to sit down with our Kramatorsk Office Manager Pavel K to find out more about his passion for playing the saxophone.
Pavel K is clearly very motivated by his passion for music and the characteristic tones of one of the most popular jazz instruments in the world. His excitement and passion come through when he speaks about his hobby, and we are so delighted to share his excitement with you. Here’s what Pavel K had to say about being an amateur saxophonist.
Q: When did you get started with your passion?
The desire to play the saxophone first hit me at the age of 8. Since I had no front teeth then, I had to play the flute temporarily, but soon I was able to study the saxophone as well. I chose the saxophone because I saw a film once, and in it, the characters were playing beautiful saxophone melodies. I thought it would be really cool if I too could play this instrument. At first, I thought perhaps there wouldn’t be any musical schools in Kramatorsk teaching saxophone. But it turned out after some searching that there were in fact a few schools which could teach me. After I applied and got accepted, I never looked back.
Q: What is it about your hobby that you like the most?
I like how people react to my saxophone playing. It’s just a hobby to me, but for the people who listen to me play it is something different. I have been told that my playing is almost magical.
Q: Have you entered any competitions? Or do you play in a band? If yes, please tell me a little more about it?
Yes, I have participated in a few competitions and have won some prizes. On one occasion I was performing in a big competition between educational institutions and my school won the competition because of my performance! I then played in a music group with other musicians, but it did not last long. I have played in various orchestras, such as brass, symphony, and jazz. Most of all, I liked playing in a jazz orchestra because there is a special atmosphere in the group and I liked the musical compositions that we performed.
Q: Are there different kinds of saxophones? If yes, what kind do you have?
There are five types of saxophones that I know of, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass. I play the alto and tenor saxophone, but if you can play one, you can play all the others. Their difference is only in size and sound.
Q: Is there a saxophone that you wished you own but don’t have yet? If yes what is it called?
I would love to own a soprano saxophone with its gentle and beautiful sounds. It is my dream to one day own one of my very own and create new musical compositions with it.
Q: Were you trained in music? Are you able to read music?
It took me almost 10 years to learn how to play the saxophone. I know solfeggio well, therefore looking at the notes I am able to play almost any melody.
Q: What is your favourite piece of music you like to play?
That is a tough question to answer. I like to play all different kinds of music, as each style brings out different emotions through their sound and musical landscapes. But if I had to choose, I mostly like to play classical and jazz.
Thanks for sharing, Pavel K! We can see just how passionate you are about playing the saxophone and how much you love classical music and jazz. We can almost hear the music coming through the amazing work you do at WeAreBrain. Next staff party we hope to be treated to a show!