Classical Guitar Composers Compendium: Interview with Remilson Nery (France)

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I'm delighted to have Remilson Nery from Paris, France.


Q1. Please tell us about yourself. 

I was born on 31 March 1961 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in a Baptist family of four boys.  I listened to music from my very young age (radio, church music, Brazilian music, classical music, jazz, pop, rock...).  I started learning Brazilian guitar, percussion and music theory when I was six on my own initiative, my parents were not musicians.  A few years later, I was admitted to Escola (School) Villa-Lobos in Rio de Janeiro to learn classical guitar with Mr Dorival Lessa, harmony, counterpoint and music composition with Brazilian composer César Guerra Peixe.  I performed several concerts as soloist and chamber musician across Brazil and South America.  I also participated as guitarist in several Brazilian folk music orchestra.  I compose for classical guitar, piano, strings ( violin, viola and cello), brass, woodwinds, percussion, chamber music, mixed choir and children's choir.  My first works were published in 1976.  Currently, I live in Paris with my wife and my four children.   



Q2. Please tell us about your work "Tridacna". (What inspired you to compose this work? Also please tell us about the composition process. What is it like composing for the guitar? 

This '5 pieces for classical guitar' published in "Another Ear Collection" were composed in the end of the 70's.  The most recent works (10 pieces) for classical guitar are going to be published in 2015 in the same collection.  I am inspired by everything around me and also by my souvenirs.  The piece 'Bolha de Sabão (Bubbles Blowing)', I was inspired by an image of bubbles blowing.  The works 'Children's' and 'Vida de Criança', I was inspired by a terrible souvenir.  Having been shaken up by the murder of the street children by death squad, I composed these

two pieces.  The piece 'Com Saudade de Você (I miss you)', I was inspired by an image of a long slow dance and the word "saudade".
'Curumim rencontre le feu, l'air, l'eau et la terre (Young Indian boy meets fire, water, air and ground)', I created this piece inspired by a rite of passage from Amazonian Indian tribes.  The first theme represents the young indian boy on the way.  The other themes represent the four elements.



Q3. Please tell us about your artistic vision as a composer. (What is your approach in dealing with tradition, whilst also searching for a new style/sound? Nationalistic and globalised musical expression, etc.) 

I belong to the generation of Brazilian composers who were very influenced by "Manisfesto Antropofage (obvious man-eater)" of the Brazilian writer Oswald de Andrade and  "Tropicalisme (Caetano Veloso , Gilberto Gil...)".  For me, freedom of creation is my only leitmotiv, but I do not try to destroy to create.  I've always been curious about all musical expression.  I assimilate them to create something else connected with my personality and my experiences.



Q4. I strongly believe that we guitarists currently need more new works for classical guitar by both guitarist-composers and non-guitarist-composers. What potential do you see in this instrument? And what do you think about the role of non-guitarist-composers? 

I agree with you.  Although the repertoire resource of classical guitar is already very vast (transcriptions and original works), I am one of those who need to discover news works.  A guitarist-composer knows his instrument.  He sees the guitar as a part of himself.  He is more picky about his works because he has to take into account the technical and emotional aspects connected with his experiences as a guitarist.  A non-guitarist composer sees the guitar differently.  The technical aspect is not his priority.  He often looks for the tone and the emotional aspects.  I think that two composer's profiles are interesting.  They both enrich the repertoire resource of classical guitar in their own way.  The classical guitar has still an enormous potential for technical creation and repertoire.



Q5. Please tell us about your next project. 

In 2015, 10 new works for classical guitar are going to be published in "Another Ear Collection":

  • 6 pieces for solo classical guitar
  • A duet for classical guitar and viola
  • A duet for classical guitar and transverse flute
  • A duet for classical guitar and cello
  • A duet for two classical guitars.



"Another Ear Music Discovery Collection" anounces the first music competition for Mr Nery's solo instrumental works (intermediate and advanced levels) will take place on 23rd and 24th May 2015 in Paris. 

For more information: click here.