Intrada Ö1 Portrait
Sended on 9th of Jan. 2004 / Austrian Radio Ö1
Wolfgang Danzmayr in a conversation with Wolfgang Zamastil
Wolfgang Zamastil is born in Salzburg / Austria and studies in Berlin now... you studied also in Salzburg the Cello, could we say that this is an ordinary carrier of a Cellist?
That's how it started, yes. I beganwith nine years to study as a "Jungstudent" at the University Mozarteum and i stayed there for a couple of years. With sixteen i changed my teacher and began to work with Clemens Hagen. After my final exam in school i just wanted to break away from Salzburg...
In Salzburg there were no possibilities at all for what i was planning to do. I wanted to go somewhere better, where i would have more chances... Salzburg is very conservative... the musicians here aprechiate the ordinary and classical way of dealing with music, they do not like new ways and views, at least they do not show something like that. That's why i left Salzburg, i did some entrance exams in universities all over Germany and decided finally to study in Berlin.
But you already started in Salzburg, what you where developing later... to study the work of piazolla?
Yes, i started to listen and transcribe his music for my Nuevo - Ensemble anochesido with sixteen. This music makes incredible differences to all the other kinds of music, it is really frontal, fascinating and still not too intellectual.
After three years i recognized that it could not go on like this, just to transcribe and play the music of Piazolla. I saw that i was able to compose too, that i could start to write my own music. This is how i came to write new music, especially tango, besides the big tango boom that conquered the world in this time... It was always important for me to develope the tango for myself.
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