OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Artist Q&A with Charlie Moon
With jazz music well and truly in his blood, Charlie is the son of singer Mia Parsons and jazz guitarist Nigel Mooney (Ireland's King of the Blues - BBC). From an early age he was immersed in music, leading him to graduate from Newpark Music School with an honours degree in Jazz Performance, graduating top of his class. He has since tackled a Jazz Performance Msc in DIT. Recent engagements include the prestigious Cork, Limerick and Bray Jazz Festivals, and he was named “Rising Star” of jazz by The Irish Times in 2018. Ahead of the Charlie Moon Quartet's performance at Wood Quay Summer Sessions, we spoke to Charlie about his formative musical experiences, the power in melody and harmony, and taking inspiration from friends.
Don't miss the Charlie Moon Quartet's performance at Wood Quay Summer Sessions, Thursday 11th July 1pm, at the Wood Quay Amphitheatre, FREE admission, a perfect summer lunch time experiment, with food vendors onsite.
Q. What motivates you as an artist, to create music?
There is a joy in playing music that is unparalleled by any other experience, especially the feeling of co-creating music in the moment with other people, that is one of the biggest motivations for me.
Q. Who or what inspires you at the moment - be it in music, arts, politics or your personal life?
Mostly my friends inspire me, watching others successfully pursuing and achieving their respective goals is a constant reminder that you can do anything.
Q. Can you tell us about a seminal experience, project, or encounter that had a significant impact on your career?
Seeing Ahmad Jamal for the first time live at Marciac when I was about 14 years old and watching him tailor the dynamics of his set to respond to a thunderstorm outside the tent enlightened me to the possibilities of improvised music long before I had any other real understanding of how to play it or how it worked.
Q. Working as a vocalist and instrumentalist, how do you think about the connection between music and words?
I have always leaned towards the musical melody/harmony being the most powerful entity of the two in a musical context. Sometimes weak and seemingly meaningless lyrics can be incredibly powerful when backed by a really beautiful melody that maybe tells the story better, and vice versa, powerful lyrics can appear meaningless accompanied by an uninspiring melody or harmony.
Q. What’s next on the cards for you? Projects you’re looking forward to?
I have just released an EP with my organ trio online, available on all streaming platforms called 'The Charlie Moon Organization' and we are launching the record in the Wild Duck in Temple Bar on the 18th of July.
I am also currently working on my debut album with my quartet (The Charlie Moon Quartet) which is going to be a much bigger project with hopes to record and release it by the end of this year 2019.
Don't forget to come along and hear the Charlie Moon Quartet LIVE at Wood Quay Summer Sessions on Thursday 11th July, 1pm at the Wood Quay Amphitheatre, followed by the RBG Trio (Dave Redmond, Kevin Brady, Meilana Gillard). Presented by Dublin City Council in association with Improvised Music Company.
Every Thursday lunchtime in July sees live music at the Wood Quay Amphitheatre, in association with First Music Contact, Improvised Music Company, Contemporary Music Centre & Music Network. Full details available HERE.