Zamfir talks the pan flute

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Zamfir talks the pan flute - Zamfir keeps ancient Pan flute known By MARY...
Zamfir keeps ancient Pan flute known By MARY CAMPBELL AP Newsfeatures Writer Pan, ancient Greek god of woods and shepherds, played a musical instrument which came to be called the pipes of Pan or the Pan flute. Gheorghe Zamfir, who plays the Pan flute currently, is from Romania. He says the instrument was popular in Romania before the 19th century but went out of general favor because it drove many of its players crazy. The Pan flute is a series of hollow tubes, set side by side in a curve. There is no fingering. The player blows down into the tubes. The sound comes up from the tubes, emerging near the player's ears. The vibrations inside the skull, Zamfir says, can cause madness. When he feels his head ringing during practice he switches to one of his seven Pan flutes with a softer tone. He constructs them from bamboo Bnd tunes them himself, a long and difficult process. It helps enormously, he says, that he has perfect pitch. He plays Romanian folk, popular, classical and music he composes. To demonstrate the classical, he picks up music for Purcell's "Suite for Trumpet and Organ." "What tonality is this? D Major. Okay. I'll try it." He begins to play his soprano Pan flute, then says, "The notes are exactly the same. Well, I changed one note. I play not with the trumpet but with the Pan flute." Zamfir has made many records, distributed in 28 countries and selling well, especially in Europe and Canada. He lives near Montreal and has an apartment in Paris. His newest album is "Fantasy." In the United States, "Fantasy," "The Lonely Shepherd," "King of the Pan Flute," "Romance of the Pan Flute," "Solitude" and "Christmas with Zamfir" are available on Mercury Records. "Music by Candlelight," on compact disc only, and "Rhapsodie du Printemps and Concerto No. 1" are on Philips. His first North American tour is this faU, to 20 U.S. and 12 Canadian cities, from Sept. 27 through Nov. 26. A concert sounds like a lively affair. A Romanian folk group of eight will be with him for folk numbers. Five Canadian musicians join him for pop. Three ballerinas will dance to some of the music. Zamfir will also play solos and he may sing, depending on "what I feel at this moment on the stage." He composed several film scores in Romania before he left in 1982. He composed for the French "Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe" and the Australian "Picnic at Hanging Rock" and performed on the soundtrack of "Once Upon a Time in America" and "The Karate Kid." He recorded a version of the "Missing" theme. "I hope to write movie music," Zamfir says. "I think the Pan flute is marvelous in front of an image. My dream to compose some things and to have an Oscar. Why not? With my instrument I come to bring completely a new sound." For future albums, Zamfir is considering composing only music that can be used for meditation. He says, "Everybody is too excited now, doing many things. Life is too exciting." "For concerts I'd like to develop piano with Pan flute. It's a very nice combination. And I'd like to use it in chamber music and with orchestras, to show that the Pan flute is a universal instrument." When Zamfir, who is 44, started studying Pan flute in Bucharest in 1961, he used one with 20 tubes. He Georghe Zamfir i .makes his own Pan flutes. now prefers 21. "At this moment the Pan flute was in danger of disappearing completely. My teacher, Fanla Luca, created the first Pan pipe school. It is for that that I and my colleagues exist today. I can present this oldest instrument in the world that is the most perfect and beautiful after the human voice, in my opinion." "Later, in the university, I studied piano, conducting and opera singing. Then I thought, why not develop the life of the Pan flute. It is a magic, cosmic instrument. It would be too bad to follow another specialty." Rather than write "Baby, I Love You" songs, Zamfir believes, composers should write songs about plants and grains. The sounds today are not good for humanity's health and mind," he says. "If the mind is ill, that causes wars and crimes. "I think rock music is very bad for young people, for everybody. I'm absolutely sure if I listen to two hours of rock music I'm not in my best appetite, don't sleep well and can't create something valuable. I think it is vey important that humanity live a quiet life." "Opera is ill also. Opera in the present day is a part of aggressiveness." "I think all the planets who live around the earth need pure air and pure vibrations. If humanity produces bad vibrations all the time it is catastrophe for all planets. "I think it is very, very important to make a little prayer for one minute, to say thank you for the sun's radiance and other things. It is not necessary to go to church and stay there for hours." m - .. . . A

Clipped from Star-Gazette18 Sep 1985, WedMain EditionPage 7

Star-Gazette (Elmira, New York)18 Sep 1985, WedMain EditionPage 7
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