From the Guardian website, here is Gwilym Simcock,talking about and then playing Good Days at Schloss Elmau. He makes it all sound desperately simple…..
-How optimism and joy is at the heart of what he does
-How he imitates a whole rhythm section
-How the tune is interjected into the groove
-How the key relationships work
-How other sounds from the piano get used
-And having explained the piece, he then plays it. As easy as that really…
Fascinating – I wouldn't agree that 'he makes it sound desperately simple'; what he actually does is reveal the complex layers and thought processes which go in to a composition and which would probably not occur to the lay-listener. In its execution the skilled musician/composer makes it appear a seamless 'fait accompli'!
You're right, of course. (Note to self, mistake to try to do humour after a tricky day…)
Yes, absolutely, the skill levels in everything he's doing here are so high, and you do well to point that out, thank you!