Interview, Weaver's Cultural Influences: United States to Canada

Type:Interview (text)

“(I) allow (the music) to flow into my own body so that my own perceptions are changed, really moved, and then by the time it comes out the other end of the piece, possibly someone else will be moved.”-C.W.

Carol Ann Weaver begins this video interview by describing her conflicted musical influences. While she grew up listening to mostly Western “abstract” music, she also loved jazz and pop, “the forbidden music, (the music) with a beat”, and hoped to someday “bring these two worlds together.” In describing Every Three Children, however, the varied musical idiom is not Weaver’s focus. Rather, she discusses being moved by the story of the African AIDS pandemic, and her encounter with the phrase Every Three Children. She also describes the collaborative nature of the project, particularly her partnership with the Stephen Lewis Foundation, from which she received support and inspiration.

The sense of social responsibility that Weaver brings to her compositional work is inspiring. “It seemed really clear that there was a reason to write the piece for these people.” In discussing the political impetus for all of her compositional work, Weaver conveys her hope that music might have the ability to speak to the heart of these issues, and express human compassion. “It’s been my thing... I won’t write music unless I can go through this passion, where I’m just absolutely immersed in the grief, the pain, or the joy of it.”

Credits:Colleen Renihan
Subject:Carol Ann Weaver
Related People:Carol Ann WeaverCarol Ann Weaver
Created Date2008