Grammy-nominated trumpeter Chris Botti has been busy this year after the release of his tenth studio album Impressions in April.
Currently traveling the world on tour, Chris is bringing his colorful sound to the stage as the featured artist for this Friday’s (Aug. 24) Summer Concert Series at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach!
Pat Prescott checked in with Chris to hear the latest on his travels, new CD, and working with some of the biggest names in music. Listen to the segments below of our exclusive one on one interview with Chris to hear what to expect from the show this Friday!
Being a bi-coastal musician, Chris has of course has his pros and cons for living and working in both Los Angeles and New York. However, because of the shift in the music industry, he spends most months out on the sunny west coast.
“Sadly the music industry has kind of left New York and it’s all [in L.A.], and that’s what I love about L.A., but sadly you don’t walk in L.A. and that’s what I love about NY,” said Chris.
Becoming a successful musician means putting a lot of work into perfecting your craft. For Chris, his passion for music started at a very young age, and he’s been working towards his goal ever since. He explains that he has no regrets from missing parts of his childhood, because it’s all paid off now.
“There are very people in the world – no matter what you give up – the reality is if I wrote my dream on a card when I was nine…and opened it up now, it would be the exact same thing,” explains Chris. “Even though you give up a whole heck of a lot of personal life issues, you gain so much on the other end that’s valuable for your heart.”
Chris has been receiving great reviews of his latest release Impressions. He talks about his inspiration for this album and the particular sound he was going for to keep his music fresh for fans.
“I wanted to make a record that kept the listener…in the same pocket without kind of moving them around, but yet a ride they can appreciate,” he explained.
Chris talks about taking the stage this weekend at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach and what fans can expect at the show.
“For me, I like it when a concert has a an up and down rather than the sameness to it and the way you really get that sweeping expanse is to have brilliant musicians behind you,” said Chris. “You really need to have an all star cast behind you.”
Chris has been working with Sting for much of his career both on tour and in studio. Their professional collaborations has evolved into a close friendship, which Chris is eternally grateful for since Sting has helped further his music career.
“I don’t really have a career on the level it is now without my friendship and his belief in my music,” said Chris. “He’s opened so many doors for me.”
As if working with Sting wasn’t big enough, Chris talks about going out on a short tour with Barbra Streisand this October.
We are proud to announce that Chris Botti will be a special guest in Barbra Streisand’s tour this October 2012.
Philadelphia – October 8th at Wells Fargo Center
Brooklyn – October 11th and 13th at Barclays Center (Sold Out)
Montreal – October 17th at the Bell Centre
Ottawa – October 20th at Scotiabank Plaza
Toronto – October 23rd at the Air Canada Centre
Chicago – October 26th at the United Center
Vancouver – October 29th at Rogers Arena
Tickets for the newly announced performances will go on sale starting Saturday, August 11th in Montreal and on Monday, August 13th for all other shows.
Read more at barbrastreisand.com
Chris Botti on Trumpet at the Beacon Theater
By NATE CHINEN
Photo By Chad Batka for The New York Times
Chris Botti has a trumpet sound that suggests the softer side of luminosity, the realm of sunsets and half-moons and low-wattage incandescence. Mellow and pearly, it emits an unabashed beauty of the sort that you could carefully build a career around — as Mr. Botti has, with extravagant success. But one of the perils of beauty is inertia, and Mr. Botti isn’t about to fall into that trap, as he seemed almost too keen to prove at the Beacon Theater on Tuesday night, in a punchy and ultimately perplexing show.
There’s an underlying dichotomy in Mr. Botti’s work, which functions both on the level of flickering intimacy and thundering grandiosity. He’s adept at exuding human warmth on a sweeping scale, which explains his collaborative history with Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban, and sheds light on his affiliation with Sting. Still, it’s striking how differently Mr. Botti conceives of his roles on record and onstage. To stick with the lighting analogy, his studio output is to his live show what a votive candle is to a fireworks display.
Through the 1980s and ’90s, Chris Botti had a relatively successful career as an in-demand session musician and sideman, and as a composer and producer. Then, in 2001, after he signed to Columbia Records, the stars aligned; since that time he’s gone from strength to strength garnering worldwide acclaim as a live performer and selling millions of records.
WRTI’s Jim Cotter caught up with the superstar trumpeter when Botti was in town to play with The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Listen to the whole interview at wrti.org