Emili Rackemann Women Composers...they were all forgotten

Moving Classics TV

16.04.2018 Article

What does music mean to you personally?

Music to me is a gateway to ones soul. It allows me to connect with others in ways which words cannot. I have always been fascinated with vibrational energy, sacred geometry and how sound effects the human body on a cellular level. I feel music is the most profound healer and holds many answers to how the Universe operates. In my opinion, everything is frequency therefore music plays a very important role towards my wellbeing. It is a wonderful portal to express my thoughts and feelings without feeling judged.

Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?

Firstly I would have to question what fantasy is in more detail. Many of us are so immune to fantasy being outside our human experience because of the mind being overpowered by a fast passed society; although for me, music is about reality which also encompasses fantasy, depending on ones state of internal joy and bliss. From our internal world also reflects our external world.

If you were not a professional musician, would would you have been?

If I were not a professional musician, I would have continued my training in the world of dressage. As a young girl I was equally passionate about horses. Having been born and raised in remote rural Australia, it would never phase me to go back to this simple lifestyle.

The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about your future?

No I am not worried at all. I feel the demographic of classical music audiences are in a state of transition. What is worrying however, is the industry’s inability to embrace classical music artists who wish to walk on stage without fear of being themselves. A perfect example of the new age classical musician is British pianist James Rhodes.

We can always accommodate for a younger audience, although if it is to manifest, we need to let go of the old marketing paradigms and embrace the 21st century with all it has to offer. Older audiences would no doubt see this as a breath of fresh air, ‘music to their eyes’!

What do you envision the role of classical music to be in the 21 century? Do you see that there is a transformation of this role?

I think I may have answered a majority of this question above, although if I were to add to it, I would have to emphasise the importance of the classical music industry needing to embrace composers of the present. The classical music industry has been somewhat controlled by subconscious religious conditioning and black formal attire. For me personally, continuously performing music from the past is no different to a pop band playing cover songs. In my opinion today’s composers shouldn’t be compared to The Greats, we should have the courage to move on. Classical is a genre, therefore ones composition is a creation in its own right, not an interpretation.

When I say that classical music is searching for new ways or that the classical music is getting a new face, what would come to your mind?

I agree that the classical music industry is gradually succumbing to getting a new face, it is crucial this happens. If there is anyone who reflects this, in my opinion I would have to again mention pianist James Rhodes; not so much for his music, but for his image, it is a breath of fresh air.

Do you think that the classical musician today needs to be more creative? Whats the role of creativity in the musical process for you?

Performance wise, rehashing the same composers year in, year out is bound to display a continuous line up of perfected performers; although in my opinion this doesn’t allow artists to fulfil their personal creativity as such. So yes, I would have to say classical musicians today could dig a little deeper and start composing and performing their own work.
My role throughout the composition process is to constantly challenge my creative abilities, offering audiences a vast differentiation of new repertoire.

Do you think we musicians can do something to attract the younger generation into the classical music concerts? How will you proceed?

This is my favourite question! Yes, wholeheartedly. As previously mentioned, I strongly believe we need to let go of the old paradigms which are attached to the classical music genre. These include large and predictable biographies, black attire and an artist image which is uninspiring.
The younger generation today relates to what they visually see on stage. If classical music is performed in clothing similar to a bridesmaid dress or a black suit, it will be highly unlikely younger audiences will not respond. However, if we listen to our youth and be inspired by the wonderful array of fashion which is accessible to us, we may have a chance at bringing classical music into the limelight.
My goal is to always relate to all demographics, therefore having a stylist who understands how important my image is, has been an essential key factor in my performances. I love merging my love for fashion and classical music into one, it has attracted many young listeners.

Tell us about your creative process. Do you have your favourite piece (written by you) How did you start working on it?

My creative process is stimulated in many different ways. At times a word may pop into my mind which I have never heard of previously, for example Aragon. I then research this word and find it is of the early modern kingdom on the Iberian Peninsula in ancient Medieval times. I read about life during this time and from there sit at the piano and start composing a story, in this instance, it was the Kingdom of Aragon.

Other moments I sit down and it flows out effortlessly. I imagine myself as a conduit for story-telling. My compositions can be completed within one recording or span over a couple of weeks. I tend to focus on the joy of composing, this is when the magic happens.

We, Moving Classics TV,  love the combination of classical music with different disciplines: music and painting, music and cinematography, music and digital art, music and poetry. What do you think about these combinations?

I think these combinations are incredibly effective. All disciplines can merge beautifully if given the time to connect with each other.

Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?

Yes certainly. I would advise young classical enthusiasts to explore and be open to all styles of music. There is so much to learn from other genres and this results in a deeper understanding of how all music connects as one, there is no separation. As soon as one becomes judgemental of other musical genres, they are caught in the past and unable to explore their own inner creativity.

Secondly, be yourself. Degrees are not for everyone although music is for everyone. Own what you do and do your best not to get caught up in having to prove you are a classical artist based on your biography. Sure it is wonderful to have, but not essential. Things are changing and there is an abundance of opportunities to become an individual among many classical performers. Think outside the box, allow musicality to be your focus and technicality to be secondary. At the end of your performance, you want to capture people’s emotions, not critics with an analytical mindset.

Do you have expectations what regards your listeners, your audience?

No, I focus on what I enjoy and from there everything seems to flow. If the artist has conviction in what they are doing, people will respond positively.

What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?

Although I love composing classical music, I am also equally focused on contemporary piano music. My upcoming album ‘Absence of the Wild’ is focused on stories based around our animal kingdom. I am passionate about animal welfare therefore find it very easy to compose music reflecting stories about wildlife.

I am currently working towards my Australian tour. This will be a selection of classical and contemporary compositions from previous albums and my new album.


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