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It's 20 Questions time for Zane Banks

by Zane Banks on July 27, 2016 (July 27, 2016) filed under Classical Music | Orchestral | Instrumental | Comment Now
What would an electric guitar concerto by Richard Wagner sound like? Guitarist Zane Banks would love to find out.

1. Top five pieces of non-classical music?
The Stanley Brothers' Lonesome Night
Robert Johnson's Cross Roads Blues
Eddie Arnold's Cattle Call
Miles Davis' Flamenco Sketches
The Beatles' Ticket to Ride

2. Electric guitar or classical guitar?
At the moment it's electric guitar, but only because that's what I'm booked to play at the majority of festivals, gigs and recording sessions, but truthfully I love them both.

3. Top five favourite films?
The Great Beauty ­– Paolo Sorrentino (2013)
Gone with the Wind – Victor Flemming (1939)
The Blues Brothers – John Landis (1980)
This is Spinal Tap – Rob Reiner (1985)
Pan's Labyrinth – Guillermo del Torro (2006)

4. Top three pieces of classical music?
JS Bach Chaconne in D Minor from Violin Partita No 2, BWV 1004
Mahler Symphony No 8
Josquin Des Prez Qui Habitat

5. Five historical musicians you would invite to brunch?
JS Bach 
Beethoven
George Gershwin
Robert Johnson
Charlie "Byrd" Parker

6. Favourite food or drink before a concert?
It's a little on the Spartan side but the ideal meal would be a salad with some protein like chicken or tuna, and a glass of cold water. I just want something light and energising before walking out on the concert hall stage.

7. Least favourite work of classical music?
Dubstep remixes of classical masterpieces are definitely not my favourite.

8. Proudest moment on stage?
My European debut at the Luxembourg Philharmonie Hall in 2007 was a pretty special moment.

9. Three musical heroes?
JS Bach
Charlie Parker
Paul McCartney

10. Four recordings everyone should own?
The Complete Cantatas of JS Bach (Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Ensemble recordings)
The Complete Recordings of Robert Johnson
The Complete Recordings of Hank Williams
The entire Beatles catalogue

11. Which historical composer would you commission for an electric guitar concerto?
Richard Wagner!

12. Most irritating feature of the guitar?
For the acoustic guitar it would be it's lack of volume when compared to other acoustic instruments. As for the electric guitar, it's the amount of really heavy gear that needs to be lugged to gigs, not to mention the headache when something goes wrong with the guitar's electronics or the amplifier and pedal board.

13. Your guilty pleasure?
Eating homestyle southern chicken fried steaks. They're pretty much impossible to find in Australia, which is probably for the best, however, if I'm in the Deep South of the USA, I'm powerless to resist ordering this magnificent king of battered and deep fried meats.

14. Most mind-blowing live concert you have ever seen?
The Time Jumpers live at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, Tennessee or the Punch Brothers live in Sydney.

15. Favourite classical ensemble?
Our very own Australian Chamber Orchestra.

16. Favourite non-classical ensemble?
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.

17. Most common misconception about guitarists?
That they are musically illiterate rock musicians who have no ability to play with any subtlety.

18. Three books that have changed your life?
The Collected Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe
Lankavatara Sutra (Red Pine translation)
The Unfettered Mind by Takuan Sōhō 

19. What do you do to relax?
I love collecting vintage clothing and objects. I'm always on the lookout for original pieces from the 1930s to the early 1960s. I have a particular thing for mid-century Western wear, work wear and tweed clothing. My partner Amy and I can be found most weekends pawing through antique and specialist shops and flea markets in search of treasure.

20. Greatest guitar solo of all time?
Now this is a tough one, I don't think I have just one. Notable mentions: Charlie Christian's solo Solo Flight, Danny Cedrone's solo on Rock Around the Clock, Scotty Moore's solo on Mystery Train, Jimi Hendrix's solo on All Along the Watch Tower, Eddie Van Halen's Eruption, Joe Pass' solo on C.E.D., Stevie Ray Vaughan's solo on May I have a Little Talk with You... I could actually go on forever naming great solos.


Zane Banks will be performing at the Adelaide Guitar Festival at the Adelaide Festival Centre August 11-14

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