Paul Mauriat in Lima
This was a Peruvian TV Special created for the rare opportunity of
having the visit of Paul Mauriat in
Peru. This was an Interview and at the end, Mauriat played three songs
on the piano.
Thanks to the help of my friend José
Peñaloza for supplying this information.
Host: "Speedy Gonzales"
- Paul Mauriat - Orchestra conductor, arranger and composer
- Patricia Wieland - Interpreter (for Paul Mauriat into spanish)
Broadcast: Canal 4, América (Peru), 1981
Director: Luis Carrizales Stoll
Running Time: Aprox. 22 minutes
Following is a transcription of the show. Mauriat seems to
understand when people speak to him in Spanish (not so fast), but he
always replies in French. The interpreter translates his replies into
Spanish and from this source, I am translating it here what they were
talking about. Trying to transcribe it textually, but there might be
mistakes due to the translation or
maybe misunderstanding (even my transcription) there might be some
mistakes, but hope it helps.
Transcription of the Show:
- Opening Credits
1. We know that you are touring several Latin American countries and
the goal was to introduce your musical show, that God willing, we can
have you and your full fabulous orchestra next year. What can you tell
I have come to Peru with the help of my friend, Mr. Domingo Castro,
manager of Chomin's, to present my show and also to find out and get to
know the Peruvian music. Also, I pretend to come next year with all my
orchestra but that requires a better organization.
2. Paul, we know about your orchestra, we have most knowledge about
what your music, of your extraordinary great orchestra. Since we are
talking about the orchestra, that you will come with, God willing, in
the middle of next year, I believe in May of 1982. People often asks if
the members of your orchestra, are they all French musicians?
Mauriat: No. I
have a very international orchestra. I always carry with me in tours, 5
Mexicans, that play the trumpet, 3 brazilian singers, 5 violinists from
New York and some brazilian rhythmn [percusionists] as well.
3. Counting all of them, how many members have your orchestra?
orchestra is composed of 45 musicians for recording sessions and 31
musicians for touring.
4. You started with a very particular style of music, with arrangements
really of your own, when you started making your recordings; we want to
know if you think that you have changed a little bit your style in order
to turn it more contemporary. Do you think that the actual arrangements
are more different than those you did earlier?
think that as many all musicians, I am influenced by what is going on
all around. I listen to many recordings in my house in Paris, most of
all, American recordings, and I think that my love for the American
music has made me turn more into the rhythmic side. And I think that
unlike other contemporary composers, such as
that he is a friend of mine, is that my music is more rhythmic, and that
his [arrangements] is more romantic, more conventional.
5. Now we are talk a bit about your personal life. We would like to
know a bit more about yourself. We know that you also know a bit of
English. We're going to make some questions in English. How do inspire
yourself to compose a song?
Mauriat: I am
going to reply in French because [the answer] is very difficult.
I believe I am an changing person. I never wake up the same way in the
mornings. Sometimes I wake up with a romantic foot, and others times
with a feverish [foot].
What makes it that I don't have a special key, that I am always
6. How do you take your personal life? I imagine that your music is a
big part of your life, but when you leave the music aside for awhile,
what do you? We know that you live in France, that you travel a lot, but
in the resting times, what do you do?
of all, I spend a lot of time with my wife. I am married for more than
29 years and I have been lucky to find a woman with whom we understand
each other very well. When I am tired of making orchestrations, I take a
break listening music. What makes me stay inside the music and I listen
symphonic music a lot.
7. What are your favorite musical styles?
enjoy jazz-rock a lot, such as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, among
8. Contemporary jazz is really a very beautiful music, and here,
contemporary jazz is getting more audience, more and more. What do you
think about the American pop music? That sound so much all over the
believe that there are many reasons for which the American pop music has
invaded the world. First of all, is that they have a lot of money and
they are very powerful, and the second one, I believe is that they are
the best professionals in the world. And at this pace, the competition
is very difficult.
9. Had you the opportunity arised to score a motion picture, a great
a ten [or twelve] years ago, I scored a couple of films for Charles
Aznavour, but since then, I haven't been able to do it again because I
don't have much time. But I confess that this is a very interesting
experience because when you make the music for a film, it feels so good.
10. Do you have in mind making another LP?
just finished one very recently. It consists of pieces of original music
and it is called Chromatique.
And when I return to France I will make another
one, consisting of original music and hits from all over the world.
11. We know that the music of Paul Mauriat in
Chromatique is available in stores in our country now, and is
a recording that I recommend to all of you, you're going to like it.
To not extend too much this interview because we want you to offer us
something on the piano tonight, two last questions. What's your opinion
of the Peruvian music?
approach is very brief because I just arrived yesterday evening and I
have spent the evening in a Peruvian pub (peña). Yesterday evening I
started discovering the Peruvian music and I am very surprised of the
mix of black music with three tempo's music. Is because of this mixture
that I think that Peruvian music will have some importance, influence in
12. Another of the greatest albums that you developed and that we have
in our country is called Nube Gris,
where you performed known songs of Latin America and Peru. What
experiences you took recording this album?
wanted to make an album devoted to all South America and I thought that
was the best ambassador of Peruvian music. I am not saying this for
false diplomacy, but because is a piece that I like a lot.
Paul Mauriat plays three pieces on
the piano: Nube Gris,