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Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval: “Focus on today”

June 29, 2022

Mr. Sandoval, as one of the world’s foremost jazz trumpeters and a musician for more than 50 years, do you still need to practice?

Oh, you bet! Every single day! Here’s a story for you: are you familiar with the name Pablo Cassell? He was probably one of the best cellists in history. And even when he was very old, he was still playing like an angel. Somebody once asked him, "Maestro, why are you still practicing so much?" And he said, "You know why? Because I think I'm improving a little bit!" (Laughs) That's a great lesson for everyone! I actually think that the older you get, the more you have to practice. I even invented this little device, it’s been nicknamed the “Sando-valves,” it’s a mouthpiece attached to the trumpet keys and it allows me to practice anywhere, sometimes I’ll even practice while I’m sitting in the movie theater! It’s essential, especially with the trumpet!

What is it that is so difficult about playing the trumpet?

It’s a tough instrument. It’s very demanding, you need excellent breath skills, you need a lot of air and to train the muscle of the diaphragm to push that air in the way that you need… All those kinds of physical skills before you start thinking about the actual music. The difference between the trumpet and the piano, for example, is that with the piano, you sit down and the music is there already. But with the trumpet you make the sound from scratch. I have to produce the sound. The commitment, the discipline, the passion, the desire to really practice, one hundred percent concentration in what you’re doing… That's the only way you could get a good command of your instrument.

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Glenn Close

Glenn Close: “My passion is exactly the same”

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Ms. Close, is it true you’ve kept pieces from each costume of every character you’ve played?

Yes, it’s a living collection, there are over 800 pieces! I think it started with the love of the characters that those costumes represent and the time spent in the fitting room, putting those characters together. Because for me, the costume designer is as important as the director: you spend time literally figuring that out. It is absolutely right at the heart of the process of creating a character. So I have most of the costumes from Fatal Attraction, from 101 Dalmatians, from Sunset Boulevard I even have costumes from my very first movie as Jenny Garp.

Those are such iconic roles you’ve listed. Why do you think you’re so good at playing these kinds of complex women?

I don’t know! They are the ones that fascinate me the most. I think those kinds of women who maybe are conflicted, they are interesting. And basically that is where we all live, we all live in the gray area of life. No one is all right or wrong or all black or white. Everyone is hiding their real thoughts and their real feelings. That’s where the fascination comes from, because I think they are true. And my journey as a craftswoman in my profession is to find where my common humanity is with them, and as an actor, you cannot judge them.