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Meet Ignacy Gaydamovich

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ignacy Gaydamovich.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?

I am a cellist with a multicultural background. I grew up in Belarus on a farm with my grandparents. When I was playing cello in our barns, local kids would throw stones through the windows at me, I guess it was because I was different and also because I was born in Poland where I also lived for a major part of my life. The farm was a big influence on me. I milked cows (my fingers got stronger!) and have a genuine connection to nature.

Now I live in Amherst, MA enjoying family life, American farmlands, pool up-keeping, and gardening. Professionally, after finishing conservatory in Warsaw, I decided to come to the US where I studied and received my doctorate. Now, after working at a few US universities and schools, I am mostly focused on performing and teaching. I give concerts in Europe, Asia, and the US.

Please tell us about your art.
My musical philosophy is based deeply on a belief that art is only for the art’s sake. We are only vessels that can channel the art through the sound or color we produce. The meaning that we draw from an artwork is only externally applied by us, humans, and has nothing to do with the work of art being of the highest caliber. The art is contained in itself an does not need to express any human emotion or give meaning to life. We add these to the incredible works of art.

Unfortunately, nowadays, most of the art is created with the idea that it needs to connect to people or be relevant to the current events. I feel this is not a genuine path and am not pursuing it despite the mainstream ideas coming from the entire cultural elite. I play what the art demands and provide a platform for other people to connect to it. But I do not use art or music to achieve non-artistic goals.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
As I stated earlier, I do not think an artist should be using the world situation to create their works, apart from inspiration. However, as human beings, they should be involved as much as all of us in making a difference in their community or the world. We all should make this world a better place.

And Beethoven did just that. Not by writing symphonies, but by helping those in need. He wrote symphonies for the art’s sake, even if they had a contemporary response at the time. Usually, the music of those who want to express human emotions or current events above art’s demands does not pass the test of time. Ode to Joy is not great because it is written about such a noble idea. It is marvelous and touches people because of its intrinsic musical qualities. There are many noble texts and pieces of music that do not come close to the power of Beethoven, frankly because creators try to weave only the humanistic aspirations into the fabric of artistic choices. Those are important but do not make a great work of art alone.

The role of the artist today, in my opinion, is to make sure that art survives our century which is tainted with ideas of convenience, usefulness, connectivity, and accessibility. These are really killing the true art. We’ll be left with political and ideological works that use sound, color, words, or movement to express current thoughts, but these will be forgotten by the next generation.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My concerts and recordings are listed on my website which has links to my Youtube Channel, donations, CDs, and my online shop. Thank you for the interview.

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Image Credit:
Paulina Alenkina, Christopher Greenleaf

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