Q&A WITH OR­LANDO’S MU­SIC MAN

Where Orlando - - Where Now -

Mon­tréal-born con­duc­tor, ar­ranger, in­ven­tor, trum­pet player and mul­ti­in­stru­men­tal­ist Benoit Glazer has been mak­ing mu­sic in Or­lando since 1998, when he as­sumed the con­duc­tor role of Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba.” Tell us about “La Nouba.” The same cre­ative team who did “O” in Ve­gas, two months later they came here. Be­cause they were tired, they fell back on what they knew. The di­rec­tor of the show is Bel­gian. Rene Magritte was a sur­real painter and is Bel­gian. A lot of what you see in the show is based on that. The char­ac­ters for ex­am­ple, in­ter­act to­gether but they don’t seem to go to­gether. And that’s what Magritte did. In 2000, you founded the Timu­cua Arts Con­cert Se­ries in your home.

When you find steady work, as an artist, it frees you up to do other things. I learned pretty quickly that the mu­si­cians here, there’s a lot of work, but it’s al­ways in sup­port of the tourism in­dus­try, so they don’t get to play what they would like to play a lot. So they re­ally were happy to find a place where they can play what they want, how they want and how long they want, you know, and there are no con­straints. It’s art for art’s sake.

that come to be?

How did

Where does Or­lando’s art scene stand today? Or­lando is be­com­ing an im­por­tant des­ti­na­tion for artists. And a lot of peo­ple come here from other places and all walks of life. The com­mu­nity is here and get­ting to­gether. A lot of the re­ally in­ter­est­ing stuff is hid­den. Peo­ple have to look for it a lit­tle bit.

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