Journeys of Self Discovery (Part 5) – The Best Performances are the Most Reflective Mirrors

Over the last four posts, I’ve assumed that audiences for classical and jazz performances are dwindling and older patrons are not being replaced with younger ones. In the previous post, I mentioned a few ways classical music performers could communicate more effectively and host more appealing and more engaging performances.  They included impromptu speaking, performing […]

Journeys of Self Discovery (Part 4) – A Message to Classical Musicians: Loosen Up

Over the last three posts, I’ve assumed that audiences for classical and jazz performances are dwindling and older patrons are not being replaced with younger ones. I suggested in the previous post that one way to make performances more appealing to more people is to support more feedback loops. This means having the ability to […]

Journeys of Self Discovery (Part 3) – The Emperor is Naked!

Recap: I’m writing about making music performances (particularly jazz and classical) more appealing to more people. I have two areas to address: Giving audiences and performers more/alternative freedoms Improving communication/collaboration = improving performance The Emperor is Naked! “But the Emperor has nothing at all on!” said a little child.  “Listen to the voice of innocence!” […]

Journeys of Self Discovery (Part 2) – There’s No Such Thing as an Audience

Recap: I’m writing about making music performances (particularly jazz and classical) more appealing to more people.  In the previous post, I suggested that resolving discordant expectations and giving audiences more/alternative freedoms are the most important issues to explore. Of course, it’s easier said than done. Here’s why: Where Are All Your Friends? Myriad3 has performed […]

Journeys of Self Discovery (Part 1) – Classical Music Concerts are Boring

J. Douglas Jefferys has a funny video on effective presentations skills.  He says: “Unfortunately, most of the behaviors that speakers engage in, send audiences members off on what we call ‘journeys of self-discovery.’” I have a confession to make:  I frequently enter these “journeys of self-discovery” during classical music concerts (among other types of performances, […]

A Quote Worth Sharing

“The details of any art form—how to play the violin, how to improvise a raga, how to write English prose, how to make movies, how to teach are of course particular; each instrument or medium comes with its own language and lore.  But there is a kind of metalearning, a metadoing that transfers across styles […]

Joshua Bell is a Horrible Salesman

You may have heard the story of Joshua Bell, world famous violinist, busking in a subway station in Washington. Imagine an industrial printer in your home office. Or imagine a home printer trying to serve the needs of a corporate office.  Neither makes sense.  Both are ugly and inappropriate.  I would never presume that one […]

Original vs. Non-Original Music

On May 6th, I sat down with Josh Grossman, artistic director of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. It was part of a series of live interviews Josh is hosting called The Artistic Director’s Guide to Jazz.  We had a great discussion about four artists performing solo shows at the festival: Kurt Rosenwinkel – June 22nd […]

The Importance of Technical Facility

On May 6th, I sat down with Josh Grossman, artistic director of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. It was part of a series of live interviews Josh is hosting called The Artistic Director’s Guide to Jazz.  We had a great discussion about four artists performing solo shows at the festival: Kurt Rosenwinkel – June 22nd […]