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 […]

Introducing the Wolak/Donnelly Duo!

Dear friends, I’m really excited to announce the Wolak/Donnelly Duo’s tour of the Canadian Prairies.  This tour is being presented in collaboration with Prairie Debut. Feb. 16 – Horizon Stage Performing Arts Centre, Spruce Grove AB Feb. 19 – Anne Portnuff Theatre, Yorkton SK Feb. 21 – St. Paul’s United Church, Kindersley SK Feb. 22 […]

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, […]

Introducing Myriad3

Dear friends, Myriad3 is releasing our debut album “Tell” with Alma Records on November 12th! We’ll be celebrating with a tour of Western Canada and two performances in Toronto. Nov. 8 – Yardbird Suite, Edmonton AB Nov. 9 – University of Regina, Regina SK Nov. 10 – The Bassment, Saskatoon SK Nov. 11 – Augusta Lutheran Church, […]

There’s Nothing Wrong with Music Competitions

UPDATE: I just returned from another music competition. In Nottingham, England. Solo jazz piano.  Didn’t win.  Again.  I guess I’m not built for these things. THOUGHTS! I don’t have a problem with competitions.  They’re the same as winning a Juno, landing a jazz festival gig or getting a positive review. It’s a clash of culture […]