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, […]

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 […]

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 […]