Gedanken…Some Thoughts

Why do I always program a visual element in my performances nowadays? It’s not because I want to “entertain” the audience. But a musician is a performer whether he or she likes it or not. Sometimes I allow a gesture to initiate the sound instead of instrumental technique/muscle memory. This idea came to me while working alongside dancers. The visual element (in my performances) exists only in the moment…you have to be in the audience and paying be attention. Occasionally I pretend to play but without sound, such as bowing air. Other times I silently reorganize my objects…this is visually engaging but adds nothing sonically. Sometimes audience members listen with their eyes closed anyway. I do it sometimes.

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