10

12 Points 2014, Umea

Henning Bolte By

Sign in to view read count
It's a challenge to watch these young, so-called unknown musicians and write about their performances. It's essential to be alert and careful not to bury the performances under misguiding expectations or mistaken standards. It is important to strive to be true to the musical core and heart when relating the music to past, future and other contexts.

Undoubtedly, creative innovation could be detected and discerned in the variety of approaches. There were also different solutions bringing together originality, brilliance, virtuosity and forcefulness of impact, depending on the personalities and sociocultural backgrounds of the musicians. Every group and every singular musician presented its/her/his state of progress regarding these interrelated elements. Considering all the performances, it turns out that the quality of dynamics as a complex, accumulated entity can be regarded as a key factor with respect to effect and impression.

Or, as Gerry Godley put it in a first reaction: "What I do feel is the connectedness and interdependence of these performances, that they are all linked together—each one informed and framed by the ones that come before and after." Regarding that point of view, "it feels that, in the hands of these artists we heard, stylistic hierarchies are breaking down, different ways of expression can coexist, and what matters is that the music is vital and authentic."

An important issue here is what and how to share things with these musicians in terms of experience, insight and wishes. In the field of jazz it seems it seems possible, to a high degree but with some caveats. It is important to be open about one's own point of view, and with such an age gap it is not possible to really fully share the perceptions and perspectives that can turn out to be the most productive thing.

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Grand Union Orchestra at Wilton's Music Hall Live Reviews Grand Union Orchestra at Wilton's Music Hall
by Duncan Heining
Published: June 20, 2017
Read Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2017 Live Reviews Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2017
by Doug Collette
Published: June 18, 2017
Read Jean Luc Ponty Band at the Boulder Theater Live Reviews Jean Luc Ponty Band at the Boulder Theater
by Geoff Anderson
Published: June 17, 2017
Read ELBJAZZ 2017 Live Reviews ELBJAZZ 2017
by Ian Patterson
Published: June 15, 2017
Read Mike Westbrook at Bury St. Edmunds Festival Live Reviews Mike Westbrook at Bury St. Edmunds Festival
by Duncan Heining
Published: June 14, 2017
Read "Kronos Festival 2017" Live Reviews Kronos Festival 2017
by Harry S. Pariser
Published: February 12, 2017
Read "Amethyst at McHughs, Belfast" Live Reviews Amethyst at McHughs, Belfast
by Ian Patterson
Published: August 16, 2016
Read "Siena Jazz 2016" Live Reviews Siena Jazz 2016
by Duncan Heining
Published: August 12, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.