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 The Songs of Scott Walker (1967-70) at Royal Albert Hall Live Reviews The Songs of Scott Walker (1967-70) at Royal Albert Hall
by John Eyles
Published: August 19, 2017
Read Bryan Ferry at the Paramount Theater Live Reviews Bryan Ferry at the Paramount Theater
by Geoff Anderson
Published: August 19, 2017
Read Newport Jazz Festival 2017 Live Reviews Newport Jazz Festival 2017
by Timothy J. O'Keefe
Published: August 18, 2017
Read FORQ at The World Cafe Live Live Reviews FORQ at The World Cafe Live
by Mike Jacobs
Published: August 18, 2017
Read Mat Maneri and Tanya Kalmanovitch at Korzo Live Reviews Mat Maneri and Tanya Kalmanovitch at Korzo
by Tyran Grillo
Published: August 18, 2017
Read Kongsberg Jazz Festival 2017 Live Reviews Kongsberg Jazz Festival 2017
by Henning Bolte
Published: August 17, 2017
Read "FORQ at The World Cafe Live" Live Reviews FORQ at The World Cafe Live
by Mike Jacobs
Published: August 18, 2017
Read "Tom Griesgraber and Bert Lams at Kennett Flash" Live Reviews Tom Griesgraber and Bert Lams at Kennett Flash
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 1, 2016
Read "Omar Sosa Residency at SFJAZZ" Live Reviews Omar Sosa Residency at SFJAZZ
by Harry S. Pariser
Published: May 8, 2017
Read "Garana Jazz Festival 2017" Live Reviews Garana Jazz Festival 2017
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: July 20, 2017
Read "Jim Beard And Jon Herington At The Kennett Flash" Live Reviews Jim Beard And Jon Herington At The Kennett Flash
by Mike Jacobs
Published: June 29, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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