This is a recording of a concert we did at IAC in Malmö. The concert was very informal and we set up in a circle, facing each other with the audience behind us in a circle. Hence, we were playing to an imaginary centre to which the audience was also turned. Simply put, we as musicians, had the same visual focus as the audience. Which is a bit strange since it also meant that we had our backs turned towards the audience.
Following the concert was a talk with the audience. A bit hesitant to begin with but eventually this chat turned out to be a very valuable discussion on the means of communication possible in the context of a concert. The actual conversation is not part of the video here with respect for the participants, but I will discuss the impact the discussions had in a separate post (they are also brought up here: croneholm, day 2: listener experience
One of the main points brought up however, was the importance of the staging of the event. Not only the way we set up but also the meta communication concerning the concert. The hint at it being informal, the fact that we set up in a circle, the communicated condition that we were experimenting with the forms of communication and style, all of these items set focus on the situation rather than us as a group, or even as a jazz group. In the end this allows for a different kind of interface for the audience to approach the music that we do. And, in this context, perhaps most importantly, it allows us to stretch beyond our comfort zones and ignore otherwise quite important factors in improvisation.
We had a very nice concert at Slottsbiografen in Uppsala with a fine little crowd, including some children. A good sounding room compensated for the slightly too soft upright piano.
After a very intense week of rehearsing and discussing the specifics of improvisation, this was the last concert in this project with Katt Hernandez. This is not, however, the final concert with her. I am hoping that we as a trio will get the chance to continue to develop together with her. There is much still to do and to explore, to play, talking and think. I am looking forward to next event.
As noted in a previous post the first introductory sessions was to explore our sound as a trio and the musical values we shared and that we disagreed on. The day before this session we had tried to play standards, something that I believe we all felt failed terribly. The standard jazz repertoire is saturated with expectations on style, feel, sound and many other aspects and even though all three of us are accustomed to playing this repertoire, as a group, in this particular context it felt very unnatural.
Having had that experience we instead decided to try to play some original music, in effect, the music was used mainly as points of departure, as sketches that we tried to expand. Almost as a surprise to us, this method felt very comfartable to all of us. Not only were the short musical fragments that each of us had brought to the session effective in terms of freedom and materiality, they allowed us to do what we intended in the playing these days: they made it possible for us to explore our aesthetics as a group.
Following are two excerpts from two takes of a little tune called Dumma Natt by Henrik. Thought they have a similar vibe, they are also quite different, a sign that we are indeed using them as vehicles for our own goals rather than those of the tune.