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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Primacy of the Ear...Part 3

The grand success of any workshop is when seeds of new concepts are sown, to grow in a mind free to be receptive. Even more so, if the person casting them has explored their art to the extent that they can see it in its fundamental simplicity and want to show you what they know. That was what was so good (more than good) for me about this workshop with Gilad Atzmon. It was great to hear that the key to all those fabulous sound that he makes with his saxophone is so simple and clear. His opening question was to ask whether we understood consonance and dissonance. The first thought that came to my mind as he described those words, was a memory of description of an essential character of Indonesian food, the subtle interplay of salt and sweet...
Tension and resolution and evidence that we were listening and responding to each other, I think that was what he was listening for as some of us improvised, eyes closed (to escape self conciousness) with our various voices. That was the idea that I took away with me to explore, something which is subtle and captivating in any form of expression. There were other aspects of the workshop that I have to think on too, they have been described in the previous blogs, so I need say nothing more, really, except that those seeds of ideas have been sown in my mind, in this workshop, and are happily sprouting away.
Fiona.

1 comment :

Lance said...

Thank you so much Fiona, Dr. Jas and Ann. Three different aspects of what must have been a remarkable and educational afternoon. Wish I could have made it.

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