Remembering Time

19.10.13

10th October Poster

Below is a clip from my gig last week at The Old Barge in Hertford. I normally try and capture something from each gig using my flip camera which only 3 years ago was the latest easy to use camera. Looking at the quality now I think it's time to upgrade. A friend showed me this camera the other day which has the most amazing quality the Hero3. Technology just seems to move forward so quickly now I feel old! Anyway I've played the Barge before and it's a classic jazz night in a pub event. Run brilliantly by John Williams for over 14 years the pub is a pleasure to play with a landlord that backs the jazz. I've been recently reading a blog by a fellow musician who was talking about making Jazz more accessible. I always feel a bit uncomfortable about this type of statement. In my opinion music has to be honest, played honestly. I think people know if it's not. If it's manipulated to be accessible then it instantly becomes 'functioning music'. This means music that is put together to please (to serve a function) but does not mean it is interesting to play or listen to. That's fine within some genres pop etc but if you are trying to explore music I think you have to be honest. Below's clips show us (hopefully) trying to explore each tune not worrying about wether it's 'pleasing'. This all being performd in a pub! However this is my point, music needs to push people as well as comfort them. We live in a time where music seems to be very devalued. No one wants to pay for it or be challenged by it. Of course not everyone because you are reading this so not you! 

 

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