WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #19

How is everybody doing in these anonymous and isolated times, without performances? A small tour along the (Amsterdam) improvised music scene to find out.

Dodó Kis (recorders, composition)

How do you feel?

My mood fluctuates a lot between extremely motivated; practicing, juicing fruits and vegetables and exercising, and lethargy; lying on the sofa looking at useless stuff on the internet and ordering a mediocre pizza. At the same time I'm actually very busy with all kinds of work, so that gives me structure, a reason to follow through. Days with sunshine are a lot easier to handle. The things I miss the most are playing in front of people (which no amount of live-streams can possibly compensate for) and travelling (the Dodo doesn't handle captivity well).

How do you stay inspired?

I find myself being inspired by nature now more than ever, I need to look at trees, the sea or flowers. Any chance I get I try to go out of the city.
I'm searching for inspiration in sources that have nothing to do with neither my practice room nor my computer screen.

Describe in one word or sound how you will feel on your first note in front of an audience.

ECSTATIC


WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #18

How is everybody doing in these anonymous and isolated times, without performances? A small tour along the (Amsterdam) improvised music scene to find out.

DAVID KWEKSILBER (REEDS)

How do you feel?

I feel privileged being a musician, being able to be involved with my passion and interest (even though at this moment mainly) at home.

How do you stay inspired?

I get pleasure from being able to work on upcoming Corona-proof projects: creating/composing a multi-stage/disciplinary project and practicing my chops for a livestream solo program (picture). Also teaching students at CvA jazz dept, always great to coach others in doing their best, works two ways.

Describe in one word or sound how you will feel on your first note in front of an audience.

Sharing is living!


WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #17

How is everybody doing in these anonymous and isolated times, without performances? A small tour along the (Amsterdam) improvised music scene to find out.

FELICITY PROVAN (TRUMPET)

How do you feel?
On the one hand I worry and am apprehensive about where humanity is and where it’s heading but I also feel optimistic about new ideas and collective actions that I hope will energize us towards a more caring, balanced society.

I feel strangely grateful, happy and grounded in having had more time to myself in the last year but also feel ‘that it’s enough now!’ and certainly miss coming together in greater numbers, hug to hug with colleagues, friends & family.

How do you stay inspired?
Taking walks, having discussions, listening to recordings, reading, watching a film... And practicing! I’m inspired to improve and change and love having the space to focus. Learning completely new things inspires me too, such as creating short abstract movie clips from my own photos and videos.

In one word, how will it be when you can perform live again?
JOY


WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #16

How is everybody doing in these anonymous and isolated times, without performances? A small tour along the (Amsterdam) improvised music scene to find out.

Jasper Stadhouders (guitar)

How do you feel?
Hard to say... Maybe emptier is an appropriate word? After years of running around being busy playing music and all the travelling that came with it, it's on the one hand maybe a good thing to be in one place for a while. But on the other hand, it's also what's been driving me to keep creating. Ups and downs. Some days it feels like time is passing extremely slowly, other days it's as if nothing happened and we're weeks further all of a sudden. Since currently there's not much to look forward to, I find my thoughts often dwelling to the (recent) past times when everything was really HAPPENING and in constant motion. Call it premature nostalgia if you will?

How do you stay inspired?

Not sure. I'd say it goes in waves or periods. Some periods I manage to have the focus and motivation to create a lot, mainly composing and recording since gigging isn't happening. In those periods the lengthy amounts of "free" time comes as a "luxury", being able to work on ideas and learn new things I'd usually not have (read: take) the time for it requires. That can feel extremely gratifying and feeds the will to keep going and creating.
But as a musician who's so used to playing with and for real people in a live situation, all the music that I've been able to make lacks the immediate response of an audience. Missing out on this interaction between real people, it's not always easy to keep momentum going. Often I feel stuck, and the biggest challenge is to prevent that stuckness from becoming static. Oh, the good old days... come back please!

Describe in one word or sound how you will feel on your first note in front of an audience.
BAP!


WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #15

How is everybody doing in these anonymous and isolated times, without performances? A small tour along the (Amsterdam) improvised music scene to find out.

Sanem Kalfa (voice, composition)

How do you feel?
I feel fine. dressed up every morning as i’m going to have an important meeting. Lots of time to think and turn into myself. I try to do it in a good way as much as i can.

How do you keep yourself inspired?
Recently some nice plans are blooming. That’s quite a boost at this moment. I also meet with beautiful musicians time to time. Each of them are a great source.

Describe in 1 word or sound what it will be like for you when you can perform live with an audience again.

Very grateful to have their eyes and ears and hearts back in the same room.