WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #13

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

Ernst Glerum (bass, piano, composition)

How do you feel?

I feel good - happy with my family, sad but ok with the passing of my mother earlier this year, motivated in music, lucky with my teaching job, privileged with my backyard studio. Spring cleaning in progress, getting rid of a lot of essential stuff. Turns out not to be so essential after all. Change of perspectives.

How do you stay inspired?

Watching very inspiring videos the bass students send in; I admire their resilience in this frustrating period. Checking out hundreds of cassettetapes my mother left me with Michiel de Ruyter jazz radioprograms - Wendell Marshall plays so fantastic in Duke Ellington Trio!

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

Grateful.

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Photo by Annegien Haselager


WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #12

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

Ziv Taubenfeld (bass clarinet, composition)

How do you feel?

Now that the sun is out I feel more. The mix of time in isolation and the winter was harsh, passed through many confusing days. I feel very lucky to have my family and of course! the great mysteries of the universe revealing in the form of sound. well, happy to have music. Music that continues undisturbed by corona/ politics and other disasters of our times. The music is untouched (but the musicians are..)

How do you stay inspired?

I've read a bunch of interesting books and had the chance to listen to some beautiful music on records, some of those experiences are very mind-opening. Apart from that, luckily, we could still meet and rehearse in small groups- that was the main motivation for sitting down to compose new music. I also started paying more attention to the actual craft of writing notes down, or in other words re-considered how to present information to people who will play my pieces.

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

Miracle (like every concert before or after)


WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #11

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

Kaja Draksler (piano)

How do you feel?

I feel I've definitely had enough time for contemplation, so it's time for some action.

How do you stay inspired?
By appreciating and valuing the situation I am in- being healthy, having time and space to work on things I haven't had time to work on before, by reading books, listening to music, by the nature.

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

Relieving


WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #10

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

Guy Salamon (drums, composition)

How do you feel?
I’m quite well! I’ve noticed recently that probably one of my main goals in life is to try and experience things in the most fun and exciting way possible. Keep being in motion, surrounded by the people I love and be emotionally involved in everything I do. This past year has definitely put these goals to the test. I’m working now on the 2nd album of my octet and preparing for our upcoming performance at JazzAhead in Germany. I enjoy going to my rehearsal space nearby home and keep writing new music when I can. I’ve also, after maybe 15 years, got back to playing basketball and running in the park which is having a tremendously good effect on my mood as well.

How do you stay inspired?

I’ve discovered the wonderful world of audiobooks which in combination with running gives me a lot of new energy and musical inspiration for some reason. I also have a lot more time to sit and listen to full albums from top to bottom, especially of music I’ve never heard before. This definitely has an effect on my will to write new music and keep evolving musically.

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

Absolutely and most incredibly fantastic and lovely!!!


WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #9

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

Tristan Renfrow (drums)

How do you feel?
i feel good (but in all fairness i knew that i would). i feel nice — not dissimilar to nor irrespective of sugar and spice. i feel alright, can’t complain, okay i lied. my brain’s a little fried. i feel like a natural woman. i feel fine, but the elephant in the room is mine. i feel a black spherical energy mass emanating from the solar plexus, encapsulating a resistance to change for fear of losing ones identity —

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How do you stay yourself inspired?
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Describe in one word or sound how you will feel on your first note in front of an audience
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