WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #8

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

Alistair Payne (trumpet)

How do you feel?
I feel less. As if the range and spectrum of emotions has narrowed into fairly hungry & quite sleepy. I'm not particularly sad, or particularly happy. I'm just in a constant state of nostalgia.

How do you stay inspired?
To be honest I don't. I rely more on the routine of going to practice, like eating your greens. Usually my colleagues and the stage keep a state of inspiration, or at least provides the deadline to make stuff happen. Without it (or them), inspiration is sparse for me. I have, however, made my peace with this knowing that it will be our time again.

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

LOUD


WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #7

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

Nora Mulder (piano)

How do you feel?
I have bad days and good days. On a bad day I just feel miserable and restless, like a caged animal. It seems like everybody is trying to survive in her/his own bubble (cage).

My heart breaks thinking of the kids and young people starting their lives in this cold world…...

For a good day, see next question:

How do you stay inspired?
I get inspired and alive when I manage to step out of my bubble (cage) and share thoughts, improvisations, music, plans, silly ideas with my friends/colleagues. It gives me fuel to go on.

Maybe even more inspiring are the rare moments I can share the above with an audience. Of course only a very tiny wee-audience, but they are still there! They are waiting for us! They are hungry!

For me playing for even just 1 living person is so different and so much more inspiring than making recordings or online-whatevers.

It gives me hope and makes me feel alive. It makes me realize how necessary it is we all keep on trying to reach out, make contact, step out of bubbles or cages.

How would it feel to perform live again? Describe in one word.
I’m not so sure anymore what animal is in my cage, so when it will be released, the sound will either be “Tweettweettweet!", or ROAR!!!!! (probably both)

Photo: March 2021, with Koen Kaptijn


WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #6

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

Joachim Badenhorst (reeds)

How do you feel?

I feel okay. My days pass quickly and it feels quite busy, even though there are no concerts, but that is more because I have a little daughter at home, and a house that needs a lot of renovation. The little free time I have is absorbed with practical matters, I am organizing a new Carate Urio Orchestra project / recording next month, because of Corona there is quite a bit of work involved in getting the foreign musicians in Belgium, especially the ones outside Europe. and also the 'tour' schedule is constantly changing as the rules change all the time making it very difficult and complicated.

How do you stay inspired?

Just like my answer to the previous question: the little time I have besides all the domestic and practical matters, I try to compose music for the new Carate Urio Orchestra project, often it is late at night ... goes quickly, perhaps due to the fact that there is so little time for it, no option for a writer's block or something like that ;-)

Describe in one word or sound how you will feel on your first note in front of an audience
Last week I played solo at the opening of an exhibition in a gallery in Antwerp, for real people in person (!). Apparently that was allowed. It felt special, after such a long time, to be able to play, to throw music notes in a room and feel interaction with real people. I certainly miss playing live in front of the audience, live streams will never be able to match that real live experience...


WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #5

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

Laura Polence (voice, composition)

How do you feel?

I feel like I woke up on a new planet. A world where you live very strong and weak, happy and sad, ordinary and special every day and night. It's life with your newborn baby.

How do you stay inspired?

Inspiration comes from daily walks and doing everything that is still possible. Singing and occasional dancing remain available sources of inspiration.

How would it feel to perform live again? Describe in one word.

Exciting!


WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #4

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

Terrie Hessels (guitar)

How do you feel?

It’s going well! After 40 years of playing, there’s now also time to finish some other things. A lot to do! And that feels good, although, of course, I miss the bigger social interaction, which is so great with playing live music. But it’s great to keep contact with some music friends. Good to hear that they’re doing well. Han, Ken, Paal, Fendika, etc.etc. And inspiring that Lena is working hard on her next release and project!

How do you stay inspired?

Emma and me are finishing the book on the crazy Africa Trip of 25 years ago. Amazing story, if I may say so myself.. Then we are working on a book about The Ex. So, contacting all former band members and people who were involved. Going through the huge archive. We did a lot!! And writing an article about some Wormer musicians in the ’40-ies. My father and his friend had a great band. I just managed to find somebody who could transfer the three 78’ records. Great to hear!!! And of course, working on the house!

How would it feel to perform live again? Describe in one word.

OUCH!! (My strings are rusty!)