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.


WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #14

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

Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti (voice, composition)

How do you feel?

I feel ok. I miss tumult, sweat, laughs and tears that I experience in concerts. I miss the randomness of meeting people and the endless inspiration I get from going to physical concerts and art in general.

How do you stay inspired?

I am somehow always inspired. I feel this time gave me a lot of space to go deeper in some processes I was busy with. I have been making a lot of things, in music but also in a lot of other media. Somehow I realized in me the motor of making is not just ignited by concrete concert deadlines, but it is always kind of cooking, moving, re-orienting, re-learning. I am lucky, I got some chances to develop some nice things in the digital realms... hahaha I feel like a never ending student.

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

Ecstatic !!


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)