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?
apart from a bunch of livestreams and recordings, i keep busy at home writing and producing new music as well as developing new skillz and ideas (which i didn’t really have time/energy for until uh, well, you know...) including but not limited to learning new electron-derived gear and softwares, sound design, and improving my mid-range RL accuracy.

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