As fascinating as it is with its immense potential for freedom, how we as musicians and artists perceive improvisation can include a lot of unnecessary baggage .
What if I play a “wrong note” – am I humiliated? Is my ability as a performing artist deteriorated in the eyes of the audience? Or in my own perception of my professional identity? Or is there even such a thing as a “wrong note”?
Starting in my childhood with classical piano and cello, moving towards free accompaniment, jazz and contemporary music, I graduated as a pop-jazz musician 2008 tenor sax being my main subject and piano my side subject. I have also been playing folk music in different settings, studied some music therapy and composed some of my own music (SoundCloud).
At the core of my creative exploration at the moment is the need to re-define the concept of improvisation for myself, and the different roles it can take in my musicianship and creative processes. I am widely interested in different traditions of improvisation, and the contemporary forms it takes in different artistic disciplines today.
In the project “Coming Visible” fusing musical performance and the creative work of composing together is an attempt to question the way artists work and the need to withdraw from community for every part of creative work. Could we be visible and audible as we create? Could we create in the presence of other people? How does the presence of other people affect the performance or creative process?