Listening Live


The program note for this month's Mixed Bag:
The music we think of as “great” is so only because it has commanded attentive listening for many years, not because anyone said it should, or pronounced it great.  It has a savor like a fully ripe, freshly-picked tomato.  Every child can tell the difference between one served in a Parisian restaurant and the variety available in most New York supermarkets.  (I have experienced kids who noticed the difference.)  

That quality of “live” is all too often lost in the process of passing vibrations through microphones and speakers, espe-cially now that technology has figured out how to equalize the intensity, even the pitch of the final product.  We need to get the life back into it , perhaps via a musicalocavore movement.

That is what all my work is about:  Restoring  life to the music to which we have grown accustomed in an over-pro cessed state.  It’s time to rediscover ourselves as participatory listeners whether in playing, teaching, or just enjoying the company of fellow listeners whether in a living room, cabaret, or concert hall.

A word about my CDs: They were all recorded in this room, for an audience like yourselves, and produced with state-of-the-art mikes and mastering, but no editing.  Thus they are entirely different from commercial recordings - a bit like taking this evening home with you.


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