But why such utterly inappropriate pseudo music-making should be featured in a music school's gala performance is beyond my comprehension. It belittles us all.
I described this to an alternative instrumentalist who had occasion to hear an 11 year-old billed as a jazz prodigy in a recent festival in Israel. The kid was playing late Thelonius Monk. My friend's reaction was parallel to mine: Why? What good does this do to all concerned: the kid, the audience, the music, Monk?