February 16, 2018

In the last 25 years, globalization and technological advancements have brought tremendous changes to every field of human endeavors. For the arts, the challenge of adapting to these changes is significant, but so is an opportunity to discover new ways of creating meaning in the lives of artists and the communities they serve. 

In the last few years, conservatories, as well as schools of art in colleges and universities, have been experimenting with ways of addressing an increasing uncertainty of the future career paths of their graduates. There is a considerable pressu...

June 27, 2017

I have recently come across this TED talk and while I agree with many points made in it, the questions on my mind are more about what implications this seismic shift has for professional arts education. With the destruction of traditional revenue streams such as recording sales and subscriptions, with rise of technology as the biggest competition to the live performing arts, with democratization of means of production in art through technology what incentive is there for someone to pursue performing arts degree? 

If the audience for the performing art will primarily be motivated by ei...

October 3, 2016

Confirmation Bias

I’ve had a very interesting few weeks performing and presenting very different music to very different audiences.

Participating in a 9/11 Memorial concert, performing for a couple of very different chamber music series and presenting an early music ensemble at the opening of another made me realize just how much context matters to people’s ability to engage in meaningful ways with music. I love talking to people, and it is fascinating how a complex Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion presented in a 9/11 Memorial concert can genuinely move people, who would otherwise nev...

February 12, 2016

The recent conversation about the Super Bowl Half Time show raised a few questions for me, which I want to share:

  1. Isn’t suggesting that classical music needs to embrace the popular culture and adopt itself to it in order to survive deeply conformist and, as such, antithetical to the spirit of artistic pursuit based in honest striving for excellence, authenticity and depth?

  2. In the world filled with short, simplistic pop songs, isn’t complex narrative of classical music a phenomenon that is truly radical and challenging to the status quo in ways no less important than political statement...

October 29, 2015

I recently read  about musicians inviting audience members to sit on stage among performers during a concert in order to make the experience of listening to live music more engaging. I think that instead of enhancing the experience, this actually ends up substituting it for a completely different one. It is as different as watching an opera, ballet or a play from the audience seat verses being part of the action on stage. While the novelty of "participatory" experience can be exciting, and it may even lead a person to develop a false sense of competency, it really has very little resemblance t...

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