Sunday, April 25, 2010

This morning I am contemplating the second Acoustical Kaleidoscope, to take place this afternoon. It has taken me a while to realize, with the help of some friends in other disciplines, that what interests me is the activity of the ear before reading music. I am convinced that the visual has put a cramp on our listening but not on our hearing, which remains intact though perhaps buried.

Tonal Refraction is about accessing the full force of that listening. The Acoustical Kaleidoscope is the exploration of the piano to access it as well in improvisation and in the works of composers who figured out how to write for its full unpredictable, therefore not-notatable magic.