So, since I had nothing else going on this fall (ha,ha) I thought it was time to make a radical experiment in audience building.
I’m a jazz piano player. There is a long history and deep tradition in this instrument and this music. My question is this: Is there a way I might dig into the historical precedent of my musical tradition, and find a way to engage with a very atypical audience? What would happen if I rethink the performance conventions to draw on the practices of other artistic forms-theater, magic, or comedy for instance. They all engage audiences. But they use different approaches. What if I embrace some of the techniques that sporting events use to create drama, for instance. Can I create something that pro wrestling fans, NASCAR viewers and yes, even jazz fans can gather around. All while having a good time AND not sacrificing the quality of the music?
I don’t know.
But I’m giving it a shot.
This Saturday afternoon.