Improvised Music and Musical Aesthetics
Norman Lebrecht is know for his divisive, often conservative views, but he surpassed himself recently with a blog post which lambasted Arts Council England for funding a concert by Supersilent. Supersilent are an improv group whose publicity states that they do not rehearse, in order to keep each concert experience as fresh as possible. That the musicians have developed musical affinities throughout their long collaboration, and that they each practice, study, research and so on on their own seems to have eluded Lebrecht. In any case, the comments below the post are worth reading, for the many pertinent points they raise about varying musical value systems.
From a comment by Jack Davies:
Published on 9 July 2012