Ken - your thoughts here are so in synch with my own discoveries. For years, I loved playing trumpet in small groups (3-5 pieces) in small rooms, as acoustically as possible (real pianos, upright bass, little or no amplification). The intimacy and immediacy of situations where your audience is truly in the 'spit zone' is palpable, and honest. When you play something amazing, you know immediately. When you are less than amazing, that sense hits you like a brick as well, because there is no place to hide. And when performing on larger stages and in larger venues, the physical distance between my audience and myself was truly disturbing, and caused me to feel more and more isolated in my performance, from both listener and fellow performer.
These experiences were known for years mostly at a very subconscious level, until I began performing with the Bose technology. Now that I have answers for so many of the challenges I faced in performance over the years, my understanding of those same challenges has dramatically been enhanced and brought to a more conscious level. I had been unable to describe adequately the problems I felt, because the state of technology over the past 30 years had been unyielding in how it described its answers. Almost as if in a myopic trance, I regurgitated the mantras of the triple system that bigger, heavier and more complicated was the path to sonic nirvana. Intrinsically, I understood this could not be so, yet it took the genius of Cliff, yourself and many great minds at Bose to address the issue in such a way that some of the rest of us could finally comprehend and put words to the unease felt over decades of performances.
And you hit the nail on the head - INTIMACY is where it's at, brother! I am in touch with my audience now as never before, with little between us but my music.
I feel as if my music is being rediscovered - what greater gift could you have ever offered?
- jazzhorn1, May 20, 2005 -
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