Since I'm sitting at the table also, please allow me to share my thoughts on Niki's performance(s) with my
perceptions in mind (in the light of two individuals here that I'm most in touch with:
D. Slam wrote:
LOL! Well, Niki, I believe that being objective is a large part of growing. I listened to this out of curiosity with what you are doing musically. My
feelings in this direction are such that it is a great musical approach to
experiment with and to analyze...Art demands a kind of selfishness
... Any other way and it would not be genuine...art.... Keep doing it as you see fit though it can be a wide line between representing the arts and keeping food on the table. Though I keep the faith...
You certainly have my admiration.
So true Nephew Don! Art is truly an outward expression of an inner condition...especially in a day and time in this 21st Century when so many others are trying to mute the voice (muzzle the oxe) that treads out the corn. You already know where I get that sad news from. Deuteronomy 25:4
. Oh, I'm not supposed to remind anyone of the sources?
Well none of us here are dead (asleep) yet!
This music is my cup of tea Niki... in fact there are many different kinds of "tea." Maybe some need to drink coffee to wake them up to the influences; and acquire a taste for what seems so foreign to them [and Nephew - don't you dare think that I speaking about you; simply because I love your playing with what YOU want to do]. And in case anyone thinks that I'm a musical bigot, then I'll admit that perhaps Bluegrass out of the GA/TN/KY Appalacian mountains will be what I should listen to next. I just don't need to experience what Burt Lancaster and his crew experienced in the north Georgia mountains before Lake Lanier was formed. I'm already DELIVERED!
woofus wrote:Beautiful recording, Niki, and so fun to see you in action. Very skillful stuff. I hope to give myself opportunity to play free because not only can it be fun and beautiful, but what an imagination workout. I don't think I'm capable of doing it justice now, but you certainly are . . . great flow. Being from Chicago where this form was born/blossomed, I've exposed myself to a lot of it and have had a hard time with it occasionally in large groups like AACM (Art Ensemble) and some Sun Ra which is easier to stomach. But in smaller groups I've had a better time, i.e., Vandermark Quartet. Michael Zerang and Hamid Drake are quite a pair, together and separately.
Woofus - the reason why you're not "up to it" as you say, is simply because of an attitude
(or simply not being around folk who desire to do what's already in YOUR heart. To say that Chicago blossomed
this avant garde style is incorrect in my opinion. Such is tantamount to saying that Chicago pizza is better than New York style pizza. Who cares (?) ... either eat them both and enjoy it, or acquire a taste for one or the other and being able to make it from scratch. I could go to Memphis and BBQ or to Texas and eat their style of BBQ. Then the low country BBQ out of the Carolinas is totally different from the either two. It's all good
... just make 'em and play (metaphorically speaking) according to your taste.
Niki... there are elements in your playing that those here knowing the appeciation having done it themselves will appreciate (e.g. Boomer, Alex Sanguinetti, etc). I'm certainly in concert (agreement) with you. Any ART, whether musical or otherwise, is an outward expression of an inner condition. The beauty about this truth is that when seen, heard, tasted or otherwise, that expression is MOST personal.
Kudos to you young man! You're both blessing and a miracle!