If one were to choose one single work that stands out among the rich repertoire for Solo Violin, generation after generation, it could well be the Chaconne by J.S. Bach. It is a piece that suggests endless depth and profundity.
I am setting out on a journey of discovery: I want to learn how my understanding of this work will develop through the process of performing it 100 times in a row. These performances will be in normal public venues (the first was at Lincon Center in May 2012) but also they will be for small groups of Interested listeners, colleagues and friends with whom I can explore deeper levels of communication and connectivity.
It may be stating the obvious to say that a performer and a listener in live performance have the potential to form a powerful bond: a link between themselves and with the music.
Yet perhaps we have started to take this for granted. Is it possible we are neglecting this key element today as we explore and develop the interesting possibilities of digital, virtual environments? My specific intention in performing for small groups of individuals is to cultivate this intimate, personal communication link.
I will be sharing what I discover and learn with all of you on my blog Journey of 100 and invite your thoughts and comments.