On Friday night I had the delight of going to BG Sound Project, a collaboration of celebrated didgeridoo performer William Barton & guitarist/composer Anthony Garcia.
I took along 2 friends who knew little about classical music and asked one of them to answer some questions about the night.
To me, they summed it up so beautifully, there isn’t much more I could write.
- Before the concert – how would you have described classical music and seeing it live?
I would have described classical music as an activity for older people. The music is extremely heavy and it takes a lot of concentration to listen to it. It is meant to be a serious affair and only music from the 16th century is performed. I believed that I would not enjoy the concert as I would not understand the detail of the concert and therefore I would miss out on the genius of the music.
- How would you describe the concert?
It was eye opening. The performance was very intimate and amusing. The 2 musicians made fun of each other which lightened the mood and made everyone laugh. Being in such a small place it didn’t feel like a serious affair but more of a small gathering of people. The didgeridoo was a great instrument which steals the show and its hard not to focus 100% attention on it.
- What were the highlights of the night?
The highlight for me was the comedy act between the two performers. It broke up the seriousness of the night and made people realize the main point of the night is to enjoy the performance and for the audience to not try and be experts in the genre. The mother of William Barton performing the cleansing ceremony made the experience more intimate. It also made it more Australian which helped to change my perception of classical music as it didn’t have to be from the 16th century originating from Austria. The didgeridoo was a good instrument to introduce me to the genre as its such a unique sound.
This is what classikON is all about. I also had a wonderful time at the concert and a great way to finish the week – lovely music and humour. It was like we were in their homes listening to them perform with friends. They connected excellently with the audience and performed beautifully.
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