The 2010 SS Chamber Music Festival was a very special one for me...truth is, they are all special. But the one element that was added to this year's Festival was a concert in small, rustically-perfect, St. Mary's Church, near Fulford. The concert featured students of the Festival together with Leeds, England's Paul Elam of the group Fieldhead. The conceptual idea for the event was to bring together people on an idyllic Salt Spring night and to experience a sound world that blurred the lines of concert and performer and audience and that held the opportunity for spontaneous creation "in the moment". The risk, of course, is that the only thing spontaneous might be combustion. But these are the risks of igniting creative fire, blurring lines, improvising, and yielding to the moment. I think we did this...complete with a finale in the after-dark churchyard that was filled with purple glow from the surrounding trees. Magic!
And, this year, WE WILL DO IT AGAIN. Stay tuned for where.
Read an article by journalist Donald Gislason from the Icelandic Review about our last year's Festival.
I guess I would say that two of the most important forces in my life are the opening of oneself to experience and the disciplined development of our human potential. And these forces sometimes lead by "divining rod" to some wild and wondrous places.