After having experienced a few things at the WSF12 - I'd like to come with a few comments about music performance rules that also applies to the performance of shakuhachi.
• IF you have said YES to performing in a concert, you just don't stay away.
• IF you have a rehearsal at let's say 3 pm, you are ready sitting on your chair with a warmed up instrument at 3 pm - you don't arrive at 3 pm or soon after. 3 pm is the time the rehearsal begins with warm instruments.
I was amazed by how many stayed away from concerts I was involved in organising... and since it was easier to email someone unknown several never told me! That is very bad behaviour and the most amazing was it also concerned long time pros. At the festival one of the performers told me he could not come and perform because he had another concert same evening. I convinced him he had to come, there was no way out of it and the concert at the festival was in the afternoon so it would due fine to do both... he came played - fine. But then I heard later he drank beer and missed the ending of the festival... where did that 8 pm gig go suddenly?
Performing is something to be taken seriously - and have some sense of how much work the organisers put into it. It is simply not something you can throw in the bin and think nothing of!!! Important for both big and small concerts!
Posted: 2012-06-19, 13:00 Post subject: Tube of Derision.
Yes you have to show up to the gig. That goes without saying. I think some of it might come down to confusion between these things being called festivals when they're actually conventions or conferences and also the idea that if it's a gig you get paid, whereas if it's free (or in this case we paid to play!) it's not actually a gig.
Which is lame. When you know what the rules of the game are you play by those rules. Which means do the gig. Duh! Once you agree to something you must follow through.
Posted: 2012-06-19, 16:45 Post subject: Music performance principles applies to shakuhachi as well!
Years ago, I was booked to play at a wedding. Something came up and I couldn't make it but found a replacement. I spoke with the bride and she said, " But I like YOUR sound? How do I know I can trust your player?", which is quite a legitimate concern. I said, "Well, he's my teacher". That put her at ease. You know how stressful organizing a wedding can be.