"Who cares if you listen?" provoked composer Milton Babbitt in 1958.
Sometimes you have to take something away in order to recognise its significance. The importance of a live audience has become apparent in this year of separation when live music has been relegated to awkward online concerts. There is an immeasurable exchange between performer and live audience. I care if you listen, and you care if I play.
For now, I must play alone – and I can work with that. But if I am to play alone, there must at least be an audience.
So I am preparing a concert in which I will weave together solo violin improvisations enriched by a layering loop station, spoken word, Irish fiddle, and maybe voice. I'm envisaging a context which might be possible in a few months: a small house concert, a select audience of however many the limit is at the time.
[Watercolour original © Maria Theresia Von Fürstenberg]