Musicking

The exploration of musicians’ lives in today’s challenging professional landscape is fascinating and inspiring.

Our world is unrestrained by geographical borders, and technology provides the opportunity to blur the lines of genre and form : the question of whether musicians should continue to define themselves within traditional, rigid boundaries is an important one.

Christopher Small was a musician, educator, lecturer and author of a number of influential books.  He coined the term musicking to highlight that music is a process (verb) and not an object (noun).  According to his own definition: 

“To music is to take part, in any capacity, in a musical performance, whether by performing, by listening, by rehearsing or practicing, by providing material for performance (what is called composing), or by dancing. We might at times even extend its meaning to what the person is doing who takes the tickets at the door or the hefty men who shift the piano and the drums or the roadies who set up the instruments and carry out the sound checks or the cleaners who clean up after everyone else has gone. They, too, are all contributing to the nature of the event that is a musical performance.”

Small elaborates further on his belief that musicking is the way in which we relate to the rest of the world.

 “The act of musicking establishes in the place where it is happening a set of relationships, and it is in those relationships that the meaning of the act lies. They are to be found not only between those organized sounds which are conventionally thought of as being the stuff of musical meaning but also between the people who are taking part, in whatever capacity, in the performance; and they model, or stand as metaphor for, ideal relationships as the participants in the performance imagine them to be: relationships between person and person, between individual and society, between humanity and the natural world and even perhaps the supernatural world.” 

Small, Christopher (1998). Musicking: The Meanings of Performing and Listening. Hanover: University Press of New England. ISBN 978-0-8195-2257-3.

Here are two extraordinary individuals, both musicking with unique and passionate voices in their local community and our global online community.

Louise King

I simply love music, what music can do for people and for a community.  In my work, I celebrate how music connects, inspires and uplifts the spirit

Louise King is an exciting example of an independent contemporary classical musician.  A refined English cellist with extensive international experience and training, she is an inspiring concert artist, teacher, recording artist, adjudicator and community leader.  

Read about Louise's community-based vision and visit her wonderful online home at Cello Dreaming.

 


Kimball Gallagher

I believe that home concerts can provide the possibility for community and intimacy, warmth and friendship, education and enlightenment, entertainment and joy, passionate involvement, and access through music to the infinite

Pianist Kimball Gallagher is a dynamic and multifaceted artist, founder of the international 88- Concert Tour, which seeks to revive salon culture through a series of performances in non-traditional venues. Kimball is a thought leader, entrepreneur and passionate humanitarian.  

Read Kimball's interview about the 88 project and visit his online home at Kimball Gallagher.