As the Tunisian oud-player and singer, Daffa Yussef, held a straight, mournful note, Arkadyi Shilkloper, accompanying him on trumpet, slowly and gracefully fell to the floor, overwhelmed by the sound. That's only one way to characterize yesterday's ⌠World Music■ performance that included Arkadyi Shilkloper and Vladimir Volkov, among others, held at the Central Artist's Hall as part of the Boheme-Music Jazz Festival, which will continue through tomorrow.
While one of the announcers flattered the audience by stating that they were the most important part of the performance as opposed to the performers themselves or the organizers, insightful audience members will have hopefully understood, by hearing the music, what ⌠live music■ really means. Shilkloper's compositions, as well as his improvisations, don't just lead a life of their own, they have more power over the musicians that create them than the musicians have over them. Especially when combined with Daffa Yussef's voice and instrument, the interaction between the musicians reflects their relationship to their music- another mutual interaction in itself. In contrast, the previous day's ⌠Mainstream Jazz■ program featuring Daniil Kramer was merely a technical showpiece: the music never seemed to break the limits of the musicians' capabilities, however great, it was still only what they created, and little more.
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