Normally genre and classification is all about aesthetics and marketing.

This entry is about an interview hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA.

Their debate is over where guitarist Mary Halvorson’s sound is to be classified like this or like that, yet what I study here has taken the turn towards method over result.

Mary takes chances and pushes against rules, but she’s not considered intermedia. I think I post ideas here as they relate now to my own emerging practice. Getting back to classifying music, this is an awkward subject for the artist. We just want to make interesting music. In my own practice, there is the idea not only of free jazz but of formulating slight methodology to justify the musical work. Which brings up a bit of a point. Why do people struggle so much with music as art.

Here is the interview from the NEA. arts.gov/art-mary-halvorson



About the Author:

After Jim Winters arrived as a jazz trombonist for years, he now has now finished his second year as a graduate student here at IMRC. He owns two hurdy gurdys, thus exploring drone-musical work and the aesthetic value of unfinished music. His concentration ranges from experimental-musical composition to photos, sometimes wondering about the colonization of 12-tone Western music vs. noise.

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