Documentation of the premiere of James Black’s “Piece About Everything” at SPOR festival in Aarhus (DK), September 11, 2020.
Video by Jacob Nielsen.
Supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and the Norwegian Academy of Music.
The piece was commissioned as part of my PhD-project at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.
James Black: Piece About Everything (2020)
Generally speaking I find the connection to the audience and the two-(or more)-sided personality of the performer interesting: How much is the musician and how much is the piece?
In any case, situations that are awkward for me and/or the audience are not necessarily to be avoided.
I like to try and hide myself as much as possible – but unavoidably my interests and concerns come through.
The approach of thinking that the thoughts in my head are super interesting and need to be shared with the world is possibly the most narcissistic thing imaginable, aside from getting on stage and doing it myself.
It’s always me and no matter how hard I try I am unable to stop myself coming through.
Probably my drive is just as much based on total egoism.