In a Different Light
— The Stories Behind the Instuments —
In the 19th century, the arts of improvisation and composition were considered to be essential skills for any aspiring classical pianist. Yet by the middle of the 20th century, these aspects of classical piano performance all but vanished. What caused us to neglect the cultivation of these abilities, and what are the creative implications of re-introducing them back into the art form today?
Many people associate the banjo exclusively with the tradition of American folk music, yet the origin of this instrument has its roots in a spectrum of diverse cultures and peoples that reach far beyond this particular tradition, extending all the way back to the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and beyond.