Thursday, 2 June 2011

The Shouty Teacher




I go to King's Place at King's Cross to hear the Aurora Orchestra perform a semi-contemporary programme. The concert is also to be heard via 'video streaming' which means we have to wait until someone says we're 'good to go'. Shouldn't it be the other way round? Shouldn't the lazy on-liners defer to the live audience who have bought tickets and made the effort to turn up? In Charles Ives' The Unanswered Question the solo trumpet and the string quartet perform from the stage with their back to the audience just as Miles Davis used to do apparently as a calculated insult to his predominantly white audiences. Is there no end to our masochism?