Friday, 29 April 2016
Artisan Music is a music from the stories and spirit of the exuberant, downtrodden, uprising, unfashionable genius of common folk
Artisan music shall be music played on instruments made of wood wire, gut, brass, steel, skin*
Artisan Music is a love affair with a moody, temperamental, giving and receiving, changeable magical partner pathetically called ‘an instrument’. (If it can’t go out of tune it isn’t Artisan!)
Artisan musicians work at it. It’s a kind of madness to find a truer voice.
Artisan Music manages to looks back and forward and stays present all at the same time!
*Thanks to my friend John Atkin, electric keyboards are allowed acknowledging that lugging a piano around is rarely desirable. I note though dragging around and playing Hammond organ with its ridiculous massive revolving speakers and dusty sticky keys is what a surprising number of people do!
Steve Bonham 2016