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the rustique gig and other stories of last week - Echoes of Flavio's Ghost Dreaming
the rustique gig and other stories of last week
Well, that came off much better than I anticipated. Particularly attendance-wise. I ran into a friend who had attended last year and when I said, 'you didn't come' she replied 'you can't expect me to attend every time'. Well, no. It's perhaps too often, once a year and that. I do realise that what I do is not in most of my friends' list of favourite things...

Or perhaps not often enough. I always feel that I get a programme right at about the third time I play it. These days, for all the reasons I won't get into here, I don't play very often at all. Playing-wise, it did come out better than I would have anticipated -or bits of it did, particularly in the second part. The Bach suite came, on the whole, quite well, in that the Prelude and the Gigue are quite difficult and I took them at a good pace although there were bits that I feel I could have done better. Was intrigued by a comment by a lady in the interval, that it sounded 'Spanish'. It was Bach, with lots of Baroque counterpoint and I'm not Spanish and owe very little of my musical formation to the Spanish influence (that's 'influence', not 'influenza'). Maybe it was just the fact of playing that music on a nylon-string classical guitar.

The Brouwer piece, 'Cuban Landscape with Bells', is a curious thing, a piece written in a very contemporary musical language but one which is entirely descriptive -I, for one, can hear the landscapes in it. Love that piece and hope I did it justice.

Will try to sort out a few more public performances of that programme in the autumn... pity I'm so hopelessly bad at selling the product. One little thing: I'm again very grateful to augeas for recording the performance, as he did the previous ones. We'll see whether any of that is fit to show the world (in terms of my performance) but in any case I will learn a lot from it, as has already happened -many thanks again.

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djpsyche From: djpsyche Date: August 5th, 2014 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Performing once a year is not too often.

But it's reasonable to expect that different people will come to each performance.

I don't expect anyone to come to every single Memepunks gig. Not even people I am dating! There are other things on, people have other plans, and frankly £12 for a concert by one musician is not cheap. Not saying it's unreasonable, but it makes it less reasonable to expect people to attend every time. I have friends who have never been to see us. It's disappointing but I don't take it personally.

I do like to support my friends who are musicians etc, if I have the spare time and spare money. I don't always have both at once. The same goes for everyone.

Glad to hear attendance was good and your performance went well.
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: August 5th, 2014 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're absolutely right about all of that, apart from the £12 :P
robot_mel From: robot_mel Date: August 6th, 2014 10:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Definitely worth every penny! £12 is less than it costs to see a film at the cinema and a much better experience! The landscape one was Bill's favourite. It is all a type of music I have no knowledge of but I really enjoy being able to listen to things that are so different. It's amazing how much variety you can get out of an acoustic guitar.
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: August 6th, 2014 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)
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(the experimental 'LJ 'Like' button doesn't work very well just yet...) :)
robot_mel From: robot_mel Date: August 6th, 2014 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure it's just a matter of time till they install one. *shudders*
djpsyche From: djpsyche Date: August 7th, 2014 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Just saying, £12 also gets you into a typical Flag gig with three bands, each with three to four people. Sure, I know it's apples and oranges, but it does make one hesitate.
Maybe it would be more appealing if you could set the cost at the £10 mark? Or do £10 advance tickets?
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: August 7th, 2014 10:48 am (UTC) (Link)
If you go to a concert of mine you are going to be one of about 30 people in the audience. If I could play for audiences of 500 I could charge a fiver or less for the same result (but wouldn't be the same experience for the audience), , but to come out of that with just a shade over a hundred quid and give a substantial contribution to the local charity chosen I think £12 is the minimum I can charge.

If you think a hundred quid is too much for an hour's work, consider the hundreds of hours of preparation that go into that one hour. Orders of magnitude more than the work that went into playing with bands when I did that. The right comparison might not be how much you pay for a Flag gig, but how much you pay for a Sunday morning concert at the Wigmore Hall with the same sort of music I'm playing. Seats for those start around the £15, £20 mark and go all the way up to £45 for the 'best' seats (which aren't the best acoustically, funnily enough; you hear better two thirds towards the back of the hall).
djpsyche From: djpsyche Date: August 7th, 2014 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not saying *I* think it's not worth it. I'm just giving some possible ideas why some people might be put off attending, and price is one of them.

Comparing the price of your concert to a Flag gig may not be fair, but (at least part of) your target audience is the target audience for Flag gigs, no?
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