I was inspired by my weekend at Upaya and am working on a new performance program – maybe for next year sometime. I am a little tired of the biggish scale of touring with 10-15 people, two busses, a band and lots of gear etc. and hatched a new plan that would only involve myself traveling with a guitar and a laptop computer.
My performance would contain three elements:
1. Solo guitar performance of 45-60 minutes
2. PowerPoint (actually using the Keynote app) presentation from my laptop (using a video projector) – 45-60 minutes
3. Q&A with the audience – 30 minutes
Total Time: about 2 – 2 1/2 hours
Another option would be to start with the PP presentation which could end with a demonstration of how many interlocking guitar parts together create the sound of NF which would then lead to the guitar performance… or there could be an intermission between the PP presentation and the guitar performance. This might be a nicer flow: PP – Guitar – Q&A
On the other hand, presenting the guitar performance first would give people the option to skip my talk altogether…
The PowerPoint presentation is the key. I am preparing a presentation about music, about flamenco, about the guitar, but also about culture (spinning disk concept), competition and preferences – in words and pictures. In other words, music and the guitar would be the subject, but the way we view the world would be the meaning. I would love to inspire people to take a new look at their world…
I find that as time goes by I enjoy performing by myself more and more. It is a unique challenge I cherish. Performing like this would also force me to switch between the perspectives of music-mind and talking-mind and would satisfy a desire in me to teach.
I think I could perform like this in Performing Art Centers, theaters, some Community Centers, Colleges, Schools…
This would not replace my normal touring, but augment it. I would be more flexible and could easily fly in and out for this kind of performance.
What do you think? Crazy? Interesting? Boring? Exciting?
— this idea would make me, in Fripp’s words, a small mobile intelligent unit and I would be able to perform in places which might otherwise not work, i.e. smaller stages or foreign stages… maybe even non-stages, that is places that would not normally be used for performances.
— I chose PowerPoint for the presentation, because one has to darken a room for slides and a blackboard would remind me too much of school. There are images I would like to share and data that should be viewed. Although I have never liked David Byrne’s PowerPoint artwork, I do think one can use the medium in an interesting, even exciting fashion. Whether I can do that remains to be seen, but it would be fun to try – another chance to allow my artschool education to come to the surface.
— the suggestion of alternating between guitar pieces and talk might be a very good one, although it would require advanced capabilities of music-mind and talk-mind switching.