I like jazz. Sometimes.
A. and I went to a jazz concert on Thursday, the Ljubljana Jazz Festival is in full swing and we got the tickets. We listened to Carate Urio Orchestra and for the most part, I enjoyed the music quite a lot.
What I mean is this: some parts, where it was clear the music was written and rehearsed in advance, were very good. Melodic and interesting. But the other half of the concert was made up of improvisation, which was, I am sure, done expertly and artistically – and true jazz enthusiasts doubtlessly enjoyed that, too. But I didn’t!
Some would say jazz is all about improvisation. And I’m not saying that improvisation can’t be good. Or rhythmical. I’ve been to several jazz concerts and can now say that I definitely prefer the parts where there’s a more repetitive rhythm. Perhaps my mind is just wired that way but I like the feeling of anticipation, of knowing (approximately) what the next beat will mean.
It’s the same with modern art (be it painting, sculpture, intermedia or whatever) and modern dance. Some artists manage to reach me, I find something familiar in their work, and like it – or at least appreciate it – because of it. Any form of art, however, that is completely foreign to me in its concept or execution, will probably leave me cold.
I don’t believe artists should try to please their (potential) public with their work. The same goes for writers, of course. It’s just that I can’t relate to some of the things that people create. Maybe being exposed to jazz (or modern art in general) more often would result in me being more familiar with it?
I know I’ll keep trying to understand modern art. Again, some people might argue that it’s not about understanding, that art isn’t necessarily made to be understood, but felt or whatever the artist wanted to achieve with it. But my mind sees these things I can’t relate to as problems and is continually trying to solve them.
I really like discovering new artists (whether they are modern or not) and I definitely don’t mean to say that everyone should stick to “classic” art and imitate the masterpieces of the previous decades/centuries. That’s not the purpose of this little ramble. I just wanted to put my thoughts out there and admit once for all that I sometimes don’t like modern art (including jazz) but that I’ll keep searching it out in the hope that I’ll find a gem that I’ll love.
Do you like jazz?
What’s your take on modern art? Yay or nay?
I’d love to hear from you! :)