My set has moved on a fair bit from what I played at Nonclassical in January: it’s twice as long, with the whole EP on there, and, crucially, I’m playing it from memory rather than from sheet music. This has been a really interesting process: the notes that your hear are different from the notes that I play, which makes memorising it a bit of a mindfuck.
To show you what I mean, I’ve excerpted a tricky little bit from Flow. You can see that the “played” line is full of massive jumps, whereas what is actually “heard” is more compact. It can feel very strange to have to jump across two octaves and a fifth to hear an interval of an octave! (The thing that roots my ear, generally, is that a perfect fourth played is a major second heard.)
Despite the difficulties, I think it’s really worth playing from memory. It’s giving me access to more fluency and expressive control, and also frees me up physically, hopefully resulting in a more engaged performance.
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