Nigel wherever we find him
I’ve been reading a book entitled “Musical Cognition” by one Henkjan Honing………………..yes, all right, I know, I know ! But somebody’s got to read these books, havent they ? Mr. Honing says that for music to happen, there has to be a composer, a performer, and a listener: the composer to write it, the performer to interpret it and the listener to do just that……..LISTEN to it, not just HEAR it but actively LISTEN to it. The music “happens” in the mind of the listener. We know what we are hearing but just as we can never know that the colour we call “red” is the same as what somebody else calls “red,” so also we can never know what somebody else is hearing. Finally, I now understand why music critics can listen to the same piece of music yet disagree so strongly on the merits of what is played. They are simply not hearing the same thing ! Thus, Michael White on Nigel's playing of Lark Ascending on The Last Night of the Proms last year : "credible but thin" and "slowly self-indulgent," as opposed to Michael Church: "when Kennedy soared aloft, it was with the purest thread of melody, perfect from start to finish." Those two weren't hearing the same thing, were they ?
A new page............a look back at some of my favourite tracks from Nigel's CDs released over the years. Just click KENNEDY CD EXPERIENCES . Enjoy !
A West Virginia University study published in the The Journal of Hospital Infection found that significantly more bacteria are transmitted when people shake hands, as opposed to when they simply bump fists. This is due to the increased surface area exposure and length of skin-on-skin contact associated with the handshake. Do you suppose Nigel's known this all along ?
Click MEDIA CLIPS . Some pics of Nigel & Kroke at Concert under the Stars in Torun.
A hot night in the marquee at The Bluetone Festival in Straubing............and Nigel & Friends on stage ! Click MEDIA CLIPS .
This is why Nigel had to get up early in the morning: sound check at Bluetone Festival in Straubing. You only get to see his back, but you'll recognize him !
You'll find all you'd like to know about Nigel's concert in Dublin if you go to MEDIA CLIPS
The programme for the Scarborough Jazz Festival has Nigel Kennedy on its cover. He will be playing the Grappelli role to John Etheridge’s Reinhardt in a Hot Club of France tribute.
In an interview prior to his Salisbury concert, Nigel mentions that next year he will touring The Four Seasons...........hang on to your hats ! You can read the interview in MEDIA CLIPS .
In an interview given prior to his appearance with the Oxford Philomusica in Aylesbury, Nigel mentioned that he will soon begin recording the Bach solos he has been playing in recent concerts. It doesn't get any better than that !