After the ICEP tour / ツアーを終えて

-From Benedikt

I wrote on the first day – I’m writing now, on the last day of ICEP 2016, on my flight back to Germany. That calls for a review. Before the trip, I was contemplating the possibility of music as a universal language of the human condition. During the last 11 days, we could study the reactions of an audience, that never heard western classical music before, on numerous occasions. I saw the pure reactions of three-year-olds, laughing about the musicians’ strange movements while playing, imitating them joyfully. I saw older schoolkids, enchanted by the rhythms and melodies of Ginastera and Mozart. But I also saw children, that didn’t show any emotions at all. Since it was in the remote mountain village of Furkedanda, I can only assume that they were traumatized by the devastating earthquake. Or could it be that our highly refined cultural technique of classical music playing is just not that universal after all? I have no answer, but obviously classical music can be a code that one needs to decipher to fully comprehend. Maybe it depends on the complexity of the composition? However, it was an eye-opening change of perspective, when the villagers played their music for us, and suddenly we were the ones confronted with strange rhythms and dances. But is it really necessary at all to understand each other completely? Wouldn’t that be sort of insulting to our complexity as human beings? I don’t know, but what we always can do is challenge our ability to endure this not-understanding. By means of sharing.






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