learning music

What’s with all that ‘Jazz’?

…For Jazz is like not knowing the ground for the next step.

-Anon

As we entered twentieth century, behind us were the musical riches of a great civilization, but twentieth century was not going to be defined by classical music, the glory was destined to be somewhere else. Bach set the benchmark for the classical music that succeeded him. With his extraordinary mathematical harmonies and profound melodies of Beethoven–throw in the genius Mozart and later romanticists like Chopin to complete the picture— the canon of western classical music seemed to have been sailing without any rival. But the discipline of classical music was never going to fall in line with the experience of our messy, tumultuous twentieth century. In place of textually refined sheet music, a taste for free creation, spontaneous making of music was gaining currency. This new music was termed Jazz.

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The Rise of Professional Music

“My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.” – Edward Elgar

Sir Edward Elgar was right on the money with those words, and decades later, they still ring true. Music has always has a great contribution in society, in culture and of course, in our lives. While music has the power to touch lives and ease pain, the lives of professional musicians have never been as easy-going. However, things are taking a turn for the better.

The Rise of Professional Music

With the musical scene seeing a rapid shift in recent years, India has seen the emergence of a new crop of indie bands with an ever growing number of live gigs, music festivals and opportunities. A rising number of musicians are turning their passion into their profession. Indie artists are no longer limited to gigs; they are being hired to give music for ad commercials, TV serials and even movies. So music is no longer a hobby, but a full time profession and a means of self employment. With Indian artists marking a new beginning in the world of music and finally starting to see music as a career—and a practical one at that—what do those who are helping these dreams come true have to say about it? (more…)