Back home after an inspiring weekend with 15 of the Aldeburgh Young Musicians: they are an exceptionally eclectic group of youngsters ranging from serious post-punk rock guitarists, to avant-garde composers and upcoming star instrumentalists. We spent our time looking at ways to enhance their solo performances, as well as exploring group improvisations (they did some truly wonderful playing in this arena – radiant textures, totally locked in the groove together, great listening), and learning some impossibly difficult Indian Tihais with master tabla player, Sanju Sahai. It was a deep pleasure to work with such a committed group of teenagers who are dedicated to their music making, and also are keen to think in depth about their art, and what it is for. One can only feel positive about the future after spending time with this lot.
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