Re: OT Why should I like jazz?
- Hi Mrinali and everyone...
I asked Bartika whether Guru had said anything why he is inspiring
them to play jazz. It seems Guru only said that he is "trying to do
something special" through it. And one time when they performed in
New York, he said he was not satisfied because their performance
lacked "enthusiasm and life-energy".
So I guess we can only guess.... My guess is, since Guru is always
trying to bring Light down into all aspects of life, this may be just
another way of bringing light into the vital and physical. And it is
quite special to ask girls to do that - since they tend to be much
more intent on staying "soulful" and not entering into the vital and
physical which is definitely involved with jazz, whereas boys much
more easily and happily may get carried away with it (and they are
already experimenting with combining jazz-type music and spiritual
It is also quite amazing because, as has been mentioned in
another post, Guru used to not appreciate the music of the vital and
physical too much - since very often it has quite lightless
qualities, like aggressiveness and restlessness. But, as with sports,
which has been viewed as "unspiritual" in different traditions,
probably everything can be done with a spiritual attitude, with
innocent joy, with the soul's light and power, and used for
transformation - so this is now a jazz (and rock) experiment.
It also struck me that jazz improvisation and the dialoge between the
players (call and answer) has much in common with Indian
music - with the ragas, there is also a lot of improvisation on a set
theme, and when e.g. tablas and sitar (or sarod etc.) "communicate",
it is very jazz-like! This is another beautiful aspect of both -
(inner) communication, heart to heart, and oneness in diversity.
I remember, when I got interested in meditation, I abandoned Jazz and
used to listen for hours to Ravi Shankar (after a brief dip into
Dollar Brand - or "Abdullah Ibrahim" - who also had some quite
ecstatic, almost mantric performances).
(See also Niriha's message no. 16882 about Suchaturi's performance in
Malaysia - thanks for sharing it, Nirhia!)
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, mrinalicc
> My goodness, what a fearless question! You have opened a Pandora's
> box with this one.
> What sort of jazz are you talking about? There is traditional
> modern jazz, jazz-blues, classical jazz ... probably an endlesslist
> by now.NY
> I loved modern jazz, especially piano. But I can't recall any
> artists much, (since it's been nearly two decades now)
> I do remember I loved an Australian band called "Galapagos Duck",
> and I liked B.B. King. I for one hate anything that has a ukelele
> in it (apologies to all the ukelele players!)
> I am intrigued by Sri Chinmoy asking one of the musical groups in
> to play jazz and wonder what he might see/hear in this medium thatBut
> we don't know about. Does anyone have any inside knowledge??
> In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, morrisklein27
> <no_reply@> wrote:
> > Once again, this is very off-topic, but I'm wondering if someone
> could respond to my
> > absolutely beginner's mind questions on jazz.
> > 1.What is jazz?
> > 2.What separates jazz from classical music. I mean, they use
> pretty much the same
> > instruments, don't they? And don't many jazz musicians have a
> classical background?
> > 3.Does jazz take the same amount of training that classical music
> > I've never gotten into jazz. I love classical music, though.
> I feel that jazz has
> > something special to offer in its own right. Can anybody
> recommend where I should start
> > my journey in jazz appreciation? Which artists or performers
> should I listen to first?
> > Where should I begin in this vast field?
> > Hoping to get "with it",
> > Morris