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just music & free forms
FREE FORMS of MUSIC / DANCING / PAINTING / POETRY
The basic framework conditions
for JUST MUSIC // FESTIVALS like CHILLI / SCHNITTPUNKTE / ON DIALOGUE
have always been the same. If he/she wants to participate in it as a member of JUST MUSIC POOLS, this includes always travel expenses, overnight stays, half board for 2-3 days. This is, so to speak, a booking made personally by the artists, which also includes: cancelling is also possible up to the previous day, deciding themselves to perform whether longer or shorter or, if at all, whether on Fridays and/or on Sundays!!!
In addition to it, we are able to invite over the year approximately 30 musicians out of the POOL and pay them also fair rates. So much for our financial means.
Important: our budget goes 100 percent directly to the artist, the organisation needs only 27 percent, about 7 percent of it are wage costs. My own 2000 hours per year have been paid by the retirement fund since 9/16; previously it amounted to 380.-Euro per month.
Now some infos to all of you, because we momentarily have the impression, that after years of growing of JUST MUSIC/4STSSSSS a lot of musicians still don't have a clear idea and an inside view of what is going on there.
JUST MUSIC was founded 9 years ago as a networking for both male and female musicians, dancers, writers and painters of the free forms/radical improvisation.
It was designed for artists
to be more mobile (travel expenses)
to be able to perform more shows (there are highly reduced opportunities within the avantgarde)
that's why we organised places like: Maribor, Kumrovec, Dunajska Streda, Sarvar, Budapest, Berlin, Vienna, Heiligenkreuz …)
over the last 8 years we have been inviting extra musicians additionaly
to the festivals (financing of expenses) in order to ensure the effect of a
"symposium", a meeting place for artists of the free form.
and this led to
an increased number of contacts with musicians
new musical ideas
autonomous activities in Poland, Slovenia and more
high-quality recordings production for artists and
a lot of new CDs.
and we offer:
compensation for travel expenses , overnight stays and food/drinks
a great deal of promotion in magazines, radio and TV (e.g. press conference at On Dialogue)
a philosophical background
photos by professional photographers
recordings of partly first-class quality by Itzak Zupan
all recordings mastered by Itzok and they have often been used for CDs!!
and recordings always via 'zoom'
and moreover, there are videos (up to 3 cameras) of every second festival plus mastered music by Itzok.
coverage on youtube and vimeo,
and also on soundcloud.
and of course: a huge amount of free working hours of musicians, sound engineers, label owners, organisers, photographers …;
further performances with different organisers, e.g. in the future RIDMO CONCERTS at the Porgy&Bess.
In JUST MUSIC we invest per year
many days to find sufficient money and also to account the costs;
around 2000 free working hours (Berlin 2 persons, Budapest 2 persons, Vienna 6 persons, Heiligenkreuz 3 persons)
around 20.000.- Euro in order to cover all costs (trips, overnight stays, food and drinks, backline, sound techology, rents, fees etc.).
Just to give you 2 examples to make work and costs more comprehensible: 5 (!!) participants at SCHNITTPUNKTE cancelled at short notice, because they had other options; in 2017 the costs for JUST MUSIC participants were around 2500 Euro (12 participants). These include journeys from Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, overnight stays etc. … or: with ON DIALOGUE for months 6 persons have been working for free, some of them (musicians!!) are putting at risk their own money, thousands of Euros!!
Presently we are investing around 1000 working hours for free in this festival; An offer to the musicians
to present their skills at awesome venues,
to celebrate a party together for the free arts,
a meeting of free arts with composed arts, visual arts with spoken arts etc.
there are at least 2 outstanding photographers and
the entire performance will be recorded and mastered.
the BASIC COSTS FOR IT ARE 6000 EURO.
we take care of the entrance fees, subsidies and try to find money through crowdfunding and
if the costs are covered, money will be distributed to the participants.
Participants/musicians can confirm, but also can call off. They can decide themselves for how long they are going to perform.
venues, money, sound engineers, photographers, piano tuners
lots of time
is committed to the free forms by conviction
in addition to it, a huge amount of money from subsidies and entrance fees.
And everyone is free to take part in it or also perhaps not;
to participate as an artist in an intensive or reduced manner
or just simply look for "different" families moving around outside the mainstream.
There are lots of reasons to be questioned and criticized in this process;
but, please do it in a constructive way, perhaps even lovingly, at least favorably.
In this wonderful exchange a lot is given by many and through the musicians/dance/painting
a lot comes back to all of us.
THE FREE FORMS
- JUST MUSIC -
the FREE FORMS of music are, so to speak, the adventure within music including the audience; listening actively, the audience is in the midst of the creative process.
FREE FORM means direct communication, intensive mutual attentiveness and acceptance, it is based on openness and the readiness of the artists to meet halfway, to exchange views within the process and even change it; the permanent attempt to enter into a dialogue in a constructive and creative way, to communicate.
a communication between single persons who are conscious of themselves and the others, the running process. this creative making of music implies comprehensive self-reflexion and happens in the framework of a collective-hierarchical discourse.
this also includes that the he/she individual "egomaniacally" takes his/her space/place, places himself/herself in the center and also restrains himself/herself, acts supportively, immerses sociatively into the community; a collective without a conductor, in which the artist here and there places an idea in the center and inspires new momentum.
since the participating artists are technically brilliant musicians, a profound and multilayered discourse becomes possible. a creative interaction, which goes far beyond music. and this multilayered discourse at a complex and high level makes it possible to create a fresh work of art; in a joint action.
this way of making music casts a spell on musicians coming from the most different genres (jazz, rock, classical music, reggae, underground, worldmusic, blues, free jazz etc…). out of this cornucopia of worldmusic they contribute undogmatically to the FREE FORM.
the creative action is directly linked with the way of life, the philosophy of life of the participants*.
EVERYTHING ON DIALOGUE!!!
*many of us think that artists can participate in this process in a constructive and formative way, when they are "FREE" (with integrity?? authentic??). we think that this is first of all no absolute, a state to be pinned down, no measurable unit; once again, it's always about the process. it must be determined again and again by participants and listeners as well, whether the participants are conscious of the process and want to stay conscious; whether they experience themselves in a process, let themselves flow; whether they want to get into a flowing state, whether they are in the TO BE or rather move in that direction. whether they question themselves, criticize, face criticism or whether they experience themselves in a relation to the infinity of the at this moment comprehensible space and the infinity of times.
was, is and will be
(UDO PREIS and ELIAS GROSS)
each "act" of the artists of the FREE FORM" is a concert, a manifestation of their creativity, their artistic existence, their art, their comprehensive musical/dancing knowledge, and also their lifestyle; their philosophy of life.
The facts are that from the Sixties on a seperate direction of making music has been developing;in direct connection to it there are musicians like derek bailey, paul rutherford, paul rogers, paul dunmall, matthias schubert, tristan honsiger, herb robertson, maggie nichols, axel dörner, paul lovens, but also evan parker, phil minton, alexander v. Schlippenbach and more. a new "style" in music that visibly moved away from all kinds of jazz/freejazz/improvised music/fluxus movement/soundpainting.
a kind of making music that cannot be classified clearly and precisely, being so diverse as the number of musicians, who are able to move into this complex dialogue due to their comprehensive musical knowledge and virtuosity and before all to want it.
audio samples of some "old" and "young" free performing/singing musicians:
nina de heney
jean michel van schouwburg
the FORMS of "free performing, dancing, thinking, painting …" has been existing since the very beginning of creativity of man. in the last decades there were some basic changes, influenced by
the radical political development over the last 200 years
also on the basis of a complex philosophical development in the most different countries, going hand in hand with a dissolution of institutions,
by becoming aware of the unconscious (freud, reich …), by the recognition of the "universe of senses" and
by globalisation and knowledge of transcendent forms (the general knowledge of the chinese chi, the indian prana, the orgon and so on …. et cetera).
also the role of artists and everything that belongs to it, has changed. it would lead too far to critically examine here all these ideas, but
IT'S A FACT that:
THE FREE PLAY,
THE COMPEXITY OF THE ARTISTIC DIALOGUE,
THE POSSIBILITIES OF CREATIVE MINDS TO MOVE TO A WIDE RANGE
OF INTERSECTIONS OF THE SOCIETY, TO UNRAVEL THE KNOTS AND
MAKE THEM CONSCIOUS, HAVE CHANGED FUNDAMENTALLY OVER THE LAST YEARS,
have become multidimensional
more complex, more holistic!!
and all this
in exact opposition to
the momentary movement direction of