Something that has always attracted me to making music is that there is always more to learn, and ways to grow. At times this can feel frustrating, when you feel you'll never be able to know everything, or do everything you can imagine. But most of the time I choose to see it as liberating.
This past year I challenged myself to get more comfortable on my instrument in a few different ways, including learning about Arabic violin playing, and learning more about Baroque improvisation. I have wanted for a while to do an improv that connects two completely different pieces using recognizable bits from each one, and modulating from one key into the next, and one mood to the next. Finally the opportunity came up to do this in our collaborative concert with Musicians on the Edge! You might be surprised to know how scary / thrilling it can be for a classically-trained musician to play something in front of an audience that is unwritten. My little improv might be short, and not particularly brilliant, but it was one of the highlights of the year for me.
Here's my humble little transition between a cheeky, upbeat partimento piece, and Dowland's heartbreaking "Flow My Tears." Hoping to continue with this lifelong project, and find more ways to push my boundaries in the new year!
Tell us in the comments about things you are learning about and experimenting with this year!