Topics that The Music Way adresses methodically:
the art of listening – anatomy of contact
the art of training – anatomy of transmission
the art of performing – anatomy of flow
drug-free music making – natural Exstacy
the art of improvising – anatomy of resonance
the art of living – anatomy of an artist
the art of being – anatomy of now
To the musicians/music students
Being a musician can feel like a gift and blessing but it can also feel like torture and a curse.
As (aspiring) professional musicians we find ourselves at times struggling with seeming basic and simple things.
These may be music related topics as: nervousness, stage-fright, black-outs, inefficient practice, inflexibility, rigidness, fear of improvisation
Body related topics as: physical pain, exhaustion, body posture, inefficient transmission of force/strength, being stuck with certain techniques/movements
Life/mental related topics as: poor or unsatisfying social life, low self-worth (defining it only over music), chaotic vs. perfectionist, unhealthy lifestyle, drug use/abuse, sleeping problems, day structure, emotional imbalance, hypersensitivity, etc.
Everything that we are being left alone with by the (music) education system finds its space here to be recognised, accepted and transformed. In order to prevent long-lasting problems.
Together we explore and research an individual approach on facing these topics. Finding great inspiration in kung fu & taiji, its ancient philosophy and training methods & principals (applied onto music), as well as in scientific contexts ranging from evolutionary musicology to neurosciences.
All this has been empirically tested as a professional musician. Further we will experience the possibilities of passing through different consciousness structures with sound, silence, body and stillness.
My personal story as a musician
As a beginning musician and music student I was left completely alone dealing with nervousness, stage fright, black outs, ineffective practice and the resulting physical pain/injuries, mental and emotional imbalance and the use of drugs. Throughout the years I have found support and relieve in many different activities and concepts and started to apply them to my practice, study and life as an ongoing musician.
Among them and one of the first was Taiji and Qi Gong, both being part of the Chinese martial art Kung Fu and their underlying ancient philosophy. Later on, also the ancient Buddhist meditation Technique Vipassana came in to play and after that, contemporary dance improvisation (contact improvisation). Eventually I was finding plenty of western scientific back up for and variations of these “exotic methods/concepts”, drawing from all different kinds of sources ranging from sport science to psychology to evolutionary history.
When I experienced the positive effects for myself and clearly saw the results in the quality of my performances and overall well-being, I realised the great potential of working with these methods. So I started to structure my experiences and findings, put them into relation to each other and designed different formats, giving workshops on various related topics. I began working with other musicians individually on certain topics as a coach and later worked with groups in different contexts. For instance, working with a group of dancers/acrobats combining music/sounds/voice and movement/dance to create an enhanced experience of consciousness in a group and deal with improvisation and communication in different ways. Working together with a business coach I was part of a workshop for a group of CEO’s from a big enterprise, addressing their hierarchy system, group dynamics, communication and teambuilding.