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Pursuing my devotional practice as a French flute player around the world- connecting the notion of the flute as a special “voice of humanity”. Performing in Calcutta tonight for #ExperimenterCuratorsHub 2017. Heres a recent interview I did with the Guardian Mumbai
Q. You are known for one-woman classical-cabaret-style performances. What attracted you to do this particular style?
My need to communicate is paramount. I Love to devise different themed concerts to convey my ideas and the joy that I feel to my audiences. For my solo recitals, of course but also I like to put my leadership skills to assist my fellow performers. I am a “people person” I truly enjoy devising a program, putting various musicians together, curating the musical material in such a way that the performance, the lighting, the program, even the marketing images all come together as a whole, which then resonates with the audience.
From a very young age, I was producing and performing in concerts at the Sydney Opera House. I now have my own concert series at Australia’s premier recital concert hall. The Concourse, Chatswood, which is now a preferred venue for most of my fellow musicians, both international and national.
Q. You are now making a debut with your musical performance in India. What are your expectations from this country? Can you tell me about your experience in India?
Q. What can audiences expect from your performance in India?
India has long been a dream destination for me. I adore Indian classical music, as well as many other aspects of your culture. India is a land of deep spirituality. As a performer I believe the flute is a deeply spiritual instrument (connecting people on emotional, spiritual, intellectual and physical levels). There is a great cultural diversity in your country, which appeals to me. I believe Indian people are innately attracted to the voice of the flute-the yearning that the sound of the flute creates. This sound of the flute can provide a sense of deep reconciliation with the divine in all of us. I expect this will resonate with my Indian audiences.
Being here I am mesmerised by your fascinating culture. I know that my audiences will love the philosophy behind my French style flute playing. Audiences can expect a deep sense of connection from my performances, also that they will feel completely included on the musical Journey.
Fine music keeps the emotional portals open. My intention in coming to India is to merge the sound of my different flutes with a love I have had for India since I first visited as a child! My French flute teacher, Jean-Pierre Rampal, once said that the sound of the flute is the sound of man that flowing freely from his body-I hope to convey this to my audiences. I also expect that I will fall in love with India all over again, and be obliged to return many times!
Q. For you, what is the best part about performing?
The best part about performing is sharing the musical journey with my audiences-feeling the reaction that the audience has the sound of my flute. Also the knowledge that each live performance is unique, a one off. There is something magical and intangible about the vibration set up by a live performance shared with an audience, something that will never be exactly repeated. That is a form of alchemy for me.
Q. Do you have a favourite part of the performance – a song you particularly love?
Whatever piece I am playing in the moment: that is my favourite piece of music for that moment! Each piece has a character and personality-I befriend that personality (within the piece of music)-and in that moment it is truly my best friend. Audiences can feel this, and it makes them feel that they belong in the music too.
Q. In your career, what has been your greatest challenge?
The greatest challenge for all musicians nowadays is the rise of the digital age and the effect it has had on the recording industry. I like to say that in the old days people bought the music and water was free. Now days it’s the opposite. There is expectation that once a piece of music is recorded, everyone can have free access to it-barely paying for it(like charging up your iPhone when you’re at a friends place you would not dream of paying for the electricity takes! ) Now we musicians are expected to be on social networking all the time, to be our own film directors, our own photographers, our own bloggers etc it makes for a lot of unpaid work and often takes time away from the musical discipline required to maintain music at a very high-level. I find this challenging but I’m not alone in this: many of my famous colleagues say the same.
Q. What has been your greatest joy?
When I’m having a bad day, and the outside world is getting to me, I pick up my flute and play. I hear the sound I make, then all my troubles disappear and I think ‘Thank God I followed the path of a musician, thank God I went to Paris and studied with my French gurus, thank God I play the flute!’ Apart from my beautiful son (who is also a musician) This is my greatest joy!
You can find my back catalogue of recordings on my websitehttp://www.janerutter.com and on iTunes My latest album Third Culture(An album of Indian Arabic and Chinese inspired world music for flute guitar and percussion) was released 10 days ago.