Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Classical Music Spring Fashion Show - Part 1 (all black)

What is it with all black? Really. I thought contemporary classical music was all about being progressive. I thought new music meant something new, not more of the same. New music group counter)induction appears above. Let's see a few more:

Get the point?

Granted, few go to new music concerts to see a preview of next year's fashion trends. Black clothing can guide listeners away from the surface and towards the sound, away from the ostentatious hair phenomenon - from Karajan (above left) to Kissen (above right) - or the soloist in the bright dress (Anne-Sophie Mutter, below). But whenever I think about donning black pants, black shirt, black socks, black shoes...I just can't do it. Everybody does it. And like it or not, we live in a visual culture. All black sticks out just as much as a yellow dress. It's the idea of newness, which I hope the music I write and perform embodies, that makes me turn away from the widespread normalcy of playing in black.

So, who do all these uber-hip performers want to look like? Trinity, Morpheus, or Neo from The Matrix? I can understand that. I do, too.

But maybe they just wish they were in a Metal band (see photo of Kamelot, top). I do as well. Real bad. But I play the clarinet.
Perhaps they're all closet bikers. I guess I could get into that, too.

The monk thing, though, I don't know if I'm into. But they go well with this blog's black background.


riz said...

Ha! Of course we encounter this look everyday in class...at this point all black is like a processed asceticism to me.

AyseDeniz said...

haha great point. totally agree with you on how we live in a visual world.. let's hope classical musicians will realize that sometime (minus the opera people, because they are doing the best job nowadays)