Michael Spencer

The Idea of taking the Arts into Business has suffered from being overly naive – Interview with Violinist Michael Spencer

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Introduction

Michael Spencer played for 14 years with the London Symphony Orchestra, before he decided to give up his career as a professional musician and become an education director at the Royal Opera House. In this job, he started to look at how he could give children a better understanding of arts, or the artistic processes. Nowadays, as a coach and consultant, he is basically doing the same thing. The difference being that he shares his experience primarily with adults in organizations and he has created a close connection to Japan and the people living there.

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Wolfgang Schmiedt

Interview with Wolfgang Schmiedt: “Personally, I definitely subscribe to the notion of autonomy”

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“Improvisational ideas are not so much about building a marvellous house of harmony or creating a melody whose beauty is unsurpassed. At the end of the day, the harmonic and melodic playing only matters to some extent. Rhythmics and form are the essential, defining carriers of energy. How fast do I break off, how long do I stick with a thought. Its the arc of suspense. If this form of energy is jointly conceived, it’s all about for how long you endure it together, when you drive things even higher and louder or faster, whatever the energetic parameters may be, and about how long you can bear it logically, and by conceiving it together.

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