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Here to Make Music

Posted by FiddlerJones on Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A recent flare-up of the, um, eternal controversy has reminded me of a documentary made some years ago about the life and art of the violinist Pinchas Zukerman.

In it, he is performing as a soloist with an orchestra. A member of the audience stands and interrupts, trying to make a political statement about the music.

An angry but calm Zukerman turns and reminds the man, "We are here to make music."

To which the audience responds with thunderous applause.

Call me a fiddler, call me a violinist. Just don't call me late to the jam session.

2 comments on “Here to Make Music”

frogeyes Says:
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @7:48:39 PM

Man i love it !!! thats so true theres a time and a place for everything and when people are playing music isn't the time or place for political statements of any sort. I hope they kicked him out!! By the way you won't catch me being late for a session either!!!!

mudbug Says:
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @3:23:08 PM

Nice storey, Kevin. Reminds me of one I heard about Miles Davis. Before the show, one of his sidemen came up to Miles, and told him about the great fodd spread that they had backstage. Miles looks him in the eye, dead serious, and says "I didn't come here to eat, I came to play music."

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