|Blog - Fusions (Part 2)|
|3/23/2017 8:12:55 AM - (cont'd)|
I think it's important for a clash of styles and ideas to happen, to borrow one aspect of something completely foreign and fuse it into something else, the concept of thesis and antithesis to form the synthesis, a new form that then becomes the thesis, and the cycle continues. It's how all modern forms of music has developed over time, such as jazz, rock, soul, bossa nova, etc., and will no doubt continue to develop other forms as yet unseen and unheard. It's what excites me when I hear someone developing their own style that is obviously unique because they themselves are unique, as each of us are, and what we each hear and perceive is all different, and yet all oddly the same. Fusion is not just a genre, but is a concept that has been happening since the beginning of time.
At the same time and completely contradicting what I've just said, I also think it's important for traditional forms of music and cultural instruments, especially ones that have to do with spiritual ceremonies, etc., to not be abused and respected, to be kept intact. This is coming from a person who is in one sense a fusion of two cultures, but also understands the strength and necessity of culture. With globalization accelerated by the computer age where information from Butan is almost as readily available as that from New York, we are in danger of losing aspects of many deep traditional cultures that give foundations and unique identities to the lands and people from where they come from. Sadly I see this in many of the places I have visited, Japan not withstanding, and I dearly hope that the governments and curators of these traditions will see the treasures they have and work to keep it intact for future generations worldwide to experience and awe over.
The inner voice rebutting is quieted somewhat, and I hope I'll be a little more on my toes to be able to give a comprehensive answer the next time. But if not, maybe I should just print this out and give it to the next journalist that might ask me such a question!
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