Jazzy hour with Berti Barbera
Music has always reflected the character of both its listener and its composer or player. It always had the power to bring people together by managing to pull them out of their daily routine, by reminding them that life can be beautiful, helping them to let detach from the noise and the fury of a futile fight for success or the ridiculous spasm that money causes. Jazz music has become the most generous idiom by assimilating in 100 years of existence numerous elements from music played all over the world.
Just like a well-cooked meal, rich in flavor but gentle with your digestive system, jazz music has certain ingredients which, before being consumed, require some thorough exploring. Once recognized, its taste lingers on and develops according to our inclination towards diversity. The freedom with which a so complex language is used opens the door for us towards the enormous pallet of styles and approaches designed to keep it at the forefront of an ever developing musical community.
Then why are we told that jazz music is extremely controversial? Why is it rejected by some if it has never hurt anyone? The only possible answer is out of ignorance, out of the spite of the man who believes that music should only tickle our hearing in a nice way or the self-sufficiency of those who cannot accept the fact that there can always be something new and exciting to bring them joy. All these barriers can be broken through the understanding and acceptance of a universally-known variable, by getting acquainted with innovative, restless artists, constantly in search for splendor and equilibrium, unity through diversity.
The training, the spirit and the expression of those musicians who come together under the jazzy idiom represent in their totality the most important proof for just how immense the universe of sound actually is. It also helps us to find out more about ourselves, offers us a mirror that, without being accused of being vane, we can contemplate in our moments of introspection. We need peace and joy, why not take these simple pleasures to a higher level? Jazzy Hour could be a great excuse to communicate, to fulfill you auditory needs, a place where artists and public break down the barrier which separates them artificially and find out new things, certitudes which brings us one step closer to a normal existence. Both jazz and all that which gravitates around it can coexist for an hour of peace and enlightenment.
Without taking itself too serious, without any unnecessary pomp, ‘Jazzy Hour’ is the show where stuffy old jazz music morphs into an agreeable and useful friend.
Translated by Iulian Arabagiu
MA student, MTTLC, University of Bucharest