A Bowl of Roots Music
Music has become an industry; well, at least that’s what many people say. Moreover, this thought is extended to the belief that life of musician depends on it. So, creativity of artist that was once sovereign today is controlled and dictated by the “industry”. Music is now treated just like manufactured products, designed and fabricated to meet the market demand. What the artist has in mind must be tailored to meet such demand. Musician is now a profession to serve people, not a role to enlighten the mind and the heart.
Music, like it or not, has lost its grip as one of the intellectual fabrics in human life. Music that had been created for over 4,000 years without the industry, in just 50 years turned helpless. Would people really stop creating and playing music if there were no industry? Better think twice.
In addition to this changing role, massive numbers of musicians around the world tend to embrace or even worship music that is out of their own culture, and with neither proper techniques nor adequate understanding of the contexts. Even if we have both, as mentioned earlier, it will still be difficult to be recognized in foreign territory because we will be competing with those who possess mature techniques and live (not just understand) the contexts.
While favoring foreign music, the already available local materials are left behind. Occasional attempts to incorporate local music normally end up only with visual and sound exoticism, nothing structural. Traditional music, on the other hand, incorporates too much of Western music, so it looses its characteristics. Sadly enough, this action is in the name of cultivating the tradition.
To prevent this condition from worsening, Sacred Bridge in 2006 initiated a clinic intended for sharing different perspectives with actors in music sector. The given materials cover appreciating and benefiting from diversity, contexts behind music, and how we should see the business of music.
The clinic was delivered every six months, and after three years it became an annual event. Although the majority of the participants are musicians, this clinic is designed for all actors in music such as educator, group manager, club owner, recording studio, radio station, and venue operator. The musicians are of diverse musical genres and different generations. The number of participants so far is 50.