Even though I’ve listened to instrumental music may be more than I’ve listened to singers, I’ve listened to singers a lot. And I love listening to many different singers, like the ones who develop their own thing, may be composing, too, may be writing great words to sing, may be not singing words at all, may be just having a killer voice, may be having an incredible sense of rhythm, may be being great dancers, too, may be over the span of an entire musical career keeping on being the only one doing exactly what they do – like Sidsel Endresen, for example.
I’ve seen Sidsel perform in Canada when playing the same festival. Then again on a double bill in Paris. In Norway, too. And I took the Lucerne students to hear her duo project with Stian Westerhus some years ago, in Zurich.
Last week she was in Lucerne to teach a clinic and do a concert with Stian. It was a thrilling concert, once more.
Later on, I thought about the singers I listened to a lot. It’s quite an eclectic mix, and one might not necessarily be able to make a connection to what I do myself. But they sure have given me much joy as well as inspiration to do my music. And I am pretty sure this is what Sidsel did for our students last Thursday in Lucerne. Live music. How could one resist its wonders?