A tutor of mine told me recently that having visual skills is not the only thing that makes you a good Designer. This is why I decided to go out last night. Migle Padegimaite invited me to a jazz festival in Umeå, 12 points.
The show started with Marcin Masecki, a pianist from Warsaw. The beginning was not easy to follow but, after I understood what his style was meant to be, I really enjoyed it. His body was following the music that his fingers created. When he stood up to say a few words, his personality complimented his music. He was saying that the piece of music he presented was a practice which he somehow understood that had some artistic value. In my ears he sounded very much like a Designer. Coincidence? I don’t think so. :)
I know this is a bad picture, but can you spot the GoPro? :D
Next was a band from Dublin, called Alarmist. Their sound was more experimental. As I have been listening to experimental and post rock for years, I was so ecstatic to watch them play in Umeå. They are such cool dudes! Unfortunately, I forgot to buy their album afterwards, but I will follow them on every possible channel (aka stalk).
Funny thing, the lead guitarist reminded us of Daniel Jansson from IxD2.
Last, but not least, there was the band called ‘The More Socially Relevant Jazz Music Ensemble' from Amsterdam. My love for Amsterdam was confirmed once again. It was that kind of jazz, that sounds like golden chaos in my ears. Such a talented group of people!
The picture was taken while they were playing their song ‘Do you know Ben Van Gelder’. Ben Van Gelder is actually the saxophone player on the left. Now you know.
Umeå is very active when it comes to jazz. I’ve known it since I first came across Umeå Institute of Design and was trying to find out more about the city. It has various jazz events throughout the year and there is always something on Thursdays at the Folkets hus. Getting to know more about what is available in Umeå is actually a great way to feel motivated. Changing one’s habits could really shake their perspective on things. Will I be the Designer I can be if I spend more time outside? Possibly. Will that make me a happier person? Definitely.