Through the years I have performed in various places - from clubs and concert halls to living rooms and galleries. When entering a zone that is out of my comfort zone and what I'm used to stretches the limits of my world as a performer and artist. Now at this point I've had many possibilities to learn and grow in my artistry. I can immediately see three BIG ones that have grown my confidence and transmission on stage.
I would recommend busking for anyone interested in performing music. As a professional musician I've had a lot of opportunities to play in great venues but what if you take the venue away? And there's no stage? All of a sudden people are walking by, maybe not listening, or they are listening, they listen for a while, there's stuff going on. The traditional game rules of the show are gone. Should the audience be silent? Should we clap?
A year ago in summer 2014 I attended the finnish championship of busking with Keke Lammassaari at Faces-festival, out of a whimse, really without any experience from busking. Something went well since we won the competition. We were playing around the festival area with some "practice" from the "field" (meaning, anywhere).
You learn to take your light with you. It grows confidence. It grows attitude. I learned to care less about what people think. What's more important is how I feel about singing and playing. And the moments when people stopped to listen were priceless. It is huge to stand face to face with your listener. Now I know I can perform ANYWHERE. I don't need a stage to sing or dance.
Few years ago I started giving voice lessons as part of my studies. In a very interesting way it has taken my deeper in my own instrument. Guess here goes the old saying about you are mastering something when you teach it.
I share a lot about my own journey in my sessions, as I intuitively feel guided to. I use everything, and anything, I've learned and embodied in my own journey. I've needed to develop a deeper level of confidence with my own voice and what I'm telling to someone when I teach. I hone the mindset of discovery and "not knowing": I want to guide people to their own insights and answers, not my ideas of what they should be. I also believe that every session is a magical journey and it should leave me and the student feeling energized and more tuned into themselves.
Witnessing someone realizing deeper awareness about their voice and body, liberating in their expression is a place of empowerment miracle. It creates new possibilities in the world we create. And I get to enjoy the ride! I learn from their discoveries, their expression, their challenges, excitement, interest. These experiences become intertwined in the collective field of knowledge and energy.
3. Playing for children
One of the interesting things we have noticed in our gigs is that often children seem to be mesmerized by our performance. It feels kind of amazing to see them listening with huge interest and focus. And we perform to our younger audience just the same as we do for adults - they get to experience the same songs! That is magical and it reminds me of the fact that the world is magical, a fairytale.
In a way adult's often seem not to give themselves permission to believe in the fairytale and see the magic, but children do. I've really learned to honor those tiny listeners in our ventures in music and performing arts.