Art is about breaking ritual, ritual interrupted.
Music is no exception. It zigs when we think it will zag, it prompts beauty in the face of anguish and terror, it makes an ordinary room come alive, it makes chaos seem controlled and control seem chaotic. Music is anything but normal.
And yet this ritual interrupted is encased in ritual: concert and recital protocol.
Could these rituals be constricting the powers of music, making concerts more of a chore to attend rather than a flirtation with the extraordinary that concerts really are? Can we blame people for not attending them then?
Inspired by a great talk from Rachel Grossman: Theatre is Ritual Interrupted