Archive for November, 2016

Jazz And Everyday Aesthetics

Posted on: November 22nd, 2016 by monikaherzig

IMG_0480I’m getting ready to return to the US after nearly six weeks in various European cultural centers and about a dozen jam sessions with musicians¬† from at least that many cultures. The last three weeks, I spent in Reading with several trips to London including two jam sessions at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s. The last week also happened to be the London Jazz Festival and in conjunction with the festival, the European jazz research group hosted the launch of an initiative entitled “Jazz and Everyday Aesthetics” at Westminster College. (more…)

Back to the Future

Posted on: November 9th, 2016 by monikaherzig

It’s the day after the US elections, which I witnessed from the UK and we’re all in shock. We have a country polarized into two opposite population groups, a sign of the times that we also see in other parts of the world – Turkey, Russia, Austria, England… caused by a lack of empathy, cultural understanding, love – because our leaders guide us towards a polarizing model. (more…)

Crowdfunding Again – And The Players Pub

Posted on: November 5th, 2016 by monikaherzig

campaign photoLast week an outcry went through Bloomington’s music community. Players Pub, one or the few all ages venues and home for many local and touring artists over the last decade, had posted a sign that it was closed due to financial problems. Since many had bookings and hadn’t been cancelled yet, of course there were a lot of questions. Many also immediately offered help in form of a benefit concert. Owner Joe Estivill opened the doors back up the next night for the Blues Jam to a jamming house! He got up on stage and explained the current hardship and asked everyone to consider contributing via a Gofundme Campain and buying gift certificates for the Pub. The community affected and involved with this venue seems large enough that with small contributions by everyone the issues could be solved – nevertheless I’m puzzled by the sluggish reaction, hear are some thoughts to ponder. (more…)