Nat Birchall: Playing Beyond Ourselves

Photo by Janice Wong
Photo by Janice Wong

“My belief really is that the music exists independently of our involvement. We are really the conduits for it to reach people. When we play at our best we really play beyond ourselves and the music happens by itself.

“The message or meaning can be felt by the listener but can be interpreted in different ways. It’s really a transfer of energies, or emotion that happens. It probably goes beyond literal meaning and into empathy or beyond even that sometimes.

“The strangest things that have happened have been when the music becomes so profound that it suddenly feels as though you are listening to someone else playing. You feel unconnected to what is happening and almost as if you are having an out-of-body experience. It’s quite rare and doesn’t last for very long but is always a very profound moment.”

~Jazz saxophonist Nat Birchall, in an interview with Wanda Waterman, June, 2016. Read more here.

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