Because every part of us is constantely being affected by innner and outer influences we are all in a constant state of flux. When we are in pain we often, consiously or unconsiously work against this notion : The search for a path out of the pain can become a desperate search for a static state where everything is just right; where we imagine that we will be in control. But what if this is not the way to navigate? What if the one thing we need to master in our work with pain is instead the capacity for state change, as supposed to holding a fixed state? And what is the one pre-requisite for being able to do this? Continue reading
Towards a more embodied way of life
Most of us far too often take our miraculous bodies for granted, and by doing so ignore the fact that were it not for our bodies every joyfull life event we have ever experienced would be nulled out.
It´s definitely not every day that one gets to be on iTunes!!
This is the podcast of the founder of Timani, Tina Margareta Nilssen, about embodied musicianship and explorations into the vast landscape of music, mind and body.
I was very honored to be interviewed about my experiences with exploring musical expression faced with the experience of growing up with a body that didn´t (and sometimes doesn´t) seem to have quite the same agenda as the ego, and how the need for artistic expression sometimes can seem to overwhelm our own body and challenge the limits of expression we think we can allow ourself.
It is said that a concert pianist has fine motor-control skills with a degree of coordination which exceeds that of a brain surgeon during operations. To perform of piece of music which demands that each finger, each joint of that finger and each muscle in the hand, arm and body cooperates and contributes to the end result and that this end result is experienced as harmoniously, melodically and rhythmically complete is really somewhat of a physiological and neurological miracle.
Perhaps the reason why most of us still don’t reflect on this when great art is presented to us is because one of the hallmarks of great art is that it is perceived as “effortless”. We sense the coordination, the seamless conversations within the body of the practitioner, how everything just seems to “flow”. Yet a part of our mind is aware of the enormous amount of coordination happening and realises that there is no way we can consciously control all of these minuite operations. So what is going on? Continue reading
It takes a lot of effort to make something look effortless
– Steven Sondheim
When we witness an expert performer in music or in sport the word “effortless” often springs to mind. However, most people are (hopefully) aware of the amount of work actually needed to reach this level of mastery. Therefor “effort-less” can´t necessarily mean that something is “without effort”.
A seemingly “effortless” performance is indeed the result of a sophisticated physical and neurological coordination which creates a subtle fluctuation between tension and relaxation in the parts responsible for the movements and to master this coordination is at the true core of every excelling performance. Continue reading
Some time back I had the privilege to be “Artist of the month” in the Timani newsletter and as this was a decidedly new experience I thought I´d share it here, also since the questions of the interview brings up the topic of strain injuries and of having your passion linked to pain, which I think is a big and important topic. Continue reading
It takes a lot of effort to make something look effortless – Ben Mitchell
The best art always seem effortless – Steven Sondheim
Det sies at konsertpianister benytter en finmotorikk med en koordineringsgrad som ligger over den en hjernekirurg benytter ved operasjoner. Det å formidle et musikkstykke som krever at hver finger, hvert ledd i den fingeren og hver muskel i hånd, arm og kropp samarbeider og bidrar til at det samlede resultatet fremstår som en helhet harmonisk, melodisk og rytmisk er egentlig et aldri så lite fysiologisk og nevrologisk mirakel.
Kanskje grunnen til at det likevel ikke oppfattes slik er at når kunst på et høyt nivå fremføres er gjerne et av kjennetegnene at det virker ”uanstrengt”. Og kan hende er det grunnen til at så mange musikere og kunstnere innen fag som krever en nitid kroppskontroll er på leting etter en “naturlig teknikk”? Men hva ligger egentlig bak begrepet “naturlig teknikk”? Continue reading
- Timani handler om å oppnå en bedre indre koordinering mellom de ulike delene av bevegelsesapparatet vårt og derved øke evnen til musisering eller ganske enkelt til å være komfortabel i egen kropp. Du oppnår en større sikkerhet og teknisk kontroll, bedre klang og større uttrykksmuligheter på instrumentet ditt. I tillegg får du konkret kunnskap som lar deg forebygge framtidige belastningsskader og endre innøvde belastende spenningsmønstre.
Question: What does a tango dancer, a giant bridge and a geodesic dome have in common?
Answer: They are all subject to the same laws of physics pertaining to a specific kind of principle that I wish to talk about here.Continue reading