Published on Mar 21, 2012
Usually, a song is written, structured, learned, rehearsed, recorded, produced, and recreated note-for-note. Pembrokeshire band Ah When (a play on the Welsh word 'awen', meaning inspiration) are more interested in capturing the inspiration itself -- that magical moment when a song is conceived and birthed out of nowhere. All artists experience that first spontaneous creative impulse... it's something that can never be repeated in quite the same way ever again, no matter how hard one tries.
Ah When is a play on the Welsh word 'awen', meaning inspiration. We approach making music in a unique way -- allowing the music to flow through us rather than trying to control it by structuring and rehearsing the same songs. This way, the music is pure to the creative source from which it originates. Every note you hear is more than improvised... it's spontaneously birthing into each moment, in the here and now.
As the experiential side of the research for a book she is currently writing, Karen Sawyer instigated this musical collaboration -- her intention to explore the relationship between artist and muse with others. Where does the inspiration to create come from? What or who is the artists' muse? Is this muse within, or a force outside ourselves?
Filmed by Jerry Ravel, this is Ah When's first time musing on a stage with an audience... for the ARC Convention at the Chapel Arts Centre, Bath UK.
Karen Sawyer - Vocals
Alex Matthews - Drums/Percussion
Benjamin Mason - Guitar
Tom Symonds - Bass
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