So I did my first ever Jezami gig at the wonderfully spooky Averard Hotel in Lancaster Gate, courtesy of the lovely Rose and Penny of the Surround. First gigs are always funny, especially if it’s just you and loads of technology that could go wrong. I felt pretty comfortable with this one though, despite a few nerves and not nearly as much practice as I would have liked.
The whole point of the Surround night is for people to try out new things – new material, new making procedures, new anything. It doesn’t have to be innovative, just new to them. The sets are short and the audience are very supportive. This means that a risk of failure becomes not so much of a risk after all, more an adventure that everyone goes on together – nobody quite knows what is going to happen next. The variety was incredible – the first act was solo poetry, the second was a snare drum being played with a motor. Non stop. For fifteen minutes. I felt like the listeners and performer (David W Stockard) went on a journey together.
The night was magical, not least because of the venue – each subsequent act was in a different space, so the sounds lead the audience through the maze of corridors and stairs. This also helped my nerves as it meant I had plenty of time in my space to prepare myself! The set didn’t go perfectly, but I felt like the audience was on my side and I hope I’m ready to have another go…
Visit The Surround‘s page for lots of photos and video clips, and info on their next night coming up next month.