Listen With Your Eyes

I have always felt that though the arts are communicated through different mediums, they are all interconnected in our minds. Whenever I play, there is a visual that appears: a scene from nature, a piece of artwork, a photograph, a place I’ve visited…Because I know I’m not the only one who experiences this kind of “synesthesia,” I decided to ask some of my musician friends what they visualize while playing.

Their responses were varied, inspiring, and thought-provoking.  Knowing I was about to record Bach’s Chaconne from the D minor Partita, I asked some more friends what they see when they listen to his music specifically.  As I had all of their images floating in my head and combining with my own, I decided to create a video compilation of their responses to accompany my recording.  I have also included some thoughts and visuals of mine.  I hope you enjoy this “window” into the minds of artists!

Recorded at the Shepherd School of Music Rice University December 2013