THE JUGALBANDI MANIFESTO

 

1. We do what we want to.

2. Weird is not necessarily bad. Weird can be fun, colorful, and evocative. It can also suck. But not necessarily.

3. Music doesnít have to be pretty to have beauty, and doesnít have to be dissonant to shock.

4. Any form of music is fair game to pull from, if we feel like it.

5. We never do the same thing exactly the same way twice and weíre just fine with that.

6. Mistakes are part of the process. If itís 10% error and 90% cool, we play the percentages. Perfection is for dweebs. Whatís commonly accepted as "perfection" almost always strips music of emotion. To us that seems less than perfect.

7. Improvisational music is hazardous. If you play it you can expect your shortcomings to show. You can expect to go too long (read: boring), not follow through on a good idea, not have enough good ideas (read: boring), play something lame, in effect, suck. But if youíre serious about it you can also expect miracles to happen. And with any luck the tape will be rolling to preserve them.

8. Busy or complex is not necessarily bad or good. Simple, "in the pocket" is not necessarily bad or good. Less isnít always more, and more isnít always more; itís all a matter of arrangement.

9. We believe that with just two instruments you can hear a lot of subtleties you would otherwise miss.

10. The role of drums in music (especially in Jugalbandi music) is NOT to simply keep the beat and support the other musicians. Ginger Baker once said in his own defense that the drums were a musical instrument. Most people donít really think of them that way. We do.

11. Freedom of artistic expression supersedes all rules, spoken or unspoken, written or implied. With freedom comes the responsibility to use it well; we try.

12. The average attention span is too short.

13. If you emotionally react to our music, even negatively, then we've succeeded. If our music has also made you think, that's even better.

 

 

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