Virtuosity: Technical vs Musical
Is anybody else tired of musicians that are Technically skilled, but aren’t as interesting in the Musical sense?
I just get irritated when listening to a lot of "hot" ITM players. Fiddlers, in particular seem to strive for greater and greater intensity and drive - like every tune has to be turned up to 11. Sometimes flute players seem to throw in so many decorations that the melody is lost in the busy-ness. Bands get into the competitive groove: faster, louder, more intense. Get the mosh-pit thrashing!
I’ve been listening to Michael Coleman a lot recently. His technical virtuosity is unquestioned. His decorations are fairly busy; but his music is always in service to the tradition, and he makes it seem so easy.
Other musicians I like for their attention to the musicality of the music (despite of or because of their obvious technical skill) include Kevin Burke, Kevin Crawford, Martin Hayes (although I feel that his style is his own rather than ITM). Fill in your own preferences, if you like.
Maybe I’m getting old, or as I like to think, more experience, mature, deeper.