Here's one of my favorite solo soprano performances--Lol Coxhill performing at the Battersea Arts Centre in London. Even though they primarily program cutting-edge theater, occasionally they throw in some cutting-edge music, too.
I've always liked Lol's patience when playing solo. Saxophonists tend to go down the "bizerk" and "noisy" routes too quickly when performing in this format. When used too often, even things that are typically viewed as cutting-edge can sound like cliches.
Whenever I play a solo concert, leaving space is probably the most challenging thing for me to do. And it's usually the most effective, too.
In this clip, Lol reminds me of a long distance runner. Running, not to win the race, but just to run. Totally in the moment.
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