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|About||BookJam is a series of informal chamber music concerts (jam sessions) at Andy's Corner bookstore in Malmö, where the expectations and boundaries of the traditional concert hall fall away, leaving space for spontaneous music-making and personal connection|
The idea for BookJam began when a small group of colleagues, all freelance classical musicians specializing in early music, began to meet at my house to play music for fun, drink coffee and socialize. At some point we realized that often we actually sound the best when we are playing music in that environment, simply focusing on the joy of music-making rather than the presentation of a perfected “product.” So why not bring that kind of music-making and its environment to the public?
BookJam is a series of four annual “jam session” concerts held at Andy’s Corner Bookstore in Malmö. The audience is able to enjoy live classical music while drinking a coffee or browsing through books, and the musicians have a chance to engage in relaxed, spontaneous music-making in a setting where they are free to experiment and connect with the audience and each other.
A bookstore is the perfect venue for bringing classical music into a non-traditional setting, where the audience feels relaxed and at home while being surrounded by great literature and art. It’s a meeting place for people of all walks of life, an intimate space where all the expectations and boundaries of a traditional concert setting fall away—for both the audience and the performers. The intimacy and inviting atmosphere of the bookstore encourage interaction and audience involvement—listeners are be able to request pieces, ask to hear something again and come and go as they please. The up-close and personal approach of BookJam aims to cultivate and share the vibrancy and relevancy of live performance for performers and audience alike.
BookJam is a collaborative project between Baroque violinist Alison Luthmers and Andrew Jamison of Andy's Corner.
BookJam är en serie av informella kammarmusikkonserter (jam sessions) på Andy's Corner bokhandel i Malmö, där förväntningar och gränser från den traditionella konserthallen faller och lämnar plats för spontanitet, musikskapande och personliga möten.