More often than not, a music concert stage is two dimensional to majority of the audience. To experience the very fascinating 3D aspect of it, one needs to listen to live concerts with interest and keen attention. There are a wide range of resources to listen to music in this day and age, in the form of CD’s, DVD’s, mp3 recordings, iPod, iTouch, iPad etc. However, nothing can match the feel of listening to a concert live! Here goes the saying - "Music is the only form of art that does not need visual aid to appreciate." Just by using the auditory senses, one can appreciate it. However, what can’t be experienced when listening to music as an audio recording is; the stage dynamics, body language of the artists - including mutual eye contact on stage and their gestures, the spontaneous exchange of creative musical ideas/dialogues, the mutual admiration of the artists for each other on stage, the rapport between the artists and the audience, the ambiance and so on! With these aspects in mind, can we now safely say that music listening needs visual aid as well? A live music concert always has an interesting, subtle interaction between the performers on stage and the audience. Most of the time, the quality and success of a concert directly depend on the quality of audience! Audience is supposed to be the 'Heart' of the 'Art'. The future of musical quality, more than being in the hands of musicians/artists, is in the hands of the audience! The art would not have flourished without the support from the audience. Hence, the audience has a pivotal role to play in fostering the art and the artists. Especially the students of music must make it a point to listen to as many live concerts as possible, since it is one of the best avenues to learn what it takes to be on stage and what it takes to be a good artist.
HCMA organizes Carnatic music concerts in the greater Los Angeles area, with a mission to promote young and upcoming artistes and foster a community of music lovers