Recently I listened to an interview on a local NPR-affiliate radio station of Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. He described a collaboration with South African artist Robin Rhode which they are performing at NYC’s Lincoln Center. “Pictures Reframed” included Rhode’s panels of art and a video along with Andsnes playing “Pictures at an Exhibition”, by the 19th century Russian composer, Mussorgsky.
Reviews suggest that this mixing of music, film and abstract art surpassed the impact of each art alone. Andsnes is quoted as saying he doesn’t know where this collaboration will lead but more performances are scheduled throughout this fall season. As Andsnes reminds us in his biography (http://www.andsnes.com/index.php), joining with another to create is a way to increase the challenge in ones’ work and life. This all makes me stop and take stock of where I am acting solo when a collaborator might help me have greater impact.