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Karlton E. Hester, composer & interdisciplinary artist
composer, flutes, saxophones, synthesizers, sarrusophone
Hesterian Musicism is the creative process through which Karlton Hester's compositional and performance style merge to give rise to aesthetic environments where other musicians, kinetic and visual artists, and poets can meet to produce new art forms through imaginative effort. Its philosophical basis involves an intrinsic freedom of expression, focused and disciplined spontaneity, and a structural basis that explores the creative components of diverse sources from the whole earth.
Contemporary TransAfrican Experiments create ways in which to search for universal musical concepts that can be examined for their inherent capabilities as commonage. Such examinations might inspire solutions to our differences in world society. Learning a variety of ways to achieve abstract balance, aesthetic satisfaction, harmony, contrast, and effective modes of artistic expression, may produce means to communicate more clearly with others in our global community.
Collaboration, therefore, is an important aspect of Hesterian Musicism on all levels of engagement. Inspiration, source materials, thematic resources, timbral imprints, and spiritual influence can be derived from multidisciplinary aspects from any region of the world, and can involve any combination of artistic traditions. It is the individual skill and imagination, through which artistic components are explored and developed, which demonstrate that past traditions are stepping stones to future creations (not ends in themselves). We hope such synergetic experimentation reveals that art and artists with diverse perspectives on the process of creative evolution, aesthetic values, style, etc., can find common modes of expression. Modes of compatibility and cooperation can enhance ecumenical elements of aural, visual, and oral language (and modes of interdisciplinary artistic collaboration), elevating art above the stylistic or technical limitations of aesthetic manifestations that are too often the focal points of socio-cultural discussion.