The word “crossover” increasingly began to sound in everyday life in the sense of musical style. Few people can give it a definition. What kind of style is this? And there is also a classic crossover or even a Russian crossover. What is even more confusing to all those interested. So what is this musical style with a name that leads more to car associations? “Crossover”, translated from English, means crossing or crossing. The same value refers to the crosshairs of musical styles. Any connection that combines two or more musical styles is already a crossover. For example, classics in jazz processing, or traditional folk instruments perform classical melodies in their own manner, or the symphony orchestra produces a program of rock hits. Thus we see the expansion of the boundaries of the usual genres and styles.
If the established genres and styles are taken as trails or roads, then the crossover style is always unbeaten and untrodden paths. These are new connections of different roads in one map, where there is everything you need to navigate the world of music. From the main routes to the small paths, there is only off-road. The Crossover always plays with the facets of the roads, it is always a bit on top, ironic, with a double, triple meaning of the play. Any pathos borders by the grotesque, and for seriousness loomes “make-believe”.
Musical crossover is a game that adores juggling with meanings, contexts that already exist in the music world. In addition, he brings there new unexpected meanings and associations. This is an art that requires great skill, knowledge and wisdom. It can be said that this is work with the “collective unconscious,” which requires a deep understanding and responsibility. But this is the ideal. Where do we find him? In life, all ideals are burdened by flaws and flaws of varying severity. There should be no fanaticism, boundaries and rigid definitions. Any dogmatism is incompatible with the crossover! Well, perhaps, a little bit! Well, so laugh – and God be with him! The crossover is our very life.
All significant events in the cultural life of the last decades occur at the junction of genres and styles. Who only with whom is united in creative ecstasy. All significant discoveries in science are made on the frontier of various scientific disciplines and areas. Religious denominations are forced to find a common language with each other. Life forces us to part with old stereotypes and to find mutual understanding. And Music can not be without understanding and reciprocity. Because if they do not listen to her and do not respond to her sound – there is simply no music.
Musical style “crossover” is a search for new ways to the listener’s heart, taking into account the requirements of the modern world. In which everything is mixed … Look around! Who is dressed in what? Who eats what? Who is friends with whom? Where is it? What is watching and listening? No stagnation, logic and rules. Solid dynamics and diversity.
The crossover musical style utilizes the notion of elitism in music. When the performer is a celestial being, an unattainable carrier of high meanings or feelings, not equal to all people. In this case there is an insurmountable gulf between the stage and the hall. Listeners can only touch the stream of meanings and images pouring from the stage, or they can pretend to touch and clap vigorously with everyone.
Music in the style of “crossover” primarily annihilates all sorts of obstacles and barriers between the performers and the audience. There are no borders, statuses, ranks. There is only Music, a common electrified field in which both musicians create, setting the tone, and listeners, giving birth to their own associations to this music.
The audience becomes an active participant in the creative process in creating a single spiritual atmosphere reigning in the concert hall. Involving the audience in a joint experience in the “crossover” becomes the main task of the musicians. Music, above all, begins to exist as an interactive communication channel. Where is the inner world of each present activated. Where associations are born one after another. Where recognition and guessing of something famous, but in a new context, causes a joyful shiver. Time disappears, inspiration comes and brings such a rare, desired feeling of fullness of life.
The “crossover” is very respectful of the audience, unobtrusively offering them a more active role in the overall action. This happens because different styles, melodies, and rhythms are combined in the Crossover. Unfamiliar contexts appear, new facets of meaning and beauty appear. “Crossover” excites the memory, arousing the listener’s desire to guess the well-known in an unknown sound. And the listener is involved in the game. In the foreground, music flows, and in the second, various meanings and meanings are strung on it. As a rule, everything develops dynamically and unexpectedly.
This is the true “crossover.” The performer musician plays the main role here, he is the alchemist who transforms habitual melodies that live “in the air” into pictures full of freshness and energy that capture the listener’s consciousness.