Krystian Zimerman is a Polish concert pianist who you can probably find playing the hell out of a piano right now. At a recent performance in Essen, Germany, the pianist became extremely agitated after witnessing a crowd member filming the show via Smartphone.
Like a total badass, according to The Guardian, Zimerman, still playing Karol Szymanowksi’s Variations on a Polish Theme in B Minor, looked up towards the audience member and asked, “Would you please stop that?”
Needless to say, Zimerman was pissed. So pissed, in fact, that he stormed off stage only to return moments later telling the crowd: “The destruction of music because of YouTube is enormous.” The 56-year-old pianist added that he had lost several music deals simply because his work and similar work had been illegally uploaded to YouTube and therefore lost its original value.
The whole event culminated in Zimerman finishing the concert, but declining an encore and canceling a reception that was to take place after the performance.
Now, while it would be easy to write Zimerman off as an out of touch musician, it’d be even easier to neglect the fact that this guy, among thousands of other musicians, have gotten screwed over by users uploading to YouTube.
This fact doubles in Zimerman’s case as playing arrangements such as Karol Szymanowksi’s Variations on a Polish Theme in B Minor, takes an incredible amount of concentration. Now imagine playing a wildly complex piece of music while some dick is throwing a phone in your face with which he is recording footage that will most likely render your product less valuable in the long run.
It is bold of Zimerman to make his voice heard, especially as it echoes how most people, fans and musicians, alike feel about some dude waving his bright ass cellphone around at a Flaming Lips show. Whether it’s going to YouTube or not, this compulsive need to record and share every moment, no matter how intimate or complex, sucks for just about everyone.
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