Description: For the second ethnography, our group went to a concert recital on campus in the Longmire Building. That evening it was a guitar performance featuring an FSU student, Justin S Crews. This was a very intimate and unique performance that our group enjoyed.
1. What are the demographics of the audience? of the musicians?
The demographics of the audience was more of an older crowd mixed with college students that attend Florida State University. The older people looked as if they were in their late 40's and older, and the college students looked in their late teens early 20's. I believe most of the crowd was Justin's family and close friends, and everyone else was just researchers for the ethnography fieldwork. Most of the audience was dressed casual for the performance, and you could tell that they were mostly middle class. There was about the same number of both men and women, but there were diverse cultural backgrounds within the audience.The musican was White American dressed in casual clothes and look like he was about 19 years of age.
2. What role does the venue play in people's (performer, audience, researcher) expectations of the musical performance and how does this particular performance meet or fail to meet those expectations?
The recital was held at Longmire Building, room 201. Because the venue was at this location, there were certain expectations. The performer probably expected this event to be formal, with all the attention on himself since this recital represented a benchmark of success in his musical education. He also expected the audience to be attentive and pay attention. These expectations were met. Since it was a College of Music recital, the audience also expected the same things as the performer. As the researcher, my expectations were that a medium crowd would attend, the works would be either classical or jazz, and the performer would be dressed nicely. All these expectations were met, except for the crowd size which was relatively small.
3. What is the role of economics in this particular musical event?
Name: Francesca Banakar
At this particular musical event, economics didn't play a major role like in the previous music event we visited for the first ethnography. For Crews' guitar performance, it was held in the Longmire Building on FSU campus and was free for anyone that wanted to see his performance. This made it very easy and convenient to attend. Previously, at the jazz cafe, we had to pay a large sum of money to see the event. However, at this one having it be free made it very enjoyable and accessible for all attendees.
4. How does the purpose of the performance overlap and differ from the emotions experienced by the audience?
This musical event was held to fulfill a requirement for an academic purpose. It was a recital on campus. Usually in these circumstances the audience consists of family, friends and other students who need credits for their classes. This particular audience consisted of people from our class, family and friends, and people from the community. I don't believe this musical event had a particular emotional or cultural purpose.
5. Who are the performers and what is their relationship to the audience?
In crews’ guitar recital there were two different relationships with the audience. In the front row there is his assumed family and friends supporting his music. The second was his interaction with the audience during the performance. Crews’ assumed families are was an older couple in the front row, which did not fit the demography of the audience. He made a few guessers to them before the recital began. The majority of the crowd is composed of college students. The relationship with the audience was not mutualistic. Crews only acknowledged the audience at the conclusion of each song with a simple bow. He never spoke or had any other interaction with the audience.