“Without music, life would be a mistake.” This is one of the most frequently quoted thoughts on music of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Music is really everywhere around us, it follows us every day; from the radio, TV, cell phones and electronic media – in shops, cafes, restaurants, on the street. It is so present that we are often unaware of the sounds we are exposed to, sometimes we do not even notice them. The tempo of living is fast, and everyday music is getting louder and louder. So when we manage to get some time just for ourselves, we want peace and quiet. Silence is needed for that peace, serenity and rest … in Hamlet’s case, it is the exit from the harsh reality. “The rest is silence” are the last words of a young Danish prince who ends tragically, but what remains behind him is the silence that will bring forth the truth and justice for a more righteous world.

Like Nietzsche’s, this thought deeply embedded in my memory when I was reading Hamlet as a teenager. It provoked some discomfort. I wondered how silence can be better than sound? The bird songs, the mourning of water, the rustle of the leaves in the forests or the sounds of the weaving sea ? It is the music of Nature, the one we constantly hear as a reminder of the beauty of life. Well and the beauty of creation. Beethoven heard the music even he was completely deaf, Mozart played with it, Bach showed us how powerful it is. For them as for many others, music did not bring prosperity in this world. I believe that many musicians who really live for music would say … the rest is music. But then you will be asked … and what is left of what is not music?

Music, just like music performance – whether it be artistic or entertaining music, is something that people need. For some it means life, for some not so necessary-but it is needed. From the beginning of our civilization, people sang, beat the rhythm, danced. That’s what kids do, just as spontaneously, without preparation. It turns out that all people are capable of some type of music performance and because they are close to music. Music is used for therapeutic purposes, helps in developing cognitive and motor skills, mastering musical skills gives us a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. We can all feel and even understand music. We just have to stay close to it. At the same time, music is understandable and intricate, personal and universal. If beauty is in the eye of the observer, does it count for the music and ear of the listener? For us musicians, who have devoted themselves to “perform” or interpret music, the task is to initiate, stimulate and touch the listener. The task is not hard at all, because we are moved by music, it speaks to us, and there is nothing more understandable than music. To establish communication with the audience – this is the magic that happens in a hall full of unknown people who get connected with music. When that happens, the performer has fulfilled his mission. He enlivened music in all its dimensions: aesthetic, emotional, social and ethical. The musicians and performers are often with “head in the clouds” and sometimes separated from the world. This is how we are looking for a way to connect with ourselves, our surroundings, and finally- with the audience. Many interesting stories are told through music, as well as thoughts, ideas and all sorts of human destinies are exposed. So every new project and performance of The Rest is Music organization is an attempt of a revival and a creative journey. Because, when the rest is music-nothing else is left.

Ivana Jelača, creative leader