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Houston Area Traditional Dance Society

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Karen Axelrod’s “In the Moment” Series

The Beginning

Karen, along with Anna Patton and Daron Douglas, was scheduled to play the Set for Spring English Country Dance weekend in Houston in March of 2020. Due to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, SFS was cancelled nine days before it was to start.

Shameless plug: Karen, Anna, and Daron, along with Joanna Reiner, are re-scheduled for March 2022. Details at setforspring.org.

On the evening of March 21, 2020, which would have been the Saturday evening ball, Karen live-streamed a set of tunes in honor of and in place of Set for Spring.

Inspired by the response from her Set for Spring live stream, and hating to play solo, Karen started the “In the Moment” series on March 31, 2020.

What are these not concerts?

Karen receives recordings of tunes from fellow ECD musicians such as Anna Patton, Daron Douglas, Eric Martin, Jeff Spero, Rachel Bell, and several more. Although Karen knows what the tunes are in advance, she usually doesn’t listen to the recordings ahead of time and has no idea what the other musician is going to do with the tune.

Playing either piano or accordion, she plays along with each recording while streaming on Facebook.

Not only is it musically spontaneous, but anything can and does happen. That only adds to the fun and the in-the-moment and not-a-concert aspects. Power has gone out, a smoke alarm has gone off, extra and totally unexpected musicians have turned up on recordings and in person outside her window, and there is the occasional technical glitch. Karen has to react to each of these and her reactions are often priceless.

Tips Appreciated!

Here is Tip JarKaren’s Tip Jar on PayPal.me (PayPal account required). Karen shares these tips with the core musicians who send her recordings. Please donate if you can.