Post by tom g
The prime exemplar has now retired and his contortions were unique to him. Some of the younger players are much worse, and only succeed in appearing emotionally insecure, as if they don't believe that their performance is enough to transmit their musical sensitivity. Well, often it is not! I don't want to see the sensitivity, I want to hear it.
Surely most musicians prefer to listen without the visual distraction of these contortions? At the end of the day, it is just unprofessional and sooner or later someone will begin to award an 'MQ' (Mugging Quotient) between 1 and 10 to the worst offending guitar videos on YouTube....OK, I know that I can listen without watching these players but why I must make that choice?
OMG, I'm sounding like an old 'mezquino' - well, sorry about that!
I'm a bit embarrassed to say I don't know to whom you are referring.
Many pianists vocalize in one way or another (both classical and jazz);
some have piano face too.
I've heard Parkening grunt on his recordings; I can't say offhand I've
noticed any others. Violinists? I'm sure there are, I'd say Nadia
Salerno-Sonnenberg was pretty famous for it.
I certainly agree with you that tics, faces, noises can be distracting.