With a seven-week hiatus between Playfreelies IV and V, it was perfect time to take stock and figure out what it’s all meant so far. On the prowl for different writers with different perspectives, I found one who’s taken on multiple vantage points. You may have witnessed Bani Haykal mesmerising on clarinet and guitar at Playfreely II, sat next to him as an audience member or even had your wrist stamped as you dropped in your donation at the door at other Playfreely sessions. Blessed with sonorous vocals and proficient on guitar, keyboard, percussion, xaphoon and clarinet, Bani seems as comfortable in alternative rock band B-Quartet as he is in his ambient spoken word outfit Mux. It’s obvious that Bani thrives on adopting a variety of stances and strategies. In his literary response to Playfreely, Bani (also a published poet) uses shifting points of view to examine improvisation as communication and the creation of beauty. – Ed.