A link to my interview in the Winter 2018 edition of The Rookery has been added to the Links page on my site. This came about through David Arivett's recording of Eastern Neck Island. The staff at the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge liked it so much that they asked Marty Hoover, a journalist living in Rock Hall, Maryland, to write a piece about it.
Rich Pulin will have another one-hour interview with me on his Pulin 4 Jazz internet radio show. It will be streamed live from Las Vegas on Thursday, January 17, at 3:30 Eastern time.
"Space Music" is the theme for the show. We will feature a selection of my originals that are unusual in one way or another. Please join us.
Here is a link to Pulin 4 Jazz:
For those who are not familiar with Rich, see About Rich Pulin.
Archive recordings for some of my past shows are available on the Links page under Interviews.
When I woke up today memories of my graduate composition recital came to mind. It has been many years since I thought about it. The music was presented in an unconventional way. Each piece was performed in a different location. The audience walked from place to place and was led by actors from the drama department. The actors were in costumes and street theater was performed along the routes. A ragtime band led the audience to the last performance.
The compositions included a string quartet, a piece for flute and electronic tape, an instruction-based piece for 14 instruments that included staging, and an extended jazz piece. Most of the music had an avant-garde flavor. However, my concept for the event was for it to be fun and accessible. Afterwards, Dr. Tyrone (my composition professor) came up to me with a big smile. He loved it.
In 2012 I wanted to write a new piece that expressed the spirit of that earlier time in my musical life. Smaller Ups And Downs was the result. The piece came to me in a dream! Instead of hearing the music, I saw pages of a score. The dream also gave me ideas for an 11-tone harmonic complex based on intervallic relationships. Upon waking up I wrote down as much as I could remember from the dream. Then, as I worked on the score in the days that followed I used my intuition to fill in the gaps.
This piece is for 5 wind instruments (flexible instrumentation) and soloist. The role of the soloist is entirely improvised. In addition, the soloist does not have to be limited to one musician. It can be expanded to multiple musicians -- up to a small band (any genre). This music has a great amount of freedom. Any creative possibility can be explored.
Ensembles that are interested in playing Smaller Ups And Downs can write to me from the Contact page.
I was reflecting just now on all of the music that I wrote before 1989. With a handful of exceptions, all of that work (handwritten scores and lead sheets) was lost due to one reason or another.
I was thinking about several pieces that I wrote in the late 1960's and early 70's. In particular, two pieces for concert band -- Haiku Sketches and Ten Events for Band. It has been many years since I thought about them. There was also an extended piece for double quartet (classical woodwinds and jazz ensemble) as well as several pieces for experimental theater. As I write these words, more originals and arrangements are coming back into my mind. I did A LOT of writing during those years!
At this stage in my life and in how my music has evolved, it is likely that I would no longer care for those earlier pieces; but, some of them might have been like meeting old friends again. Regardless, what's gone is gone. I am entirely happy to have all of the music that I have written since 1989...almost 30 years worth. When I think about the pieces that I no longer have, I can see how they served as a foundation for the music that came later. In truth, nothing is ever lost.
For those interested in using my recordings in a video project, an easy way to do it is purchase a music license online through Zudo Music.
Zudo license rates for videos:
Home/Personal Video $39
Web Video (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.) $59
Wedding Video $79
The Music Licensing page has a link to my artist page at Zudo Music. There, listen to my recordings in the Zudo catalog and find one that is a match for your project.
The following video demonstrates how quick it is to select music, purchase a music license, and download a recording through the Zudo website. There is a sliding scale of rates for a wide range of visual media projects.
The Charleston Youth Winds ensemble in Charleston, SC has begun to rehearse two of my pieces -- Appalachian Awakening and Salt Marsh Rag. They have an interesting instrumentation: woodwinds, viola, trombone, tuba, piano, and rhythm/percussion as needed. Kristy Marx, the ensemble's Director, discovered my scores (written for flexible instrumentation) at Sheet Music Plus and purchased these pieces. The unconventional instrumentation of this ensemble is right up my alley.
WAMU (NPR station in Washington, DC) selected twelve of my recordings for Capital Soundtrack. This project enables original music by musicians in the DC-MD-VA region to be featured with the station's programming.
A Ballad For T
Connecticut Avenue SUVs
Eastern Neck Island
New Tango No. 3
Rubber Chicken Rag
Salt Marsh Rag
Samba Da Aguia Pescadora
Sleepy Creek Samba
Sunset On The Chesapeake
WAMU banner feature: February 6, 2017
David Arivett made a recording of Eastern Neck Island. This piece is a jazz lullaby and was inspired by the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. It can be heard on the Eastern Neck Island page.
The lead sheet for Eastern Neck Island is for sale at Sheet Music Plus and the recording is available for music licensing through Zudo Music.
A link to my interview in the Spring 2017 edition of McKendree Magazine has been added to the Links page on my site. The jazz feature has several stories. Scroll down and you will see mine.
"Musicians strive their whole lives to become like alchemists, healing the world with their music, turning the world’s pain to beauty. But we haven’t yet learned how to save ourselves. If we remain passive bystanders, I believe we will watch the music that we most value slowly silenced." -Maria Schneider
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