Deborah Weisz Brass Trio/Live Concert December 2002
Inspired by those times when I really needed to finish something, or have something fall into place, in order for my life to be less stressed. I have, at times, had to tell myself to ‘chill’ a lot, give things some time, wait a minute or so... A relaxed Funk Groove that is, sonically, all about the plunger mute.
Deborah Weisz - Trombone
Kenny Rampton - Trumpet
Lori Bingel - Tuba
David Grunberg & Sergio Reyes - Violins, Kelly Dylla - Viola, Catherine Bent - Cello
Live Concert December 2002
Inspired by the visual image of falling Elm Snow, the way it swirls and dances, sometimes slow, sometime fast... always graceful. I was playing with the idea of taking an entire piece to present one long musical line. I also heard this long line being presented in a very improvisatory manner. Even though every note is written down, the notation I used gives the performers a lot of freedom in interpretation, so this movement will sound as if it was ‘improvised,’ and will be different in each performance.
Roberta Piket, Solo Piano/Live Concert December 2002
The original melody that I wrote for my quintet,"Zoneing" (inspired by Jazz Tenor Saxophonist George Garzone) and Roberta Piket's amazing talent as a jazz pianist inspired me to develop the original melody and write a piece for Solo Piano. The third movement sums up what has been stated, like most finale movements, in the previous two movements. It is also the only place in the entire piece where I ask the soloist to improvise, adding their own statement to the finale.