I've posted two new pieces in my album of jazz piano for students (RUBBER MEET ROAD). I wanted a picture of Maggie for the "Fat Cat Strut", but I didn't have any that were suitable. Maybe Anali can find one for me?
This was a particularly fun piece to write because, no matter what other music I play and enjoy, there will always be a little part of my musical heart that beats to a heavy metal riff. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to write the next Mars piece in a 80s rock idiom.
I'm very pleased with the way I got the raw image data to fit into a groove. Aside from the opening, which is just me vamping a few steel-string arpeggios and playing an opening electric guitar solo, the rest of the guitars you hear in the piece are all from the image data. Even the drum solos you hear are the image data mapped onto a set of tom-toms. The vocals are all me. :-)
Go check it out! You'll have to scroll down to the bottom to see it: RETICULATED DUNES
Well the summer season has begun, even though the Phoenix weather is still pretty cool (relatively speaking). The Spring Recital is over and my mind is beginning to move towards projects for the summer.
I recently was hired as the director of the Sunland Singers, a 35-member community choir in Mesa. We won't start the season officially until October, but I have been working with the librarian and starting to plan the repertoire for the fall. I was pleased when they contacted me about the job, because it fits nicely in with the other directing jobs I have: Church, Band, Orchestra, and now Choir.
Meanwhile, I am also thinking about repertoire for the Mesa City Band and the Silveridge Pops Orchestra. I have some ideas for music that I think will be fun to prepare next season.
I have lots of ideas for further compositions, and now I have the time to do them. I hope to have a new Mars piece finished soon--I've been tinkering with one for weeks now. I also have some new jazz piano pieces to polish up and post. Then there are some projects and pieces that are only beginning to form in my head. Hopefully I'll make the time to bring them into fruition.
Well, that's all for now. Happy Summer everyone!
Musician & educator