October 21, 2014
|Madrona in Maple Leaf - this morning|
The tonality is in question from the get-go. It must be found, achieved, earned. Home is not where we start from. The musical material is particular in its manner of being incomplete. The phrase meter is askew. Front and center is the poignancy of inadequate response and the thin line between the quotidian and violence.
5 Mazurkas, Op. 7 - Chopin - Vladimir Ashkenazy
In Session at the Tintinabulary
October 19, 2014
Franciscan 141019 - Keith Eisenbrey
I improvise on nylon string guitar.
|Maple leaf under the madrona - this morning|
Gradus 254 - Neal Kosàly-Meyer
A three note figure opens. The next note doesn't repeat, but pulls one of the original notes forward, establishes its updownleftright attitude in space. In order to compose like this in anything longer than rightnowrealtime would require a phenomenal memory of exactly how any Particular Configuration of Tones and Dynamics would warp any other PCOTAD - or a mind-boggling fine-tuned notation system. But the point of doing so would be alien to the point of this music. Here it isn't the careful weaving of relations and meaning into complexity and subtlety, but the sensitivity of each moment's present choice.
Part 2 is about reduction, or pruning.