Saturday, August 29, 2020

Thank you Charlie Parker

One day I want to write an essay about how studying saxophone in middle school opened up a vast world for me, that, as a little Jewish boy in Ottawa I had had no conception of. The rich imaginative, political, spiritual, powerful world of mostly black American musicians. I think about being in suburban Canadian bedroom listening to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane and reading everything I could find about them. I'd babysit on Saturday nights and then make a pilgrimage to Sam the Record Man in the Bayshore Shopping Mall where I spent my earnings, learning about jazz. The world they lived in, their concerns, the sounds they pursued, the economic and political issues, the stories of their lives. Of course I could have no real understanding, but it was a portal, an opening that pointed to a much larger vision of what was and what was possible than I could have know otherwise.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

PREZ: Josquin by the Sea


PREZ (Piano, percussion, mallets, electronics and ocean shore) 

This is a transformation of a motet by Josquin Des Prez using Max/MSP and then subsequent processing (Pitch to MIDI transformations) in Ableton Live.

Gertrude Stein Home Movie.

A video using a home movie of Gertrude Stein from 1927 along with a musical setting of her recording of "A Portrait of Picasso" ("What does history teach? History teaches that history teaches.")