New Hands

A little while ago, Aaron asked me to write something for this guitar group. I did, and then they performed it.

I think it sounds really good. What do you think?

Here is the score.

Here is the recording:

From the program notes:

“New Hands is a continuation in a series of compositions experimenting with incorporating improvised elements into the form of the pieces themselves. The first movement is all about single pitches (which are not specified), and the exciting possibilities that can come about when nobody knows what the other performers will play. Limiting the improvisation to two factors (what note and what rhythm) maintains the possibility for melody and harmony (but does not guarantee them).

The second movement is a solo with strictly written pitches, but the guitar is detuned, again preventing advanced knowledge of the resulting sounds.

The third movement specifies only intervals and chord qualities; two parts are the mirror of each other, while the soloist improvises with noise.”

Many thanks to Aaron, Larry, Aditya, and Dennis for playing it.

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Fall Happenings

Hi all.

For the past couple months, the TDQ has been hitting the Walrus on Sundays. It is a bit up in the air how much longer that might continue to happen, so don’t miss your chance to say hi (for free) with beer (and free parking) and beer. Also, thanks to everyone who has come so far; it’s been a really nice thing to look forward to each week.

Speaking of that band, the trio version will be playing outside tomorrow (it will be cool!) at this event. There will be food, and it is also free.

Small Songs is recording in a studio soon, so stay tooned.

More on Too and some writing projects very soon.