Third Stream

If you are familiar with my approach to making music (if not, just click on the MP3 Player in the right hand menu under “Blogroll” and have a listen), you probably realize that I tend to focus my efforts on establishing a rhythmic dialog between my notated or composed parts and an improvised drum part.

Well, my latest two projects will venture into somewhat unfamiliar territory: On a synthesizer piece, called “Textures”, I am playing all the drum parts myself with sampled instruments (not that I could ever duplicate the beautiful flow of a Gary Sykes, Charlie Dent or Elvin Jones, but my “Soundfonts” do provide some very natural percussion sounds, and my own artistic goals for a synthesized drum part are somewhat different anyway). I’ll post the piece on my MP3 Player page when it’s done, and you can let me know what you think.

For another project, I’ve been asked to write a work for the Trinity Trio here in St. Louis. It’s a marvelous classical piano trio (piano, violin and cello) w/ NO RHYTHM SECTION. That’s fine with me, because I welcome the challenge of creating ideas conceived within my own rhythmic style but expanded to enjoy all the idiomatically expressive qualities of this new ensemble.

So wish me luck, or at least get back to me with advise for the present and/or possible ways to stay out of trouble in the future.

7 Responses to “Third Stream”

  1. Janet Says:

    Look like you already know how to stay out of trouble, Fred! By the way, those “percussion” instruments you brought to the concert Sunday night really did the job.
    Can’t wait to hear your next piece. Are you playing in the NMC concert at the Laumeier?

  2. Noah Says:

    fredrico rhumba: i went on your web site/blog a few weeks ago when you sent me the info and the two new tunes, etc. which i liked tremendously. i mean i like all your stuff which is why i tolerate your midwestern sense of humor!!! (only kidding!) seriously, it was a gas to hear/rehear norm and rick and myself playing manus!!! it sounds better today even than it did 30 years ago!!!

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