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This piece moves between structure and free-structure. A particular phrase from the melody is used to change tempo at any given time. Dedicated to my late cat Maya.
During a tour of South Africa I stood in a luxury hotel and looked out the Window of Compassion. At the time I thought of it as a window of no compassion.
This mixed meter piece feels a bit like walking on Stilts, not a very even pace, some steps s-l-o-w some fast.
Based on a very simple two-part motive where the voices grow from unison to a major seventh. A sense of elevation and so, therefore the name Ascensio.
A naive impression of an African Daybreak. We change the meter and feel and the song returns this time in different clothing.
My son wrote a short mythological story about the creation of the stars. In the final moment of the story the hero Estaron aligns himself with forces of power and greed. His elixir the crystal ball is shattered into a trillion pieces and hurtled into space thus becoming the stars in heaven.
A mix of traditional harmony and moments of free tonality this Triptych was named for its
Written during Easter this Easter Song embodies the enthusiastic anticipation of spring.
Composed at London Heathrow Airport at 5:30 AM, while drinking a lot of cappuccinos at Caffe Nero. My studies of South Indian rhythmic Solfege gave me the rhythmic ideas and the melody is as unattached to the bass line as the travelers are to the British soil.
This was written the night before the recording session and I pulled it out just as everybody was ready to pack up and go home, or out for sushi actually. We played it through twice, no improvisation. It uses some poly-modality and the bass line feels like it is resting with tension at an Angle Of Repose.
|Maya - 6:08|
|African Daybreak - 5:18|
|Through the Window of Compassion - 8:20|
|Stilts - 4:32|
|Ascensio - 5:28|
|Estaron - 5:48|
|Triptych - 7:04|
|Easter Song - 7:19|
|Caffe' Nero - 6:04|
|Angle of Repose - 2:20|
|Phil Grenadier trumpet|
Allan Chase soprano/alto sax
Bruno Råberg acoustic bass
Marcello Pellitteri drums