My new book is out this week! "Stylistic Adventures for Two Mallets" will be available this week at TMEA at the K. Wylie Publications booth. Be sure to stop by and pick up a copy. Click on the link for more info and etude samples.
For my last post of 2017, I'm bringing you the 14th installment of my solo improvisation series. This one is mostly tonal, and more on the "pretty" side. I started this project about eight months ago, and it has been very rewarding. It's scary to start recording and not know what's coming next, but it is also quite liberating.
This also happens to be my 30th tune uploaded to FB and/or YouTube this year. That is a lot of new music! Thanks to everyone who has listened, liked, commented, shared, etc. I really appreciate it. Not sure what's in store for 2018, but I'm predicting lots of music. Happy New Year, everyone!
Not that anyone asked, but I made a year end list of my favorite albums of 2017. Let me know if I missed anything, and let me know your favorites.
For the 13th installment of my vibraphone improvisation series, I tried something new. Here I'm using a delay effect and rubber mallets to create a sort of twinkly music box vibe. I think this is a pretty interesting sound and worth exploring more in the future. Thanks for listening!
YouTube here: https://youtu.be/8BQRJL_od50
Here's a solo vibraphone performance of "Murder by Numbers," one of my favorite tunes by The Police. This tune seemed to work surprisingly well as a solo chart. Thanks for listening!
YouTube here: https://youtu.be/0FLU66xb2vo
I know it's been a while, but I have some new music for everyone! I didn't have a lot of time, so the smart thing to do was a quick improvisation. I'm subtitling this one "Breaking News" because I was thinking about the sound of a telegraph you might here at the start of old-timey news bulletins. Let me know what you think! Thanks for listening!
Something new! I decided to start tossing some album reviews up on my website. I listen to lots of new music (and have LOTS of opinions), so I figured I'd write some down and share. First up, Vijay Iyer's new album "Far From Over." http://ericmartinpercussion.com/…/vijay-iyer-sextet-far-fr…/
Here's number 11 in the solo improvisation series. I love just seeing where these take me. This one started as a waltz, but ended up a jam in 7 by the end. Thanks for listening!
YouTube if you prefer: https://youtu.be/nmuNv7hxbsY
Hey everyone, this is an original composition of mine titled “Samba em Nove.” It gets its name from the fact that all the phrases in this tune are 9 bars long, which is pretty atypical for a samba. This was a pretty fun one to put together. Thanks for listening! Remember, if you dig it, share it!
YouTube if you prefer: https://youtu.be/LlOyJxJ4-MA
This is the 10th installment of my solo vibraphone improvisation series. Just hit record and go. Thanks for listening!
YouTube if you prefer: https://youtu.be/mBWXh5RS-mQ
I'll be posting my 10th (double digits!) solo improvisation on Monday. Here's a look back at where this project started.