Things are getting real. Godspeed and Invincibility Mode
to You and Yours, Maestro Mueller!
>>> America is waiting for a message of some sort or another... <<...<
Editor's note: In the video version of my life, the theme of my which is my European-USAmerican double identity for almost four decades since 1979, this is the title track. Released By Eno/Byrne in 1981, on the album "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" – 36 years ago... All of the texts make sense today as then.
For the past seven years I have been working to develop my resources for making electronic music to use in live performance and am excited about new developments which are starting to really bear fruit – stay tuned!
One of controllers I use a lot: Arturia's Minilab mkII.
The past few weeks/months I have been exploring various possibilities for electroacoustic performances and for this i have been trying to develop tools, materia...l, skills and work flows on the electronic side. The idea of Daily Studies is that I am not allowed to spend more than a few hours at most on a piece - sort of a diary form. Here are the results from today and yesterday, if anyone would be curious.
Every year around Easter (this year the week thereafter) the Harmonie59 crew gather to improvise and record together. This is from last year – we're all looking forward to it. More Information: harmonie59.org
Very happy with much of the work from the first five years of Harmonie59: here a catalog of our SEVEN releases on Bandcamp in the past 5 years! http://www.harmonie59.org/sessions/
Sounds better than I remember playing it - great primal and poetic expressions – Kaija has given us cellists several important masterpieces...
To my astonishment, I found this on YouTube today, continuing the on-going discovery of tracks from our (Wolpe Trio's) Kaija Saariaho portrait CD from 2004 for Kairos in Vienna – this time with my own rendition of one of her marvelous pieces for solo cello: SPINS & SPELLS.
In 2009, Open_Music had the honor of playing with Stefano Scodanibbio on a concert in the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, not aware that this would be one of his last concerts... A special moment with a very special musician and friend.
A lovely piece - so pleased to have gotten this piece from Kaija...
In 1998, Kaija Saariaho wrote Cendres (Ashes) for our trio (Wolpe Trio, based in Essen Germany at the time), which was a real honor!
The original version of Kaija's MIRRORS as we recorded on a portrait CD of her which Wolpe Trio did for Kairos in Vienna...
Donnerstag, den 23.11.2017, um 19.00 präsentiert Open_Music e.V. (zum 9. Mal) in der Staatsgalerie Stuttgart: SPANNUNGSFELD KOMPOSITION-IMPROVISATION - diesmal... als "Gespannt auf Amerika" in Anlehnung an der "Great Graphic Boom" Ausstellung, die heute schließt. Werke von Jerry Willingham, Scott Roller, Michael Kiedaisch mit Improvisationen von dem Open_Music Quartett und Schüler/innen der EbeLu Gymnasium und der Musikschule Stuttgart.
Looking forward to the next couple of days here in Stuttgart with a visit from my old friend Richard Bodien (and Evelyn McCarthy!) - On that occasion, remembering our 1983 SpokenWord/Music project CHEATING DEATH in Dallas and Austin...
We founded a FB group "Friends of the GSWMF (Greater Southwest Music Festival) Amarillo" this weekend to try to provide some more moral and maybe even financia...l support for a good music festival in my hometown which has been running for almost 50 years and needs some help over the next hump. We have a GoFundMe, of course...
Thanks to Michael Hulsey for the following information:
In the last few days, there are people in the community have spoken up and want to save GSWMF, and there... is a way to help.
Inquire by email at email@example.com.
You can call 806-373-5093, or mail a contribution.
Greater Southwest Music Festival
1000 S Polk St
Amarillo, TX 79101
SR: I personally think this would be a worthy crowd-funding project for someone in Amarillo to head up (with GO FUND ME so any money raised is good even if the goal of say $100K was not reached). I would be glad to help with that anyway I can –
which is why I have tagged 56 of my FB "friends" from Amarillo –
very many of whom (like myself and many members of my family) participated in the GSWMF in the course of many years and even decades - as musical students, teachers, conductors, adjudicators, board and audience members & whatever in a rich band/orchestra/choir culture which has made a very real contribution to the quality of life which has been part of Amarillo's legacy and should be part of Amarillo's cultural & educational environment for decades to come. PERIOD.
This can't be hard to save if we all get the message out, use our connections and creativity - resourcefulness to find and tap new channels of funding, including maybe subscription packages offered for varying levels of contributions, whatever...
[ If you don't like me tagging you, FB offers you an option to remove yourself or just make a comment and I will take care of that (with my apologies)... ]
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