Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Solo Gig


I have never seen any of the food groups fall from the sky. I have seen fruits fall from trees , though even if I hadn´t, Newton has already proved that fruits sometimes fall from trees. According to comic book legend, Superman fell from the sky, though except to a few antiquated societies, he is not considered a part of any of the five mayor food groups.

None of this has anything to do whatever with a point I was intending to make about music. Doesn´t really matter; I´ve forgotten what that was going to be anyway.

This happens a lot during improvising: start into an idea and then forget what it was, perhaps to find it revived in the course of some other idea, or not.

It is beside the point whether the new idea is “better” than the former idea. Since I don’t remember what it was, comparison is impossible and anyway a distraction from the flow of ideas which it´s important to stay in the moment with.

Kind of like driving past a traffic incident. No rubbernecking . Keep it moving, pal

Paintings: Agnes Martin
 Dave Williams

01.- Call it anything you want
02.- Concerning accidents
03.- Dislike of musical noise explained
04.- Choo-Choo
05.- Truth in music appretiation
06.- What is musical free improvisation
07.- Our Universe
08.- Working Jung's Riff
09.- Preferences
10.- When it's our of our hands
11.- Glad we didn't order the special
12.- Working Jung's Riff
13.- Know the enemy
14.- The mutable form
15.- Concerning Inmortality
16.- Mach Numbers
17.- Conditionalities of Quietude
18.- Then and now
19.- Why not Sneeze
20.- We Passed Jupiter and Then Headed North
21.- Product Placement
22.- Coming under Fire
23.- Longevity of the Unpredictable
24.- Signal Intelligence
25.- FUBAR to the Rescue
26.- What Was That?
27.- The Sonata Came much Later
31.- Solo gig - A token of Esteem
32.- Solo Gig Tough Corner

33.- The Long Arm of Replication 

Based in a noted musician's decades of personal experiences, his book Solo Gig: Essential Curiosities in Musical Free Improvisation (CreateSpace  Independent Publishing Platform, 2011) examines some crucial and  far-reaching aspects of musical free  improvisation, with particular  regard to live performances.  In this  illustrated collection of  narrative essays, the author looks both into  and from inside this  uniquely paradoxical, challenging and rewarding way  of making music,  within the context of an inherently eccentric milieu. 

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