Butterfly Zone Chamber Jazz

Butterfly Zone is the name of new music I am writing for chamber jazz quartet.

In the Butterfly ZoneButterfly zone is new music for chamber jazz quartet. My muse has come again and new compositions are beginning to flow.  At these times, I usually awake around 4 AM with a melody and rhythm in my mind. Sometimes there is also a memory or connection to a life event or scene from nature. Then I quickly arise, get to my office and start writing music while it is fresh in me.

When I awakened with Butterfly Zone in mind,  I recalled a place I used to hike in the Sangre De Christo mountains. About a mile up the trail into the forest, there was a place in the trail that had a section of thick dark mud. In the summer that was home to a ‘Kaleidoscope’ of butterflies.  (A collective name for a group of butterflies, and how very appropriate.) The butterflies in this group were quite small, a lovely shade of periwinkle and friendly. It was a mesmerizing sight and a summertime treat.

The piece that I am composing captures for me the sight and feeling of those moments.   The instrumentation for the piece is: flute, cello, guitar and upright bass. The group will play chamber jazz – a fusion of orchestral sounds with the excitement of jazz improvisation. I  love the sound and feel of the music and am considering making Butterfly Zone the name of a concert of new, original music I am writing and will perform in Fall/Winter of 2016.

I am thrilled to be busy composing. I think Butterfly Zone is a new evolution in my work and  I am so looking forward to performing it for you.

Joseph