Last year I started adding cello to my compositions because the flute and cello voices sing dramatically together.
For years I have kept an online journal to aid my development. The program periodically sends me random posts from the past. They are always interesting to revisit, and aid personal and professional growth. Today I received a past entry that recalled the first time I wrote parts for cello for the second Ladder To The Moon concert at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in August last year.
Composing and performing that concert helped stimulate my love affair with cello. The instrument has such a beautiful sound and broad range – often sounding like a human voice. You can hear the harmony and contrast of cello and flute in my album, Dialogue.
When I started to compose for my current project, Butterfly Zone, I tried different combinations of instruments in my composing software and nothing seemed so right as flute and cello. I finally settled on an ensemble of flute, cello, electrified classical guitar and upright bass. I am calling the group The Pikes Peak Chamber Jazz Quartet. Chamber jazz can be described as a fusion of orchestral sounds with the creative improvisation of jazz.
This morning I awakened at 4 AM with the sounds of the next development section of Butterfly Zone in my head and rushed downstairs to write. I love this part of creation when I am bursting with fresh ideas and sounds. I am trying to be patient and deliberate but I am already getting so excited to perform this music.
Have a happy creative day!