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