Flute and Cello Voices Sing Dramatically

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 programMy online journal 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.

cello and flute perform beautifully togtherComposing 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!

Joseph

 

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