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!
Dialogue by Joseph Liberti and Norah Joy Clydesdale, an album of flute and cello music for dinnertime and relaxation, now streamed on Apple Music and Spotify
I’m happy to announce that if you are a subscriber of Apple Music or Spotify, you can now stream our Dialogue album. Folks tell me it is relaxing and great dinnertime music. Here’s a link for Apple and a Spotify playlist:
My Dialogue album was a dinner party surprise…for me!
Sunday in the early evening my wife Carol and I were guests at a Garden/Dinner party with friends. The party started outdoors for relaxing with drinks in a beautiful garden. Then we were called indoors for dinner.
As I walked through the door I heard some lovely music playing softly in the background. It was my music! My first, and recently released album Dialogue for flute and cello. I was thrilled! OK, I know you old pros at composing and recording would just take this in stride, but for a newbie like me it was a kick. In my descriptions of the album I had described it as good dinner music and these folks took me at my word. The album continued to play throughout dinner and the last song played just as desert was served.
That little look into how people might enjoy my music was very empowering, made it real for me and inspired me to plunge into my new project with fresh spirit and purpose.
What a concept! Serving through my music. Somewhere in the world right now, someone may be enjoying a great dinner experience in an ambiance I helped to create.
Here’s a free track from the album.
Here’s where to sample the 16 other tunes in Dialogue.
Be well and happy!