March 21, 2017

March 21, 2017: Spring Can Really

A short improvisation that should turn be developed into a piece of real music one day.

August 30, 2016: Field Test

August 30, 2016: Field Test

October 1, 7pm at PianoForte Chicago Studios, south loop: I’m premiering my new work, Blues, Preludes and Feuds. Yes the app (which combines my solo piano music with a creative memoir) is literally going live!

This track has nothing to do with that—it’s just something I recorded this afternoon, and I’m testing out some new tech stuff….

July 14, 2016: Reboot

July 14, 2016: Reboot

Well, it really has been a while. If I had just waited 8 more days it would have been two years since I last posted something here. But I’m all about keeping things ever so asymmetric, so here we go again.

I’m not going to lie: I have an ulterior motive. I just launched a new version of my website today, and it says right up there at the top of the site that “The Blog is Back”, meaning Piano Diaries. So I had to do something…

Speaking of launches, my new app Blues, Preludes & Feuds (A Musical Memory) is now available in two formats: iOS, and as a web app. It’s been out  for iOS for about a month or so, but web app is big news because now everyone can read/listen to it: it works on any reasonably modern device (Android, iOS, any web browser on your computer.)

It’s an album…it’s a book…it’s…super cool. So check it out.

(Speaking parenthetically about launches, and reboots: this site needs to be redesigned. That’s next…)

7-22-14: I’m Up & Down

7-22-14: I’m Up & Down

First free improv after a ten day layoff in which I was in Orlando for my daughter’s softball tournament. This improvisation has nothing to do with swinging a bat, but a little to do with mood swings.

7/10/14: The Meaning of the Theme

7/10/14: The Meaning of the Theme

The meaning of the theme is only revealed once you do something with it.

6/12/14: Caravan (take 2 or so)

This is another take of Caravan (from the June 12 performance). Compare with the June 8 version: different but the same? In the show I explore 6 pianist/composers (Bach, Beethoven, Ellington, Monk, Weston, Tyner) and how I managed to create my own style by absorbing lessons from them.

Thursday through Sunday at the Athenaeum Theatre,Chicago. Tickets are $15, $8 for students/seniors.

6/8/14: Caravan

This is my take on Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” from the Piano Diaries live show at the Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago. Tickets are  $15, $8 for students/seniors. Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8pm. Sunday matinee at 2pm. The show runs through July 6.

6/7/14 Free Improvisation (from the show)

After performing this free improvisation (or as I jokingly and fancifully call it, “Fantasy on Spontaneously Generated Themes”) I pose the question—just was does it mean to perform a “free” improvisation, and how exactly is it free? Well, to hear the answer that question, along with a lot of great music and other stories, you’ll need to come to the show. THAT, unfortunately, is not free, but it’s not exactly expensive. $15, $8 for students/seniors. Thursday through Sunday at the Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago.

6/7/14: Old Blues #3 (from the Show)

This is the opening selection from my new one man show, Piano Diaries. The show, fittingly, ends with “New Blues #3 in G”. Will post that when I get a decent video….

3-7-14: Dark Music for A Sunny Day

3-7-14: Dark Music for A Sunny Day

Woke up this morning and the sun was shining (for a change) in northern Illinois. So naturally I came up with this:

At one point it reminds me of Stravinsky. At every other point it doesn’t.