Monthly Archives: June 2015

The (Musical) Games We Play: (Musical) Exquisite Corpses and Terry Riley’s “In C”

This past weekend, as part of the MakeMusicNewYork festival, I took part in a interesting “game” entitled Exquisite Corpses. The term refers to a artistic technique invented by the early 20th century surrealists in which players write in turn on

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Posted in Classical, Improvisation, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“Beauty Is A Rare Thing. . .”: Ornette Coleman 1930 – 2015

It’s a depressing sign of one’s own mortality when you hear that yet another of your musical heroes has passed. Last week, Ornette Coleman, the alto saxophonist, composer and musical revolutionary passed away at the age of 85. As I

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Posted in Grateful Dead, Improvisation, Jam Band, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

A Musical Offering: J.S. Bach’s Crab Cannon

And now for something a little different. . . What we have below is a video that illustrates a cool little musical puzzle from one the greatest musicians ever, J.S. Bach. It’s the first piece from Bach’s “Musical Offering”, a

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