Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Every So Often...

Pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and I have been performing in duo for some years now. Our program is completely improvised and I'm continually challenged by the intensity of Sylvie's focus and rewarded by the direction that the music has taken over the years. As a saxophonist, improvising with a pianist can be daunting as perceptions of harmony can sometimes differ or worse yet, lock one into a paradigm not of one's own choosing. That's never been a problem in this project however as Sylvie is able to incorporate harmonic material yet have it function much like the other events in the music, texturally or even episodically. The overall musical development happens spontaneously along structural lines with phrasing taking precedence over thematic development.

In 2008 we recorded "Every So Often" which is available on CD via mail order from my website.

Here's a video taken recently at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam…

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