03/06/2013 (12 Moons Solo Project Day 65)

12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 65

Date: 03/06/2013
Instrument: Tenor saxophone
Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island)


In my improvisation today I searched for an elegiac mood. It was not that I necessarily felt in an elegiac mood myself, but the impulse inside me wanted that release. I had a discussion with my wife after recording this piece, that I felt as though I came closer to something in this improvisation today. No matter how abstract my improvisations or compositions may be, I’ve come to realize that what I’m ultimately seeking is clarity in my art. I’m searching for a clarity of something, and this is where I’ve yet to pint-point it. Maybe it’s clarify of mood, or form, or structure. I’m not sure. This improvisation seems to be closer to it though. I would personally say that this improvisation is an easily accessible piece for most listeners. I understand that a considerable amount of my output requires a great deal more from my listeners than this piece. But with that said, in all of it I’m still searching for that same ultimate, elusive quality.

I use two fingerings during this improvisation. Fingering one: Low C fingering // Fingering two: Low B fingering. The steady, melodic pulse is created in both cases by opening the closing the the G key in the left hand. In the mid point of the piece I begin a sixteenth pattern that now includes the high side F key as well.