03/07/2013 (12 Moons Solo Project Day 66)


12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 66

Date: 03/07/2013
Instrument: Tenor saxophone
Location: Practice room B at South Whidbey High School. Langley, WA (Whidbey Island)


From dawn to past dusk today was filled to the brim with teaching–changing clothes in the ferry bathroom and eating soup out of a tupperware container in my car. It was a good, solid working day that made me feel like I contributed my all by the end of it. I had attempted at various times throughout the day to sneak away and record a piece, but with no results I could be satisfied with. My improvisation today came out of the horn at the end of the day, when I was exhausted and my energy having already been sapped out of me. With every passing second in this improvisation I could feel it surging back.

This improvisation uses a single fingering: (Left Hand) B-A-G keys, Low B // (Right Hand) F-E-D keys. This fingering creates the basis of sound explored in this piece. To create the pulsations I quickly opened and then shut the low Eb and Palm D keys simultaneously. I approached the improvisation as a slow, ominous build that immediately enters from a heightened place of energy. This was not anger, but a last ditch utterance of my industry.


Image by painter Max Ernst