04/20/2013 (12 Moons Solo Project Day 110)

12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 110

Date: 04/20/2013

Instrument: Tenor saxophone

Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island)

I’ve recently become interested in studying the technique of rhythmic abandonment.  With this idea, an exploration of non-sequirter rhythmic cycles became a theme in my practice session today.  I would immediately chart a path of exploration on a single rhythm and then abruptly abandon it for something new.  It then become a great challenge to find a way to stitch a current idea with the one to come, particularly when they might be so fundamentally different from one another.  Using a common melodic statement became a center-point for the  stitching of ideas.  In this improvisation I worked with the two pitches Concert Bb and Concert G.

Partially to create the variety of rhythms and melodies, I used false fingerings against the Concert Bb and G, and combined them with different articulation styles.  I used the absence of sound more as an element for articulation than for silence.