06/18/2013 (12 Moons Solo Project Day 169)

12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 169

Date: 06/18/2013

Instrument: Tenor saxophone

Location: Performance hall at Chief Sealth High School.  Seattle, WA


Today I felt like exploring color in my sound, held within a tight range of the horn.  On 06/16/2013 I used a 3 figure gesture, the 3rd of which had a specific fingering that created a minor third chord.  On that day I used this chord in a fixed, block position without any kind of alteration of it’s overall sound.  Today I decided to re-visit this chord and focus more on ornamentation.  The fingering used was as follows:

E/C: each a quarter step high.  (Left Hand) B-A keys, Octave, Palm Eb

I had a brief period of access to the performance hall at Chief Sealth this morning before beginning my teaching day.  I used this time to create a very focused atmosphere with this fingering.  I worked to create melodic and harmonic themes, adding and taking away specific keys, including the High F, Side C, Fork F, and the momentary removal of the Palm Eb key.  I continuously referred back to a melodic figure with a much slower tempo and pace of action than the work being explored around it.  The dichotomoy between density of notes and tempo became a recurring theme as I worked on this improvisation.


The image “Friedrichstrasse Skyscraper Project, Berlin-Mitte, Germany, Exterior perspective from North accompanying today’s post by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1921)