07/27/2013 (12 Moons Solo Project Day 208)


12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 208

Date: 07/27/2013

Instrument: Soprano saxophone

Location: The rec room of my childhood house.  Edmonds, WA


For reasons of a personal nature, this was a very difficult day for me.  As this series has progressed my improvisations have more and more taken on an critical role in helping me understand these days.  I decided to confront my reality with a more uplifting piece.  This improvisation was of the kind that I could embrace for use as my medicine, in the astounding way art is able to fully transform us, if even for a small period.  This brief, very active improvisation centered around the Concert C major triad, and a multiphonic with three diatonic tones inside of it.  The multiphonic was fingered as follows:

(Left Hand) B-A-G keys, Octave, Low B // (Right Hand) F# key

This fingering created the middle octave tones E,D and the upper register C.  Though they were a bit flat in intonation, I would balance these diatonic pitches primarily against the C major triad.  In the upper register, I also developed an improvised figure with the pitches E-F-E-C— which I would interject between the split tones and the arpeggios.


The image “Hide and Seek, Derby, Vermont June 1940-June 1942 and New York” accompanying today’s post by Pavel Tchelitchew