11/20/2014 (Continuous Resonance Solo Improvisation)

Neil Welch, Continuous Resonance Project
Date: 11/20/2014
Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) 
Instrument: Tenor saxophone/harmon mute


It rained last night for the first time in about two weeks. For many days the sky has been clear with little wind and the air bitterly cold. This weather has been most welcome, but I was surprised to find how glad I was on waking this morning to see grey sky and a light wind blowing through the trees. 

At the end of my practice session this morning right before I needed to run out the door to teach, I worked to channel the spirit of this day in an improvisation. In this piece I used two trilled fingerings as well as intermittent singing into the horn. The fingerings included the standard Low E and Low D fingerings with the Low Bb key depressed throughout and a constant trilling of the G key in the left hand. The sung melody was improvised within this undulating texture. 

The image “Explosion Under Water” (1980) by Roman Signer.