[Harp-L] Improvisational duo experiments

John Jordan hooktool@xxxxx
Sun Mar 26 00:15:50 EDT 2017

I really enjoyed that, and would like to hear the whole 18 minutes.

Well done!


On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 9:06 AM, Shirley, John <John_Shirley at xxxxx> wrote:

> Hey all.
> Twice in as many months I’ve indulged in experiments with extended live
> improvisation as part of different duos, one playing blues, folk and
> classic cinema theme music… and the other duo doing avant-garde
> electroacoustic stuff.    - These shows were pretty far outside of my
> experience and comfort zone, but what a blast!
> The first duo performance was an 18-minute all-harp improvisation with
> Jason Novak (who I met at an Annie Raines / Ronnie Shellist workshop last
> summer). We shuffled (danced/processed) our way in and out of the space,
> played through several keys and about 7 major section changes, including
> 1st position quotations of classic melodies and an amplified blues in E.
> This excerpt starts after our procession in and ends before our 1st
> position medley:
> https://youtu.be/zVGGuGyGyQo?list=PLD-VQNdNliVTwfgTQVyDmlrBgGYiXz8bu
> The avant-garde electroacoustic improvisation was with my UMass Lowell
> colleague, Ramon Castillo (a fellow composer/performer/technologist). I
> generated harmonica sounds and melodic fragments which he manipulated
> through Moog processors as well as effects and long delay lines in the
> computer:
> https://youtu.be/0sH6lfdDJ-U?list=PLD-VQNdNliVQLCF5edj72u9XKT-y1LqSr
> Ramon and I will be doing an improvisation like this again this upcoming
> Saturday, March 25th, at 7:30pm as part of the Bleep Blop Electroacoustic
> Ensemble concert (Durgin Concert Hall, 35 Wilder Street, Lowell,
> Massachusetts). It’s likely to be quite a bit different than our last
> performance, as that’s the nature of this kind of piece….  (Also, last time
> I used slider bass, Marine Bands, and an XB-40; this time I will be adding
> chord and Asiabend sounds)
> This show is free and open to the public, so come on by if you’re
> interested in checking it out!
> - John
> John Shirley
> Professor of Music - University of Massachusetts Lowell

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