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Juniper

 

 

Juniper (2011) is a piece I wrote for a group of improvisers. A
 theme
 through
 my
 work
 is
 composition
 with
 improvisational
 elements
, or
 sections.
 Music
 that
 is
 improvised
 has
 a
 certain
 life,
 character,
 and
 attentiveness
 that
 is
 unattainable
 through
 fixed
 notation.
 Performers
 are
 engaged
 in
 a
 totally
 different
 type
 of
 musical
 experience
 when
 improvising,
 one
 where
 the
 future
 is
 unknown
 and
 the
 musical
 decisions
 are
 that
 of 
the
 individual
 voice.
 Juniper 
aims 
to 
create 
a
 particular 
musical 
space
 with 
fixed 
notation, 
in 
order 
to 
provide
 a
 musical 
setting 
for 
improvised 
sections.

This recording features a sextet, tenor saxophone (Joshua Marshall), cello I (Crystal Pascucci), cello II (Kimberly Sutton), doublebass (Edward Stumpp), percussion (Robert Lopez), and piano (Andrew Jamieson) from the Watermorphis Concert (December 10, 2011, Oakland CA).