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).