practice, experimentation, composition, ideas, meditation, appreciation...



"First go over to the other side and realize it exists; then come back to this side to practice." — Nanquan Puyuan















































August 2016



Trombassoon Rye Beach, NH 2:3O












eyescream truck
July 2016

1:38






radio-bardo
May 2016



I 2:57
II, "Hammerklavier" 1O:3O
III 6:OO
IV 2:54






















































Stravinsky
January 2015

Movements for Piano and Orchestra (1958-59)
all parts on trombone







Movement I 2:50
Movement II 1:30
Movement III :57
Movement IV 1:43
Movement V 1:51

As a single track 8:46







kitchen bowls backyard
Santa Barbara, November 2014



17:51



























































Leos Janacek



from On An Overgrown Path, for piano

1. Our Evenings, all parts on trombone 3:17









JACK NEWMAN - SHOLEM ALEICHEM




Trombone translations of Yiddish

From an obscure LP entitled "Sholem Aleichem Readings", probably from the 1960s... Unfortunately I can't find any biographical information on the reader Jack Newman, and the majority of what's on the back of the record jacket is in Hebrew except for a short section by a Chaim Rothblat, who it says was 'Professor of Hebrew Literature University of Judaism'. Rothblat was quoted as saying the recording of the stories reminded him "of a recitation presented by Sholem Aleichem in 1914 before the outbreak of the first World War." The first time I heard this record it was music to my ears... I was thrilled, imagining it on trombone, having this to work on... and so I chose a track which struck me as particularly intricate melodically and rhythmically, and memorized it phrase by phrase playing along with the recording, rather than transcribing it. A fascinating and challenging process! I may do the rest of the tracks on the album, as they're all amazing... It's so beautiful how really anything can become music... We'll never run out of things to practice and explore...

"If speech melody is the flower of a water-lily, it nevertheless buds and blossoms and drinks from the roots, which wander in the waters of the mind." - Leos Janacek (Uncollected Essays on Music)


September 2008

1. "Berl Isaac" original 7:25

2. "Berl Isaac" with trombone

3. "Berl Isaac" trombone alone





June 2007

1. "Naches Fun Kinder" original 7:15

2. "Naches Fun Kinder" with trombone

3. "Naches Fun Kinder" trombone alone


June 2009

With a remote drumset, German sound artist Markus Markowski created what he calls "trigger music" to these pieces!






1. 'Naches Fun Kinder' with trombone and remote drumset
2. 'Berl Isaac' with trombone and remote drumset









improvicompositions
with family tapes




It was back in early 2006 that I was first introduced to the work and life of Stan Brakhage, which then officially spurred me on to transfer some 50 or so old family cassette tapes to my computer for use as very personal footage sourced from visual circumstances to incorporate into compositions based around trombone improvisations and collage work using other archived sound material from performances and other miscellaneous recorded excerpts and associations. For me these pieces became important steps in self-reliant compositional work-thought, looking at, assembling deconstructing and simulating a solo language coming from jazz, a feeling of artistic freedom and surrealism I needed in an active balance from the collaborative/public experiences. In the end, I am simply grateful for these tools enabling me to work in such ways and share.

"Sensory impressions are more fertile soil for memories than the best systems and methods of thought." - Herman Hesse




Looking back on life, love, death... A collage - April 2006 [ 5:25 ]

Winter blues - January 2010 [ 2:46 ]

December 29, 2008 [ 1:57 ]

December 15, 2007 [ 5:38 ]

Happenings, Things, Pieces, Events [ 5:46 ] - October 2007

Expansion on Bach/Celebration Song [ 4:48 ] - June 12, 2007
(Arranged to be played for my Mom first thing the morning of her birthday)

Family Pieces - May 2007 [ 3:52 ]

Nostalgia - March 2007 [ 1:18 ]

Family Cassette Collage - January 2007 [ 8:16 ]

Meditations From Behind The Couch, Vitreous - September 2006 [ 3:32 ]

Now Of August 31, 2006 - August 2006 [ 2:15 ]
"We need to find the link between our traditions and our present experience of life. Nowness, or the magic of the present moment, is what joins the wisdom of the past with the present." - Chogyam Trungpa

Davidsong - July 2006 [ 2:50 ]


Once A Boy Was Born Into The World - June 2006 [ 2:06 ]


Dream of Flowers - June 2006 [ 1:42 ]


May 26, 2006 + 1977 - May 2006 [ 2:39 ]








Conlon Nancarrow



On trombone

June 2010
Player-piano Study No. 9

1. Original 3:48
2. Original + trombones
3. Trombones alone


October 2008
Player-piano Study No. 15

1. Original 1:03
2. Original + trombones
3. Trombones alone







IGOR STRAVINSKY



July 2008

The first movement from Stravinsky's Sonata for Two Pianos (1943-44)

Moderato 3:49




and that 32-bar introduction in the beginning of his Concerto for Piano and Winds (1923-24)

Largo 1:36
(version II)









ERIK SATIE

January 2009

Airs à faire fuir (Airs that chase away) from Pièces Froides (Cold Pieces, 1897), originally for solo piano.

1. Airs à faire fuir 2:18








Carlo Gesualdo


Madrigals, from Book VI (1611)
for 5 voices, on trombone
March 2012

1. Resta Di Darmi Noia 2:48





Alexander Scriabin


Piano Prelude Op. 51 No. 2

February 2012
All parts on trombone 2:26





PIERRE BOULEZ



April 2008

of Messagesquisse (1976-77), with a recording of cello soloist Jean-Guihen Queyras and six others of the Ensemble de Violoncelles de Paris.



1. II. Très Rapide 2:04

2. IV. Aussi Rapide Que Possible :36











Anton Webern



Variations for piano, Op. 27

1. Sehr Mässig 1:29
2. Sehr Schnell :31









































Solo



Three record players and trombone
recorded live in Brooklyn, November 6, 2010

1. 58:23



















August 2009

Solo trombone improvisation - 1:30









PLASTIC CUP PHONOGRAPH RECORDER/PLAYER

A couple garbled test improvisations on trombone...

cup 1

cup 2










ALEXANDER SCRIABIN




Op. 11

1. No. 15 2:28







CARLO GESUALDO



April 2008 - October 2010
(work in progress)

Sacrae Cantiones (1603). Gesualdo's first sacred publications for five voices.

I. Ave, Regina coelorum 2:11

II. Venit lumen tuum 1:41

III. Ave, dulcissima Maria 2:20



IV. Reminisceremiserationum tuarum 1:18

V. Dignare me, laudare te 1:44

VII. Domine, ne despicias 1:14

VIII. Hei mihi, Domine 1:25

IX. Laboravi in gemitu meo 1:56

X. Peccantem me quotidie 2:50

XI. O vos omnes 1:34

XII. Exaudi, Deus 1:46

XIII. Precibus et meritis beatae Mariae 1:19







The opaque weight of the world—both of life on earth and of death, heaven, and hell—is dissolved, and the spirit freed, not from anything, for there was nothing from which to be freed except a myth too solidly believed, but for something, something fresh and new, a spontaneous act.

— Joseph Campbell, “Primitive Mythology: The Masks of God”






CHOPIN

Preludes, Op. 28

April 2008
4. Prelude No.6 1:48

October 2007
3. Prelude No.4 2:00

August 2007
2. Prelude No.2 2:13

August 2007
1. Prelude No.5
:32
w/ original recording - Martha Argerich, piano








OLIVIER MESSIAEN



September 2008

La Nativite du Seigneur, for organ
(work in progress)

I. La Vierge et L'Enfant part 1 2:25


From his Quartet for the End of Time, the sixth movement:

2. Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes 6:56

Luben Yordanoff, violin; Albert Tetard, cello; Claude Desurmont, clarinet; Daniel Barenboim, piano




VIVALDI




Concerto for Strings in C Major, RV 111a, III. Presto
Venice Baroque Orchestra
April 2008

1. Presto :58

Concerto for Strings in D minor, RV 127, III. Allegro
Venice Baroque Orchestra
October 2007

1. Allegro 1:00






IGOR STRAVINSKY



March 2007

The 4-voice fugue in the first half of the second movement in Symphony of Psalms

trombones alone
original recording + trombones 2:48



ROBERT SCHUMANN



January 2008

Tenth etude from the Symphonic Etudes...

1. Etude X :40

Murray Perahia, piano




THE MUSIC OF TURKEY


The Music of the Whirling Dervishes (Mevlevi)
From the Anthology LP, choir and instrumental ensemble recorded at Konya, 1968



November 2007
2. Track 1 35:39




by ELLIOTT CARTER




In 1999 I rewrote his solo piano piece 90+ to play along with the record (so that all of the piece could still be heard) which I attempted semi-successfully in performance that same year at my senior recital in the Manhattan School of Music. 2003-4 I did the same thing to two other works of his for solo instruments, but keeping the "performance" aspect of it relatively confined to my NYC apartment.

90+
October 2007

Track 1 5:51
(Ursual Oppens, piano)


Changes
2003

Track 1 7:59
(David Starobin, guitar)

pg 1 pg 2 pg 3 pg 4 pg 5 pg 6 pg 7


Figment
2003

Track 1 5:07
(Rohan de Saram, cello)

pg 1 pg 2 pg 3 pg 4 pg 5



BACH




Brandenburg Concerto #6, movt. 1
(Pinchas Zukerman & the L.A. Phil. players)

1. Track 1 6:45



Puer natus in Bethlehem
chorale prelude for organ

1. Puer natus in Bethlehem 1:03



Nun komm der heiden heiland
chorale prelude for organ

1. Nun komm der heiden heiland 1:57



Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ
chorale prelude (Helmut Walcha, organ) with trombone

1. trombones and voice version 2:11



Allemande - from Partita No. 3 - Glenn Gould, piano - two trombones

1. Allemande 2:02


Piano Prelude No.1 in C major - eight trombones

1. Praeludium I 2:39


Third movement from Concerto No.3 for Two Violins + old family cassette of brother
(with Arthur Grumiaux recording)

1. III. Allegro 4:58



The Courante from Partita No.1
trombone + Glenn Gould recording.

1. Courante 1:45


Vocal practice

1. Allemande 1:53

2. Courante 1:44





GHOOMAR



Traditional dance song from Rajasthan
February 2007

Ghoomar 4:42







IMPROVISED COMPOSITIONS



(2003-2005)

Most of these pieces were assembled by a chance process, recording each improvised layer without hearing the ones preceeding, building the composition in imagination up until feeling it was completed.

1. Trombones VIII
2. Formation – Trombone and Bass
3. Trombone and Guitar I
4. In Between – Trombone, Melodica, Voice
5. Trombone, Thumb Piano, Guitar, Melodica
6. Trombone and Bass I
7. A First Glimpse of the Other Side – Guitar and Trombone
8. Trombones with Melodica
9. Trombone and Guitar II
10. Guitar, Thumb Piano, Trombone
11. Extended composition for Trombone and Bass
12. Untitled – Trombone solo
13. Trombone and Guitar III
14. Durations - Trombone
15. Trombone, Melodica
16. Esperanto – Trombone and Voice
17. Guitar, Melodica, Cab Dispatcher
18. Trombone and Bass II
19. Before and After – Trombone
20. Living with Dying – Guitar and Trombone
21. Trombone and Bass VI
22. Many Trombones
23. Versions of Two Excursions – Trombone and Guitar
24. 5 and 1 – Feldman recordings and Voice
25. Trombone and Bass III
26. Trombone and Guitar V
27. For Four Melodicas
28. Trombone and Guitar IV
29. Trombone and Bass VIII
30. Two Clouds – Trombone
31. Trombones VII
32. Trombone and Bass IV
33. Trombone, Guitar and Melodica
34. Lost – Voice and Trombone
35. Trombone and Guitar VI
36. Trombone and Bass V
37. The Dream – Trombone, Melodica, Voice
38. The Ocean's City – Trombone
39. Beginning an Ending – Trombone
40. Trombone and Guitar I - 2.15.04
41. Trombone and Guitar II - 2.15.04
42. Trombone and Guitar III - 2.15.04
43. Trombone, Guitar and Melodica - 2.15.04
44. Trombone and Bass - May 18, 2004 #1
45. Trombone and Bass - May 18, 2004 #2
46. Trombone, Bass, Melodica, Thumb Piano - May 18, 2004 #3
47. Trombone and Bass - May 18, 2004 #4
48. Trombone and Bass - May 18, 2004 #5
49. Trombone and Bass - May 18, 2004 #6
50. Trombone and Voice - The Return to Birth - May 17, 2004
51. In Four - Trombone - May 22, 2004
52. Suspension - Melodica - May 22, 2004
53. Discussing Peace - Voice - May 23, 2004
54. Finding The Form In What I've Said - Trombone, Thumb Piano, Melodica - May 23, 2004
55. May 24, 2004 #1 - Trombone and Bass
56. May 24, 2004 #2 - Trombone and Bass
57. SOLO - May 31, 2004 - Trombone
58. SOLO + MELODICA - May 31, 2004 - Trombone and Melodica
59. SOLO II - May 31, 2004 - Trombone
60. Equational - June 2, 2004 - Trombone and Bass
61. SOLO - July 6, 2004 - Trombone
62. SOLO - July 12, 2004 - Trombone
63. SOLO - July 20, 2004 - Trombone
64. SOLO - July 25, 2004 - Trombone
65. Extended Solo - September 12, 2004
66. Extended Solo/Extending Melodies - October 20, 2004
67. Improvised Journey for Five Trombones - October 16, 2005
68. SOLO - November 6, 2005 - Trombone
69. SOLO II - November 6, 2005 - Trombone
70. Flying Low Over A Frozen Land - November 6, 2005 - Melodica
71. Trombone, Thumb Piano, Melodica - December 22, 2005
72. Five Trombones - December 25, 2005
73. Ten Trombones - December 25, 2005
74. Hexagonal Crystal Offering In A Burried Wooden Coffin - January 15, 2006
75. May 31, 2007, solo
[ 3:52 ]


Ben Gerstein – trombone; melodica; voice; guitar [5 and 10]; thumb piano
Thomas Morgan – bass; voice [16]
Eivind Opsvik - bass [44-49, 60]; thumb piano [46]
Miles Okazaki – guitar
Judith Berkson – voice [34]






By Dan Voss:


http://uebergreifen.blogspot.com/2012/07/evaluating-free-improvised-music.html

by his brother, Matt Voss, about this: http://matthewvossjazz.blogspot.com/2012/07/analyzing-free-improvised-music-by-dan.html