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A recording of new and rarely heard music exploring the relationships between jazz and classical song.
A recording of new and rarely heard music exploring the relationships between jazz and classical song.
192 backers pledged $15,172 to help bring this project to life.

Now I Know What It's Like To Drive a Ferrari...

Now I Know What It's Like To Drive a Ferrari...

Only better, of course. Because I don't really want to drive a sportscar, I just wanna make really good music. This morning, I got a taste of what INTERSECTION will really sound like. All I can say is "Vroom vroom!" (Actually, I can say a lot more, but will try to hold it down to a page for this update.)

Let's start with Kuang-Hao Huang, pianist. This man Means Business, I'm here to tell you. We actually had a pre-hearsal on Sunday, just the two of us, at his suggestion (what a pro, what a mensch!). And, of course, he had all the material nailed. Down cold - or rather, down hot. I'm so excited about the many different types of music we're making together in this project - a ragtime duet with no words; a blues-form art song with a great poem by Elizabeth Bishop; Laurie Altman's "Re-imagined" Italian baroque songs...

Nick Photinos, cellist, is new to me, and I hafta confess I'm in awe of his ensemble, eighth blackbird, and all the amazing music he's made with them. He walked calmly in, sat down to his wonderful warm cello, and proceeded to charm with his focused but easy-going musical manner. He played pizzicato walking bass patterns in the new Randy Bauer piece (most of it is finished - "Neighborhood Songs" from the very gifted Princeton pianist-composer now teaching in St. Paul, with texts by Yours Truly!); beautiful soaring lines that he made up to go with Nils Lindberg's "Shall I Compare Thee," and the most challenging meter changes in the big Laurie Altman pieces with utter aplomb...

Zach Brock, violinist, fresh from his triumphant 2 nights at The Green Mill and another gig last night at Uncommon Ground (and with a stellar review in the Trib from Howard Reich, to boot) gallantly met at the "crack of mid-morning" to read down Peter Labella's gorgeous setting of two Billy Strayhorn tunes, play the heck out of changes to that Randy Bauer piece I mentioned, and provide some very tasty embellishments to Poulenc's song "Violon". This early 20th century Parisian song could be left in its original state as a cafe waltz flavored with jazz harmonies and be a perfectly viable part of our project, but, with Zach's beautiful and inventive playing in the mix, the focus shifts, and the song reveals undertones we hadn't heard before, along with an utterly new musical point of view.

And so many folks are pledging on Kickstarter. I'm feeling so BUOYED UP by all the old and new friends who are supporting this project and sharing it with your friends.  

I can never thank you enough, truly. I ask myself frequently, "When there are so many urgent, necessary and wonderful causes in the world, why should people spend time or energy on anything other than direct efforts to stop violence, hatred and misery in the world?" My answer comes quickly: because Music makes life worth living for me, and for millions of others all around the world. It's my primary contribution. I'm compelled.   


More soon! MORE THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!!!

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