Adventures in Chiptunes (Part 4) – Music Software is a Musical Instrument

Recap: For over a year, I’ve been investigating chiptune music.  I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned about myself, my music, my creative process and more.  I hope some of this is relevant to you.  Thanks for reading. Here’s an excerpt of one of my own chiptunes. From Myriad3’s album Tell, it’s Ernesto Cervini’s tune Disturbing Inspiration […]

Adventures in Chiptunes (Part 2) – Keyboards vs. Pianos

Recap: For over a year, I’ve been investigating chiptune music.  I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned about myself, my music, my creative process and more.  I hope some of this is relevant to you.  Thanks for reading. Here’s an excerpt of one of my own chiptunes.  It’s a remake of Dan Fortin’s tune Myriad.  From […]

Adventures in Chiptunes (Part 1) – An Introduction

Before I write about chiptunes, I have two points of introduction. First of all, check out Kind of Bloop, especially Shnabubula’s version of All Blues, that guy’s a whiz.  This is a good starting point for jazz musicians interested in chiptunes. Secondly, some news: I recently bought a Nord Stage EX. This was a big […]

Journeys of Self Discovery (Part 5) – The Best Performances are the Most Reflective Mirrors

Over the last four posts, I’ve assumed that audiences for classical and jazz performances are dwindling and older patrons are not being replaced with younger ones. In the previous post, I mentioned a few ways classical music performers could communicate more effectively and host more appealing and more engaging performances.  They included impromptu speaking, performing […]

Journeys of Self Discovery (Part 4) – A Message to Classical Musicians: Loosen Up

Over the last three posts, I’ve assumed that audiences for classical and jazz performances are dwindling and older patrons are not being replaced with younger ones. I suggested in the previous post that one way to make performances more appealing to more people is to support more feedback loops. This means having the ability to […]

Introducing the Wolak/Donnelly Duo!

Dear friends, I’m really excited to announce the Wolak/Donnelly Duo’s tour of the Canadian Prairies.  This tour is being presented in collaboration with Prairie Debut. Feb. 16 – Horizon Stage Performing Arts Centre, Spruce Grove AB Feb. 19 – Anne Portnuff Theatre, Yorkton SK Feb. 21 – St. Paul’s United Church, Kindersley SK Feb. 22 […]

Journeys of Self Discovery (Part 3) – The Emperor is Naked!

Recap: I’m writing about making music performances (particularly jazz and classical) more appealing to more people. I have two areas to address: Giving audiences and performers more/alternative freedoms Improving communication/collaboration = improving performance The Emperor is Naked! “But the Emperor has nothing at all on!” said a little child.  “Listen to the voice of innocence!” […]

Journeys of Self Discovery (Part 2) – There’s No Such Thing as an Audience

Recap: I’m writing about making music performances (particularly jazz and classical) more appealing to more people.  In the previous post, I suggested that resolving discordant expectations and giving audiences more/alternative freedoms are the most important issues to explore. Of course, it’s easier said than done. Here’s why: Where Are All Your Friends? Myriad3 has performed […]

Journeys of Self Discovery (Part 1) – Classical Music Concerts are Boring

J. Douglas Jefferys has a funny video on effective presentations skills.  He says: “Unfortunately, most of the behaviors that speakers engage in, send audiences members off on what we call ‘journeys of self-discovery.’” I have a confession to make:  I frequently enter these “journeys of self-discovery” during classical music concerts (among other types of performances, […]