New Gear

Left to Right: Pocket Operater -  12 Rhythm by Teenage Engineering,
Recently purchased these synthesizers and am learning how to create backup music for the purpose of using with my trumpet improvisations.  I'm hoping to perform live online or in person with these so I don't have to rely on a computer or laptop.  I plan on uploading some videos as soon as I can come up with some music that I like! 

My Span of Years-Arakida Maritake

"My Span of Years" by Japanese poet Arakida Maritake (1472-1549) was composed on his deathbed, and on his birthday.

It encompasses an emotion that those of us at a certain age know well.

Not only was Mr. Maritake on his deathbed the day he wrote this Haiku, it was on his birthday.
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Spring is Passing - Matsuo Basho

Matsuo Basho, a famous 17th century Japanese poet, wrote more than 1,000 haiku poems.  Here is one of them for you to enjoy.  I added a little music to go along with it, striving to keep the sounds simple so as not to interfere with the conceptual beauty of haiku.  
I love haiku poems.  I love the way they evoke striking images and ideas with such brevity.  

Announcing Haiku Music

As of today, I'm replacing my Musical Musings with Haiku Music.  Here is my first effort inspired by the Haiku "Awake at Night" written by the famous 17th Century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho .

The idea is to create music based on the rules of Haiku Poetry.  I'm really excited about creating an ancient art form for a 21st century technology!

When you play the video, try to match the poem to the music.

Ambient 86 - Galaxies four minute video

It is often said that we are but mere specks in the universe.  From our perspective, at least when we look at late night starry skies, this is obvious.

But it's a little known fact that the human brain - you have one of those - contains almost as many cells as the Milky Way.

This may be why that, even given all of the important and wonderful information science teaches us about the world around us, there is still a longing for spirituality, that soulful meaning of life.

I would like to think that that longing is what motivates me to create videos like Ambient 86 - Galaxies.

Ambient 86 Galaxies

Celestial Navigation Performance on Saturday in Bellingham

In music , as in life, it's difficult to set out on a seperate and personal path.

First you have to choose a direction, one based on personal skills and interests.

Then you need to find helpers, friends who share your interests and want to join you in your explorations.

And there are always the usual rocks and gullies to navigate around, wrong turns and other complications.  It takes time and hard work and the most difficult part (for me at least) an unshakable focus towards the job in hand.

But when you ultimately succeed a creation is born that is unique, an out of the ordinary experience for the listener.

In my opinion Celestial Navigation is on this path and has been for a while.

Composer, violinist/violist, Didem Somel, is an award winning musician who is also vocalist and keyboard. Her jazz oriented solos on violin Saturday were outstanding.

Glen Anderson, a jazz bassist has a long resume that includes the Tower of Power Horns among other well known bands.

Robby Albrecht, …