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November 1, 2019

Shhh! 

Listen! 

It falls and falls 

A ceaseless tide of flow 

An endless rush and hush in monotone 

Or a thousand vocal tones 

of discordant consonance 

Uncatchable 

Immutable 

Innumerable 

Impossible to grasp 

Multitudinous drops gathered in a stream of consciousness soothing co...

October 22, 2019

Calm today

it laps

in little curls

unfurled

Unhurried

little flurries

flourish

in-florescence

A sensual balm

essential calm

It is calm today

October 8, 2019

Hot waves of breath 

break over bodies 

Bones bake under 

robes of flesh 

Rose gold and crimson 

Bronze and burnished cherry 

Rays irradiate 

statued curves 

on silicon thrones 

Basking 

abandoned 

in coronal 

delerium 

Paralysis 

in praise 

of Solis 

of photons 

Nefertiti’s Aten 

Ra 

August 28, 2019

Dark gloops of oily black

slide a spatter across the moon

Obscuring the shining sphere 

of polished ivory bone

It’s halo a margin smudge

it reaches and seeks its view

struggles to curve and swerve around

to reflect or to rebound

But light is defeated

by its beam’s own directnes...

June 11, 2019

On the string quartets of Elliot Carter.

Primed

and fired

In frenetic determinations

Directions certain and sure

Thrown forward 

Thrust toward

the limits of the frame

Defined, by the edge of the rebound

Resounding hard and pure

Orbs of size and density

Scatter across space

Fire, s...

April 25, 2019

A vowel

a quality of tone

Contained and given form

by percussive consonants

A sharpness of tongue

restrains the open 

A pursing of lips

Collapses the resonant

As pillars to a temple

that hold the spirit

The consonants capture

and apprehend in meaning

*

Now we divide the word

and sep...

March 15, 2019

On the evening of March 8th, Jenni Roditi and the Improvisers' choir performed in the second of two concerts at Club Inégales in Euston, London. The concert was the culmination of a two day Open University conference on Women In Musical Leadership. Coinciding with Inte...

February 18, 2019

The Third Orchestra

“Beyond the binary” was the first phrase Peter Wiegold used to describe what The Third Orchestra is all about. More than East and West, more than improvisation or composition, “a third way” as he put it, results when these pairs of apparent oppo...

February 15, 2019

What follows is my response to some of the ensembles that emerged in this February's Freedom session at the Vortex Jazz Club

February

Create - repeat - vary - abandon - create - repeat - vary - abandon - …

Cyclones and Anticyclones - the vortex turns on and against itse...

February 11, 2019

The Freedom Sessions are on the 2nd Monday of every month at the Vortex Jazz club in Dalston, London. They are a meeting of musicians that wish to explore freedom of expression and improvisation with new faces and new voices. Every night and every single ensemble is di...

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