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February Freedom

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




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


Cyclones and Anticyclones - the vortex turns on and against itself, spinning in a paradox of contrary motions




Doodles straight from the moment - the leading edge of the instant

sliding into a stasis

Long threads of tones weave a blanket, held up and over

Tiny points emerge and start to star the scene

They cluster, 

peaking through the twilight of fading luminosity

until star studded becomes pointillistic figures in Ivory and gold


Tap Dancing


Speaking with the feet

Gestures roll and mumble, trickle and tumble

Counting the pulses the body can produce

Patterns of skeletal spatterings

Metatarsal scatterings


Tap tempo - mark the time, subdivide and multiply into multifarious permutation


Strings and Things


Taut hair bounces on taut steel

Scrape and slide -

A struggle to rise into a glide

When finally a sweet intensity sings with the breath from an ebony neck

and corporeal curves that shape and amplify


Microtonal dissonance & perfectly pure consonance


Unison drones


Such delicate touches, touching details and such


Breaking the scale - no steps, floors or platforms

From depth to ascent 

From the apex until you kiss the floor





Each to their own

In a crowd - meeting, passing each other by -

A hat tip - a conversation - a consensus


Ornamentation of another’s line

Whilst she paints the spaces within your lines

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