The Double Sharps

After a gig this week I was asked how and where I learned jazz improvisation. It certainly wasn’t in school big band or even when I was studying at a conservatoire. The environment that gave me the valuable years of practising jazz improvisation was busking as part of a jazz duo on the streets of […]

The Satie Project continues…

After my little experiment yesterday with improvisation over Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie No 1 I was inspired to create another recording using Gnossienne No 1. Satie’s minimalistic harmonic structure creates an environment that isn’t too different in nature from the modal jazz styles that were being explored 40 years after his death. The harmony in this […]

Gymnotrompeta No 1

Anybody who is familiar with my taste in classical music knows that one of my favourite composers is Erik Satie. Today I made an improvised recording over the chords to his famous Gymnopédie No 1 using Abelton Live 9. I hope you enjoy Gymnotrompeta! Please share the link as you much as you wish.