Concerto for solo tuba and winds
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The Concerto for tuba and winds is intended to reflect my interest in swing rhythm and the way other composers have notated jazz. Through new swing research with emphasis on a phenomenological interpretation of a bi-metric system, the nature of the backbeat is demonstrated. New polyrhythmic notational techniques, as well as new intuitive notations are also explored. Multiple versions of the Concerto were created to help rehearse polymetric music and allow for improvisational options. Optional parts for three squads of dancers emphasize the exchange of energy involved in swing and scat lyrics for instrumental parts offer more precise indications of jazz inflection. The Concerto is virtuosic work in three movements that musically demonstrates new swing notation techniques in modern wind ensemble setting.
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