Optional Parameters To Improvise Organized Nascent Sounds
“O.P.T.I.O.N.S. is a collection of music notation symbols, both original and traditional that were designed and compiled with the intent of minimally guiding improvisation. The selection, order and interpretation of the symbols are left to the ensemble, hence the acronym O.P.T.I.O.N.S. — Optional Parameters To Improvise Organized Nascent Sounds.
For this recording, each symbol became manifest as a musical texture. Three of the compositions include improvised solos or duets. This ensemble gave two concert performances in the Los Angeles area. The O.P.T.I.O.N.S. CD is the result of artistic contributions made by this wonderful group of devoted musicians. While I did guide the project, the music’s evolution was very much a collaboration. I cannot thank the individual participants enough for their invaluable contributions to this endeavor.
Lynn Johnston – clarinets; Ellen Burr – flutes; Eric Sbar – euphonium; Bruce Friedman – trumpet; Michael Intriere – cello; Andrea Lieberherr – violin; Emily Beezhold – keyboard synthesizer; Jeremy Drake – electric guitar; Rich West – drums, percussion
Special thanks to Haskel Joseph – guitar and Richard Kim – violin for their participation
1. Monochromatic Textures (MCT-1) 3:35
2. MCT – 2 with Solos 10:10
3. MCT – 3 with Solos 19:25
4. MCT – 4 with Duos 16:45
total time: 49:57
Recorded at Architecture on March 26, 2005
Scott Fraser – studio engineer (recording, mixing, mastering)
P & C 2008 brucefriedmanmusic, BMI
Graphic notation by Bruce Friedman
Layout and design by Jeremy Drake
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