2011 Tune A Day
On January 4th, 2011, I embarked on a mission to write one tune every single day in 2011. I took this on as an exercise in artistic discipline, a way to develop my musical vocabulary is, and a way to de-mystify the compositional process.
What constitutes a tune? Well just about anything. As long as it is a self-contained musical universe. I told myself that even just a riff is okay. Most of the tunes are turning out to be at least 8 measures long, with many turning into developed compositions.
I have been recording some of these compositions and archiving them on my blog. There is video, audio and in a lot of cases, pdf’s of the sheet music.
On January 4, 2012, I completed writing a tune a day and launched 2 projects with the help of funding from King County’s Cultural Agency 4Culture:
Beth Fleenor-clarinet, Paul Kemmish-bass, Max Wood-drums, and yours truly at the piano. Brand new instrumental music with improvisation heavily influenced by rock, pop, jazz, and experimental music. Featuring 12 of compositions from my 2011 Tune A Day project, PLY will be performing this spring and summer at the CMA Gallery (5/25/12), The Royal Room (6/25/12), and appearing on KEXP’s Sonarchy Radio.
FREE COMPOSITION WORKSHOP:
In June 2012. I offered a free composition workshop based on my experiences of composing a tune every day. The workshop explored the fundamental tools to composing music and ways to tap into and exercise creativity.