Why the Title: In the Moment?
The music in this CD all came from a process that I call musical imagery. I can often see visual images as sounds, unseen to others, as I play. All of my pieces are created through an improvisational moment. My feelings in sound and mood can effect what I create. It is purely instinctual and not conceived in technical ways. In some cases it comes out like a musical image or story, such as with Far Journey and Loftiness. Other times it comes more from a feeling or reflection in which I simply lose myself in subtle quiet sound, like with Starlight or Unity. My pieces Winter Turns to Spring and Ode to a Creation were both created completely as audio recording and are compete improvisations created in the moment you hear, with no editing. Other pieces were created in Midi and given some minor edits using software. (to help with a slip of the finger) I would then send these pieces to my collaborative partner, Jarome Matthews in Beijing. He would graciously enhance a moment or create additional instruments using the same midi notes I provided. Not all of my pieces were perfect, so Jerome’s expertise had an impact on bringing many pieces up to professional recording standards. Jerome Matthews contributions to these pieces has been significant. His own interpretations of the sound I created have made many of these pieces better more complete and meaningful. Jarome Matthews has, in fact, been a grand contributor to this musical endeavor. Also special thanks to Duncan Fitzgerald for his wonderful cover photo.