A full day of music beginning with Guitar Calisthenics for six (SB, PO, TS, AB, DB, JP) at 8am, then sitting at 9, then coffee 9:30, then Sakya Team Rehearsal 10:00, then lunch 12:00, then Repertoire Circle 1:00-3:00.
In addition to refinement of "Nine Lives" we covered chord changes for the Fast Muted Circulation and variations on triads in three inversions.
Rep Circle brought out new pieces development by Taylor, Andrew, and SB. We also all learned all parts to the first two sections of Fragments of Skylab. During a break, I pulled out some 80s LCG photos featuring my old friend and Skylab composer, Pietro Russino.
Rehearsals for the next six weeks will involve a blend of evolving work on calisthenics, ear training, Group Loops, Circulations, Improvisation Forms, composition, and repertoire.
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"Nine Lives" continues to prove itself to be a remarkable piece, unlike any I've ever seen, heard, or played. It is radically different and radically the same everytime it is played. It consists of nine sections each which has it's own defining quality and principles of execution. As a group, we're still just scratching the surface of what is possible with this kind of large group improvisation -- but the surface we are scratching excites me and gives me hope that years of personal and group work is leading to a place that is well worth the high price of the ticket.
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Afternoon and evening: mowing and watering the lawn, caring for trees and plants on my deck. Late evening: web work, reading, and writing. Later: practice and work on ''Ascension."