Rocky Mountain Outlook

Posted by: Dave Douglas on May 28, 2010 @ 7:42 am
Filed under: Banff Workshop, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)

It’s actually snowing hard up here this morning. And this guy wandered into town a few days ago.


h/t Rocky Mountain Outlook.

Darcy has given a few wonderful classes on composition: one in which he dissected one of his pieces, as he has done at his site, and another which discussed pre-compositional work: how to lay out the palate for your ideas and massage the basic elements to generate the full range of possibilities. He is also rehearsing a big band which will perform tonight and tomorrow. He and the band have graciously agreed to play my piece The Presidents.

Michael Bates talked about his own work with composition which, while coinciding with Darcy as far as motivation and practice, resulted in some very different music. Two small groups had rehearsed pieces of his and they performed them in the workshop. Michael demonstrated some remarkably simple and clear ideas for how the groups could improve the impact of their performance. The changes were immediate and visceral.


Composers Workshops have met every Tuesday and Thursday at not very jazzy hour of 8:00 am. Darcy and Michael both committed to being there and brought so much to the exploration of new work. Matana Roberts also began giving remarkable additional workshops in graphic score notation. Perhaps the gold star goes to Myra Melford, who has been leading Cobra sessions going well past midnight.


  1. man, i wish i could be there. so awesome.

    Comment by Dave Chisholm — May 29, 2010 @ 7:55 am

  2. Hi Dave,greetings from Italy!
    Are you still in Banff? Could you give my regards to Lynn Huras? oh I forgot to tell you: I was audio fellow in Banff in 2000!!! 🙂

    We’ll see in Italy july 10 for the “Suoni delle Dolomiti”,if don’t mind i’ll try to bring recording gear up there and record your performance and give you the files. Simple thing: a stereo pair direct in to DAW and all the magic of the performance and of the place where you’ll play .

    Let me know.

    Big hug,your Italian “photografer” and recordist.
    Max Bacchin

    ps: did you know guitar player named Fabrizio Sotti in NY city?

    Comment by Max Bacchin — May 30, 2010 @ 6:26 am

  3. Dave,
    There’s always next year…

    Great, see you up there.

    Comment by Dave Douglas — May 31, 2010 @ 7:03 am

  4. Dave-
    Totally, man. I will be in Rochester (starting the DMA program at eastman!) next year, and that’s a bit closer to Banff than Utah…hopefully I will have the time and the means.
    Keep updating those of us who aren’t there!

    Comment by Dave Chisholm — May 31, 2010 @ 10:38 am

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