Community Immunity: The Charts

Posted by: Jim Tuerk on May 4, 2011 @ 8:05 am
Filed under: Curtis Macdonald (news)

Late last month, we released the debut recording from saxophonist/composer Curtis Macdonald. Thanks to all who have ordered this record, and supporting emerging artists.

Demand for the digital sheet music we offer for some of our titles has been growing in the last year. So we’ve added the lead sheets for Curtis’ record. These are great tunes. Dave comments: “The pieces on this recording are like little puzzles with moving parts that fit together in the strangest ways. The moving parts lock in with uncanny seamlessness.” Now, you can check out the nuts and bolts for yourself.

Click here to purchase Community Immunity Sheet Music from the Greenleaf webstore.

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Two new albums available now for preorder.

Posted by: admin on March 4, 2011 @ 10:51 am
Filed under: Brass Ecstasy, Curtis Macdonald (news), Dave Douglas (News)
Dave Douglas, United Front: Brass Ecstasy at Newport

Dave Douglas | United Front: Brass Ecstasy at Newport

Originally recorded by WBGO Jazz 88 and presented as part of NPR’s live concert series, this remastered album captures the group’s spectacular performance during the 2010 Carefusion Newport Jazz Festival.

“There was a special feeling for us on taking the drive out to the festival grounds at Fort Adams State Park. On the day of the gig, each of us was flying in from a different location. The weather was cooperating, and I remember watching boats in the harbor…such a magnificent setting. During the set each of the tunes grew into new proportions that day, stretching in all sorts of directions from their original studio release.” -Dave Douglas

Stream and share a track: “United Front”
Curtis Macdonald, Community Immunity

Curtis Macdonald | Community Immunity

Greenleaf Music is proud to release saxophonist/composer Curtis Macdonald’s debut album, Community Immunity. Strong and catchy melodies are supported by rhythmic motifs that churn each piece in an often cinematic style. Macdonald and his ace crew of players create effortless buoyancy as they bounce off the parameters of each new conundrum.

“The pieces on this recording are like little puzzles with moving parts that fit together in the strangest ways. The moving parts lock in with uncanny seamlessness.” -Dave Douglas

Stream and share a track: “Community Immunity”

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musings on nancarrow

Posted by: Curtis Macdonald on February 27, 2011 @ 3:00 pm
Filed under: Curtis Macdonald (news), Music, Music Technology

Authored by Curtis Macdonald:

Conlon Nancarrow among his Piano Rolls

After a long hiatus, I’ve delved into more of Conlon Nancarrow‘s work for player piano.  Inspired by an excerpt from Study No. 33, I’ve programmed a drum set improvisation to its rhythm.  Consider this track a long awaited sequel to this one which prompted Nancarrow expert Kyle Gann to post about it here.  The drum sounds are from my personal collection and seem to compliment the rawness of Nancarrow’s piano quite nicely.  Click Here to listen to the audio.

Here’s how I did it –

Each drum sound is a sample controlled by a MIDI note, which I synced to the piano’s audio.  I placed each sound on the timeline manually and by ear to ensure accurate placement without the reference of grids or quantization.  Working with MIDI in this way can be a very tedious process, but I believe it is in the same spirit as Nancarrow’s work where he meticulously punched small holes one-by-one onto a hardcopy piano roll.  In concept, I find the process quite similar to collage-art or the building of a mosaic.

Working in an environment absent of notation reminds me as a composer to seek out new ways to organize rhythm and frequency, and as an instrumentalist to pursue ways in which to broaden and ultimately strengthen my performance capabilities.

“Since our appreciation has been limited, for the most part, to the simplest rhythms, and since it is difficult to play accurately more complex ones, it is necessary to form rhythmic scales of the simplest possible ratios… we employ the simplest overtone ratios which can be found to approximate each interval… It would be interesting… to hear such rhythms cut on a player piano roll.”
-Conlon Nancarrow

In many ways Nancarrow was a pioneer of MIDI composition decades before computers and software became widely available to composers.  His music demands a complexity that far exceeded the abilities of the musicians of his time, which in turn has inspired new performance practices and compositional methods for subsequent generations.  Today, ensembles like Calefax have set to the task of adapting his music for live performance.

Related links:

For further study of Conlon’s player-piano études:
Electronic Realizations of Conlon Nancarrow’s Study No. 37 for Player Piano

“You claim that I write monstrosities which only the composer can play. What if they were meant only for the composer?”
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji

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Two new titles for spring

Posted by: admin on February 25, 2011 @ 11:00 am
Filed under: Curtis Macdonald (news), Dave Douglas (News), Greenleaf Music News
Dave Douglas, United Front: Brass Ecstasy at Newport

Curtis Macdonald, Community Immunity

Both titles are releasing April 5th. Preorder coming soon. More news next week.

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Perpetual Motion in AllAboutJazz

Posted by: admin on January 20, 2011 @ 8:17 am
Filed under: Donny McCaslin (News), Press

Reviews are starting to come in as we get closer to the January 25th release day. Here‘s a good one from Dan Bilawsky at AllAbout Jazz. Excerpt below.

The music on Perpetual Motion moves easily from turbulent tantrums to slick grooves, and McCaslin is nothing short of exceptional throughout… McCaslin’s brawny-meets-brainy approach continues to drive his music, and his restless spirit has helped to create another unique, enduring monument to his artistry.

And he describes the tune “Firefly” as an “intergalactic hymn-turned-soul burner.” I’ll agree with that assessment.

More press to follow.

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McCaslin Vid

Posted by: admin on December 13, 2010 @ 4:03 pm
Filed under: Donny McCaslin (News)

Whew! What a day… I started working my way through all of your orders of Donny’s latest and subsequently broke my printer with all the use! Certainly worse problems to have, though. Thanks to all who jumped on this.

I just spotted a video that was just uploaded to YouTube. Check it below.

No info on where that’s from, but I’m assuming it’s from last tour. Tune is called “M” from Declaration.

Dig? Well then… Share It. Check out the L.Z.C.M. page at SoundCloud. You can embed that audio directly onto your site, or share via Facebook, Twitter, or wherever.

Alright, chalk up another Monday.

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New Release: Donny McCaslin | Perpetual Motion

Posted by: admin on December 10, 2010 @ 10:26 am
Filed under: Donny McCaslin (News), Greenleaf Music News, Perpetual Motion
Donny McCaslin, Perpetual Motion

Listen to L.Z.C.M. from Perpetual Motion

As many of you saw this morning via email, we’re releasing a new album by Donny McCaslin. We couldn’t be happier with the record he delivered. Above is a killer track from the album called L.Z.C.M.

Donny McCaslin BundleWe put this new release on discount as part of our Record Of The Day. So $8 get’s you a solid disc to your door before December 25th—even you Europeans. $7 for FLACs, and $6 for MP3s. To top it off, add the sheet music for an extra $8—that’s 50% off. One day only people.

We’ve added a McCaslin Bundle to our bundle stash. You can get Recommended Tools—Donny’s trio record from 2008—and Perpetual Motion, both with digital sheet music pieces for cheap.

OK, back to work. Speakers = blaring Perpetual Motion all day.

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New Release: Donny McCaslin | Perpetual Motion

Posted by: admin on @ 10:26 am
Filed under: Donny McCaslin (News), Greenleaf Music News, Perpetual Motion
Donny McCaslin, Perpetual Motion

Listen to L.Z.C.M. from Perpetual Motion

As many of you saw this morning via email, we’re releasing a new album by Donny McCaslin. We couldn’t be happier with the record he delivered. Above is a killer track from the album called L.Z.C.M.

Donny McCaslin BundleWe put this new release on discount as part of our Record Of The Day. So $8 get’s you a solid disc to your door before December 25th—even you Europeans. $7 for FLACs, and $6 for MP3s. To top it off, add the sheet music for an extra $8—that’s 50% off. One day only people.

We’ve added a McCaslin Bundle to our bundle stash. You can get Recommended Tools—Donny’s trio record from 2008—and Perpetual Motion, both with digital sheet music pieces for cheap.

OK, back to work. Speakers = blaring Perpetual Motion all day.

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Record Of The Day 2010

Posted by: admin on November 29, 2010 @ 8:35 am
Filed under: Greenleaf Music News
Greenleaf Record of the Day

Today, we launch the first Record Of The Day. A different deeply discounted album from our catalog will post every day for the next few weeks. Click over to the store each morning to see what new deal we have for you. $8 for physical product, $7 for FLAC, $6 for MP3. Can’t get much lower than that!

Spark Of Being Expand

Buy the LP of Expand for only $8 and receive the Spark Of Being Soundtrack MP3 album free! Also included is the Expand MP3 album.

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Week Recap in Video

Posted by: admin on November 12, 2010 @ 12:39 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Donny McCaslin (News), Events, Perpetual Motion, Spark Of Being

Donny McCaslin Quartet
with Uri Caine, Scott Colley, and Antonio Sanchez
at Bimhuis, NL, Nov-11-2010

Energy Generation, Part 1
Uppercut, Part 2

Dave Douglas & Keystone
with Marcus Strickland, Adam Benjamin, Brad Jones, Gene Lake, and Countryman
in Zurich, Nov-11-2010

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