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Sailing (1983) [0:06:00]
poly-ethnic style

Mixed ensemble

Publisher:
Soundlib Press

Recording:
None

Mixed ensemble. Written in poly-ethnic style, this refined and lyrical piece may be played by as few as four musicians: two melody instruments, one polyphonic drone (plucked, bowed or keyboard), and an ethnic drummer. The pop-like nature of the sectional form allows for expansion and adaptation to a variety of players and performance situations.

Program Note:
Sailing (1983) - c. 5:00; and Roux-Wave (1985) - c. 6:00; are trans-ethnic-pop pieces with adaptable mixed instrumentation which could include banjo, classical and electric guitars. While the first is somewhat generically "from the East," the second employs several popular American styles including country and rock. This music, in lead-sheet format, is adaptable to a variety of situations and modes of performance and allows for combinations of performing musicians from classical, ethnic and popular contexts.

"Sailing" (1983) and "Roux Wave" (1985) are trans-ethnic pieces. While the first is somewhat generically "from the East", the second employs certain popular Western genre and implies even more. This music is adaptable to a variety of different instruments and modes of performance. The versions here presented were organized by JaFran Jones (of the BGSU music faculty) and display individual interpretations and improvisations by the performers as well. This does not represent the abdication of compositional decision-making nor is the music in any sense indeterminate. Rather, the open nature of the notation encourages situational adaptations and allows for combinations of performing musicians from classical, ethnic and popular styles.