2020 – 2021 has been a year of new and exciting ways to make music, collaborating over distances. The WCU CMAP faculty have been working on a few and we’re excited to share the first with you. Here’s a composition by CMAP Voice Instructor Wendy Jones – “Choosing Joy”.
This performance features several Western Carolina University School of Music CMAP faculty: Wendy Jones, vocals – CMAP Voice Instructor Micah Thomas, drums – CMAP Percussion Instructor Jim Elenteny, bass – Recording Engineer, CMAP Program Coordinator Chris Beyt, guitar – Assistant Professor of Jazz Guitar and Recording Arts Pavel Wlosok, piano – Professor of Jazz
I’ve been working on this tune, off and on, for twenty years. Seemed like a good time to document my progress. Hopefully I’ll have it right where I want it in another twenty years. It blew me away when I first heard it…the energy and joy…and the fact that it was only one person playing. I suppose it was appropriate that I busted a string practicing it the morning that I filmed this, this guitar is in drastic need of new strings anyway so the intonation is a little questionable. I think Leo used finger picks on the original recording then ditched them soon after. I never could stand them. I’d be shocked if this was anywhere near the actual arrangement as originally recorded, but here’s Leo Kottke’s “Busted Bicycle”.
I’ve been creating a series of improvisations using Ableton Live as a method to further develop my experience and techniques creating music using that software. You can check all of them out in this youtube playlist
The Insinuators thought it’d be a good idea to record an acoustic album to go along with our upcoming acoustic tour. Check out “Among the Tall, Tall Pines” featuring acoustic interpretations of some of our tunes, some of our favorite Science! tunes and a Del McCoury number.