Posted by Roger Aldridge on Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @1:50:52 PM
Since these pieces are well outside of my preferred genres, I consider myself a hard sell. Movement" showed exactly what your commentary said it would, and I would have been interested to see the choreography (also outside my preferred genres) to complete it. Why not stick with the simpler instrumentation of the demo instead of a whole marching band? #2 was my favorite, and again, I liked the ensemble you used, particularly the accordion (or synthesizer, whichever.) It had the sense of movement inherent in dance music. That one I really would like to hear while watching a couple of dancers. #3 didn't work for me. Maybe my libido isn't what it was. #4 surprised me. At the beginning I was not impressed, but it turned into something with shape and form. All told, well done! (from someone who doesn't often listen to this stuff)
Roger Aldridge Says:
Sunday, July 31, 2011 @10:58:34 AM
Hi Boxbow. Thanks for your message. I appreciate hearing from someone, like yourself, for which this music is something outside usual listening. While there is much in my tunes that is "different", I also want the music to be approachable and friendly for a wide range of listeners, other musicians, and audiences.
Tango No 1 is heavily improv-based. In this way, it's my hope that it will sound different each time it's performed. The alto sax part in the recording is entirely improvised. The piece was originally written for a 10-piece jazz ensemble. For this recording the keyboard player multi-tracked to play the horn parts as well as to add to the backgrounds. The score can be easily adapted for other instrumentation. I'd love to hear a recording of it that features vioin.
Tango No 2 often receives positve responses. The tune has some unusual features. Nevertheless, the music seems to draw folks into it. Several people have asked me if the tune was influenced by Frank Zappa's music. I'm a fan of Zappa. But, there was no direct influence when I wrote it.
Maybe Tango No 3 can have a sexier feeling for you at another time. :)
I'm happy that Tango No 4 grew on you. I did my best to have it express a feeling of longing. I was told by a tango person in Asheville that longing is the essence of tango. The change to major chords (most of the tune is in minor) at the end suggests that the tune's story has a hopeful ending (or next chapter).
Sheet music for all of these tunes, and others, are available on my page at the American Music Center. My contact info has a link. There is no charge for any of the music. I'd like more musicians to discover my stuff and perform it.
Thanks again for your message.
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