This is likely the longest running time I’ve had not performing, let alone playing piano. My computer has been down for a period of time and as I now run a software piano, I’ve been without. In any case, I do believe that things will be up and running for live performances again next Saturday, January 13th.
This Saturday marks the 10 year anniversary of my weekly performances at Nitida Ridge in Second Life. Nearly every week, Bree Birke hosts a lovely virtual space where I perform to a global audience. It’s become quite the staple for many of them and for myself. Every Saturday at 10am CST, I get to fire up the piano and synthesizer and broadcast to the world. It’s been such a treat that I look forward to every week.
If you’re interested in tuning in, you can do so with or without a Second Life account. To just listen in, use this link on most any Saturday morning at 10am. To visit the world itself, you can teleport there after creating a Second Life account.
To see an example of a performance, watch the video below where I perform the piece “Impart” as my avatar Kourosh Eusebio:
As many of you know, I record my weekly Saturday morning performances. Occasionally, I manage to find the moments needed to capture them into a presentable form and ready them for release online or elsewhere.
The full album is now available at “name your price”
until next Saturday when it goes to full price.
Descriptions of the tracks are as follows:
(If you want to go straight for the power piece, head over to Alight – Burden)
Moonlit Rocks – A very relaxing piano/synth combo starts the performance. It’s the only real ambient piece of the entire work.
Moon Patrol – Fun synthesizer playing with echoes, arpeggios, and interweaving melodies.
Started by Dawn – Usually a quietly played piece, this version finds much more energy and power before drifting off after a collision into the moments where the notes begin to fray. Written in A Aeolian mode.
Alight – Burden – First part is a strong, brazen piano and clear structures. The second part transitions to synthesizer. Grungy with echoes, some ethereal, some crushing. F Aeolian mode.
Unwritten – Unsung – A piece that has been evolving for at least 20 years now. C Aeolian mode. Unwritten is the first of pieces in which I transitioned from writing by way of notation into writing through an iteration of improvisation. Neither is right or wrong, though I do seem to have a readier access to the sense of play in the live medium.
Dandelion (Synth) – More recent work written in Bb ionioan mode. Generally, I play this as a pleasant piano piece. Here, I decided to go with the synth, having built its momentum throughout the performance and wanting to return to it before wrapping up.