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Improvisation for Piano & Clarinet

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This is an improvisation from a live concert I performed with my music partner Howard Meadows back in October 2011. While the major portion of our performances feature classical music we have always included off-the-cuff improvisations such as this one. This has culminated in our latest concert, ImprovAbilities, which was entirely improvised. Will share some of that in the future.
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Uploaded: May 05, 2012 - 10:33:33 PM
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magnatone said 2718 days ago (May 5th, 2012)
Hi Craig! What a sheer delight it is to listen to this. I'm so happy to grab the D/L - this is just absolutely wonderful, and it's so special to hear something new from you. Clearly you and Howard are in complete sync and moving with great intuition. BEAUTIFUL!
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UnderThePianoMan said 2718 days ago (May 6th, 2012)
Hi Karen
Thanks for stopping to listening. It's great to hear from you. Howard and I have been improvising together for a few years now. I only finally started recording our concert in the past year.
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Sigmund said 2718 days ago (May 5th, 2012)
Improvisation for Piano & Clarinet
Completely improvised? Very impressive! Enjoyed -
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UnderThePianoMan said 2718 days ago (May 6th, 2012)
Yup - completely improvised
The only thing we agree on in advance is the key.
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Char said 2711 days ago (May 12th, 2012)
Fluid like light dancing in a Spring meadow. Thanks.
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crissew said 2688 days ago (June 4th, 2012)
Been away from MJ quite a bit
I was wondering if Craig had any new stuff so I went to your page and to my delight you did. I always look forward to your music. This piece has a very different vibe from the other music you have uploaded and it is great to hear another side of your repertoire. Keep up the great work and as always, thanks for the download.

On a side note, the clarinet on this has a tad bit of gain on it, making it actually sound a lot like a saxophone at times. Pretty cool.
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UnderThePianoMan said 2684 days ago (June 8th, 2012)
There you are!
You know, I really don't understand what Gain is. In my world it's a volume knob : ). Anyhow, there was nothing fancy in the recording procedure, just the same little recorder I use for my Under the Piano sessions set up about 10 feet away from us. There was not a separate gain setting for each instrument, so the sound you are hearing might be the real sound Howard was making. Anyhow, you can educate me if you feel so inclined.
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VicDiesel said 2683 days ago (June 9th, 2012)
nice cuffs
You guys have great chemistry. This was very enjoyable.
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UnderThePianoMan said 2682 days ago (June 10th, 2012)
Hey, thanks for listening. Glad you enjoyed it.
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paul f. page said 2679 days ago (June 13th, 2012)
Develope into...
...a contemporary concerto! How the clarinet can sense your harmonic changes is very interesting and quite superbly realized, too. You guys are very much in tune (a pun intended) with each other. Thoroughly enjoyed this number.
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UnderThePianoMan said 2667 days ago (June 25th, 2012)
Hi Paul, Thanks for your comment. Howard has a brilliant ear. He grew up playing the clarinet in a family dance band. Dad played the piano and he and his 4 brothers and various other family members played an assortment of other instruments. The key thing is that they played and learned everything by ear. Howard can adjust and swim with just about any musical tide I throw his way. We've also been improvising together for 9 years. I suppose that helps too : )
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papag said 2524 days ago (November 15th, 2012)
Love the interplay
between the instruments. Interesting throughout.

thanks for the download.
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Doug Somers said 2522 days ago (November 17th, 2012)
Separated at birth?
This is marvellous as a written composition, but the fact that you both improvised it it staggering. Clearly you each had your musical antennae fully extended that night. Like an old couple you complete each other's sentences, or phrases in this case. What a musical dance - it's a lively and optimistic ride throughout - so joyous!

Thank you for the download.

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egobandit said 2522 days ago (November 17th, 2012)
Improv extreme
A fabulous ride high praise on this! it sat real well on headphones its a great thing to have someone that knows your next move and anticipates it! Wish I could have seen this live!
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Monkaton said 2432 days ago (February 15th, 2013)
Late to the Concert
I enjoyed this interplay between keys and stick. You guys did an excellent job with this piece.
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