Tyler Elvidge and Jesse Baker recently collaborated with me to present J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D Major. Please enjoy this slideshow as a reference: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/12PdJvkBrdNUjG0CcP2hFKDS6szoz1THwIodegfGWuhs/edit?usp=sharing Read more →
This original composition by Thomas Gansch has such an infectious groove…it seems almost impossible not to FEEL the energy in EVERY note. But think about when you are most captivated with this piece. For me, it was only 30 seconds into the video, while Gansch is just starting to improvise on the melody. WHY is this? Perhaps Thomas finds as much beauty and MUSIC in a relatively simple melody as he does with flashes of technique– ALL of which, with Gansch anyway, is led by SAYING SOMETHING.
What if he “just played” the head and then got to the “good stuff” later on…I bet we wouldn’t feel the same way. Food for thought next time we play a seemingly “simple,” “unimportant” line. OR, better yet, how about next time we play a whole note?