Yesterday was School Day! My good friend, John Kaefer, invited me in to be guest lecturer in his NYU class, "Colloquy." It's a Masters level course for composers where they get to have a conversation with and pick the brain of composers who have some tenure in the field. I gave them an interesting assignment this time: write a jingle! It was a good day and a great class. Thanks again, John, for the opportunity to warp the minds of young musicians!
This is the next album in what has become a growing trend for me, to create arty, unique and very musical albums. I was talking with Elias ECD, Vinnie LoRusso, about different guitar tunings and “preparations.” Out of the blue he suggested doing an album of Prepared Piano! Thus began my research into the different ways a piano can be prepared. I used some of the preparations that legendary composer John Cage invented, such as placing rubber mutes directly on the strings, as w