Today is the Automnal Equinox – after today, on the northern hemisphere the nights are longer than the days until December 21.
In ancient times the apparent celestial movement of the sun was essential to people, and the various cycles of the sun were both celebrated and feared, as they have such influence (both physical and psychological) on the life and well being of both men and creatures. To me; it’s kind of strange that not more modern music inspired by these annual events is composed – but maybe that’s because we live less in consideration of the sun’s phases in today’s society.
One who has composed music inspired by today’s solar event is Jean Michel Jarre. His music has been a huge influence and inspiration to me, and his 1978 album Equinoxe is one that I’ve listened to hundreds of times – each time feeling something new about the both powerful, awe inducing and beautiful powers of the nature and universe that harbour our little blue and green planet.
Today is – according to the calendar – the last day of the three summer months (on the northern hemisphere that is). By all accounts this would have meant that this year’s summer sale ends, but this is not the case.
Due to a late start, this Summer Sale is extended until September 10, so if you want to buy some unique Big Band charts at a discount, you have eleven more days to go.
I hope the midst of summer finds all you visiting my site well and relaxed from vacationing.
For those hesitant to use PayPal, I have now added Stripe to the web shop as an alternative gateway for payment. From today, it is possible to use either PayPal or Stripe to handle your payment in the Check Out page.
I wish you all a really nice and relaxing summer; on my behalf, I will spend much time with the books I have on my to-read list!
At last, this year’s Summer Sale is under way. The delay is due to me having much to do, and many assignments coinciding. To compensate for this I have extended the sale dates until September 10. Take your chance to buy some unique charts at a discount, to warm your instruments when the days get shorter again and the leaves yellow.
The discount is 20% off on all compositions, and 15% off on all arrangements.
My first plan was to have all four movements of Guitar Pastime Suite complete and edited in late May or June, but somehow work got in the way and it is only now that I can publish the fourth movement, Juggling, here. It is available for purchase in the store from today. Part one and three are still under way and will be published here upon completion.
Me conducting Huddinge Big Band, with Peter Lissenko standing as soprano sax soloist, and Lars Jansson at the piano.
Other than that, I have corrected some small errors in various parts and scores, so my charts are as correct and uniform as possible at any time.
Here is also a picture of this Saturday’s concert at Huddinge Jazzfestival, where I’m conducting Huddinge Big Band featuring the great pianist Lars Jansson.
I wish all of you visiting my web page a Happy New Year!
After the holidays, and a really tough and persistent cold confining me to bed for almost two weeks, composing is underway on the next part of “Guitar Pastime Suite”. Since composing can be unpredictable to its nature, I commenced work on what I thought would be the third movement of the suite – but after viewing the form draft and the melodic development over the form, I came to the conclusion that I had started to compose a fourth movement. Hence the suite “Guitar Pastime Suite” will have four movements, of which the second “Tic Tac Toe” is finished, and the fourth “Juggling” now is under way. All parts of the suite will be published here upon completion.
Here in Sweden the first days of Jaunary are often grey and murky, until weather turns cold, clear and crisp in mid month, and these last days have been no exception. Then a composer has to do what he can to make his working place cosy and inspiring. My attempt at this consists of two lit candles and a large mug of hot tea.
From today the new composition “Tic Tac Toe” will be available in the shop. Since there also is a Mid-winter Sale going on, its launch will be at a reduced price. The composition is so recently finished and edited it has not been thoroughly band-tested yet, but every part of this song is in full playing order and will bring both challenges and attention to the featured guitarists lucky enough to be backed up by a Big Band.
This piece is the second part of a planned suite of (maybe) four movements named “Guitar Pastime Suite” that will feature two guitar soloists. Composing of the third movement is to be started in ernest, and the whole suite is intended to be complete sometime during spring 2017. The coming work will show the direction this suite takes, and if there will be three or four movements to it.