Jazz and Technology at Ball State University

So happy to play with the Ball State Jazz Ensemble as a guest artist in collaboration with Ableton! The music software company hosted several masterclasses throughout the day and we finished the thing off with big band concert featuring music made using their Push 2 controller. For this concert I built a motorized percussion setup made of recycled materials. Motorized percussion controlled using the push, trumpet and op-1 were accompanied by a piece written by Duke Ellington.

New Remote Recording!

Just collaborated on a new song with Moongriffin (guitar, keys, Portland, OR) featuring Bryan Murray (tenor saxophone, Watchung, NJ), Caroline Davis (flute, Brooklyn, New York), Chris Merrill (bass Chicago, IL) and Thomas Faulds (drums, Batavia, IL).

Enclosures: 5th Mode of Harmonic Minor

Starting on the root of the V7(b9) chord, experiment with with adding a pickup 8th note on the “and” of the 4th beat.  *This is intended to be memorized.  Use the written music as a guide.

Download the exercise here: 5th mode of harmonic minor enclosures