Also I want to shout out to a wonderful photographer, Roy Wilkins. He is responsible for the dreamy black and white photo in the video. Check out his work at RAW SUN Photography LLC at: http://www.rawsun.net
Hello flute lovees, today I made a video of Obsesion in homage to the late, fabulous, jazz flutist, Dave Valentin. This song was one that became one of his signature pieces. The earliest I saw him perform this piece (on youtube – I wish I could have seen hi. live!) was with the Tito Puente band at a club in NY.
You can read more and see several of his amazing videos in this article by All About Jazz
When I was younger I had the dream to travel to New York, find him, and study with him. That was not to be, my life took me all sorts of other places, but not to New York and not to Dave Valentin.
Hello flute lovees, today’s selection is from the latin jazz tradition.
Horace Silver, one of my favorite pianists, wrote this tune – Song For My Father. It has words to the effect that he wrote this song for his father who was from Brazil. The original version, by Silver’s quintet, was recorded on October 26, 1964. It has become a jazz standard and is probably Silver’s best-known composition.
Today I made a latin percussion track in GarageBand, put it in my looper, then looped a cello bass track. Finally I played flute on the melody and improvisation.
1/2 size German Cello
Brannon Cooper Millenium Flute
TC Helicon Voicelive Touch
I’m excited to share with you some of my musical exploits. This is my first post and video for the new series called: Flute Fascination Fridays.
It is so much fun learning new ways to bring music to you. I love being creative in the studio and using video to bring the music to life!
Recently, I had the pleasure of performing with AlmaZazz – my good friend and collaborator on accordion, Judy Mitchell, at the “Eye of the Mountain” gallery in Santa Fe, NM.
While at this gig, Aaron, co-owner of the gallery, introduced me to the concept of ‘green screens’ for making videos. (check out some of his original musical and video work here). Using “green screen” effect is the process of using a green background while capturing video footage, and then
super-impose other video or photos over it. Now I get it!
I had no idea! This is totally fascinating to think that we can use photos, other videos, and who knows what else, animations, for instance, and super-impose other photos or videos over them! Who knew!?
So here’s my first attempt at using a green screen.
First I took a photo of one of Rachel Houseman’s paintings
Rachel Houseman is a spiritually guided painter who uses ‘colorscapes’ to unite color, spirit, and emotions to captivate and even at times heal the viewer. Her use of color inspires and captivates me. It was easy to feel a connection with her art to create an improvised ‘soundscape’ on the recorder in this video.
Her paintings are featured in Southwest Art, the Santa Fean NOW as cover art, Taos Magazine of Fine Art, and more. She, a co-owner of Eye on the Mountain gallery, hired me to perform for her closing event for PAZ and his amazing sculptures inspired by Ammonites.
I love the pearlescent luster of his sculptures as they weave in sinuous shapes like the fossilized shells by which they are inspired.
Next I bought some green fabric at the fabric store, used my brother’s screen holder to put it up,
then took some footage of me improvising on the alto recorder.
My recorder is a Moeck Rottenburg made of Rosewood. My family bought it in Germany
when I was a child. I used this recorder while studying at the Baroque Performance Institute in Oberlin, OH.
Finally, I downloaded the footage and photo into the computer and used iMovie to edit it.
Lo and behold, here is the result of this first attempt. I certainly hope you enjoy it!
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ps. learning about the green screen effect reminds me of a business/life coach who was doing a presentation. She was supposedly filming in her home, but for some reason, the clock on the wall behind her didn’t change time. I kept watching the video in hopes the clock would move, but it never did. Now I know why that was – haha!
Taking some time today to mess around with Nanostudio. Created a little track to play the flute over. After working it a bit, thought it would be fun to make a little video and use Jamie Zane Smith’s pots as visual delights.