Music Educator, Composer, Pianist, Writer

Mark Christopher Brandt

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THE BUTTERFLY    NOVEMBER 1, 2019

STRUCTURE AND FREEDOM    OCTOBER 13, 2018

Liner notes from Sunflowers and Roses hard copy

Germination

So as not to confuse anyone, or leave the listener believing that I expressed a deep or long-ago sentiment for a person in this three-part work, the First Love I refer to in Part 1 is the C minor blues scale.  This is the first scale I learned as a boy when I asked a mentor how I could begin the process of learning to improvise.

 

My DVD Structure and Freedom puts the process of creation with this scale and its tonal center on display for all.  I intended to blowout on the C minor blues scale as a warm-up and then improvise a more cohesive piece for the video.  The warm-up (Part 1) was successful.  The second flyby was thwarted as the head phone cable kept pulling on my left arm so I stopped in mid-process.

 

By the time I began Part 3, I was purged of what could be called superfluous rambling and I was ready to get involved interiorly, rather than just the surface - or muscle memory - level of activity, often inappropriately called improvisation.  For reasons regarding my own artistic integrity coupled with my respect for those who seek out improvisational music, I decided to place all three C minor improvisations on this CD as three parts to a whole.

 

I offer Germination as an exhortation to anyone who might see - by my willingness to put myself out there - that as piano improvisations go, Part 3 might make me look and sound good, but it could not have occurred without the exploration which occurred in Part 1 and Part 2.  That’s why I left them on the video and that’s why you can hear them on this recording.  The most important aspect in a work of art is not the completed work, but the growth and development involved in arriving at completion.

 

Enjoy!

 

Mark Christopher Brandt

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