In 1977 I started an
improvisatory ensemble. It was modeled after some of the then
current jazz ensembles, except it did not have a drummer. Our
"solo" sections turned into group free improvisation segments,
piquing my interest in free improvisation, a trait which has continued
ever since. For the ensemble, I wrote several tunes. During
the summer, I used these tunes to create several piano pieces. I
orchestrated the first two suites. "Treadmill" and
"Voodoo Woman" were performed, but my impression was that I
had made some miscalculations and the orchestrations were too
busy. Treadmill for orchestra was retained, but I did not
pursue performance of any of the others.
"What Now?" is an
attempt to that common mood of simple musing over what to do next.
This should be an easily recognized feeling for someone in their