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.
out as a blues tune and then turns anxious in the middle. Anxiety
must be the source of most insomnia. Luckily, we finally get to
sleep at the end.