This album is one evening, live, on Twitch, with friends chatting, asking for pieces in various keys. They are complete improvisations- absolutely no "plans" or forethought, just exploring the landscape.
There are several "themes" (4th and 5ths) that keep creeping in throughout the improvisations, so there is some sense of cohesion as a result.
The original recording is a video of a single Twitch broadcast, and the audio was stripped, edited for beginnings and endings, lightly mastered, levels set in Ozone9 Advanced via Digital Performer10 on some lovely Amphion monitors.
The original videos are up on Twitch for a limited time, then eventually transferred to YouTube (with a loss in audio quality).
The aesthetic behind the sounds of the evening were the massive influence that Kieth Jarrett had over me as a young person. He freed me to improvise, and explore- even though I was studying strictly classical piano and composition- this was a ticket to freedom for me.
When I heard he had suffered a stroke, and had lost the ability to play, it wounded deep in my soul. It really deeply made me sad for him. In a way, it is my form of mourning for his loss. I often do not improvise in such a tonal fashion, but its the influence of KJ and his remarkable "Köln Concert" recording that is the spirit behind the sounds this evening.
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released November 3, 2020
Piano: Istvan Peter B'Racz (aka: effin izzy live on Twitch)
Recorded on the Venter Steinway in The Dungeon
Mastering done by ipbrjt-3 in The Dungeon
Thanks to Martha Venter for the loaning of her Steinway to the Dungeon.
Thanks to BradleyC and Turbojette for being a part of that evening.
Thanks to Keith Jarrett for his wonderful music on the "Köln Concert" which began my whole musical journey of improvisation. My heart is with you, man.
In memoriam: to our beloved feline family member of 19 years, Mirci.
Thanks to my family for their support, I could not do this without you,
YOU are the FOUNDATION.
Last but not least: Thanks to my Dearest Sweet Lydia for being there. None of this would have happened had you not come into my life.
You ARE my life.