Jargon - April 8, 2012
Jargon is a collective quartet focusing on original composition. On April 8th we will be presenting a set of of all original material at Cafe Racer. These compositions utilize melody, harmony, and form. Each serves as a parameter which we improvise within as soloists and as an ensemble.
Jargon is interested in exploring:
- The relationship between improvisation within the parameters of composition. How improvisation is dictated by the composition.
- Improvisation occurs as a compositional tool.
- Even when improvisation is void of harmony or meter, it still serves the composition.
- To achieve absolute improvisational freedom within the parameter of composition.
One of our collective inclinations revolves around an affinity for the way improvisation exists over structured form. There is a unique effect when convergence and divergence occurs in improvisation over a form. "Form,“ being anything that exists as a harmonic or rhythmic structure or a composition. For the jam portion of the evening, we encourage the participants to improvise within the confinements of form or structure.
Examples of structure or form could be:
- "Note pools”- a select number of notes that create or define a composition.
- “Rhythmic structure”- Groove, an ostinato, repetition.
- “Cued structure”- cues in new chord changes, cues into altered feel changes, cues into _____
- “Foreshadowing”- Hinting at an idea or motif that will occur later.
- “Textural contrast”- Presto versus fermata, pianissimo versus fortissimo, velcro versus glue.
- A written composition (original, a standard, etc…)
- The possibilities are endless!!
Bryan Smith || Saxophone
Gregg Belisle- Chi || Guitar
Isaac Castillo || Bass
Max Wood || Drums