I’ve long been interested in the possibilities of free solo improvisation – starting from nothing, with no creative expectations other than to let the music flow and develop in the moment. I explored it on my own for many years, and then started recording improvisations occasionally in the mid-2000s. I was initially hesitant to share these recordings for a number of reasons, including the awareness that this kind of thing is pretty easy to do badly, and that it often falls into the category of “music that’s more fun to play than to listen to.”
When I made the first track below, my intentions were to get some practice as an engineer recording the piano (it’s difficult to record well) and to blow off some steam after a stressful week. An audience was the last thing on my mind.
A few days after the recording session, I was surprised to discover that I enjoyed listening to it. Eventually I played it for some musician friends, and they liked it too.
A full CD of solo improvisations is still on my to-do list, but here are three tracks to get you started. Listen with a good set of headphones or speakers for best results.
The first one starts off quite frenetic, but later becomes much more melodic…
|December 19, 2004 - Part 1|
|August 19, 2008 - Part 2|
|August 19, 2008 - Part 4|
All songs Copyright © Bob Karty.