The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

June 1, 2018

Narragansett Clarinet (for Matt Lavelle)

playing at the cliff edge, Beavertail State Park, Rhode Island,
Narragansett Bay. I've been doing a series of pieces with flute,
shakuhachi, and recorders in wind and rain and storm for the
past few years; this is a dry run. there were sunbathers below
on a very cloudy day. I don't have Matt's skill, but I love the
way sound does or doesn't carry in the open air, the way the
body and body music interact with the world. a very short piece
- too many people around the path!

clarinet x, Narragansett x, plein air improvisation x

when there's wind and rain, it's more difficult to play of
course; the force of the air interferes with the internal
resonant frequences of the sound column. etc. but it locks one
into the world in a very different way than playing indoors.

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