The Clazz Ensemble recently performed my piece written specifically for the Calzz, “Voluntas in Exemplum – or: How I Learned To Love The Grid” at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam with special guest Frank Carlberg. I am glad to post the results here. The piece is a kind of angry-minimalist-meets-maximalist-free-jazz-Thad-Jones. So much for helpful descriptions.
Gerard Kleijn: Tpt. solo w/ electronics.
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Christmas has a rich tradition of music that celebrates this glorious time of year. Whether it is a spiritual holiday or one of secular commercialism and gluttony, I think we can all agree that it is a time of merriment. But for every child who grows up in a home where stockings are hung and cookies are placed under the tree, the devastating reality that Santa Claus is fictional and that your parents had been using this benevolent man of holiday joy to manipulate you into being well behaved from Thanksgiving through Christmas calls into question what other horrors exist in this world. This is one of those stories as told by one of the most beloved children of all times, Shirley Temple.
“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. My mother took me to see him in the department store and he asked me for my autograph.”
- Shirley Temple
Tragic as this was for Ms. Temple, she persisted. And that is what nicholasurie.com would like to communicate to all of you this holiday season. Don’t let the rampant commercialism and violent shoppers get you down. Enjoy the holidays for what they are: A chance to make fun of the ridiculousness of modern life while getting drunk with friends and eating obscene amounts of butter. This also works well as a gift for the people in your life that have everything. Go ahead. Pass it along. enjoy! Download by clicking here: shirley-christmas
Leah Hennessy – Vox.
James Wyliy – S. Sx.
Daniel Durham – Bass