VERSION 4 OF MIDI MOCK UP (final arrangement and orchestration) of the new Black House composition titled “OSIRIS” by Chris Burnett (BMI). Has a new school, jazzy funk feel over a very interesting progression. Check it out. Use earbuds or headphones.
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THESIS: Osiris (Christopher Burnett, BMI) was inspired by the exhibit and the personal characteristics as attributed. Osiris was considered not only a merciful judge of the dead in the afterlife, but also the underworld agency that granted all life, including sprouting vegetation and the fertile flooding of the Nile River.
The work is inspired by an original harmonic cycle composed over a 32-measure form, which is based upon an intervalic root movement developed to invoke both, the "hustle and bustle" of what daily life during the Fifth Dynasty of Egypt might have been like; and, the mysterious powers of Osiris, who is routinely described as a diversely talented deity of the ancient Egyptian religion.
Technically, and creatively, I have personally arrived at a point as a composer and artist where the song forms used to present my original work, most always progress from beginning to end without the encumbrances of recapitulation. The result is a refreshingly modern sound that is embraced by most listeners and performers. The subject of this work inherently suits such a thesis as well.
Christopher Burnett (BMI),
Composer, December 31, 2012
ABOUT THE WORK: “Osiris” is a 32-bar piece. What you hear is essentially the “head”, soprano solo chorus, and the composed portion of the coda just before the bass clarinet free improv ending section with final "space chords".
There is a solo section for two reed players - specifically, Russell Thorpe on bass clarinet (the bass clarinet double is for improvisation only, he starts the composed and arranged sections on baritone saxophone), as well as a soprano sax solo for Allie Burik.
P.S. - I am happy to have enough balance in my life again to include more music in 2013. So, stay tuned. I especially like this association with Black House Collective because it is more artistic and avant garde where new music is concerned. Anyway, this attached version is closer to what is going to be happening during the “head” … there is more definition among the “mix” of the lines using headphones.
Peace, Cb (February 26, 2013)
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BLACK HOUSE COLLECTIVE
2013 WINTER WORKSHOP RESIDENCY
In this workshop we’ll be collaborating with the Nelson-Aktins Museum of Art’s “Innovation Project.” Our first meeting will be at the museum to view the exhibit of ancient art, Egyptian through Greek time periods, and those participants who will be composing will select art pieces to serve as inspiration for their compositions.
Rehearsals will be on Sunday afternoons from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
January 6, 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 17, 24
We’ll end the workshop with two performances, the first at the Nelson-Aktins and the second as part of Charlotte Street’s Urban Culture Project open studios.
Sunday, March 3rd 3:00pm
Friday, March 8th 8:00pm
- Avant Garde