The Fallen Leaf by James Winters published on 2017-10-22T20:24:04Z The Fallen Leaf was recorded live. Composer, pianist, and musicologist Luciano Chessa is heard here in 22 minutes of precious sound, recorded live, with the added improvisation of Steve Norton and his celesta. Also heard, Jim Winters on his own tenor tekero, the Hungarian hurdy-gurdy. Luciano Chessa performs and improvises using, or more accurately playing: two motorized toothbrushes, the "tonk" of a kitchen sink, an old bass drum and one single leaf-- the exact leaf seen above here in three derivative views. The wooden twangy in a sink and then a found vielle lead to Luciano's ending cadenza on two toothbrushes and hurdy gurdy. Postlude, jim ends with a unusual thought, "I leave it for the listener to decide if the three of us might be seen as almost leaf playing oddly seen as a retrofit musical score. With its graphical three-set, now all in retrospect, is it even mystically possible to even suggesting an oblique compositional affecting object? This opens up a counterintuitive idea of a score that we ourselves were unaware of. At the peak of my discussion with him Luciano picked up this exact leaf I photographed. Shortly thereafter when we were all in place he said that there will be no rehearsal. We improvised but I'm suggesting that we could have had a spirit guide of some sort... my suggesting vital importance to his suddenly picking up one solitary leaf. Did picking up this fallen leaf have extended meaning to us later on? Maybe things happen for a reason."