Aperçu: A survey or sketch as in an outline; or an immediate impression, especially an insight.
Koromanti is based on the first notated banjo music transcribed at a festival of the enslaved in Jamaica in 1688 and published 1707.
Barton Cove was written after a reconciliation ceremony between the Abanaki people and the select board of Turners Falls MA on the shores of the Connecticut River near a King Philip's War battle site.
Banjar Lam Plearn
When touring provinces of Thailand known as the Issan region, I was introduced to the style of music known as Mor Lam, inspiring me to apply the style to the Banjar.
Keningale's Mystery Serenade
In a Julian Hawthorne story “Ken’s Mystery” (1883) Keningale describes his encounter with a 200-year-old woman who was “awakened from centuries of sleep” by a banjo song.– Thomas Schuttenhelm
I write these Aperçu as an introduction to my ideas for a New Classic Banjo style.
Wintersong was composed for a commission of a classical/jazz crossover piece that could be a vehicle for improvisation.
Ghost Dance (Something Shivery)
Bacon’s 1929 novelty composition was transcribed from a promotional 78-rpm recording issued with the sale of his banjos.
Spanish Fandango Variations was written after researching published 19th Century variation sets for banjo and guitar in the U.S. Library of Congress collection.
- Michael Nix
NixPix is a cheerful rondo that combines country picking, jazzy harmonies, and some Van Halen-inspired triplets in a romp for Michael Nix’s seven-string Banjar that is equally at home in the parlor or on the concert stage.
- Clifton J. Noble Jr.
Written on the head of Pete Seeger’s banjo was “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” The two movements use musical metaphors to express the ideas embodied in the movement titles.