Friday, November 7, 2008

Check out Michael Karwowski!

Michael Karwowski is an accomplished Classical, Jazz Fusion and Rock composer from Pittsburg, who mainly composes in odd meters and can play a mean Chapman stick. Now how cool is that? He graduated from Berklee (the same year I did) with a degree in Composition and if that wasn’t enough he went on to get a Masters in Composition from the Carnegie Mellon University. Check out his unique approach to harmonic movement, harmony/melody relationships, and polymeters which is sure to leave you wanting more.

Here are some samples of his compositions that will be featured on Odd Time Obsessed internet radio and more to come. And as if polymeters and Chapman Stick weren’t cool enough he’s got a piece all in 13! I’m diggin’!

Michael gives us the breakdown:

"Three Vignettes" composed by Michael Karwowski performed by "Of Birth and Death"

1.Lincoln Place - starts out in 4/4, the main idea is two measures broken into 3+3+3+3+4 eighth notes. There are short sections where the meter is 5/4, 9/8, and an occasional 3/4.

2. Is this all there is? - was created using a 9/8, 7/8 platform for the main idea. Each section has a dedicated pattern of time signatures.
3. Friday@5:00 - has the following setup for the A section. 6/8 + 4/4 + 3/4 + 4/4 + 4/4 + 3/4 + 3/4 + (5/8x4) + 3/4 + (5/8x3) = 89 eighth notes I call the ensemble

"The Day the Leaves Scattered From the Trees" A quintet for winds and string (Flt. Ob. Cl. Vla. and Cel).
13/8 divided into into a permutating 3+3+2+2+3.

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Forever Odd,

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