Weave, sound recording (CD)
Carriage, L 2016, Weave, sound recording (CD), Independent, Byron Bay, NSW
The field of research includes composition, music performance, and recording in the context of contemporary jazz ensemble. The ten new compositions represent an investigation of creativity in musical composition, and this research serves as a model for pathways in composition, creative practice, improvisation and studio composition.
The recording also reflects a focus on creative practice, in particular the collaborative interactions that occur spontaneously within ensemble performances. This practice-led research serves to illustrate creativity within fundamental human interactions, such as collective brainstorming, real-time interactions of productive studio/rehearsal environments, and international collaborations related to engineering, mixing and mastering.
The research interrogates differing ways in which collaboration takes place and molds the recording and production of a work. These collaborations, in effect a group of case studies, range from dyadic interactions through to work involving up to fourteen participants, from partly improvised pieces to entirely notated work.
Weave contributes to the body of contemporary music with a high quality recording of original compositions and several collaborations with leading composers. This has established new benchmarks for the discipline through creative strategies for collaborative composing, the intersections of improvisation and composition, impromptu interplay and interconnection within live musical performance.
This research is significant because it practically demonstrates innovative methods of researching creative practice and collaboration in contemporary composition, and directly informs my current research. It serves to augment the ongoing research in practice–led–research and its value is attested via invitations to perform these works at leading venues and festivals.