Monday, July 21, 2014

Improv Jazz

You've heard of the 100 Hour Film Fest. Well, have you heard of the 15 Minute Jazz Improvisation / Album Design Challenge? If such a thing existed, it would probably look and sound a lot like this.

https://soundcloud.com/ihordawidiuk/jazz-improv

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Halls of Sky

The brand new full length Halls of Sky will be out September 2nd on Oxide Tones. Available in digipack format or as a digital download for $0 or more. This record was recorded back in the autumn of 2012 and has been finished since last summer. It feels great to finally have it see the light of day.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fringe Party

This is my most political post ever. Mainly because it features a trailer for a documentary about fringe political parties in Canada and contains some of my original score. The piece is truncated so this really is just a small preview to whet the proverbial 'whistle' (whatever that might mean). Brought to you by the producers of The Scene: An Exploration of Music in Toronto, this feature documentary provides an inside look at political outsiders in Canadian federal politics.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Játékok

I first discovered György Kurtág's Játékok on ECM Records some years go. Játékok (games), are two and four-handed performances of some of György's own compositions as well as several of his Bach transcriptions. I don't know what it was about this particular collection that so touched me. Perhaps the delicate interplay between 'serious' compositions and childish doodlings, perhaps a healthy does of reverence and blasphemy all mixed into one steaming sonic cauldron of honest finger tapping. It was like running into a long lost friend when I stumbled across a beautiful live performance of this online.



My favourite piece starts are 43:25.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

State of Non-Return

This song rocks hard... get stoned and listen to some om.



Traveler now reach the stream. The astral flight adapter.
From the pain-sheath life ascends - the Non-returner sees.
Empathy release me - and the phoenix rise triumphant.
And walks onto the certitude ground - the soul's submergence ends.

From the rounds of rebirth - he arrives onto the deathless.
Light bores through the adjunct worlds - the soul-galleon prevails.
Liberates in wisdom to complete state of negation.
The five roads subsumed by grace - emancipates from dream.

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