Here's a recent clip (two take jam) that highlights how a nino can play softly and mellow. The nino was purchased from long time member Milandro and is a one of a kind Taiwan made horn.
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Your music is very evocative, and extremely visual. You are a great player who knows to explore the narrative quality of the musical discourse. You know that in the past, I have said that some of the pieces that you published, they sounded great but I missed sometimes a “ sense of direction”, well, this is probably the most articulate piece that I’ve ever heard from you ( and the great guitar player).
I told you other times that I see this music as being part of Cinema application (or Audio theater). I got definite visions of " Maigret “ stories here.
The sopranino in question is the only one branded Sagacious in the world. Made in Taiwan by a specialised factory ( which at the time made all the sopraninos in the Selmer style on the island) for the company that I worked with at the time . The body is made of phosphor bronze and the keys in brass, with extra “ de Luxe” engraving. A truly unique piece.
Thanks so much my friend. I'd hoped that you would consider your sopranino is being well used. It has always been my goal to tell stories or give emotions through music. If this can happen in a "jamming" situation, then that's good. Well, to be honest I don't work/practice any piece, just jam. What makes it more exciting for me is that every piece played is an original. It can be made into whatever happens. I certainly wish I was the creator of the tracks, but that would take planning...which I don't do. I'm very fortunate in having so many fine creative musician that I get to play with.
Many thanks again for making this fine little horn available to me.
I am very happy to read about your satisfaction and obvious skills in using this fine instrument.
I can absolutely relate to your approach to music. I have always used an intuitive approach to improvisation, I try to sing with my instruments, intuitively, as many singers do (I know that you are one) and I live in the “ here and now “ of the playing.
I’ve thought long and hard about making my music the fruit of an intellectual process gaining skills in reading and studying harmony but music has always had a meditative and “ zen” aspect to me. When I am playing (like when I dive another activity we have in common) I am in a different place, what people call “ zone”, a place of no conscious thinking where thins “ are” . Making this a conscious process will obviously have some advantages and yet there would be disadvantages which will turn this into an experience that is, for me, less desirable.
Improvisation is, to me (and probably to you too) an balancing operation, as people do walking on a slack rope, the moment you make an unpredicted movement (which one may call a mistake), you need to do things to use that moment to flow into the other and to not fall. This is precisely the moment into which magic happens. Thanks for your music!
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