Show & Tell at Playground: 'v->t->d, A World Premiere of a Piece For Live Electronics and Jazz Trio'
Composer and collaborative digital artist Christopher Jette and UA saxophone professor Kelland Thomas present an electronic composition stemming from the translation of a saxophone improvisation. The composition, v->t->d ("vee to tee to dee"), is based on an ongoing exchange of musical ideas, the core of which is a saxophone improvisation that has been translated with custom software by Jette; then this material is used as the basis for two works; an experimental/classical saxophone and electronic work and a live improvisation in a jazz ensemble. The project showcases the process of turning improvisation into composition and back again, varying, translating and deriving new works. The classical work will be for saxophone and electronics and the jazz set will feature Thomas with guitarist Matt Mitchel and drummer Angus Forbes. Both performances will draw from the same sound material to re-imagine and contextualize them in new ways.