Cascades of Fog

by Glenn Stallcop pianist/composer

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Cascades Of Fog was recorded in January of 2007. The previous year had been one of multiple personal tragedies and had left me in a daze. I treated the opportunity to record this group of improvisations as both an emotional outlet and a source of healing. Some of these improvisations are rather dark, but more often, they are simply reflective. I had no regrets, really, but did need time to work out the sense of loss.

The metaphor of “cascades of fog” is much more appropriate than, say, “waves of anguish.” I had not lost my way, but maybe I was just a little bit hesitant. The music suggests a dialog with memories, losing touch with ones foundation, turbulence, mystery, fantasy, and a maybe little romance.

Though the music on this album is freely improvised, it is more classical than jazz (certain free jazz/improvisation artists excepted). I am a classical musician by trade, and have been a composer since I was very young. I am more prone to spontaneously compose while improvising rather than to “groove” as a jazz musician would. I treat rhythm and harmony freely and in a complex fashion at times. However, my music is always expressive. It is the direct emotional and spontaneous outpouring that drew me to improvisation in the first place.

I also use improvisation as a spiritual practice. The act of improvisation forces me to concentrate all of my attention on what I am doing now, not on what I just did, what I am going to do, or what I was planning to do. As such, my music always has a certain meditative quality, a certain inner stillness, even when it gets busy. There cannot be fog without silence.

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released July 1, 2013

Glenn Stallcop piano, composer, album artist

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Glenn Stallcop Phoenix, Arizona

Glenn Stallcop is a composer, pianist, and a long-time double bassist with the Phoenix Symphony. He has recorded many albums of piano improvisation over the last 20 years. He is a well-established composer with over 100 published works for orchestra, chamber music and vocal works, solo piano and double bass. ... more

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